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.

The Shift of Vietnamese Students to Canada Marches On

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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.

Stop Stressing About Your Grades

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Choosing to study in a foreign country is a major decision for anyone to make. It is understandable that many international students spend a large portion of their time worrying about their grades when they’ve already committed so much to pursuing their education abroad. If you’re one of these overseas students, here are some things you can do other than stress yourself out during your time abroad:

  • Set goals for yourself
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get regular exercise
  • Spend time on your hobbies/interests
  • Be with your friends

While each of these seem simple, they are crucial to remember. Taking care of yourself properly will help keep the stress away so you have less worries and more time to breathe.

Why Is “Country Counting” So Popular At Universities?

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“What’s your country count?” seems to be a question increasingly asked to international students while studying abroad. It refers to the number of countries someone has traveled to and is usually asked by people trying to find out if others share a passion for seeing the world.

While studying overseas, it can be wise to visit nearby countries if your class schedule and budget allows it. However we advise against visiting other nations just to impress others. If you made the choice to pursue a higher education in a foreign place, you likely already see the value of discovering new lands and understand that the number of countries you’ve visited doesn’t necessarily relate to how many memories you’ve made. You won’t go wrong by simply enjoying the place you’re in and immersing yourself in your new surroundings.

25 Benefits of Studying Abroad

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From new friends and new foods to more confidence and career options, choosing to study abroad leads to a great variety of benefits. Are you trying to decide if studying in Canada is the best option for you? If you are, here is an infographic full of facts that you should find helpful.

Was any of this information surprising to you? Is there anything you would add to benefit future international students? Let us know in the comment section!

Women in STEM: The Benefits of Studying Abroad

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An international student recently described her experiences in a Times Higher Education article. Upon moving to a new country to pursue a higher education, she had to adjust to life in a multicultural area that was completely new to her.

When she successfully completed her overseas education, the experience she gained while living and working abroad set her apart from the competition when pursuing a job after graduation. The student feels that her communication skills were improved as a direct result of her time immersed in a foreign culture. She recommends an international education to any student looking to improve their career opportunities.

Study abroad and the Development of Intercultural Maturity

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A study was recently conducted in the hopes of determining whether or not international students were able to increase their intercultural maturity during a short-term study abroad program. The program lasted nine days but data received from the student participants was promising.

The travel abroad students were observed to have successfully improved their interpersonal, intrapersonal and cognitive skills within the limited time of their programs suggesting that study abroad programs can increase the development of intercultural maturity.

5 Tips to Help Bust Stress While Studying

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Results of a recent survey suggest that 64% of students rate their stress level while studying at 7 out of 10. Leading causes of stress among students were due dates, exams and the need to balance school work with personal time. Students studying abroad face even more challenges when taking into account factors like culture shock and being away from home. So to help everyone better manage the stresses they might be facing, here are some tips.

Communicate Your Emotions: Writing about your feelings can help manage stress. Sometimes though, you might just need someone to listen to you. Don’t hesitate to contact family and friends back home if you’re in need of someone to share with.

Remain Organized: Managing your schedule allows you to take control over your time. By making sure there is time to spend with friends and not leaving work to the last minute, you can better navigate your busy course syllabus.

Take Care of Yourself: Eat healthy, sleep well and get regular exercise. While these things might seem simple, they each are vital in helping our bodies and minds manage stress and maintain themselves.

Be Mindful: Maybe you don’t practice yoga. That doesn’t mean you can’t still find a quiet place to relax and unwind for a while. It is important to give your brain a break now and then.

Take It In Stride: A little pressure can be a source of motivation. Learn how to use it to propel you forward. Remember not to push yourself too hard though.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

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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.