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Canada: Keep Exploring! This Canada tourism department’s motto holds true for every student looking forward to pursuing education abroad. You must explore all the study destinations and find the one that is a blend of best academic quality, good employment opportunities, feasible education & living cost, and wonderful living experience. Canada has proved itself to be worthy of being counted among the best study destinations around the globe.

It has constantly claimed the titles of ‘best place to live’ and ‘best place to study’ and has retained leading places when it comes to the best places for visiting or working. Canada is an amalgamation of the amazing scenic beauty, universally acclaimed education system, great employment opportunities, and awesome college life. With all these feathers in its cap, Canada has caught the attention of international students from around the globe including India.

Indian students have chosen Canada as their fourth most preferred destination after the US, UK, and Australia. In the last decade, there has been a massive rise of around 357% in the number of Indian students enrolling in Canada. From around 7,000 students in 2006 to around 32,000 students in 2014, this growth is the testimony of Canada being a great education destination. With Indian origin players playing in the Canadian cricket and football team and many signboards written in Punjabi, there is a strongly felt presence of Indians in Canada. If the above facts have tickled your inquisitive bones, let us look at some other amazing facts about Canada.

Facts about Canada

  • Canada is the world’s most educated country with more than half of its population holding graduate degrees.
  • The number of lakes in Canada is more than the combined number of lakes in the rest of the world.
  • Canadians say ‘Balley Balley’, as Punjabi is the fourth official language of Canada.
  • Bollywood movies make more offshore revenues in Canada than the rest of the world combined.
  • HOH OHO! This Christmas you might stumble upon Santa or his elves in his postal address, HOH OHO, North Pole, Canada.

The land of Santa Clause holds many wonders in its bag, and it can give you the gift of a great education and career. Here are some important things you should know about studying abroad in Canada. There are a few significant pointers that Indian students who want to pursue education in Canada need to consider:

1. Education System and Best Universities

Canada boasts an education system that is known around the globe for its high quality and research orientation that results in great innovations. It is comparatively easier to get an admission in a Canadian University than other major study destinations. The curriculum in most of the universities are divided into credit hours, and an undergraduate course lasts for three to four years.

As the reigns of the universities lie in the hands of provincial governments, the study pattern and duration might vary from one university to another. Canada has many universities that are counted among the best universities in the world with a total of 26 universities featuring in the QS World University Ranking. The University of Toronto and McGill University are the best universities in Canada with the QS world ranking of 20th and 21st respectively. Most of the universities in Canada are either public universities or have a public grant and hence a Canadian degree is respected everywhere.

2. Education and Living Expenses

While the quality of education and standard of living in Canada is on par with all the developed nations, the cost of education and living in Canada is significantly lower than in countries like the USA and UK. The tuition fees and the living cost for an international student in Canada can differ on the basis of several factors like location, institution and the selected program.

According to the statistics given by ‘Universities Canada,’ a collective institution of 97 Canadian Universities, the average tuition fees, and living expenses can range between 15000 Canadian Dollars (7.5 lakh INR) to 30,000 Canadian Dollars (15 lakh INR) annually. This is just an average figure and some professional courses like Medical, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences can cost as high as 50,000 Canadian Dollars (25 lakh INR) per year.

3. Student Visa and Immigration

Any student willing to pursue a course that lasts longer than six years will need a study permit. The student permit has to be applied from outside Canada, from the visa authority of your native country. The study permit is sanctioned only after you receive a letter of acceptance from a Canadian University.

Along with the university acceptance letter, you’ll also have to furnish proof of identity and proof of funds that assures that you have enough capital to bear the tuition fees and living expenses in Canada. Once you finish your graduation, you can apply for a work permit of a maximum of three years to work in Canada and after completion of these three years, you can apply for permanent residency.

4. Earn while you learn

It becomes necessary for many International students to work during their college years to meet their living expenses. Almost all universities in Canada allow students to work a maximum of 20 hours when the term is going on and full-time (40 hours) during the vacations. The average pay for international students can be around 7 to 10 Canadian Dollars (370 to 520 INR) per hour. The student who is enrolled in a recognized Canadian University doesn’t require any work permit to work part-time during the term of their graduation.

5. Nature’s Classroom

In today’s world, a successful career needs much more than glittering academics. What you do inside your classroom is equally important to what you do outside. Canada offers you a lot to do outside your classroom. The campuses are furnished with advanced technologies and amenities that motivates you to think extracurricular. The universities give huge emphasis on sports, performed arts and social works. However, you can also think out of your campus boundaries and exploit the benefits of the vast geographical diversity of Canada with huge mountains, lakes and exotic beaches.

Canada can be a great way to reach the North Pole of success in your life. It holds all the ingredients necessary for a steady career, handpicked and cold-stored. If the factors mentioned above cater to your career ambitions, you can go ahead and sew the ‘maple leaf’ patch on your backpack and head north towards success. 

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