If you are an International student interested in studying abroad, you should absolutely look at Canada as one of your study destination. USA has historically got majority of international students applying and studying in the country due to a large number of university options varying from some of the top universities in the world to other options with small state colleges and job opportunities after graduation.
Canada’s international student population has tripled over the past decade to 642,000 in 2019. Canada has moved into third place globally behind the United States of America and Australia.
Here are the top 5 reasons on why International students should seriously consider Canada as a study destination.
1. Enough good universities and colleges in Canada
Canada has about 95 or so 4 year university and colleges. The number is far smaller than the number of universities in the US, but the competition to get into some of the top universities such as Uni. Of Toronto, McGill, UBC, Alberta and Montreal is not the same as you would see in some of the top universities in the US. Given less number of international applicants, you may have better chances of getting into some of the Canadian university.
Here are the top 10 universities, every student applying for either Undergraduate or graduate universities should look at. The top 3 universities are highly competitive but worth the investment and they have highly reputed STEM programs
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Source: Time Higher Education
You can explore, compare universities and colleges in Canada at the government website. Click here!
2. The Admission process is simpler
Unlike the US universities, the Canadian university have a simpler admission and application process. US universities tend to have a wholistic process requiring a lot of essays for undergraduate studies and a few for graduate studies. The Canadian university tend to pay more attention to your GPA, transcript and your standardized test scores. As an applicant, you don’t need to spend umpteen hours preparing your application. Here is a recommended suggestion for applicants based on the reputation of their high school or colleges
Well known High School or reputed college in your country (top 25) and Top 10% of your class – Apply to the top 5 universities for admissions
Top 20% of your class in a good high school or college – Apply to the universities ranked between #5-#10
Not in top 20% of your class and not graduating from a well known college or high school in your state – Apply to the colleges ranked between #10 to #25
3. Need lower budget than the US universities
With budgets tightening in the US and financial aid decreasing each year, the cost of education is important for any student. Canadian university study cost can be 25-50% lower than the cost of study in the US. In addition, Canadian universities do provide financial aid and the students can also do work study programs once enrolled.
The cost of tuition and stay vary by university, your program and how you manage your stay costs. The tuition costs can vary from anywhere $20,000 to $40,000 and the cost of stay can be anywhere from $6,000-$15,000 per year.
4. It is Easy to adjust to the country
Though the weather can be tough in winters. Canada has beautiful cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and many other smaller cities and towns. Also, country has diversity, just like the US, and Canadians, in general are welcoming and friendly, Also, if you know English, it is far easier to adjust to the country and not need to learn any new language. The lifestyle is mellow and not as competitive or tensed as the southern neighbor.
5. Diversity and Improving Job Opportunities
Canada has a diverse industry and Improving job opportunities and work opportunities as many companies open Canadian offices: Many US technology companies are further increasing their presence in Canada with lower cost of hiring experienced and skilled workers. Canada also has a diverse industrial base from manufacturing, mining, telecom and financial services. The employment and visa rules are more friendly as government tries to attract global talent and the rules are not ever changing, unlike the US.
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