Indian student numbers rise in Canada!
Canada is gaining popularity among international students in last few years. In a given year more than 180,000 International students enter Canada for education. Indian students carry a huge proportion in this international community. Wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs are offered by Canadian colleges and the universities. Students can opt for four years university Bachelor’s or 2 years of diploma at various community colleges. Similarly for postgraduate students either formal Masters degree at university or one year graduate Diploma at community colleges is the popular choices.
Students generally consider following points as positive considerations for selecting Canada as Study Abroad Destination.
Canada spends more per capita on its education system than any other country. Either a degree or Diploma from a Canadian Institute is recognized worldwide. International students who graduate from Canadian Institutions enjoy successful professional careers. Canada is known for its quality education & competitive entry requirements. Hence students feel that they will get the best of education here in Canada.
Relatively lesser cost of Study:
Canadian Institutes, charge lower tuition fees for international students than other famous countries and at the same time, maintain excellent educational quality. Over the last three years, Canada’s inflation rate has remained one of the lowest in the industrialized world. Hence student spend less on Living expenses as well. Community colleges cost quite low over universities and hence for the student with economical budget community college is the best alternative.
Permanent Residency and Canadian Immigration:
Canada has a policy to offer permanents Residency to international students who qualifies for the same. SO students have a chance to apply for immigration after they earn sufficient points required for PR. This has a major role to decide Canada as study option as one day later students hold a chance to permanently settle there.
Ranked Number one country to live:
For the past 9 consecutive years, a United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. The survey conducted every year, evaluates quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators. Canada earns particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime rates.
A safe place to study:
Every step is taken to ensure the safety of students on Canada’s campuses. Most universities / colleges have their own campus security 24 hours a day. There are also ” Walk Safe” programmes to assist people in getting to public transportation during late hours.
Work during education:
Students in Canada are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6 months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is upto 20 hours per week. Several programs may even have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. These may even be paid co-ops.
Work Permits after the education:
Further students on the completion of their program of 1 year can work upto 1 year and students completing 2 years program can work for 2-3 years. They get a work permit after completing their education which allows them to be in Canada and work. This is extremely important for any Indian student as he has assured work permit after the education.
Looking at these factors Indian students are opting for Canada in big numbers. Admission criteria for Canadian universities are competitive and students need excellent academic graph in India to get into universities like University of Toronto, McGill University, and University of Ottawa etc. However there are many other options available for students especially at community colleges where students can be accepted with little lower grades. Still English proficiency test as IELTS is must for the applications and Visa. Canada also has SPP (Student Partnership Program) Visa scheme to facilitate the Visa procedures.
Hence in coming years number of student getting into Canada will be on rise.