We all know Canada as the land of snow, ice hockey and Maple trees, but there’s another side to this country, its education. Canada is one of the top study-abroad hotspots, right alongside Australia, UK and the USA. While each country has its merits and demerits when it comes to education, Canada doesn’t seem to get enough recognition. It is often overlooked in comparison to its neighbour south of the border, the USA. But the truth is that Canada trumps all the other countries in a multitude of factors, with cost being one of the major ones. So, let’s first understand why Canada is a fantastic place to pick and the many benefits of studying in the nation that has the famous Niagara Falls.
- Return on Investment: Average tuition fees in Canada falls at half the price of its neighbour – the USA. On comparing with other popular study-abroad spots like the UK, Europe or Australia, Canada offers a ton of scholarships that make studying here a bang for the buck. Moreover, some jobs after graduation here pay more than your entire tuition combined, but more about that later.
- Cost of Living: While we’re at the topic of costs, Canada is one of the cheapest countries to live in. Granted, some metropolitan cities like Vancouver and Toronto cost high, but most university districts and campuses fall in the inexpensive parts of the country. Food, rent, travel and entertainment, if you manage your expenses well and make use of the many student offers, you can live comfortably with a C$1000 budget. This is about 25% lower than in the USA and almost 60% lower than in the UK.
- Quality of Life: The United Nations ranks Canada as one of the best places to live in and study in. It has friendly people that welcome you with open arms, top quality of life at half the price, and a safe and peaceful community. Did you know? The population here is diverse, multicultural and consists of nearly 5 million international students.
- Quality of education: With 12 universities on the top 250 list of MS programs worldwide (QS World university rankings) Canada provides its students with a globally recognized education. Although there are fewer institutes that the USA or UK, the education here focuses mainly on research, innovation, and is at par with the top 10 universities in the world. A degree from here can get you a good chance at the hiring table too.
- Career Opportunities: This is the million-dollar question, isn’t it? Remember we talked about return on investment? Canada has a thriving economy and a soaring job market, almost everyone that studies at a good university here gets placed at top jobs in major MNCs. The average cost of an MS program is between C$16,000 – C$30,000 annually, and the average salary in Canada after an MS is about $68,000/year. So, you can easily break even within 2-3 years. Keep reading to find out the job opportunities after masters in Canada.
On graduating you can work for up to 3 years in Canada with a work permit, you can then apply for permanent residence on gaining experience. PR is a huge incentive to study and work in this country since they treat international folk amazingly well.
Now, for the jobs after MS in Canada, it’s a well-known fact the entire world has seen a boost in technology, Canada is no exception. In fact, the careers in economic sectors like technology, infrastructure and transportation have grown exponentially, and you can’t go wrong with an engineering degree here. Whether your interest lies in mechanical, electrical or computer science, there is a huge demand for all, and the average salaries after an MS in Canada are no joke.
If we have to put some numbers on it, the average salary in Canada after MS in computer science is over C$85,000 and goes up to C$120,000. The average starting salaries for mechanical engineers and related technologies are almost C$65,000. And if you have an MS in an electrical field, your salary will be at an average of C$68,000. So, know that there is no shortage of good job opportunities in Canada after Masters. To be honest, the competition is lower here than in the USA, and so, you have higher chances of getting a better paying job.
This country also has many universities with stellar placement records, and most students get jobs even before they graduate. Here’s a list of 7 such institutes that made the global university employability ranking (2019) for their excellence in education.
- University of Toronto
- McGill University
- University of Montreal
- McMaster University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Waterloo
- University of Alberta
Canada is one of those destinations that has only lately been gaining popularity among students looking to study abroad. So, if you’ve made up your mind about studying in Canada, let us know because our counsellors provide the best guidance about admission procedure, your eligibility, applications tips, etc. Book a 15-minutes free session and ask all your questions, you have nothing to lose and all to gain.
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