By Earl Dinwiddie

With every passing year, the number of international students pursuing higher education in Canada continues to grow. A number of them decided to study in Canada instead of other popular countries, such as France, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, etc. because pursuing higher education in Canada comes with certain advantages.

In addition to having a clear route to permanent residence in the country, you will also benefit from getting work (while you study and after), safe neighborhoods, quality education, and reasonable tuition costs. Let’s take a closer look at some of these benefits.

Top-Tier Institutions of Higher Learning

Innovation and research are among the strong suits of the universities and colleges found all over Canada. The institutions vary greatly, offering diversity in the sense ofduration, scope, and nature of the available programs. You can be certain of receiving the best-quality education that will translate into a lucrative and satisfying career in the long term.

This is made possible by long-established quality control systems and high academic standards. Certificates, diplomas, and degrees received from Canadian institutions of higher learning are widely accepted and are at par with those received from the Commonwealth nations as well as the United States.

Affordable Cost of Tuition

One of the primary reasons behind a vast majority of international students’ decision to study in Canada rather than the United States, the United Kingdom, etc. is Canada’s reasonable tuition costs. The cost of getting an education in Canada, i.e., tuition, accommodation, cost of living, etc., is more affordable than in most other countries, making it the best choice for you.

Employment Options

You are allowed to work as you study in Canada when you immigrate to Canada from US and other countries. This is quite beneficial because, among other things, it makes it possible for you to fund your stay in the country without accruing too much debt. You must, however, meet the following criteria for you to be allowed to work off-campus.

? You must be a fulltime student

? Your study permit must be valid

? You must have made at least six months’ progress in studying a professional, vocational, or academic program from which you would earn a certificate, diploma or degree

? You must in part of a post-secondary- level designated learning institution, except in Quebec, where you need to be part of secondary-level vocational program

If you qualify, you study permit will allow you to have a job of up to 20 hours per week while undertaking regular sessions, and a fulltime job while on spring break or summer and winter holidays.

Additionally, Canada offers post-graduate work permits to its international students. In most other countries, it may not be as easy to get a work permit, and in some countries, it is simply impossible. Taking advantage of it can enable you to have a smooth transition from student to permanent resident in Canada.

These are but a few of the reasons why you ought to pursue your higher education in Canada as an international student.


Earl M. Dinwiddie has worked as an educator for eight years. He is also a staff member at an International Student Program. His experience has enabled him to provide advice to many who wish to immigrate to Canada from US.

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