Canada With Inspiring Numbers
When it comes to welcoming diversity Canada secures first place in the minds of people. Since very long Canada is doing all the efforts to attract international students from potential countries to promote its education sector.
The Latest strategy for international education by Canada calls for more diversity, global ties, and innovation. Since the start of 2019, more than 5.7 million international students have contributed billions in the economy.
$148 million has been dedicated to budget 2019 by Canada to expand its pool of international students by adding more source countries. The highest number of students in Canada comes from China and India and they make up 50% of the total international student pool.
France, South Korea, Iran, USA, Vietnam, Nigeria, Brazil, etc. are the countries that hold some percentage in Canada’s international student pool. The new strategy enunciated by the government looks forward to expanding its foreign student’s percentage from countries like Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Turkey, France, and Ukraine.
In nearly a decade, a 154% increase has been witnessed in the international students coming to Canada. Last year the highest growth percentage was observed in students coming from Bangladesh, Iran, Vietnam, Columbia, India, Philippines and Kenya.
Students across the globe prefer Study in Canada due to diversity, quality of education and safety. After completing their studies more than 60% look forward to seeking permanent residence.
Pakistani students roughly make 1% of international students in Canada but it carries a big opportunity for students to explore Canada in terms of education and immigration.
Also Read: Why Study Abroad – Student’s Guide
Why Canada Appeals to Students from Pakistan
- Quality of Education
In Pakistan, the middle class accounts for approx. 40% of the population. People tend to seek better opportunities to increase their purchasing power and also experience luxuries of life. With a significant percentage belonging to the middle class, many seek bright education prospects and therefore, turn to a higher education institution at home and abroad.
Canada undoubtedly offers world-class education. Technologically advance university campuses, adapted to advance means of imparting education along with highly skilled mentors and faculties promise successful career pathways for international students.
Universities have based their curriculum on research & development orientation and round the year you can witness the latest discoveries resurfacing from all fields of study. Among many fields taught in Canada, Business, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medicine and Arts are the most desired ones. It is also home to world-renowned universities that includes but not limited to; McGill University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Universite de Montreàl and etc.
- Low Cost of Living
The Cost of living in Canada is relatively cheaper compared to other destinations in the regions like the UK and the USA. Similarly, the tuition fees charged by universities are relatively less than other universities and programs offered in the region. Some of the metropolitan cities in Canada are expensive but there are many town and cities which offer cheap source of livelihood. With part-time job allowed to students, you can earn enough to meet your basic personal expenses.
- Natural Landscape
Niagara Falls, Banff National Park & the Rocky Mountains, Toronto’s CN Tower, Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec), Whistler, Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, Polar Bears of Churchill, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, etc. are few among the list of attractions Canada has to offer to the visitors. Being an international student you can explore all the historical heritage, scenic beauties, landscapes, events and activities in Canada. A vibrant tradition, celebrated by diverse ethnic groups is the most entertaining aspect of exploring the amazing beauty of Canada. Canada enjoys long winters; you can spend lots of time enjoying snowfalls, doing skiing and other winter sports in the region.
- Cultural Diversity and Bright Living Standards
People in Canada speak two languages i.e. English and French so you have the opportunity to master both languages. The diversity allows you to experience rich cultures adorned with a number of festivities, traditions, rituals, and ceremonies. Interacting with international students allows you to learn about their cultures, learn their languages and experience their foods. Canada has been ranked by the United Nations as one of the best places to live with the best health care system in the world.
- Secure PR Instantly
Once you are in Canada you will surely admire the culture, environment, safety and affordable cost of living. Such factors greatly contribute to the lives of people belonging to third world countries where economic and political instability has put the lives of people in misery. And the quality of life in such countries deteriorates with every passing day. Job insecurity, unemployment, inflation, law, and order situations in such countries urge the prospective students to pursue education as well as seek a permanent settlement. Because returning back to the home country may not promise good opportunities.
Canada offers PR to students once they complete their education and are eligible after meeting the criteria set by the Canadian government. Through the express entry system, you can determine whether you are eligible for PR or do you meet the criteria.
Visa Categories for Studying in Canada
To secure a Canadian student visa for education you must acquire a Canadian study permit. While on your study visa you can work off-campus, as an intern, secure PR or you may prolong your stay after graduation to find work in Canada. For securing a Canadian student visa you must follow the following steps:
- Obtain a valid enrollment certificate from higher education institute in Canada
- Undertake English proficiency test i.e. IELTS or CAE
- Obtain study permit application from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website or from the Canadian embassy or consulate.
- Application package on the CIC website after online screening initially will provide you a personal checklist. This will contain instructions for the next step, a list of documents required, estimated tuitions fees amount, etc.
- After this, once you have compiled your checklist you can create an account on MyCIC and upload all the documents required in the checklist.
- After uploading docs and paying your tuition fees you can submit your application to CIC. In some cases, you might have to undertake an interview as well.
- Biometric verification, medical exam, police clearance certificate along with a valid passport is required for applying to Canada.
- Students may also apply through student direct stream (SDS) which is the new option offered to Pakistani students recently for fast visa processing.
- Proof of funds i.e. financial statement is also required when applying to Canada. 10,000 Canadian dollars for every year of your stay on top of your tuition fees are required as proof of your fund.
- After approval, you will receive electronic travel authorization. Canada border service agency (CBSA), upon verifying your letter of acceptance, financial proofs and passport will issue a study permit to you in Canada.
List of Canadian Government and Universities Scholarships (List is updated regularly)
- Study Abroad.pk
- Scholarship positions
- Study portals
Cities in Canada Best for Study and Living
- St. Catharines, Ontario