How to Study in Canada Without Leaving Home

With international travel still difficult for much of the world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada recently took steps to make it easier for students to begin studying at Canadian colleges and universities via the Internet while still in their home countries. They began by addressing overseas students with questions about how they could obtain a post-graduate work permit after completing their studies.

In regards to the change they made earlier in the year that made it able for students to apply for permits without all of the required paperwork, they reinforced that this is still the case but complete applications will be processed first.

They continued on to explain what is required to have an application pass both the Eligibility and Admissibility stages.

For future updates, be sure to follow the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Twitter and the official Canada Campus Visits social media accounts as well.

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.

International Student Enrolments at Canadian Public Colleges and Universities

Source: Statistics Canada

New information about international students in who study in Canada has been released by the government. The infographic, shown above, outlines what Canadian provinces overseas students choose to study in, their country of origin and their fields of study. Here are some of the notable insights:

  • There were 225 source countries to send study abroad students to Canada
  • The top three source countries were, respectively: China, India and France
  • More men (158,454) than women (137,055) are studying in Canada
  • 80% of international students chose to study in the province of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec
  • 33% are pursuing a college diploma or lower while 67% are in a bachelor-level program or higher

For additional informational on foreign students in Canada, visit Statistics Canada.

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.

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.

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.

Canada King, Global Perceptions Unchanged

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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.

A Day in the Life of a Student in Canada

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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.

Montreal Wants Its International Students To Stay

Source: NHL, Study International

A new campaign “Je Choisis Montreal,” or “I Choose Montreal” in English, aims to help international students remain in the city upon their graduation. Montreal is already highly regarded among overseas students as a study destination, ranking atop multiple lists of cities to pursue an education in.

More than 33,000 international students were in Montreal in 2017, representing a 10% rise compared to the previous year. However many of them have been seen leaving Quebec after they graduate. With skilled labour in demand throughout the province, this campaign hopes to make the idea of staying more appealing to foreign students.