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.
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.
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.
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.
Students choose to further their education overseas for a variety of reasons. Some want to go on an adventure, some see tuition more affordable than in their home country and others hope to improve their career prospects. While the idea of studying abroad is often enticing to students, parents usually have a harder time accepting it.
There are a few things the parents of international students can do to adjust to their children traveling abroad. First, they have to trust that this experience will be beneficial. Students who go overseas to pursue higher education have been seen to gain confidence, life skills, maturity and better their self-awareness.
Social media can be very important. Whether scheduling regular video chats or just seeing pictures and posts online, parents can still keep up to date on what’s going on in the lives of their children.
It is also important for parents to do their homework. Understand the campus and the city that the student will be staying in. Talk to others who have spent time at the institution and learn as much as possible in order to feel comfortable. Canada Campus Visits encourages parents and students to join us on our campus tours so everyone can have the chance to see what Canadian colleges and universities are like.
The first step is deciding which Canadian colleges and universities to apply to. Canada Campus Visits can help with that. By joining us on one of our campus tours, you’ll be able to experience life on up to 10 institutions first-hand and make an informed decision when you’re ready to submit your application.
A letter of acceptance from a Canadian institution
Evidence that you have the financial ability to live and study in Canada
Proof that you will be willing to leave Canada upon completion of your studies
Up-to-date medical and criminal records
Evidence that you are prepared and willing to study in Canada
With your Canadian student visa, you will be eligible to work during the semester as a student on campus. In time you will also be able to apply for an off-campus work visa, post-graduation work visa and even permanent residence in Canada. Visa applications can require lots of time to be processed though so be sure to apply as soon as possible.
Every traveler wants to go on adventures that are important. Travel is an experience that can change your life and studying abroad is no different. In fact, getting an education overseas may be one of the most important adventures you ever go on because of the impact the trip can have on your future. To make the most of your travels, here are a few tips from a recent article:
Read and Research
Learn the Language
Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Canada Campus Visits can help you with the first and last entries on this list. Our familiarization tours provide future international students with authentic experiences of campuses and cities that travel magazines and blogs simply can’t. Why read about what a college or university might be like before you study overseas when you can actually spend time in multiple campuses? Make an informed decision and reserve your place on an upcoming Canada Campus Visits tour.
The government of Canada has improved the process of acquiring study permits for students in several countries in Asia. Changes are expected to make requests for visas and other documents faster to complete. Eligibility for the new ‘Student Direct Stream’ depends on students having the following:
A letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution
Proof one can pay for their entire first year of tuition
Proof of purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate
Up-to-date medical records
Required scores on English/French proficiency tests or proof of graduation from a high school with a Canadian curriculum
Universities, colleges and Canadian law enforcement agencies are encouraging international students to stay alert in response to recent scams targeting those who are new in Canada. Criminals have been found wrongfully impersonating officials and threatening foreign students with deportation or arrest unless certain demands are met.
Authorities suggest that those who may be contacted in such a way get in touch with their local police station to determine whether or not the message is legitimate. On-campus international student offices can also provide assistance with these situations. Canadian institutions aim to maintain the safety and well-being of students and will do their best to support those involved.
While studying overseas can seem like the adventure of a lifetime, it may not always be as fun as it looks online. A recent article examined five common challenges faced by students spending time in foreign countries.
Your Adventure, Their Way: Everyone will have an opinion on how best you should travel. From where you are staying to what you should be going to see during your free time. There isn’t one way to do things and at the end of the day, you need to experience your new environment in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable.
There’s No Place Like Home: There’s always the possibility that even after your initial campus visit, the institution where you choose to study may not feel like the best fit. No matter what, you should try your hardest to make the best of your time there. The international experience you gain while abroad will benefit you in the long run.
Doing It For the ‘Gram: Your time spent traveling may not always come off as glamorous as it does on the social networks of your friends. Your adventure is unique to you and you don’t need to constantly be comparing it to what you see others doing.
Living for Likes: Not everything you do needs to be documented on social media. It’s important to step away from your mobile device and actually experience your new surroundings. Your loved ones back home will probably want to hear stories from your trip more than they want a link to your online photo album.
Relationships Are Complicated, As Usual: Whether you’re trying to maintain a long-distance relationship or meet someone new overseas, dating is hard. Manage your expectations and be honest with what you want from your significant other. To our knowledge, most travel insurance packages don’t cover broken hearts.