International Education in Canada
Canada is globally known for its multiculturalism, making it a desirable location for international students traveling away from their family and their home. Immigrants from across the world make up one-fifth of Canada’s population of over 37 million. Canada’s official languages are English and French, though most people speak English. Nearly 200 other languages are also spoken by the diverse Canadian population.
With affordable tuition fees, quality institutions, flexibility to work during study, post-study work and immigration options, and welcoming people, it is no surprise that Canada is one of the premier destinations for international students, drawing in over 300,000 new international students annually.
Education is highly valued in Canada. As a result, Canada has one of the highest rates of post-secondary education completion (61%) amongst the OECD member countries. Unsurprisingly, Canadian teachers, professors, and researchers are also amongst the most qualified academic professionals around the world. Canada also attracts top international faculty because of its investments in cutting-edge research in areas such as medical science, pharmaceuticals, information technology and artificial intelligence.
Why Study in Canada?
- 1. Academic Excellence: High quality of education and Global recognition. 17 of Canadian universities are ranked in the top 500 of the QS World University Rankings 2020. Many are also ranked in the top 100 by reputable sources like The Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities.
- 2. Work during Study: International students enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program at a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) can work up to 20 hours per week during school terms and full-time (30+ hours/week) during scheduled breaks, such as the summer holidays. Most students don’t need a work permit to work while they study, whether their job is on-campus or off-campus.
- 3. PGWPP [Post Graduation Work Permit Program:: The Canadian government has allowed time spent studying online [due to COVID 19] to count towards an international student’s PGWPP [Post Graduation Work Permit Program] eligibility.
- 4. Affordable Costs: The tuition fees, as well as the overall costs of living, are generally lower in Canada than in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
- 5. High Quality of Life:: Canada has been ranked #1 in the Best Countries Ranking for Quality of Life for four years in a row now (as of 2019). It is also amongst the top 15 countries on the UN’s 2018 Human Development Index (2019 data not released yet), which assesses the three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
- 6. Safe Place to Live: Canada is amongst the safest countries in the world. Canada is listed amongst the 20 safest countries in the world in the 2019 Global Finance ranking of safest countries, with over 82% of people living in Canada feeling safe walking at night.
Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Eligibility
The additional measures to post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility include:
- Students can study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future PGWP as long as provided 50% of their
program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
- Students enrolled in a program that is between 8 – 12 months long, with a start date from May to September 2020, can complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP.
- Students enrolled in a program with a start date from May – September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a PGWP in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are completed in Canada.
International Students Already in Canada
The Government of Canada also announced measures for international students already in Canada:
- Students already studying in Canada during the Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters can continue to work on- or off-campus under the terms of their study
permit if they:
- Were forced to study online
- Drop down to part-time studies or take a break due to restrictions on classroom learning
- International students already studying in Canada during the Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters will remain eligible for a PGWP if they:
- Complete more than 50% of their program online
- Drop down to part-time studies or take a break from their studies due to restrictions on classroom learning
- International students can work more than 20 hours per week off-campus until August 31, 2020, if they are employed in an essential service or function.
All these measures has driven an astounding 56,000 student applications to have been approved under these interim measures.
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