1. Live in a bilingual environment
Canada is a bilingual country with both English and French as its official languages. Although both languages are spoken in every province, French is predominant in Quebec while English is more common in the other provinces.
Thanks to this wealth of languages, you can develop valuable skills for the job market. You can choose to study in either language, or even work in both throughout your time at university.
2. Access to scholarships
Some scholarships offered in Canada are available to international students to help cover tuition fees and other costs such as travel and accommodation. Here are a few examples:
- International scholarship programs offered by Canada’s provinces and territories. Visit the Government of Canada website to learn more.
- Merit scholarships for foreign students (in Quebec).
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. These scholarships amount to $50,000 per year for three years and are open to doctoral students.
- Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarships. Up to 15 scholarships of up to $60,000 are awarded.
- Scholarships from the International Council for Canadian Studies.
For more information on the different types of student loans available in Canada, see our article.
3. Benefit from a world-class education
Canada’s high-quality education system encourages the development of interdisciplinary and transferable skills such as critical thinking, teamwork and communication. Students get access to some of the best learning tools in the world as part of an educational system that’s at the cutting edge of knowledge and technology.
Canada’s academic excellence is widely recognized, with a number of Canadian universities placing high in international rankings every year. It’s no surprise that Canadian college and university degrees are highly regarded around the world.
Post-secondary institutions offer a wide range of programs and fields of study, so every student can find the one they’re passionate about. Many resources are available, such as the Government of Canada website, to help you determine which educational institution is right for you.
4. Obtain a post-graduation work permit and gain work experience
Want to stay in Canada after your studies? There are work programs that enable students who’ve graduated from eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions to continue their experience while developing new skills.
With a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), you can stay in the country longer to gain work experience. This invaluable experience will add depth to your resumé.
5. Enjoy the Canadian quality of life and cultural experience
Canada offers an enviable quality of life, with its universal healthcare system, extensive social safety net, inclusive culture and a lower cost of living (housing, transportation, tuition) than many other Western countries. It’s also culturally diverse, with a stable and safe living environment that respects the rights of individuals and communities.
You can explore Canada's vast and breathtaking landscapes, including the Rockies, Great Lakes, and Far North, while immersing yourself in its vibrant cultural scene at numerous events and festivals. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, you can practise a wide range of activities in winter (such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and field hockey) and summer (hiking, swimming, tennis, kayaking and more).
All in all, Canada offers some of the best universities in the world, a diverse cultural environment, the opportunity to gain work experience in your field of study and, who knows, maybe even a place to build a career. It’s safe to say that Canada has a lot going for it.