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Why Study in Canada

by Chetna Vasishth


Currently, more than half a million international students study in Canada and in this video I will give you a detailed insight into the benefits of studying in Canada. In this article you will find

a) 5 reasons why you should study in Canada and
b) 3 bonus reasons as well

Let’s look at the five reasons to study in Canada

I. Academic Excellence –

Within this we will talk about rankings, research, the popular programs and industries and the duration of the programs.

a) Rankings –

27 of Canada’s universities rank in the THE (Times Higher Education) World University Rankings 2019 and many universities rank in the QS rankings as well.

b) Research –

It has a strong focus on research and the government of Canada offers great support to research in the following disciplines – Science and Technology, Engineering, Electronics and telecommunication, Business, agriculture, environmental science, Health Science, Pharmacy and Nursing etc..

c) Popular Programs –

Whilst Canada offers the entire range of programs at all levels, there are five industries which I have chosen to highlight here which not only have very popular courses but also ample job opportunities –

1. Hospitality industry –

There are a range of programs both degree programs as well as diplomas in this sector including
– Hospitality and Tourism Management
– Hotel Management – Operations
– Culinary Arts – Chef
– Event Management
– Baking and Pastry Skills

2. Health Science –

Some of the popular courses include
– Biotechnology and Forensic Science
– Pharmacy
– Health care management,
– Nursing and Biosciences
– Public Health

3. Information Technology and S/w

– 3D Animation
– Big Data Science and Cloud Computing
– Networking and Network Security
– Artificial Intelligence
– Graphic Designing and Gaming Arts,
– Game Development and Web Designing
– Game programming and animation

4. Engineering

There are many specializations within Engineering including Computers, civil, electrical, Mining, marine, mechanical, aerospace and industrial engineering. And most of the programs have co-op opportunities
The average Engineering salary in Canada is about $60,519 per year

5. Business Management-

Popular programs include :
Canada Offers
– General MBA ,
– Accounting,
– Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies,
– HR Management,
– Marketing Management,
– General Business/Commerce,
– Accounting and Finance,
– Supply Chain Management Business Management
– Operations Management and Supervision,
– Management Science.
– International Marketing
– Credit Management and
– Public relations,
– International Development
– Interactive media Management
– Project management

d) Duration of academic programs

Bachelor’s degree programs are available for 4 years. However Canada offers very unique specialized and trade based programs in the form of Diploma / Advance Diploma / Post Graduate Diploma. Duration of the these programs is between 1-3 years. Similarly, Masters degree programs are available for either 1 year or 2 years.

II. Costs –

Tuition fee in Canada is cheaper when compared to many other countries.
Undergraduate program CAD $12,000 to $20,000 per year
Master’s degree CAD $14,000 to $25,000 per year
Doctoral degree CAD $7,000 to $15,000 per year
MBA CAD $35, 000 to $42,000 per year average

Living Costs

Cost for on-campus accommodation may range anywhere from CAD 8,000 to CAD 10,000 (annually) whereas living in a shared apartment can cost you around CAD 400 to CAD 700 per month depending upon your location and time of the year.

III. Financial Aid and Scholarships –

For undergraduates (UG)
Merit-based scholarship
Provincial Government scholarship
Need-based grants and bursaries by college
Tuition waiver
Commonwealth scholarship
Private/Organizational scholarship

Undergrad Scholarships
University of Windsor – Upto CAD 16K
University of Alberta – CAD 12K
Acadia University – upto CAD 10,000
Western University – three scholarships worth $50,000 each are available to exceptional international students
York University – has multiple scholarships from CAD 5 K to CAD 15K per year
University of Waterloo / Queen’s University – Upto CAD 10K

Masters and PhD
Merit-based scholarship
Provincial Government scholarship
Research associate-ship
Professional Development award
Fellowship
Teaching assistantship
Commonwealth scholarship
Private/Organizational scholarship

Scholarships
University of Ontario – various scholarships for masters programs
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute – Offers various fellowships at different levels from graduate to post-doctorate
Mc Gill University has numerous scholarships from CAD 20,000 to CAD 60,000
Some other agencies where you can check up on scholarships include
National Research Council of Canada (NRCC)
Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship
Ontario Trillium Scholarship
Partnership Grants by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

IV. Part Time Jobs –

Canada provides all its international students with an opportunity to work for up to 20 hours every week during their semesters and full-time during the summer and winter breaks. To work on-campus or as an intern in any company, you would not require any additional work permit as your study permit is enough to help you find a part time job.
Secondly, many Canadian Institutions ( Colleges and Universities ) offer programs with Co-Op. Co Op is an internship terms which is included as a part of the program. Through these co- op programs students get to earn money, business contacts and Work experience. All these will help student to excel in their professional Career.

V. Immigration Opportunities –

Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP) allows students to stay and work in Canada for up to three years after completion of their graduation. You can gain some international work experience and apply for permanent residency later on.
International students who worked and studied in Canada can also apply for Permanent Residence and the new Express Entry policy has expedited the process as well.

Bonus Reasons

a) Warm and Welcoming

In Canada, you’ll find extremely warm and welcoming people who come from varied ethnic groups with different cultures and lifestyle. The multicultural environment in Canada promotes friendliness and peaceful living like no other country. In fact, you will find a lot of Indians studying, working and living here.

b) Safe

Canada has been consistently ranked as one of the safest nations in the world. In 2018, the Global Peace Index, listed Canada as the sixth peaceful country across the globe.

c) English is a widely spoken language

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