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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.

Ranking Shows That Canada is Home to 10 of the Best Business Schools for the World

Source: Toronto Star | Image Credit: Baylor University

According to a new report, Canada boasts ten of the top business schools in the world. In fact, four of the top forty can be found in Ontario. The study examined 146 business schools in order to determine which were best at incorporating sustainability considerations into their institutes, programs, and research.

York University’s Schulich School of Business ranked second largely thanks to their research program. No other business school matched their number of published articles in peer-reviewed journals on sustainability.

The Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph ranked the 18th most sustainable. They offer an MBA in Sustainable Commerce, with many of their courses making sustainability a central theme.

The Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto came in at number 31. This is because it hosts some of the country’s leading institutes that aim to advance sustainability.

Finally, Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management was 37. Notable highlights include their Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility, the integration of ethics and social impact into their courses, and one of the most gender-diverse faculties in the world.

For more details, please view the Toronto Star website.

Students Say Canada Among Most Popular Study Abroad Countries

Source: Times Higher Education

A new study asked overseas students about the top factors they looked at when selecting a university. For the majority of them, location and ranking were cited as most important. Canada impressed the international students on many fronts thanks to the job opportunities available after graduation, cost of living and welcoming nature of the people in the country.

Navigating Canada’s Immigration Website

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The website for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can be tough to navigate if you haven’t done so before. The site is aimed at different groups of people who are often looking for very different types of information. If you are a student looking to visit Canada, it is a website you will need to be familiar with.

If visiting Canada for less than six months, you might require a visitor/temporary resident visa, an Electronic Travel Authorization or just a valid passport. If you are unsure of the type of document you will need before your next trip to Canada, you can find out here. If you later decide to study in Canada, a study permit can be obtained through the website here. Information on international student scholarships, extending a student visa and applying for a student work visa is also available.

Canada Beats US in Sustainable Campus Index

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Canada has found much success in major competitions as of late. Canadians have topped the 2019 US Open in tennis as well as the 2018-19 NBA basketball season. Now Canada has squeaked out another victory against American competition.

According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Canadian university campuses were recently ranked above their counterparts in the United States when it comes to global sustainability. For the full report, please visit University to Business.

Indian, Nigerian & Vietnamese Students Expected to Study Abroad

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A new report suggests that due the recent economic slowdown in China, students from Vietnam, Nigeria and India will likely drive international student growth in the coming years. Furthermore, countries with unwelcoming policies toward immigrants are expected to witness stagnant or declining levels of overseas students at their doors.