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!
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.
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.
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.
Heading into 2019, Canada continues to witness record breaking numbers of international students applying to its colleges and universities. Thanks to welcoming government policies and the reputation of Canadians being culturally diverse, fewer overseas students are choosing the United States and United Kingdom than in years past.
The Trudeau government recognizes foreign students as potential “immigrants of choice” because they are young and have Canadian academic experience. Canada also sees these students as a way to fill gaps in the labour market and will continue their attempts to attract international students because of this.
A recently published research paper examined the various perceptions that international students had of major English-speaking study abroad destinations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Canada maintained its place as the foreign country students cited as best in terms of visa requirements, affordability, safety and employment opportunities. The number of respondents who said that a lack of friends and family already in Canada would keep them from studying there was also reduced as the reputation of “The Great White North” continues to rise among students globally.
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.
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.