Year after year, thousands of International students, Nigerians especially fly to Canada to pursue higher education. Canada has fast become one of the most popular study destinations among international students of varying nationalities. For those of you, who have never paid extra attention or done the research, here are 4 reasons why Canada is a popular first choice.
- QUALITY EDUCATION
As the second largest country in the world, Canada lives up to its size by having a wide array of options for students to choose from, either one out of the 98 Universities it has, College or Vocational Schools. Canadian degrees are globally recognized, rank as highly as degrees gotten from the United States or the United Kingdom and are sure to open doors for you.
- CHEAPER TUITION FEES
As an aspiring international student, your first question is usually ‘How much does it cost? Just like every other study destination, Canadian international students pay higher tuition fees than domestic students.
Tuition fees at Canadian universities are comparatively cheaper to other countries like the UK or US. This doesn’t mean that the tuition fees are super cheap, it just means that when you compare them with other foreign countries, the total is way cheaper and the difference is very clear. Housing and daily costs of living also factor into how much you will be spending per year.
- WORK WHILE YOU STUDY
This is definitely one of the key features that are a deciding factor for prospective students looking to study in Canada. The opportunity to work part-time and earn upkeep for yourself while studying is not open to international students in many other countries. Students are allowed to work part-time in Canada up to 20hrs a week during session and full time during breaks. The type of student visa usually determines what kind of job (Off-campus or on-campus) a student is able to do.
- IMMIGRATION OPTIONS
After the opportunity to work while studying, the immigration options available to international students is very attractive. Usually, when you travel to study abroad, you get issued a student visa which carries the duration of the course you are studying. This visa expires once that duration is up and you have to return to your home country after graduation.
In Canada, there are different programs designed to ensure international students have a seamless transition into their workforce (if interested). The fresh graduates are permitted to stay, work and then gain work experience while pursuing permanent residence. When you travel abroad to study, you usually get a temporary status in the country you’re studying in. That status usually expires when your program ends, so you have to return home when you graduate.