Top 5 Reasons to Study in Canada

Top 5 Reasons to Study in Canada

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Aprant Agarwal
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Updated on Mar 30, 2023 13:27 IST
Why Study in Canada?

Studying abroad is not child’s play. It takes deliberation, test prep, application, arrangement of finances, travelling, settling down, and whatnot. Since the process is lengthy and the stakes are very high, students need to be very careful about selecting the right country and the right university/ college. As per the financial situation, intended career path, future goals, and various other considerations, students tend to choose popular countries such as the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, etc. It is difficult for students to choose between Canada vs India as there are multiple factors that come into play. In this article, we will provide you with the benefits of studying in Canada.

Canada has gained traction as a popular study-abroad destination. According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data for the year 2022, Canada saw 5,51,405 international students from 184 countries. Out of these, 2,26,450 students were Indian students, followed by 52,156 Chinese students. As of December 31, 2022, India ranked amongst the top 10 countries in terms of source nations for foreign students studying in Canada, with 3,19,130 students. As per the official estimates, international students’ annual contribution to the Canadian economy is more than $15.3 bn. Trend analysis, of the number of international students in Canada, reveals that the number of students has steadily grown since the mid-2000s. The percentage of students who enrol for college programs (non-university postsecondary programs) has increased from 27% in 2000 to 41% in 2019. In addition, the percentage share of students at the master’s degree level has increased from 5% in 2000 to 10% in 2019. The data reveals the attractiveness of Canada as a sought-after study destination.

In this article, we will answer the question, “Why Study in Canada?” We will also talk about the top universities in Canada, its education system, and its post-study work permit rules.

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Benefits of Studying in Canada

However, data is not sufficient to make a decision. Various other factors come into play that helps a student decide why to study in Canada. Let us look at some of the benefits of studying in Canada.

1) World-Class Universities

Universities in Canada are ranked amongst the top universities in the world. As per the QS World University Rankings 2023, 8 Canadian universities are ranked in the top 200 categories. In addition, Times World University Rankings 2023 has ranked 7 Canadian universities within the 200 ranks. The rankings are based on various factors such as research reputation, the learning and teaching environment, research impact, etc. These rankings reflect the fact that Canadian universities have performed well on various metrics. Moreover, it is not only the quality of education that these universities provide but also the quality of life that the students can enjoy. Canadian universities have excellent infrastructure, accommodation facilities, sports and recreation facilities, research facilities, and much more. They offer the students an opportunity to excel on the academic front and grow on the personal front.

The following table provides the top 10 universities in Canada:

University

QS World University Rankings 2023

McGill University

31

University of Toronto

34

The University of British Columbia

47

University of Alberta

110

University of Montreal

116

McMaster University

152

University of Waterloo

154

Western University

172

University of Ottawa

237

University of Calgary

242

2) Success-oriented Education System

Canada’s education system is designed in a way to promote research and job-oriented learning. There is a heavy emphasis on theoretical and practical learning along with skill development. Students are also taught soft skills that include communication skills, writing skills, interpersonal skills, etc. In the Pisa tests, Canada stood amongst the 10 countries for math, science, and reading. Canada’s working-age population that has completed its higher education is much higher than the OECD average. Even courses such as digital marketing are research-driven.

The following table provides a brief overview of the education system in Canada:

Academic Level

Duration

Diploma and Certificates

1-2 years

Bachelor’s degree

3-4 years

Postgraduate diploma

1-2 years

Master’s degree

1-2 years

PhD or Doctorate

4-7 years

Post-Doctoral program

No limit

3) Affordable Education

Canada is definitely more affordable than other developed countries such as the US and the UK. However, students must note that the cost of studying in Canada depends on a variety of factors such as their location, accommodation, dietary choices, lifestyle, travel, etc. The average of all the data available shows that the average cost of an undergraduate program is nearly C$26,442, and the average cost of a graduate program is C$18,159. To know more about the cost of pursuing education in Canada, you can check our article here.

Also Read: Cost of Living in Canada

4) Easier Post Graduate Work Permit Rules

Post Graduate Work Permit Canada (PGWP Canada) rules allow a student to stay back in Canada and work over there. The terms and conditions for pursuing post-study work in Canada are much more relaxed as compared to other countries such as the US. These rules finally lead to a Canada PR (Permanent Resident). However, in order to be eligible for a PGWP Canada, the duration of the academic course must be at least 8 months. If the duration is more than 8 months but less than 2 years, you will get a work permit for a period equal to your course duration. If the duration of the course is 2 years or more, you may receive a work permit of 3 years.

5) Culture and Pro-immigration Policies

Canadian government’s policies have been pro-immigration. This can be verified by the fact that nearly 8 million immigrants with permanent residence were living in Canada, as of 2021. Canada is home to welcoming people who take great pride in their culture. You will get an opportunity to interact with people of different ethnicities and backgrounds. In addition, you can witness festivals and sporting events such as NHL Hockey, Calgary Stampede, etc.

Also Read:

Canada Student Visa Guide

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Part-time Work in Canada

Scholarships in Canada

Why Study in Canada FAQs

Q. Is studying in Canada worth the investment?

A. Canada is home to some of the biggest companies in the world. It has a strong economic base. In addition, its pro-immigration policies, multicultural society, and high living standards make Canada an attractive destination for pursuing academics and work. Canadian universities and their degrees are globally recognized and provide a strong stand in the job market. In addition to all this, Canada is a safe country with a low crime rate.

Q. Is Canada better than the US?

A. Whether Canada is better than the US depends on what factors are under consideration. The US economy is definitely stronger than Canada, however, the cost of living in Canada is lesser. If you are looking for an affordable and peaceful country, Canada is the place to be at. A lot depends on the university as well. A top-tanking university in Canada will be much better as compared to a low-ranking university in the US. In addition, it is advised that the students research the employability of the course they want to pursue.

Q. For how long can I stay back in Canada after my education is over?

A. The duration of your post graduate work permit (PGWP Canada) depends on the duration of your course. However, your course must be at least 8 months long for you to be eligible for PGWP Canada. If your course is between 8 months and 2 years in duration, your post graduate work permit will be of the same duration as that of your course. If your course is of 2 years or more in duration, your PGWP Canada might be for 3 years.

Q. Are Canadian degrees recognized globally?

A. Yes. Canada is home to some of the top ranking universities. Degrees from Canadian universities are recognized globally. In addition to the recognition, a Canadian degree will provide you with a strong stand in the current job market.

Q. Is Canada a safe country?

A. Definitely yes. As per the Global Peace Index, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Canada is ranked at 12th position. It is one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world.
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