Planet desk | 17 July 2019 | 11:15 pm
Canada is one of the top international student destinations in the world. In 2016, 353,000 students decided to come to Canada to study. Here are the top five reasons why you should pick Canada as your higher education destination :
Quality education : One of the biggest reasons students choose to come to Canada is the quality of a Canadian education. A Canadian degree is widely recognized as equal to one from the United States, Australia, or the United Kingdom, and Canadian universities consistently do well in international rankings.
Affordable cost of study : Cost is the most significant barrier for most students hoping to study abroad. In terms of tuition fees, Canada offers the most affordable one compared to that in the USA, Australia or the UK.
In 2014, the average annual tuition one international student had to pay for an undergraduate degree was $16,746 USD compared to $24,914 in the USA, $24,081 USD in Australia or $21,365 USD in the UK.
Aside from tuition, international students also need to find housing and finance their daily lives. The cost of living in Canada is seriously affordable compared to most other top destinations for international students. In 2014, the average cost of living per year for international students in Canada was $13,021 USD. When you combine the average annual cost of living and average annual tuition fees, Canada is clearly the most affordable option Than the USA, UK, Australia or any other developed country in the World.
Country Average Annual Tuition & Cost of Living (USD)
United Kingdom $35,045
United States $36,564
Work opportunity while study : When it comes to working while studying scope, Canada is no doubt the best option. 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. As there is a tendency among Bangladeshi students to settle ultimately in the country where they study, Canada is the best option to that count as well.
Safety : 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.
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.
Immigration Opportunity : Canada has a lot of programs designed to encourage international students to transition to permanent residence after their studies. Options like the Post-Graduation Work Permit let graduates stay and work on an open work permit after graduation and give them an opportunity to get some Canadian work experience. Most Canadian provinces have Provincial Nominee streams for applicants with experience studying or working in the province, and Canada’s federal economic immigration streams offer additional points for Canadian work and study experience. In 2015, 51 percent of international students planned to apply for Canadian permanent residence. After graduation, students can work here for two years and after the completion of one year students can apply to become a permanent resident of Canada.
Bonus! Economic opportunity : Canada is one of the largest economies in the world, so there are a lot of working opportunities for graduates. As a student, you have the opportunity to network with leaders in your field. While you study, or after you graduate, you can gain experience working for industry leading companies in Canada.
If you choose to stay in Canada, Canadian employers tend to prefer Canadian work experience over work experience from elsewhere in the world. So your student and work experience could increase your chances of receiving a job offer!
Needless to say, Canada offers so much opportunities for world standard qualifications and better employment and social life. Therefore Bangladeshi students who desire to go abroad for their higher education can easily choose the country and thereby fulfill their long cherished dream.