Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently added Pakistan to their Student Direct Stream (SDS) initiative. The program aims to streamline the visa application process for students from specific countries. Other SDS eligible nations are India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Government of Canada claims that through the SDS, student visas can be processed in less than three weeks.
Tuition fees are continuing to climb in the United States of America for both domestic and international students. However it is the students coming from overseas that are expected to face the worst of this as they have to pay for visa applications and various “international student fees” as well.
While several factors can be blamed for the rise in tuition, foreign students have begun to look towards new destinations to pursue their study abroad goals. In fact Canada has seen record numbers of international students in recent years due to lower fees and a greater opportunity to start a life there after graduation.
With so many things to do before your study abroad adventure begins, it is important to make sure your time management skills are sharp. With applying for study visas, admission to colleges and universities, and scholarships, feeling as though there are not enough hours in the day is understandable. Here is a list of tips to improve your ability to get everything done on time.
- Ask for help: Being resourceful will help you accomplish tasks more efficiently.
- Organize your workspace: Organization will strengthen your focus and limit distractions.
- Determine what makes you productive: Understand when and where you are most motivated to get work done.
- Entourage matters: Build a support network to encourage you to keep going.
- Working through feedback: Don’t let criticism hold you back. Learn what you can from it and continue on your path.
- Talking back to your perfectionism: If you were already perfect, you wouldn’t need to be in school learning. Relax and take time to grow.
The top universities in the world have been ranked by QS and seven schools in Canada have successfully cracked the Top 200. These Canadian universities are: The University of Toronto (ranked 29), McGill University (tied for 35), the University of British Columbia (51), the University of Alberta (113), University of Montreal (137), McMaster University (tied for 140) and the University of Waterloo (tied for 173). Canada Campus Visits congratulates all the Canadian institutions on the list and hopes to visit you with your future international students in the coming year!
There could be many reasons why you might be hesitant to pursue an overseas education. Nervousness about leaving your friends and family, fear about living in a new country for the foreseeable future, etc. When you stop to thinking about it though, the benefits of studying in a foreign country greatly outweigh any amount of negative aspects. Here’s a list of some of the ways studying abroad is beneficial to students in the short and long term. Give it a look and let us know if the list is missing any.
In the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick, data indicates that international students had an positive impact worth $101.8M on the provincial GDP in 2016. This goes to show that colleges and universities have been crucial when it comes to attracting newcomers to the region. Officials have noted the contributions of overseas students to the area and aim to do more to welcome them to local educational institutions. This will not only allow study abroad students to gain their post-secondary education in Canada but lets the New Brunswick benefit in terms of cultural diversity and the economy.
There’s a lot to do before you go on a tour of what may be your future college or university. Things to see, speakers to listen to, brochures to bring home and totally read in your precious spare time. The entire process can be stressful but here is an outline of how you may want to approach campus visits with us.
Before the Tour: Review the colleges and universities we’ll be visiting and try to decide which will be the best place for you. If you’ve always wanted to pursue your education in a large city or small town, focus on schools in that type of setting. Be sure to also go over the kinds of programs that are available at these schools. Finding the program you want in a location you like will help you know what campuses to focus on.
During the Tour: Ask questions, interact with people and take notes. With five colleges and five universities to see on a Canada Campus Visits tour, there will be loads of information available to help you decide what school to make your study abroad destination.
After the Tour: If your final decision isn’t an obvious one, don’t worry. Review the information you have from the tour and don’t be afraid to follow-up with the institutions you’re interested in if you have questions. Choosing where you want to study overseas is a big decision but you shouldn’t rush to make it. Go over your notes, remember what you liked about each campus and follow your heart.
According to recent research, stress is on the rise among college and university aged individuals. Moving from high school to a post-secondary institution, especially one that is abroad, can be a lot for anyone to handle. As a parent, one might want to help the students in their family but not know what steps to take. Luckily, there’s a list for that:
- Encourage students to seek help if they need it. Counselors and support groups and are willing to help if students are willing to share what they’re going through.
- Put yourself in their shoes. Even if you haven’t pursued your own post-secondary education, share stories about challenges you’ve faced.
- Set expectations. Make sure they know what you hope they can achieve and listen to them if they think your goals are unrealistic.
- Let them know the standards are higher now. It can be hard adjusting to studying on your own and having deadlines that aren’t flexible. Save them the trouble of having to learn this the hard way.
- Forgive mistakes. No one is perfect and there are always bumps in the road for students. Teach them that it’s okay to mess up as long as they learn their lesson and work to get better over time.
As of the end of 2018, Canada is currently the third-leading host of international students. Furthermore, Vietnam is officially the fifth highest source country for international students in Canada. This groups them with India, China, South Korea and France.
The Canadian government recognises the need for highly skilled and well-educated immigrants and recent changes to its immigration policy are attracting students not only from Vietnam but all over the world.