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.

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.

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!

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 Eases Application Requirements for Post-Study Work Permits

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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.

Canada’s Growth Curve

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Experts believe that the Canadian international education industry is starting to get the global recognition it deserves. The government set a goal to host 450,000 overseas students by the year 2022 but surpassed this total in December 2017. The first seven months of 2018 also saw a 38% rise in the number of study permits issued to those looking to further their education in Canada. It truly seems as though there hasn’t been a better time to study at a Canadian college or university.

Foreign Students Transforming Canada’s Schools, Immigration

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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.

Universities Ready to Roll with Cannabis Legalization

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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.

Canada: Survey Reveals High Student Satisfaction

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Results of the 2018 CBIE International Student Survey were recently released and indicate that international students who chose to study in Canada are increasingly pleased with their study abroad destination.

Approximately 93% of foreign students in Canada expressed satisfaction with the country while 96% of students would recommend the country to other international students. Students cited familiar reasons, such as the tolerant society, safe cities and high quality education, as to why Canada is a premier overseas education destination. The ability to work in Canada during and after completing their studies was also seen as important by 75% of students.