Where International Students Can Study in Canada (For Now)

Select colleges and universities across Canada have officially been approved to begin welcoming international students again. While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought most international travel to a halt, Canadian learning institutions will be able to bring foreign students back to their campuses again as long as certain requirements are met.

Overseas students coming to study in Canada must also meet government regulated criteria.

While not all Canadian learning institutions are currently listed, more colleges and universities will be added to the list once their provincial or territorial government approves them.

What This Means For Canada Campus Visits

Only students traveling for a non-optional purpose will be admitted entry into Canada for the time being. As a result of this, campus tours for international students are not likely going to proceed. Our website can still be used as a resource to learn about post-secondary education in Canada though. Use the links below to discover more about different institutions across the country and view helpful campus tour videos on each page. When travel restrictions are lifted you can join us in Canada when we can visit campuses together again.

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One on One Webinar: International Student Mobility

This session of the One on One webinar series features representatives from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and officials from Canada Campus Visits as they discuss international student mobility. Speakers in this video are, in order of appearance:

  • Husain F. Neemuchwala (President, Canada Campus Visits)
  • Karen Strang (Executive Director, Canada Campus Visits)
  • Paulo Orlandi (Canadian Trade Commissioner, Education, Forestry & Wood Products, Industrial Machinery, Brazil)
  • Mabelle Sawaqed-Hen (Canadian Trade Commissioner, Education & Training, United Arab Emirates)

How to Study in Canada Without Leaving Home

With international travel still difficult for much of the world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada recently took steps to make it easier for students to begin studying at Canadian colleges and universities via the Internet while still in their home countries. They began by addressing overseas students with questions about how they could obtain a post-graduate work permit after completing their studies.

In regards to the change they made earlier in the year that made it able for students to apply for permits without all of the required paperwork, they reinforced that this is still the case but complete applications will be processed first.

They continued on to explain what is required to have an application pass both the Eligibility and Admissibility stages.

For future updates, be sure to follow the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Twitter and the official Canada Campus Visits social media accounts as well.

Chinese Students Say They Still Plan to Study in Canada

Source: University Affairs | Image Credit: Kochstrasse

Some overseas students have found themselves worried about moving to North America for their studies due to ongoing racial tensions. While a recent article in University Affairs highlights students from Asian countries, this group certainly is not the first to experience such apprehension. While any instance of racism on a Canadian college or university campus will be dealt with by the proper authorities, the fact remains that even one racist incident is too many.

International students coming to Canada should know that faculty and their fellow students will support them if they need to talk or feel worried about stories they see online. Campuses in Canada are largely very multicultural with students who come from all walks of life. Many have felt the same way and are more than happy to help newcomers through what they might be going through. When it comes to equality, we are all in this together.

Canada Remains Committed to International Students

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Sources: The Government of Canada, University World News, Academica Top Ten

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the Fall 2020 semester across Canadian colleges and universities, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been working so international students who were approved to come to the country can still begin their study abroad programs from home.

Travel restrictions were previously eased for students that had already secured study permits. Since then we have seen international students already in Canada be granted the ability to work up to 40 hours each week in order to help them earn more and bolster the numbers of individuals working in essential services.

For students still in the application stage of coming to Canada, IRCC recently announced that they will not turn away students who are unable to provide certain required documents. Recent graduates applying for their work permits are also receiving a similar benefit.

It is clear that the Canadian government values the role that overseas students play in both their economy and culturally diverse society. By working with higher education institutions to re-imagine the study abroad experience, they hope to encourage foreign students to pursue their dreams of seeing the world while furthering their education.

Canada Grants Travel Exemption to International Students

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In mid-March, the Canadian government announced a series of travel restrictions aimed to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. These new rules, similar to those introduced in other countries, left international students in an uncertain position. Would students with study permits be able to enter Canada if they had been traveling or had not yet arrived in the country?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recently clarified the situation:

“Exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home, and travel by these individuals will be considered essential travel for land border restrictions.”

Students who had either already been granted or approved for a study permit prior to restrictions coming into place would be able to cross the border. Those entering Canada will have to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival as a precaution in order to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

International Student Enrolments at Canadian Public Colleges and Universities

Source: Statistics Canada

New information about international students in who study in Canada has been released by the government. The infographic, shown above, outlines what Canadian provinces overseas students choose to study in, their country of origin and their fields of study. Here are some of the notable insights:

  • There were 225 source countries to send study abroad students to Canada
  • The top three source countries were, respectively: China, India and France
  • More men (158,454) than women (137,055) are studying in Canada
  • 80% of international students chose to study in the province of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec
  • 33% are pursuing a college diploma or lower while 67% are in a bachelor-level program or higher

For additional informational on foreign students in Canada, visit Statistics Canada.

How International Study Enhances Student Cultural Comprehension

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International study opportunities are crucial for the development culturally savvy, global citizens. As different cultures have their own unique customs, it is important for each of us to understand and respect them while identifying the similarities we have in common. Studying abroad helps us accomplish this in several ways:

  • Exposes Students to New Languages
  • Betters Our Understanding of Different Perspectives
  • Increases Cultural Sensitivity
  • Introduces New Ideas
  • Improves Academic Outcomes and Career Prospects

To read more about how an international education pays dividends for overseas students, please visit the PIE blog.

Canada: Top Quality Education in a Diverse Environment

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Recent years have seen Canada rise in popularity as a study abroad destination for overseas students. In fact, reports indicate that the number of international students in Canada elevated by a staggering 154% between the years 2010–2018. This is largely because the federal government sees foreign students as beneficial to the country. These students are capable of helping fill skills shortages while also adding cultural diversity to the nation.

International students are attracted to Canada for a wide range of reasons. It is seen as tolerant and offers several programs that help students find success in the country after they graduate. The education system also happens to be world-class and more affordable than other popular study overseas destinations. Several Canadian colleges and universities are can be found ranked among the best in the world.

Community colleges are also a worthwhile, yet lesser known, option for international students looking to pursue higher education in Canada. They offer reduced class sizes and often boast a greater sense of community than larger institutions. Canadian community colleges also serve as a stepping stone for any students who may wish transfer to a university or graduate school later in their academic career.