Why Are Students Choosing to Study Abroad?
Why Are Students Choosing to Study Abroad?
Despite the pandemic, students are choosing to study abroad, and most are going for Canada. But what is the reason behind that? Why are students deciding to leave their home countries in such times to study in a foreign place? Well, it all goes back to 6 important reasons, which are: the excellent quality of education, living and learning affordability, ease of bank loans, language development, employment opportunities, and possibility of immigration. Let’s talk about them in detail.
Quality of Education
Every parent dreams of seeing their child graduate with high grades from a reputable university. And the best place to make that dream come true is in the Land of Maple Syrup. Renowned for its worldwide excellence, research and innovation advancement, top notch faculty and education system, and modern institutions, there is no doubt to why students choose to study abroad in Canada. In fact, among the list of QS World University Rankings 2021, you will find 3 Canadian institutions ranked there, including the University of Toronto in Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This is proof that the nation earned its global recognition by standing out from the rest. If you have any questions about how to get a Canadian study visa for international students, check out our previous blog ‘Study Visa FAQ’.
Studying in a highly regarded school matters, but we all know tuition fees play a role in our final choice. For this, we can see why so many students select Canada as their preferred study abroad destination. The Great White North offers a numerous range of schools for bachelor’s, master’s, diploma, and PhD degrees, with many tuition options to cater to everyone. Compared to education received in the UK, US, and Australia, Canada offers the lowest tuition fees in comparison. Moreover, you can snatch a scholarship for your sporting or academic abilities if you’re an outstanding student.
Other than the affordable education in Canada, living there as an international student is quite convenient due to its budget-friendly lifestyle. Even though it’s an advanced country with modern facilities and solid infrastructure, you will find many places that you can afford no matter what your budget is, from grocery stores, to clothing shops, even to residential units if you decide to opt out of the dorms.
If you’re still unable to cover your tuition but still want to study in one of the world’s top 5 study abroad destination, there is a very easy solution for that! Canadian banks and private lenders offer loans to both international students and Canadian students, and both require the same rules and conditions with the same interest rate. The lender will review your application and send you their offer with the interest rate and how much you can borrow. Some international students may be eligible to take a loan to cover their tuition, educational expenses, accommodation, insurance, and food supply. Once they approve your application, the funds will be transferred immediately to your school. To be accepted for this loan, most lenders will assess your credit score first, while some other private lenders will consider your ability to repay this loan in the future.
To make this even better, a cosigner is not needed in Canada. A cosigner is basically someone who will sign the loan contract with you. So, you will be the borrower who will initially sign to repay the loan back, and if you don’t repay the full amount, then the cosigner will take full responsibility to do it on your behalf. Even though this is not required in Canada, having a reliable cosigner as an international student may improve the interest rate you receive from the lender. Make sure to explore your options in advance and contact as many Canadian banks and lenders as possible.
We all know that English is the lingua franca right now (a lingua franca is the common language that the world uses to communicate). And because of that, improving your English skills is a must nowadays, and travelling abroad will assure that you will develop your language. You’re most probably thinking: ‘Well, if I need to have strong English but I don’t, how will I be accepted to Canada in the first place?’. Don’t panic! To tell you the truth, Canada does NOT require an IELTS test for entry. And there are many Canadian schools that do not require IELTS, some of which are: Okanagan College, Concordia University, Cambrian College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Seneca College in Toronto, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, University of Winnipeg, Brock University, and Carleton University. Regardless, whether you’re enrolling in a university that doesn’t need IELTS, then you will still end up developing your language by naturally using it in your day-to-day life while staying in the second largest country in the world.
On the other hand, if you want to get in a school that needs IELTS, then you must have a score of 6. Believe us, if you can understand and speak English regularly, then getting a 6 will be an easy task for you. If you can’t quite get a 6, then speak to your chosen university. It might offer English special skills courses where you can choose what skill to study in order to make progress in one or more of the IELTS skill components. And if the university doesn’t offer these courses, then here are our 3 top tips on how you can improve your English skills if you want to study abroad in Canada:
1. If the thing in front of you is written in English, read it.
Seriously! If you’re taking a shower, read that shampoo bottle in front of you out loud. Afterwards, go to Google Translate, type that English text, and press the sound button so you can hear the A.I. say it in perfect English. You can then note what you pronounced wrong and work on improving it. Aim for short, easy, and different texts that you can find on a juice bottle, makeup remover, or offline and online advertisements.
2. Watch English movies.
This is a tried-and-true method. Watch movies of your favorite genre in English, but without the subtitles. It will be tricky, and you might barely understand what is happening after the movie ends, but don’t give up! It’s very fun and will challenge your abilities. So tell yourself ‘Game On’ and play that movie.
3. Practice, practice, practice.
Doing it alone is never enough, communication is key. Whether it’s with your English teacher after school hours, with your fluent English-speaking friend if you’re lucky to have one, or just with an app that you can easily download on your phone, there are multiple ways to speak English and have the person/app in front of you criticize your skills. Duolingo is an example of one of the many apps that will listen to you and correct your pronunciation, and it’s free.
What’s great about studying abroad in Canada is the ability to study and work at the same time. Unlike many countries that do not allow its international students to work due to internal policies or government rules, Canada makes earning a buck as a student easily possible. You can work on-campus or off-campus as a part-timer during university semesters and work full-time during winter or summer holidays. Working for many students is the way not only to practice skills and knowledge they learn during their studies but also to start becoming independent from their parents and support themselves while studying and living in Canada.
It doesn’t end here! After graduation, you can easily find a job as Canadian employers are always on the lookout for young, fresh, and diverse talent. The Post-Graduate Work Permit will allow you to work after graduating in order to gain skills and experience in Canada. What an amazing way to pimp out your CV! Canada’s job market is very promising, and its economy is always in quick development, so even new graduates can get good jobs. To know more about the Post-Graduate Work Permit, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experienced agents from Vazir Group will eagerly help you out.
Canada is not just a growing study abroad destination, but also a top choice for immigration. Known for its safe environment, tolerant community, vibrant culture, and free healthcare system, we’re not surprised to why Canada earned its title as the #1 country in the world. Many international students choose to study in Canada as it has an open and very organized immigration system, and one of the highly preferred immigration programs to Canada is the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW). For more information about immigrating to Canada, we are a reputable immigration consultancy with a broad experience in the field. Visit our office in India, UAE, or Canada, or drop us a call on +91 9311619005 (Delhi number), +91 869991145 (Chandigarh number), +971 4 243 8581 (Dubai number) and we will attend to all your inquiries.