Canada leads the rankings by being one of the best places to live in the world. With a high quality in education and living standards, and low crime rates, it is a top destination for many people. Its sanitary environment and rich cultural activities present a desired heaven for living. Canada’s biggest cities which are Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver are valued as some of the best cities to work and live in. Social life in Canada can vary from city to city. The capital cities of provinces and Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver are especially active in the social scene whether it be art exhibitions, sports events, or music festivals!
According to Statistics Canada there are more than 200 mother tongues or languages spoken in Canada. These include Canada’s two official languages (English and French), Aboriginal languages and immigrant languages, whose presence is due to the waves of international migration that Canada has experienced over the centuries. Canada is the only country in the world where both English and French are official languages. 85% of the French-speaking population lives in Quebec, yet both languages are used all around the country. More than 40% of the immigrant-language population in Canada have a first language of European origin, while persons with one of the various Asian languages as their first language comprise 56% of the immigrant-language population in the country.
A working permit is given with a time limit that depends on the degree attained (certificate, undergraduate, masters, doctorate) An eight-month educational program is the minimum duration for being legible for a permit. For students who are in paid internship programs or CO-OP, a work permit that does not exceed 50% of their time studying here is available. For students who are enrolled in a college or university, a work permit that does not exceed 20 working hours per week is given. During holidays, students are granted full working hours. Consequently, students who are in graduate programs can not only promptly start working, but also do their internship which may be arranged through their school. A work permit is not given to students who are enrolled in career colleges or language schools. Other than above conditions, students could also have possibility of working on-campus.
The tuition varies for international students depending on the program, the department, or the province chosen. Degrees in engineering, design, and business can be more costly than programs in social studies, the sciences, and the arts. Usually sharing a home with colleagues in a neighborhood close to the school after the first year in the dormitory is the preferred option. From an economic perspective, Canada is usually more feasible option when compared to the US or UK. The budget required for living fluctuates according to the city and the location chosen. Most universities offer on-campus residences designated for international students, or residences generally available to all students on campus. However, acceptance at a Canadian school does not automatically mean you can get a room in residence. Students must apply separately for on-campus housing.
Though not abundant, Canada does offer scholarships for international students. The most widespread type is called the Entrance Scholarship and is given to students who have demonstrated a high standard of academic achievement. In addition to the applicant’s grade average, the level of English proficiency (known through the TOEFL/IELTS score), grade ranking, , and all the projects and activities done by the candidate are evaluated by the university. This scholarship usually differs between $1000 and $10 000 Canadian Dollars. The Entrance scholarship is granted alongside admission of enrolment. There might be another grant for the following years depending on the student’s academic performance at the university.
Another type of scholarship that can be given is called “Financial Aid”. In order to obtain this scholarship, candidates have to provide the university with an array of legal documents to prove that they are unable to afford the full tuition. Additionally, the student has to both be a high achiever and accept the admission conditions of the university.
Some universities may also occasionally offer an athletic bursary for some sports. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must have already attained high standings and proved their proficiency in their field through degrees and achievements. Candidates must make sure that the university they are applying for offers athletic scholarships.
The application for the Canadian Student Visa requires an acceptance letter from the chosen educational institution. Depending on the length of the program students visa varies.