One of the most educated countries in the world, Canada, the land of maple and ice hockey, is attracting more and more international Bachelor’s students.
Its top-ranked universities, quality Bachelor’s programmes, affordable tuitions, and living costs, will make you want to say ‘This is the country I want to study in’.
1. Great Canadian universities
Canada prides itself on top universities and research institutions, recognized all around the world. This is because the educational system here is based on cross-disciplinary studies, combined with teaching transferable skills and great facilities.
The Canadian universities in top 100 according to the Times Higher Education Rankings 2018 are:
2. Accessible Canadian student visa process
One of the main reasons why Canada is a growing international student destination is because the country has a transparent, accessible visa application process for international students. To apply for a Bachelor’s degree at a Canadian university you generally go to the programme’s application page to upload a number of required documents which include:
- Your high school Graduation certificate
- The completed application form
- Your CV
- Your Letter of Intent
- Proof of English language proficiency or French (in francophone territories)
- Evidence that you can support yourself financially during your studies
The application deadline is 15th January. Only after you have been accepted at a Canadian university you can start applying for a Canadian student visa.
Here is more info on the Canadian student visa based on your nationality:
- Indian students applying for the Canadian visa
- British students applying for the Canadian visa
- Spanish students applying for the Canadian visa
- Kenyan students applying for the Canadian visa
3. Canada has a great social system and a hip Prime Minister
Canada is becoming a very progressive and inclusive country, and this is largely influenced by its young, handsome, and brainy Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. He is pro-choice, pro-legalising marijuana, and an activist for gay rights. A few more years of Mr. Trudeau and Canada is likely to make the Netherlands jealous. Did we mention he is also a feminist? With such leadership, there's no wonder Canada is drawing in so many young students.
4. Canada has affordable tuition fees and living costs
Tuition fees start at around 400 CAD/year for programmes in Social Sciences, Art, or Education. Quite a few programmes range between 1,000 and 4,000 CAD/year, but the vast majority of them cost over 10,000 CAD/ year.
As far as the living costs are concerned—housing, entertainment, and food— you need to budget between 1,000 and 2,000 CAD/month. The priciest cities are Vancouver and Calgary. Some of the cheapest university cities are:
The best thing about Canada is the fact that the average cost of studies and living expenses for international students is lower than in other top student destinations — the UK, the U.S., and Australia.
5. Canada has excellent Bachelor’s degrees
This bilingual country has such a wide variety of good study options, that the problem is not finding the one you are looking for, but choosing from so many eye-catching ones.
Enrolling in a Bachelor’s programme in Canada means signing for an academic adventure where curiosity, innovation, and research are highly appreciated.
Some of the most sought-after Bachelor’s fields in Canada are:
- Bachelors of Business Administration
- Bachelors of Engineering
- Bachelors in Environmental Sciences
- Bachelors of Computer Science & IT
- Bachelors in Film, Photography & Media
6. You can work and study in Canada
International students can work 20 hours/week during school semesters and up to 30 hours/week during school breaks. What’s more, if you work in the campus area, you will not need a work permit. Such a permit is required for fulltime employment outside campuses.
Some of the best part-time student jobs in Canada are:
- customer service assistant
- office assistant
During summer breaks you will have the opportunity to find temp jobs at:
- holiday venues
And did we mention that Canada has a lot of high-paying jobs? They are mostly available for those seeking full-time employment. So, if you’re thinking of staying in Canada after your studies then you should consider doing studies in subjects that guarantee the best paychecks, like:
7. Canada has a perfect blend of nature, technology, and culture
Beyond the obvious reasons why you should study in Canada, there are some extra perks for choosing to do a Bachelor’s degree there. It is the unique mix of high-tech, breath-taking natural landscape, and multiculturalism.
Canada is one of the highest ranked countries regarding the quality of life. It has parks and gardens, even in big cities, and you can find a cultural event to attend anytime—at theatres, art centres and museums. Canada also ranks as one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world, so this should definitively be a huge plus in your searches.
But don’t think of a rural-ish lifestyle: Canada is riding the tech wave, too. Some of the strongest industries in the country are telecommunications, biotech and aeronautical engineering, and digital media and video gaming. To give you an example of just how tech Canada is—it was the first country to connect schools and libraries to the internet. Join these visionaries and start a Bachelor’s degree in Canada. We are sure it will get you far in life!