Study, Work, Live in Canada
With affordable tuition fees, quality institutions, flexibility to work during study, post-study work and immigration options, and welcoming people, it is no surprise that Canada is one of the premiere destinations for international students, drawing in over 300,000 new international students annually. According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s (CBIE) 2018 International Student Survey, the overwhelming majority of students (93%) say they are satisfied with their educational experience in Canada.
One of the biggest reasons students choose to come to Canada is the quality of Canadian education. Canadian degrees and diplomas are widely recognized as comparable to those from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Canadian universities and colleges consistently place high on international rankings. In fact, 17 Canadian universities
are ranked in the top 500 of the QS World University Rankings 2020. Many are also ranked in the top 100 by reputable sources like The Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Education is highly valued in Canada. The Canadian government invests heavily in the Canadian education system. As a result, Canada has one of the highest rates of post-secondary education completion (61%) amongst the OECD member countries. Unsurprisingly, Canadian teachers, professors, and researchers are also amongst the most qualified academic professionals around the world. Canada also attracts top international faculty because of its investments in cutting-edge research in areas such as medical science, pharmaceuticals, information technology and
Not only is the quality of Canadian education amongst the best in the world, it is also one of the most cost-effective. The tuition fees, as well as the overall costs of living, are generally lower in Canada than in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
According to a 2014 HSBC report, The Value of Education: Springboard for Success, the average cost (tuition and living expenses) of a university undergraduate education for an international student in Canada is approximately $30,000 USD per year. By comparison, the United States ($36,564USD), Australia ($42,093 USD), and the United Kingdom ($35,045 USD) are all considerably higher.
High Quality of Life
Canada has ranked #1 in the Best Countries Ranking for Quality of Life for four years in a row now (as of 2019). It is also amongst the top 15 countries on the UN’s 2018 Human Development Index (2019 data not released yet), which assesses the three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. Surveys and research shows that Canadians are generally happier and more satisfied with their life than others around the world. According to the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada has the seventh highest level of satisfaction globally, faring well above the USA, UK, Germany, France and Australia.
Work Opportunities for Students in Canada
International students who are currently enrolled at a Canadian university and possess a current study permit are eligible for this kind of employment opportunity. Examples of on-campus work include jobs in the university library, dining courts, laboratories, and administrative offices, such as teaching or research assistantships.
This type of work opportunity is available to international students who are currently enrolled at a Canadian educational institution and have a valid study permit. Off-campus employment includes working for a company that is not affiliated with the school, such as a grocery store or restaurant.
This type of work opportunity is available to international students who are currently enrolled in a Canadian educational institution and have a valid study permit. Co-op/internship employment is typically related to the student’s field of study and can be paid or unpaid.