So you want to study in Canada but not sure if it is the right place for you? Some common questions you might have are:
Isn’t it too cold?
Are Canadians really that nice?
What about the study options? Fees? What programs will I take?
Here is what we think:
Canadian educational institutions are among the best in the world and you will often find them in global rankings. The certificates, diplomas, or degrees that you gain from these institutions will be recognized no matter which part of the world you go to. Not only are the educational institutions recognized, they are also cost effective compared to several other top tier study destinations.
Canada is an open and welcoming country. In the last decade the international student population in Canada has nearly tripled to over 642,000. In 2019 alone, Canada welcomed more than 400,000 new international students at all study levels. Canadian government understands the value of international students and are willing to support them. A great example of this support is how the government responded to the COVID pandemic – while other countries were not focused on international students, Canadian authorities worked together and quickly introduced flexible support measures for them.
And yes, Canadians are that nice, and yes it gets cold in the winter, but you will just get used to it!
Globally recognized and supporting; two key reasons to think of Canada as your next study destination. And to further support you in making your decision, here is an overview of the Canadian post-secondary sector:
Canada’s education system is varied. The basic system is the same (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education system) but there are minor differences within the system across provinces. Within the post-secondary sector, there are two main types of institutions:
Universities are degree granting institutions. They grant you bachelor’s, master’s, and PhDs. There are more than 100 universities in Canada offering over 15,000 programs. Program length for a bachelor’s is 3 to 4 years, for a master’s it is 1 to 2 years, and PhDs are around 4 to 6 years.
Colleges focus on employment skills, career training, and trades. There are more than 100 colleges in Canada offering certificates, diplomas, applied bachelor’s degrees, combined college/university programs, and apprenticeship programs. Length of programs vary from a few months to 4 years.
Universities are pricier than colleges. It is also quite common for international students to start their journey in a college, spend 2 years with them, and transfer to a university. This allows them to get the best of both worlds.
If you are still unsure about Canada or have questions, sign up for Visto for free and book a chat with me on the Settlement Services page! You can also take our free study permit assessment to see if you have a good chance at an approval here.