Study in Canada is an excellent idea for a successful career. A well-thought-out strategy for admission to the best educational institutions in the country is the key to obtain a prestigious diploma and, as a result, immigration to Canada.
Why do international students choose to study in Canada?
Each year Canada welcomes about half a million international students from all over the world. Thus, every fourth student in the country is an international student. Canada offers a high-quality education for an affordable price that is cheaper than in the USA and UK. At the same time, the prestige of a Canadian diploma is equal to an American or English and is recognized worldwide.
In addition to the highest quality of Canadian education, the government of Canada pays significant attention to various types of research and development, which is ideal for researchers in such fields as environmental sciences, medicine, agriculture, computer science and telecommunications.
Affordable tuition fees
In addition to the relatively low tuition fees, students can also apply for scholarships. Graduate students can get a job position at the faculty along with their studies. On average, education in a Canadian college costs about $12,000-17,000 Canadian dollars per year. The average annual cost of university studies is slightly higher – about $15,000-20,000 Canadian dollars per year.
Ability to work while studying
International students enjoy the same rights as any other Canadian in one of the world’s safest and most comfortable countries. Moreover, international students can work up to 20 hours a week during their studies, and full time during the holidays and breaks. What else significantly distinguishes Canada from other popular countries among international students is the right to bring spouses and children for the entire period of study. Moreover, spouses of international students in Canada have the right to obtain an open work permit, which allows them to work for any employer.
Opportunity to stay in Canada after your studies
Finally, the Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP) allows international students to stay and work in Canada for up to three years after graduation. With a Canadian diploma and work experience, international students get additional opportunities to obtain permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
Canada’s Higher Education System
Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) are very diverse. What to choose, college or university, how do they differ, and what benefits do they provide upon completing the program?
Canadian colleges focus on professional education. They offer different types of study programs in economics and focus on the graduate’s career. The acquisition of practical skills is the main preference for these higher education institutions in Canada and many programs offer internships and co-ops. Moreover, by maintaining strong ties with employers in various fields, colleges often provide their graduates’ assistance with finding employment.
There are three levels of education in colleges for international students:
- One-year training programs (the graduate receives a certificate)
- Two- and three-year study programs (graduate receives a diploma), and
- Four-year study programs in applied sciences (graduate receives a bachelor’s degree)
In addition, college graduates can enroll in the 3rd year course at a Canadian university and upgrade their diploma to a bachelor’s degree.
Also, many colleges offer one- and two-year programs for overseas students who already obtained a degree. Typically, these programs provide advanced skills in a specific area.
To be admitted to higher educational institutions, the candidate must meet certain requirements, including an IELTS Academic or TOEFL English test and a high school graduation certificate with high grades in core subjects. Most college programs require at least IELTS Academic 6.0 score. But some programs require IELTS Academic 6.5 score. However, some colleges accept students with as low as IELTS Academic 5.5 score.
However, if your dream is to become an economist or engineer, you should choose one of the many universities in Canada. Canadian universities offer students an academic degree.
Upon completion of their studies, absolutely all universities award students a bachelor’s degree. In addition, most faculties at all Canadian universities offer master’s and Ph.D. programs. Each university in Canada is an independent educational institution and sets its own admission requirements for prospective students.
Admission to Canadian universities is a little more complex than college. The higher is your score in IELTS Academic or TOEFL, the more chances you have of becoming a student. Some programs, especially graduate programs, may also require a research project or getting the support of a research advisor from the faculty.
The main advantage of studying at a university, compared to a college, is that you are more likely to receive financial support from your faculty. For bachelor students, scholarships are mainly awarded for academic success or participation in any public activities, while graduate students and especially Ph.D. students are often offered partial tuition fees through grants, scholarships and positions of teaching or research assistants. Ph.D. students can often also receive full tuition coverage and even a financial package that includes basic living expenses coverage.
According to the QS World University Rankings 2021, 26 Canadian universities are in the top 100 in the world! So, in 2021, the best universities in Canada were:
- The University of Toronto. Best in Canada and 25th worldwide! The university employs more than 21,000 instructors in 980 academic programs where study almost 90,000 students.
- McGill University. The university is located in Montreal. Notably, it is the Alma Mater for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Ranked #2 in Canada’s Best Universities and #31 in the World
- The University of British Columbia. This university closes the top three. The TRIUMF National Laboratory is located on one of the two campuses of UBC.
- The University of Montreal. The French-speaking public research university in Montreal has over 67,000 students, 10,000 of whom are foreigners.
- The University of Alberta. Students can choose from 388 undergraduate programs and 500 graduate programs.
Schindler Visa Services for International Students
Our team specializes in assisting prospective international students in selecting a study program and applying for admission. Considering your preferences, financial situation, level of English, general knowledge, and other factors, our team will help you choose a school and program, obtain a Letter of Admission to a college or university, and help with the preparation of documents for a study permit.
Help with Admission
As a licensed immigration company, Schindler Visa Services partners with ApplyBoard, StudyAbroad, CAPIC Education Partner Program (EPP), making it easy to enroll international students in hundreds of different academic programs. Moreover, if the educational institution you want to study is a partner of one of these platforms, our services for assistance with program admission will be completely free!
Getting a Study Permit
Once you get a Letter of Admission from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution, we will help you to obtain a study permit. And if you are planning to travel to Canada with a girlfriend/boyfriend, spouse or children, we will help you to apply for an open work permit and/or visitor visa for them. In addition, we will provide step-by-step instructions for obtaining all the necessary documents for your application.
Building a long-term strategy for the future
Another advantage of working with our company is complete confidence in the planning of the furthest strategy. We help you to become a student and draw up a plan for your future. Some students consider the possibility of studying in Canada as a pathway for an international career in the US, Europe or international organizations. Others are looking for study in Canada as a path to immigration and becoming permanent residents of Canada. Our team will be happy to help you find the best academic program that will meet your long-term goals.
Study in Canada with Schindler Visa Services is straightforward! Choosing the best option for everyone is the primary goal of our team because we have gone the way from international students to Canadian citizens.