Why choose study in Canada
Live in a bilingual environment
Canada is a bilingual country which makes studying here an excellent opportunity to develop your language skills and boost your prospects for an interesting career. Coursework in French and English is an integral part of Canada’s educational system, which enriches its cultural and community life.
Gain work experience in Canada after you graduate
The Canadian government offers a work program to students who have obtained a diploma from a post-secondary school in Canada and are looking to gain work experience. This is an excellent way to continue to live in Canada while diversifying and developing your professional skills.
Enjoy an excellent quality of life
According to QS World University Rankings
Three Canadian cities, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, made the list of the top 50 student cities. The ranking was based on several criteria, including affordability, the diversity of the student population, and employers’ perception of graduates on the job market.
Canada boasts an enviable quality of life, with a cost of living (e.g., housing, transportation, tuition) that is lower than in other countries, such as the US, France and the UK, and offers safety, stability and respect for the rights of individuals and communities.
Have an enriching cultural experience
Canada has a highly diverse population resulting in a rich and vibrant cultural scene. To begin exploring what Canada has to offer, visit each province’s tourism website. Below are a few recommended experiences that should not be missed. Enjoy the sounds of the Montreal International Jazz Festival: A must for music lovers, this world-renowned event brings together over 3,000 artists from some 30 countries every year.
More than 2 million festivalgoers flood the city’s streets for the 1,000 concerts on offer!
Don a pair of cowboy boots for the Calgary Stampede: The Calgary Stampede is one of the largest outdoor rodeos in the world and attracts over 1 million visitors every year. In the space of just a few weeks, the city becomes one big party, with its residents dressed as cowboys, its buildings and storefronts decorated with western flair, and barbecue and pancake breakfasts served everywhere.
Take in a hockey match: Hockey is to Canada what soccer is to Europe. It’s more than a national sport; it’s practically a religion! Canada has seven national hockey teams (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa). To truly experience the frenzy over hockey, you need to watch a match during the playoffs, which generally take place around May.
Indulge in some poutine: This perfect blend of French fries, gravy and cheese curds is a treat enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, at any time of day or night. Several Canadian cities even hold an annual Poutine Week!
Visit a sugar shack: Mid-march to mid-April is the sugaring-off season in Quebec, when sap (also called maple water) is harvested to make maple syrup. To sample all sorts of treats made with this wonderful product, nothing beats a visit to a sugar shack, a festive place to eat, dance and put on a few pounds!
Discover the country’s natural beauty
Canada is an extremely vast country
Its surface area is 14 times larger than that of France. It offers a multitude of magnificent landscapes that can be explored throughout the country’s four distinct seasons. Many Canadians complain about the country’s harsh winters, but the cold season provides an opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings. Here are just some of the most scenic places to visit: the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island, the impressive fjords of the Saguenay and the Percé Rock of the Gaspé in Quebec, the fascinating Rockies and Lake Louise in Alberta, Niagara Falls in Ontario, Jasper National Park also in Alberta and Whistler Mountain in British Columbia. From the sea to its mountains, prairies and forests, Canada is an endless source of natural beauty!
For international students, very few places offer the advantages that Canada does. Its universities, among the best in the world, are at the heart of its rich and diverse culture.
Canada is a country with an excellent standard of living and where there are many opportunities to get some experience in your field of studies. As a bilingual, safe and welcoming place, Canada won’t disappoint students who are looking to broaden their horizons.
Explore Canada Life
There are countries that offer jungles, deserts, savannahs and tropical islands
Canada has just about everything else, in mind-numbing abundance. Few mountains can compare to the sheer scale of the Rockies, the beauty of Cape Breton’s Highlands, the ruggedness of the Yukon and northern British Columbia. What about our glaciers, endless boreal forest, dramatic coastlines, prairie flats, the Northern Lights, sweeping taiga, cherry blossoms, fall foliage, and the world’s largest collection of sparkling freshwater lakes? Our wildlife is rich, and diverse: bear, moose, wolf, elk, caribou, otter, seal, whale, Maple Leaf fans. Through Parks Canada, the world’s first parks service, Canada is a pioneer in protecting and managing public spaces for all to enjoy. Best of all, our natural bounty can be appreciated in all four seasons.
With our abundant natural spaces
It’s no surprise that adventure-seekers find their home in Canada. During winter months, we have some of the best ski resorts in the world, scattered around the country. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, skating, pond hockey, ice fishing and dogsledding prove you don’t need mountains either. During summer, Canada offers some of the world’s best hiking, fishing, climbing, camping, boating, kayaking, biking, whale watching, cold water diving, and canyoneering. We surf the Pacific in Tofino, the Atlantic in Lawrencetown, take to the skies in floatplanes, hot air balloons and paragliders. Adrenalin seekers can find activities in Canada you simply can’t find anywhere else, like tidal bore rafting in Nova Scotia, jet boating in New Brunswick, doing the Edgewalk on the CN Tower, or tracking bears in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest.
Pacific or Atlantic salmon are not our delicacies
They’re part of our staple diet. This is a country blessed with delicious natural resources. Healthy AAA Alberta beef is prized around the continent. Our urban centres offer world class restaurants, while areas like Ontario’s Niagara, BC’s Okanagan and Nova Scotia Annapolis Valley are revered for their high quality fruit, wine and produce. In Turkey, you eat Turkish food. In India, you eat Indian food. In Canada, you eat the world, as our ethnic diversity is reflected in our tastes. Meanwhile, you simply cannot get fresher seafood than what you’ll find on the East Coast, where fishing is a centuries-old tradition. In Quebec, smoked meat, cheese, bagels, maple syrup and poutine are world famous, while one in every French fry consumed in the world has its origins in humble New Brunswick. Farmer’s markets and local producers are prized wherever you go. As for the biggest fast-food outlet in Canada, it isn’t MacDonalds. It’s the distinctly Canadian Tim Hortons.
For much of the world, Canadian culture seems pretty easy to grasp
Friendly, English, French. Unless they explore further, chances are they won’t experience the richness of our First Nation cultures, from Alberta’s Blackfoot to the Arctic Inuit. They won’t hear the fiddle of the Acadians in Nova Scotia, the Scottish-infused Cape Breton dialect, or experience ranch lifestyles in Alberta. Who would expect one of the world’s best ballet companies to be headquartered in Winnipeg? How to explain that Canada – a large country with a population smaller than California – has given the world some of its most famous artists, actors and comedians? Canadians are friendly, cheery, and positive. Travel around the country, meet them, and you’ll see why.
It’s telling that a list of Canada’s top attractions is heavy with the natural spectacles
Niagara Falls, the Northern Lights, the Bay of Fundy, the Rockies. Yet a popular attraction like Victoria’s Butchart Gardens differs remarkably from Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland. A humpback whale might be a humpback whale in the Haida Gwaii and the Gulf of St Lawrence, but the surroundings in which you encounter it are radically different. Those who live on the East Coast are struck how different things are in the west, and vice-versa. Outdoors and culture buffs folks will relish visiting one of Canada’s 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including L’anse Aux Meadows, Dinosaur Provincial Park or the Nova Scotia’s Lunenburg. Whether you’re into nature, history, or just shopping in some of the world’s biggest malls, each province and territory has plenty of attractions to keep you busy.