Class Is In Session at Canada’s First ‘Pot School’

Source: GIPHY, CBC News

As cannabis legalization draws ever closer in Canada, one college has officially launched their postgraduate diploma program in marijuana growing. Students at Niagara College will train in state of the art labs and study topics ranging from plant selection to the rules that govern cannabis in Canada. The program will also require students to successfully complete a field placement with a cannabis producer before being able to graduate and enter the industry.

Montreal Wants Its International Students To Stay

Source: NHL, Study International

A new campaign “Je Choisis Montreal,” or “I Choose Montreal” in English, aims to help international students remain in the city upon their graduation. Montreal is already highly regarded among overseas students as a study destination, ranking atop multiple lists of cities to pursue an education in.

More than 33,000 international students were in Montreal in 2017, representing a 10% rise compared to the previous year. However many of them have been seen leaving Quebec after they graduate. With skilled labour in demand throughout the province, this campaign hopes to make the idea of staying more appealing to foreign students.

Universities Ready to Roll with Cannabis Legalization

Sources: Dua Lipa, CBC News

With cannabis legalization coming to Canada in October 2018, universities and colleges aim to help students understand the effects of marijuana use as well as the rules for using it on campus.

Much like the different provinces across Canada, individual schools are expected to implement their own policies for cannabis use. Universities in the province of New Brunswick have stated that smoking or growing marijuana on campus or in residence will be prohibited. These institutions are also adjusting their respective policies to deal with anyone caught impaired while in an academic setting.

Canada: Survey Reveals High Student Satisfaction

Source: The Maury Show, The PIE

Results of the 2018 CBIE International Student Survey were recently released and indicate that international students who chose to study in Canada are increasingly pleased with their study abroad destination.

Approximately 93% of foreign students in Canada expressed satisfaction with the country while 96% of students would recommend the country to other international students. Students cited familiar reasons, such as the tolerant society, safe cities and high quality education, as to why Canada is a premier overseas education destination. The ability to work in Canada during and after completing their studies was also seen as important by 75% of students.

How International Students Interact on Campus

Sources: Fast Company, Study International

Colleges and universities are more than just places to study. They act as places for students to network and establish some of the most important relationships of their lives. However new research shows that many students are failing to venture outside of their cultural circles or away from others who share their field of study. While foreign students are likely to interact with others who come from countries overseas, only a small percentage of them were seen to socialize with domestic students. This is unfortunate because one of the best ways to learn about a new country is by getting to know the locals.

Higher learning institutions should to put a greater emphasis on groups and activities that encourage diversity among their students. Overseas students must also put forth an effort to build relationships with students from different academic and cultural backgrounds. By getting to know each other, we all gain a better understanding of the world and can truly claim that diversity is our strength.

Top 5 Reasons to Study In Canada

Source: Universities Canada

A group of students completing their post-secondary education in Canada was recently interviewed about how they enjoyed studying in the country. The group was also asked to discuss the reasons that made them choose Canada as an international education destination. They explained, in the above video, that Canada is known for offering educational programs that are recognized globally at rates that are more affordable that other countries. Canada also boasts a safe, multicultural society with colleges and universities that strive to see their students succeed.

Where Are American Visa Rejects Heading?

Source: Our Cartoon President, Study International

The popular American H-1B visa program has become increasingly unappealing to international students during the reign of the Trump administration. This is due to mounting restrictions and higher rejection rates witnessed by students in recent years.

America’s loss is proving to be Canada’s gain though. Overseas students see Canada as having an immigration policy that is more welcoming to newcomers. They are also aware that the paths to achieving a work permit or Canadian citizenship are easier to navigate than the systems employed by the US. These factors, in addition to the Canadian government announcing the Student Direct Stream to accelerate the application process for students, Canada continues to improve its reputation as an international education destination.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

Source: Orange Is the New Black, Nerd Wallet

A student who made the decision to travel abroad and pursue higher education recently published an article highlighting some of the things I wish he had known prior to beginning his journey. We recommend it to students looking to study in Canada who are in need of a few extra tips.

Location Isn’t Always Everything: Regardless the campus you choose, you’re going to find ways to enjoy yourself. Book a campus tour, see the institutions you like and don’t stress out about whether every single second of your time spent there will be perfect.

Know Why You Want to Study Abroad: Ask yourself what you truly hope to get out of your time abroad. Are you aiming to gain international experience to benefit your career or explore a new part of the world while seeing the sites? Knowing this will help you make decisions going forward.

Get a Travel Rewards Credit Card: Many credit cards and financial institutions will charge you extra fees for overseas transactions. Finding a credit card that avoids this situation while helping your earn cash back on travel related purchases will help your savings last the duration of the trip.

Take Less Pictures: Experiencing the place you’re studying in doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with snapping hundreds of photographs. Try to explore while doing less picture taking. Instagram likes are fine but having stories you can tell is always better.

Leave the City: Don’t be afraid to stray from the beaten path from time to time. Big cities and tourist attractions will likely be the first places you want to visit but remember that smaller towns have plenty of charm too.

Why You Should Study on a Different Continent

Source: GIPHY, Study International

A recent post from Study International outlines the many reasons you should be thinking about studying abroad. Not only will your social media posts be fantastic but you get to immerse yourself in a new culture and better your career prospects in addition to your understanding of the world. Spending time on another part of the globe will also allow you to experience things you would not have been able to at home while connecting with people that you may never have gotten to know. You can learn about new foods, music and languages all while becoming a more independent individual.

Canada is expanding its reputation among students as a study abroad destination and if you are interested in getting a first-hand look at what campus life is like in Canada, you should join us on one of our upcoming tours. We can help you discover why studying in a foreign country is one of the best decisions you will ever make.

 

Keeping Your Cool While Studying Abroad

Source: Disney, Study & Go Abroad

Spending time abroad is fun but can be difficult to do when you’re trying to complete your education in a new country. Your study abroad experience may not always go as smoothly as you expect but here are a couple of tips to keep you as stress free as possible.

Swap your Scenery: Whether it’s a coffee shop, on public transit or in a park, don’t be a afraid to come out of your room to study in a new environment. A bit of fresh air never hurts when cramming for a test.

Seek Help When You Need It: New countries and new campuses make for new challenges galore. Should you need assistance with anything, your friends, student counselors and faculty members are usually more than willing to help. Those closest to you want to see you succeed so never be afraid to reach out to them.