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.
Foreign students in Canada hoping to acquire international work experience after their studies received good news recently. Potential applicants now have twice the amount of time to apply for he country’s Post-Graduation Work Permit. The permit makes it possible for international students who have successfully completed a program of at least eight months to remain in Canada for another three years.
While students previously had 90 days to register for the permit, they now have up to six months from the time they get their final course marks. They also don’t need a currently valid study permit to apply. As long as their study permit was valid within the six month period, overseas students can even return to their home country before applying.
New data from the Canadian government indicates that 2018 was another year of strong growth for the number of international students in Canada. It marked the third straight year of double-digit growth in the Canadian international education sector and now puts Canada ahead of the United Kingdom in regards to overseas students in the country with study permits.
Choosing to study in a foreign country is a major decision for anyone to make. It is understandable that many international students spend a large portion of their time worrying about their grades when they’ve already committed so much to pursuing their education abroad. If you’re one of these overseas students, here are some things you can do other than stress yourself out during your time abroad:
- Set goals for yourself
- Get enough sleep
- Get regular exercise
- Spend time on your hobbies/interests
- Be with your friends
While each of these seem simple, they are crucial to remember. Taking care of yourself properly will help keep the stress away so you have less worries and more time to breathe.
It should come as no surprise that making the decision to study abroad can greatly impact your life. The quality of your post-secondary education, your career opportunities and the number of likes your photos get on social media can all increase as a result of overseas experience. However none of this changes the fact that you will need to adjust after shifting to a new city or country.
Laura Byager recently published a list of tips that helped her cope after moving from Copenhagen to London. She suggests that after moving, you should:
- Be truthful about your feelings
- Remember that you don’t have to do things just to fit it
- Get to know your new surroundings
- Dive into local culture
- Get enough exercise
- Remind yourself why you decided to travel
- Know that it doesn’t have to be forever
Canada Campus Visits Helps Ease Your Transition
If you are serious about completing your education in a foreign country but are hesitant about facing culture shock upon your arrival, Canada Campus Visits is for you. Our campus tours do more than just show you the different facilities on college or university campuses. We take you to different cities in Canada and give you the opportunity to see what they are like first-hand. By seeing what the atmosphere and culture of a campus is like, students will be better prepared when they embark on their study abroad adventure in their new home.
In this video, different study abroad students discussed the importance of interacting with communities while they completed their post-secondary education overseas. They also talked about why their experiences studying abroad were beneficial to their careers.
A recent survey asked post-secondary students in Canada whether or not they would choose to study at their current institutions if given the chance to start over. The results varied among universities but raised questions about how much students actually know about their universities at the time of enrollment. “What is the Canadian student experience like” and “How does the culture on campus differ between institutions” are examples of questions that students might be better off learning first-hand as opposed to reading in an information package.
Canada Campus Visits was launched to help students, both international and domestic, answer questions like this for themselves. We believe that by setting foot on campus, touring the facilities and interacting with faculty, students will be better informed about their choice of college or university before enrolling. Empowered with the right information, more students will feel they made the right choice long after their studies have been completed.