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5 Reasons to study in Canada

Academically, financially, and professionally, it's a good deal
BY Cherryy Chauhan |   16-11-2016
International students at the University of the Fraser Valley (image by UFV, used under CC license)

Canada, home to 25 Nobel laureates, is also home to an average of some 200,000 international students each year. Ever wondered why it is so attractive to people interested in higher studies? Here are some of the reasons.
  1. World-class universities
    Canada is home to some of the world’s top-ranking universities, where students get global exposure and quality education. There are nearly 100 universities in the country, of which four – the University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia, and University of Alberta – are in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.
  2. Funding
    Studying in Canada could actually save you more than just a few bucks. There are plenty of scholarships, and the average cost of tuition is lower than in the US. Living costs vary depending on the location.
  3. Easy student visa
    Canada has an easy and hassle-free visa application process for international students. After receiving an acceptance letter, you can apply through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, or fill out a paper application. You will need to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation (as required by the university), proof of funding, and proof of language proficiency. You then receive a reference letter that you need to hand over at immigration when you land in Canada.
  4. Work opportunities
    It is possible to work as an international student in Canada. You may even qualify to work on-campus or off-campus without an additional work permit if you meet specific criteria. You can also work there for a limited period after graduation. Many US companies also hire graduates from Canada.
  5. Long-term possibilities
    After graduating from a Canadian university, you are eligible to apply for a work permit from within the country. After working in Canada for some years, it may be possible to apply for permanent resident status and eventually citizenship. Permanent resident status entitles you to all the rights and benefits of a Canadian citizen except, of course, the right to vote and to contest elections.
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