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.

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.

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.

Canada Adds Pakistan to Its Expedited Student Visa Program

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently added Pakistan to their Student Direct Stream (SDS) initiative. The program aims to streamline the visa application process for students from specific countries. Other SDS eligible nations are India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Government of Canada claims that through the SDS, student visas can be processed in less than three weeks.

University Tuition Fees In The US Are At An All-Time High

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Tuition fees are continuing to climb in the United States of America for both domestic and international students. However it is the students coming from overseas that are expected to face the worst of this as they have to pay for visa applications and various “international student fees” as well.

While several factors can be blamed for the rise in tuition, foreign students have begun to look towards new destinations to pursue their study abroad goals. In fact Canada has seen record numbers of international students in recent years due to lower fees and a greater opportunity to start a life there after graduation.

7 Canadian Universities Appear in QS Top 200

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The top universities in the world have been ranked by QS and seven schools in Canada have successfully cracked the Top 200. These Canadian universities are: The University of Toronto (ranked 29), McGill University (tied for 35), the University of British Columbia (51), the University of Alberta (113), University of Montreal (137), McMaster University (tied for 140) and the University of Waterloo (tied for 173). Canada Campus Visits congratulates all the Canadian institutions on the list and hopes to visit you with your future international students in the coming year!

25 Reasons to Study Abroad

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There could be many reasons why you might be hesitant to pursue an overseas education. Nervousness about leaving your friends and family, fear about living in a new country for the foreseeable future, etc. When you stop to thinking about it though, the benefits of studying in a foreign country greatly outweigh any amount of negative aspects. Here’s a list of some of the ways studying abroad is beneficial to students in the short and long term. Give it a look and let us know if the list is missing any.

Migrant Students Contribute to New Brunswick

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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.

Canada’s Foreign Student Enrolment Took Another Big Jump

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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.