why study in canada?

    Located in North America, with natural beauties few other countries can boast, Canada has developed one of the most prestigious educational systems in the world. The distinctiveness embodied in the clear development of the policy of multiculturalism since the second half of the last century is a guarantee that all students who choose this country as the next step in their academic development will be very well accepted by the local community, right from when they arrive.


    With as many as 13 universities in the top 300, according to the QS World Rankings, Canadian universities are well recognised throughout the world's academic community. Some universities in Canada offer the majority of their programmes in two languages of instruction. Of course, a slight advantage is given to English, but you can listen to and attend almost the same number of courses in French. This is another great way to learn another world language, at the same time as improving your professional skills, thus expanding your manoeuvring space for finding a job.


    It is quite interesting that many people today are still unaware of the fact that Canada is a bilingual country. All public administrations use English and French in their official communications. Even if you study at a university where English is the main language of instruction, you will find yourself in situations where instructions and signs are bilingual.


    The most useful tool that Canadian universities use to prepare you for business life challenges are co-op programmes (cooperative education, which represents a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience) offered by universities. These programmes give you the opportunity to feel the real enthusiasm of professional engagement and are interconnected with practical work and theoretical learning throughout the time spent in a specific educational institution. It is common practice that one semester of learning is followed by one semester of practical work in a specific field of interest.


    You qualify for such programmes only after the end of the second year of your studies and this may result in your graduation coming slightly later compared to all the other students, because you will need to complete all the necessary modules. However, as you will have completed four deadlines lasting three to four months each, you will have gained at least a year of valuable work experience before the moment you graduate. This makes you desirable to any serious employer, because you will have recently acquired the latest knowledge in your field of expertise, with an already significant amount of work experience. We must not forget that these are all paid working engagements and are a great way to bolster your student budget by between $4,000 and $6,000 per semester, which is the dream of any serious student who does not see education as a way to escape from home and to spend their parents' savings.

    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY IN CANADA?

     

    Studying in Canada costs approximately the same as studying in the USA. Furthermore, there is almost an identical offer of study programmes, as is the system of diplomas that you receive following the graduation. There is also a Community college within the education system, which is considerably cheaper, although, in case you are an international student there may be potential difficulties while obtaining a visa for this type of study programme. The cost of such college reaches $ 8,000 to $ 15,000. At prominent and larger universities, tuition ranges from $ 15,000 to $ 50,000. Outstanding universities are the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Alberta, McGill University, etc. To enrol at these universities it is necessary to have good academic and extra-curricular success. It is highly desirable that you have won competitions in certain areas at national or international level. Beside all the above mentioned expenses, it is essential as well to add up about $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 for living expenses, as an additional financial guarantee for your visa, since issuing visas has become very delicate in recent years.

    visas for studying in canada 


    The application process for a student visa for Canada is a bit more complicated than for European countries. The Canadian Embassy does not deal with visa issues, and everything goes through their office which sends the documents to Vienna for further consideration, which is somewhat good, but not without challenges.

     

    There is no official list of documents required for submission, except for the most basic forms, an invitation letter from a university, photographs, etc. As you can presume, your financial status is a fundamental requirement. Students are often deterred by the amount of the financial support confirmation needed for a visa. This amount always includes: the total amount of tuition, plus $10,000 for living costs (and another $5,500 for every additional family member who would accompany you).

     

    If you meet the minimum requirements, you stand a chance, but this is the so-called buffer zone. If you want to be sure, set aside slightly more money than anticipated. You must have proof of the origin of the money you personally have or which is at your disposal through your partner or other family member. It is necessary that this money has been on your account for at least six months before the visa process starts, and what is most desirable is that you have strong ties to the country you come from (title deeds for real estate in your name, as well as a list of all your movable and immovable property, etc.). All other documents are optional and depend solely on you.

     

    Student accommodation in Canada

     

    In Canada, as in many other countries, there are a number of options when it comes to accommodation. During the first year of study, it is obligatory to reside in part of the university complex, and after that, students usually resort to renting apartments on their own. Canadian universities are making great efforts to make their students’ stay very enjoyable during the entire term of their studies.

     

    In general, there are three types of different accommodation options during a student’s stay in Canada. The traditional style is the most common, which is the closest to the kind of accommodation that you have the opportunity to see on US TV shows and movies. It is a room for two students, with two beds and two work desks. In this type of accommodation, you will share a kitchen, a bathroom and a living room with your roommate and other students on your floor.

     

    There are also, although fewer, types of flats where your flatmate and you have separate bedrooms and a bathroom that you share. On that floor there is a spacious living room and a kitchen that is shared with other students from your floor. The third option is something that comes most often after the first year of study when you have already met your colleagues and have acquired certain friendships that allow you to rent an apartment that usually has several bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room within the apartment itself.

     

    Life on university campuses in Canada has many privileges and it is up to students themselves to make use of them fully. There is a very well-developed student-oriented support system, so there is a housekeeping representative and a maintenance worker on every floor who can help you with information about where the library is located, where there is a nearby shop or a place to go out at night and have fun. There are also mental health advisers for students, who are available on most of the student campuses that will help you in the event that you are overwhelmed by the pressures of the short exam periods or an exhausting study life.

    life in canada during and after studying


    You will not come across many countries that can boast as much natural diversity, as is the case with Canada. With 46 national parks, Canada is well-known for its nature trails. But walking is not the only thing you can do in these great oases. There are a large number of outdoor sports in Canada. Often, the International Student Services Team will offer you activities you can be involved in with your peers. Universities organise various cultural activities for international students every couple of weeks over the total duration of the semester.


    Life in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, affords the opportunity to visit many museums. It is a must to go to the Parliament building. There is a museum of civilisation, a natural history museum, a science museum, etc. In addition, students should be informed about the seasons and the diverse climate in Canada. Going to a professional ice hockey league match is also an unforgettable experience. What is best of all is that you can stay after completing your studies, for a period of time equal to the duration of your studies. You may work up to 20 hours a week, and the pay ranges from $11 to $15 per hour, which will enable you to pay most of your student obligations on your own.