If you’re curious about what a typical day is like for an international student who chose to study in Canada, you’re in luck. Times Higher Education published an article from a student outlining what a regular day on campus is like for her. She discusses commuting to school, what her courses are like at university, places on campus to study and how she spends her free time.
Of course, your experience as a foreign student may differ. Some colleges and universities are bigger than others and cities across Canada offer varying amounts of hustle and bustle. To get an authentic feel for student life in Canada, our campus tours are open and are great at helping overseas students find out what Canadian school is best for them.
An international student recently described her experiences in a Times Higher Education article. Upon moving to a new country to pursue a higher education, she had to adjust to life in a multicultural area that was completely new to her.
When she successfully completed her overseas education, the experience she gained while living and working abroad set her apart from the competition when pursuing a job after graduation. The student feels that her communication skills were improved as a direct result of her time immersed in a foreign culture. She recommends an international education to any student looking to improve their career opportunities.
While the United States, Great Britain and Australia appear to be becoming less welcoming to international students, Canada continues to improve its reputation as a study abroad destination. Foreign students cite better paying job opportunities in Canada than in their home countries and the inclusive, multicultural society as reasons to study in Canada.
More than 500,000 international students will be studying in Canada this year. Tuition rates more affordable than competing countries and rules that allow foreign students to work while studying continue to attract overseas students to the country. With the number of international students around the world expected to surpass 10 million in the next decade, the Canadian government plans on changing their polices to bring in even more students from around the world.
A study was recently conducted in the hopes of determining whether or not international students were able to increase their intercultural maturity during a short-term study abroad program. The program lasted nine days but data received from the student participants was promising.
The travel abroad students were observed to have successfully improved their interpersonal, intrapersonal and cognitive skills within the limited time of their programs suggesting that study abroad programs can increase the development of intercultural maturity.
Research conducted at the University of Toronto suggests that mobile apps built to send study reminders to students failed to have much impact on how much time they actually spent studying. A group of students that received the notifications studied longer than a group without them but, according to researchers, not by a meaningful amount. While researchers remain confident that this type of technology can help students to a greater extent than what was indicated, they admit that many students would need to see positive results before changing their study habits.
Results of a recent survey suggest that 64% of students rate their stress level while studying at 7 out of 10. Leading causes of stress among students were due dates, exams and the need to balance school work with personal time. Students studying abroad face even more challenges when taking into account factors like culture shock and being away from home. So to help everyone better manage the stresses they might be facing, here are some tips.
Communicate Your Emotions: Writing about your feelings can help manage stress. Sometimes though, you might just need someone to listen to you. Don’t hesitate to contact family and friends back home if you’re in need of someone to share with.
Remain Organized: Managing your schedule allows you to take control over your time. By making sure there is time to spend with friends and not leaving work to the last minute, you can better navigate your busy course syllabus.
Take Care of Yourself: Eat healthy, sleep well and get regular exercise. While these things might seem simple, they each are vital in helping our bodies and minds manage stress and maintain themselves.
Be Mindful: Maybe you don’t practice yoga. That doesn’t mean you can’t still find a quiet place to relax and unwind for a while. It is important to give your brain a break now and then.
Take It In Stride: A little pressure can be a source of motivation. Learn how to use it to propel you forward. Remember not to push yourself too hard though.
International students who study abroad in Canada, or in any foreign country, should be mindful of remaining respectful and unbiased when interacting with people that have backgrounds different from their own. Developing a sense of appreciation of other cultures allows students to better cope with culture shock and view the world from alternative perspectives. Overseas students who actively try to improve their communication skills are also said to be able to better understand and express themselves to others.
Culturally Diverse Campus Tours
Canada Campus Visits allows prospective international students the chance to better their cross-cultural communication skills through our campus tours. Students from around the world take part in our tours and over the course of 10 days together have the chance to experience a new country, share stories and build lasting friendships with one another.
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.
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.
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.