Five Quick Points
• Huge area, relatively small population, beautiful natural environment
• One of world’s wealthiest nations
• Multicultural society with many immigrants
• Well-respected and sophisticated education system, and one of the top destinations for international study
• Safe and interesting place to study – students should begin planning early since admissions can be competitive
Why Study in Canada
Earn while you learn. Canada is one of the few countries where overseas students are permitted to work up to 20 hours each week. Well-respected and sophisticated education system, and one of the top destinations for international study. Chances to get Post study work visa. Safe and interesting place to study – students should begin planning early since admissions can be competitive
Location and Geography
Covering most of the northern part of the North American continent, Canada is the second-largest country in the world (after Russia), with a total land area of 9.9 million square kilometres. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean on the west, and to the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Northern Canada reaches into the Arctic Circle, while southern Canada stretches below the northern points of the United States (with which it shares the longest border in the world). The capital city is Ottawa (in the province of Ontario).
Living Conditions & Cost of Living
Many people find the cost of living in Canada is significantly lower than their home country, but of course this is not the case for all students (e.g., students from India or Nepal). Canadian housing is generally inexpensive compared with other developed nations – the average house price in Canada is around five times the average annual wage. Other costs are comparable or a little less expensive than other industrialised nations, with the exception of car insurance, which can be quite expensive in Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada estimates that international students require approximately $10,000 CAD per year, not including tuition fees, to cover living expenses.
Canada claims one of the highest rates of post-secondary education completion in the world. According to the 2006 census, six out of every 10 adults between 25 and 64 years of age had completed some form of post-secondary education. Enrolment in post-secondary education has grown significantly in recent years, due to increasing educational demands in the labour market rather than because of population growth. Post-secondary institutions are located throughout the country; there are approximately 70 universities and 80 colleges in Canada. In Canada, the provinces and territories are responsible for all levels of education including colleges and universities. In addition to post-secondary options, Canada offers a wide range of independent private boarding schools for younger students noted for their excellence in preparing young men and women for university and college placement.