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Here's how to survive life outside university in Canada

Here are a few dos and don'ts for international students in Canada which will make life outside classroom much easier.
BY Skendha Singh |   09-04-2018

Photo courtesy: Maclean's

While abroad as an international student, you must make sure that you know, and live, by the rules of the government and the university. These rules are clearly stated and if you fail to follow them, there can be serious consequences. However, there are other dos and don’ts which are also important. These are guidelines for your social and interpersonal interactions. And while you are unlikely to find them in a book, or pinned to a notice board, they are important for living and thriving in a new culture.

Here are a few dos and don’ts for international students in Canada.

  1. Names
    Do – Call someone by their first name after your Canadian acquaintance has made the first move.
    Don’t – Call a French Canadian by their first name. Use ‘Monsieur’ or ‘Madame’, followed by the last name.

  2. Greetings
    Do – offer a handshake. But, if your acquaintance is a woman, wait for her to offer her hand first.
    Don’t – assume a woman’s marital status when addressing her. Ms. works for all women and is safe to use.

  3. Conversations
    Do – make small talk. The weather, food, movies, books, geography, and sports are easy topics. And you can take the conversation forward without much worry.
    Don’t – Compare Canada and the US. It’s not healthy or polite. Also, avoid topics like religion, and the differences between French and English Canada.

  4. Manners
    Do – Maintain eye contact. It shows confidence and honesty.
    Don’t – Yell or shout. It’s rude. Canadians do not appreciate making a scene in public.

    Do – Wave to your Canadian friends.
    Don’t – Point, especially when you’re in public. It is considered offensive.

  5. Gifts
    Do – Buying someone a meal is a simple and traditional present.
    Don’t – Get someone flowers without checking if they are appropriate for the occasion. For example, red roses can be a very iffy choice.

  6. Dress
    Do – dress casually, or formally, as you feel like. Understand your context. For example, a meeting will require formal attire.
    Don’t – Overdo perfumes and scents. People can be allergic to certain fragrances, and wearing strong scents is considered unsophisticated.



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