Why Study in Canada
Why Study in Canada?
Canada is an ideal place for international students to study, despite the fact that it does not make world headlines as frequently as its southern neighbor (for better or worse). The country is the eighth most popular destination for international students, welcoming over 120,000 of the brightest minds in the world to study at its world-class academic institutions and contribute to its warm and welcoming society.
So, if it’s not already on your list of study destinations, here are 5 reasons it should be:
The education in Canada is among the best in the world, even though the prices are lower than many of its competitors. In fact, a degree, diploma, or certificate from a Canadian institution is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries like the UK. The University of Toronto, number 20 on a list of the Top 100 World Universities as ranked by US News and World Report, is one of 4 Canadian universities you can find in the top 100 list.
Additionally, the variety of degree programs in Canada is broad, with universities offering programs in everything from humanities and fine arts to technology and health. Canada also provides a few specialized environmental programs available only in the country. Plus, English and French Language Schools abound and offer a variety of side activities from skiing to camping – all at an affordable cost.
Low Cost of Living
Education isn’t the only thing to be more affordable in Canada. The country’s overall cost of living [link to Cost of Living in Canadaarticle] is significantly lower than major rivals like the US, UK, and Australia; however, it does not suffer in terms of quality of life. While Toronto, the largest city in the country is predictably considered the most expensive city in the country, on average it is still noticeably more inexpensive than London, New York or Sydney. In essence, students’ money can stretch further in Canada, allowing them to take full advantage of the many opportunities afforded to them by living in a modern, major city like Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver.
With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in the country, it’s truly difficult not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures and countries in Canada. In fact, Canada introduced the first policy of multiculturalism in the 1970s, encouraging multicultural diversity and resulting in a welcoming environment that has attracted this wide variety of people from various backgrounds.
In the past 150 years, Canada has become home to over 15 million immigrants, and now one-third of Canadians have an ethnic background of some sort, with a recent census showing that a fifth of Canadians speak neither of the country’s two official languages, English and French. Some of the largest groups of ethnicities you can expect to encounter in Canada include Scottish, Irish, German, Italian and Chinese.
Seated comfortably at number 3 on a list of the world’s safest countries, Canada has consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the world by the UN for over 20 years running. Many are familiar with or have experienced Canadians’ friendly and open nature, and as an international student in Canada, you’ll benefit from all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.
Low rates of crime, terrific health benefits fr students (local and international), and an education system focused on student security and health make studying in Canada a good choice for anyone who might uneasy about personal safety while abroad.
Studying in a new country is not just about the time spent on-campus or in a classroom: students travel to a new environment, climate, and location to experience all that the country has to offer. And Canada is not lacking when it comes to natural beauty for visitors and locals, alike, to experience and enjoy.
One might expect a wide variety of natural beauties in one of the geographically largest countries in the world, and it’s almost certain that those expectations will be exceeded in Canada. From the lush coastline of British Columbia, the stunning Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the vast skies of the peaceful prairies, the ‘maple sugar country’ in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, and the rugged hills and serene coastline of the Atlantic Provinces — there’s more than enough natural beauty to experience in Canada.
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