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.
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.
The popular American H-1B visa program has become increasingly unappealing to international students during the reign of the Trump administration. This is due to mounting restrictions and higher rejection rates witnessed by students in recent years.
America’s loss is proving to be Canada’s gain though. Overseas students see Canada as having an immigration policy that is more welcoming to newcomers. They are also aware that the paths to achieving a work permit or Canadian citizenship are easier to navigate than the systems employed by the US. These factors, in addition to the Canadian government announcing the Student Direct Stream to accelerate the application process for students, Canada continues to improve its reputation as an international education destination.
The first step is deciding which Canadian colleges and universities to apply to. Canada Campus Visits can help with that. By joining us on one of our campus tours, you’ll be able to experience life on up to 10 institutions first-hand and make an informed decision when you’re ready to submit your application.
A letter of acceptance from a Canadian institution
Evidence that you have the financial ability to live and study in Canada
Proof that you will be willing to leave Canada upon completion of your studies
Up-to-date medical and criminal records
Evidence that you are prepared and willing to study in Canada
With your Canadian student visa, you will be eligible to work during the semester as a student on campus. In time you will also be able to apply for an off-campus work visa, post-graduation work visa and even permanent residence in Canada. Visa applications can require lots of time to be processed though so be sure to apply as soon as possible.
The government of Canada has improved the process of acquiring study permits for students in several countries in Asia. Changes are expected to make requests for visas and other documents faster to complete. Eligibility for the new ‘Student Direct Stream’ depends on students having the following:
A letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution
Proof one can pay for their entire first year of tuition
Proof of purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate
Up-to-date medical records
Required scores on English/French proficiency tests or proof of graduation from a high school with a Canadian curriculum
In the last ten years, the number of international students who have chosen to study in Canada has almost tripled and ‘The Great White North’ now ranks among the top study abroad destinations in the world.
If you are an international student considering completing your studies in Canada, we can help you experience what life as a Canadian student is really like. At Canada Campus Visits, our tours of colleges and universities allow you to immerse yourself in Canadian campuses and feel what your next great adventure will be like. Meet Canadian students and faculty, explore cities that you might soon call home and get a taste of what your future will hold. Book a seat on one of our tours today!
Studying abroad can be expensive and in Canada, this fact is no different. Between high tuition fees and the cost of maintaining a social life, costs begin to add up quickly. This is why so many international students seek out part-time, or even full-time employment during their studies. What are the rules of working in a foreign country as a student though?
Study International recently published an article outlining everything students need to know about this process. The answer can vary depending on whether or not you have a work permit, a Social Insurance Number or are a full-time student. The article is thorough and well worth the read if this is a question you might find yourself asking as you pursue your international education.