Why Study In Canada?
Canadians are widely regarded as being honest, friendly, polite, well educated, and also health-conscious. In fact, Canada has consistently ranked among the top 10 countries in the United Nation’s Quality of Life Index since 2004. Overview: Canada is divided into many geographically diverse parts. The weather is also very different in all these parts. Ontario: Ontario is the most populous province in Canada. It offers something for everyone, from vibrant and multicultural cities to vineyards and museums. Québec: Canada’s French-speaking province has a rich heritage. British Columbia: This province is world-renowned for its breath-taking natural scenery of mountains, oceans, and rainforests.
A sport-lovers’ paradise, BC has an activity for every season, from mountain biking to sailing to skiing. Alberta: Alberta is home to the Rocky Mountains, Banff, and Jasper. Prairies (Manitoba and Saskatchewan): During the summer, these provinces are home to fantastic fishing and canoeing. The northern-most parts of this region are also famous for their polar bears. Maritimes: Home of legendary hospitality and spirit, the Maritime provinces boast quaint fishing villages and eco-adventures galore. Northern Territories: This place experiences breathtakingly beautiful, cold, snowy Canadian winters.
Society and Culture
Canadians are generally tolerant, polite, and extremely community-oriented people. Although they are individualistic in terms of their basic cultural traits, they nevertheless place a great deal of emphasis on the individual’s responsibility to the community. Canadians tend to be very hospitable, welcoming people – particularly in provincial and rural Canada. Visitors to Canada may find it difficult to tell the difference between its English speaking provinces and the USA. Living in Quebec would require fluency in French.
Canada’s climate is characterized by its diversity, both from region to region and from season to season. In the north, the temperature goes below 0°C every year. But most Canadians live within 300 kilometers to the south, where hot summers and pleasant weather stays for at least seven months. Canada has four distinct seasons: Spring (March-May) Summer (June-August) Fall (September-October) Winter (November-February)
A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States. The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, and the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). Canadian universities are globally recognized to be of a high standard, with four Canadian institutions in the QS Top 100 university rankings, and 10 in the top 200.
In Canada, most students prefer living in dormitories. They are usually located near the university and typically have a shared kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. Some dorm accommodations offer optional cafeteria meal plans where students pay and receive two or three meal tickets per day. A listing of private accommodations (apartments, flats, or rooms) is usually available through the housing office or student’s union of most universities and colleges across Canada. It is best to visit the location in person and make sure you ask any questions you might have before committing to a lease.
Cost of Living in Canada
Meal at inexpensive restaurant: 12.99 C$ Meal at McDonald’s: 8 C$ Coffee: 3.50 C$ Water (1.5 liter bottle): 2 C$ One-way Ticket(Local Transport):3 C$ Taxi (1km): 1.84 C$ Petrol (1 liter): 1.30 C$ Internet(6 Mbps,Unlimited Data):48 C$ Cinema (1 Seat): 12 C$ Apartment(1 bedroom)in City Centre: 1,000 C$ Apartment(1 bedroom)Outside of Centre:800 C$
It is advisable to open an account in Canada, as most major banks offer student accounts with good services that can help you save on international transaction charges. A basic bank account costs approximately $5/month and most include personalized cheques that can be used to pay for large amounts like rent and bill payments. Internet banking is also quite common and has become a widely accepted method for bill payments and other transactions. Most banks are open Monday to Friday.
WORK WHILE YOU STUDY
Even though Canada is a relatively affordable option, there’s no doubt that studying abroad is expensive. Luckily, international students in Canada are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during school terms and full-time (30 hours/week) during scheduled breaks like summer vacation. Most students don’t need a work permit to work while they study, whether their job is on-campus or off-campus. Your study permit will indicate whether you’re allowed to work off-campus.
Another big reason why students choose to come to Canada is personal safety. Studying abroad can be scary, especially if you’re leaving your friends and family behind. The Institute for Economics & Peace ranked Canada as the 8th most peaceful country in the world in 2016. Unlike most other countries, Canada is pretty isolated in terms of location. It’s protected on three sides by oceans, and only shares a border with the United States. That distance provides a bit of a buffer from most international conflicts.
Canada has a democratically elected government, and the fundamental rights and freedoms of those living in Canada are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canada has a well-deserved international reputation as a tolerant and non-discriminatory society. Immigrants make up a fifth of Canada’s entire population, and Canadian laws ensure that all people, regardless of their circumstance, are protected from discrimination.