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Canada’s a Top International Student Destination

When we think of higher education, Canada is often over the mind of every second student aspiring for a university degree. Over half a million International Students are currently enrolled at various universities in Canada, which includes around 30% of Indian residents.

Canada has been ranked on 3rd position as a top nation open for immigration and investment according to Nation Brands Index.

The new changes in the processing of Canadian study permits have smoothed the process of getting a student visa for international students, allowing new aspirants to apply to their favored Canadian College/University. The visa processing earlier took a span of 60 days, which now has been reduced to 45 days.

Popular Colleges in Canada with the Most International Students

University Rank (Globally) International Enrollment Rate
University of Waterloo
201th 61%
University of Toronto 19th 38.8%
University of Alberta 136th 36.6%
University of British Columbia 34th 25.7%
McGill University 35th 19%
McMaster University 72nd 18.4%

To decide the relevant program and college, it is essential to go through other factors including curriculum and the budget. The cost of pursuing higher studies from Canada ranges widely between $12,500 to 55,000 (USD). This, however, varies on different factors like program, location, period and ranking.

International Students in Canada: Top 6 Countries

Country Enrollment Enrollment Rate(%)
India 172,625 30.16%
China 142,985 24.98%
South Korea 24,195 4.23%
France 22,745 3.97%
Vietnam 20,330 3.55%
United States 14,620 2.55%

So, Why Study in Canada?

Here are the key facts which can help you in deciding why student life in Canada is worth all your efforts:

●             Welcoming Country with Blend of Diversity

Each year over 200,000 immigrants decide to make Canada their new home. You will find French, Asians, East Europeans and many other candidates coming from various countries. The total growth in International Students hiked above 16% since 2018 and 73% since 2014.

●             Safer and Peaceful

Canada is one of the safest countries in the world ranking 6th according to the GPI (Global Peace Index). Its crime rate is 1.37 per 100,000 inhabitants which is lower than other countries like the USA with 4.5 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.

●             Technologically Sufficient and Scientifically Developed

The Government of Canada has always been a supporter of Science and Technology. Canada ranks 8th in the Top 10 Research and Tech sufficient countries. From the medical invention of insulin to the telephone, it has played a great part in the advancement of society.

●             Reliable Healthcare Services

Canada’s focus also lands on every individual’s health and wellness. The policies of the country state necessary medical insurance(yes that is legal) for every citizen including international students. However, those visiting Canada for a short period can get their health insurance coverage via the university who will hand over it until the period ends.

●             Easy Employment after completion of Studies

Canada is a very welcoming country for skilled employees and gives equal opportunities to all. The best way to acquire a job in Canada is through a Canadian student visa which will allow you for basic education in a specialized field. Through this, you can find the work during placements however it is important to continuously engage yourself in extracurricular activities and get connected to people nearby.

Few countries like Germany, Australia, the USA, and the UK remain on top alongside Canada.

●             Safer and Easy Commuting Services

According to the 2016 census, 1.5 million Canadians prefer commuting to work and college via bus, truck, metro or car. It honestly gets difficult to travel without one. The best way is to initially acquire a pass for public transport while your study and stay in Canada. The public transport is safer in the majority of cities but it advisable to stay cautious if traveling in areas of British Columbia, Alberta, and Alta.

Keep documents handy

When one is traveling to study in Canada, the first thing that requires attention after landing is sufficient money and documents. The best tip given by other travelers is to have a copy of your documents until you get a local identification document by the Government.

  Accommodation Enquiry Before Shifting

Before shifting to an unknown place without a home, it is advised to book a temporary place. International students have stated that homestays and dormitories give them a perfect experience as an international student to study in Canada.

Know Budgeting and Cost of living

PROVINCE Rent Food Transport Extra TOTAL


Alberta $ 414 $ 190 $ 220 $ 400 $ 1270
British Columbia $ 550 $ 226 $180 $ 400 $ 1501
Manitoba $ 527 $ 226 $ 175 $ 369 $ 1170
New Brunswick $ 300 $ 226 $ 143 $ 376 $ 1030
Newfoundland $ 565 $ 263 $ 172 $ 376 $ 1451
Nova Scotia $ 573 $ 200 $ 175 $ 384 $ 1300
Ontario $ 725 $ 230 $ 340 $ 320 $ 1790

(All prices are in USD)

It is important to note that each rate and prices change and is much costlier in Canada. Every $1 (CND) is equal to INR 54 which means that when you spend 20 dollars, you are spending around 1080 Indian Rupees. The cost of living in Canada can be tricky for a few months but will pass if budgeting is done properly.

Obey the Law and Regulations:

It is very important to keep in mind that every country’s customs, regulations, and lifestyles are different yet they are meant to be followed even if you are there for a shorter period as an International Student.

●             Keep documents handy

●             Be respectful to everyone and try not to indulge yourself in controversial topics.

●             Be sensitive about other’s culture and ethnicity.

●             Have a travel guide handy.

●             Keep your valuables and money safe.

●             Do not be loud in public.

●             Do not drink or smoke in a public area or no-smoking area.

●             Do not drive if not carrying documents or license.

●             Do not use ‘swear words’ that can be objectified by other locals.

●             Do not break into anyone’s privacy at any cost.

●             Do not use abusive language or discriminatory words.