What’s common between a BlackBerry and an egg carton?
They were both invented in Canada! A country where talent and ingenuity are respected and students from all over the world are welcome. Canada is fast turning into the country of choice for more and more Indians because of a superior standard of living and of course, the presence of one of the largest Indian diaspora anywhere in the world. Here are some reasons for studying and working in Canada:
World Class Universities to Study in Canada
Canada is home to some of the world’s top-class universities with at least 4 of them featuring high in the global top 100 of QS World University Rankings 2019. These universities offer cutting-edge programs in medicine, telecommunications, computer engineering and environmental science, in addition to great research facilities. Professors who are at the top of their field, are easily approachable.
Universities such as the University of Toronto, McGill University and University of British Columbia accept international students through GMAT/GRE. An IELTS/TOEFL score is required too in order to prove your proficiency in the English language. Always check university websites for eligibility requirements specific to programs.
Financial Assistance and Scholarships
Tuition fee for full-time engineering programs in Canadian universities lie around $50,000 a year. International students are also required to purchase student health insurance costing around $600 per year. You will be automatically considered for award of scholarships when you apply. The scholarship amount varies from $5,000 to $20,000 every year. Check out the website of the university that you are interested in for more details. You can also go through educanada.ca for more information on financial assistance and scholarships.
Good industry-academia tie-ups ensure that most deserving students get placed within 3 months of their graduation. Full-time students with a valid study permit are allowed to work both on and off the campus during their course.
Once you graduate, you can apply for a work permit. Under the Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program, an international student should apply for a work permit within 90 days of graduation. The work permit allows you to stay and gain work experience for a period of up to 3 years after you have graduated from a program. Work permit paves the way for permanent residence in Canada.
With good quality and safe accommodation available at affordable rates to students, Canada is home to many student-friendly cities. In case you can’t get on-campus accommodation, there are many homestays and shared apartments in cities such as Toronto which would cost you $700 upwards a month. If you plan to cook your own food, grocery costs would lie around $40 per week. Given the exchange rates (CAD$1=55 INR), this is significantly lesser than the cost of living in metropolitan cities of US (above US$ 1900 for New York) or UK (around £2000 for London). Moreover, international students enjoy the same freedoms as do Canadians in addition to respect for human rights, equality and a peaceful society.
Canada has a culture of diversity and tolerance. The same is reflected in its higher education milieu. You get to meet different people and get to learn languages, traditions, values and viewpoints leading to the development of intercultural competencies that help you manage the challenges of a global workplace.
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