Studying in Canada: EduCanada Guest Blog Post
Education in Canada - A World of Possibilities Awaits
Looking for an unforgettable experience to last you a lifetime?
Every year, students around the globe choose to pursue their education in Canada. Known for outstanding quality of life, safe and vibrant multicultural cities, beautiful spaces and first class health care, Canada is internationally recognized for a competency-based teaching approach that prepares students to be productive in the workplace immediately after graduation.
Canada’s education systems: Among the world’s best
Canadian universities and colleges are a key component of education systems recognized as among the best in the world. Higher education is primarily publicly funded in Canada, and institutions are accountable for quality assurance in teaching, research and campus facilities. Tuition and living costs are competitive compared with other destinations for study abroad.
Canada represents a tremendous opportunity for UK students looking to advance their career opportunities. Last year alone more than 350,000 international students chose Canada as their preferred destination for study abroad, and an increasing number of UK students are doing the same.
Canada’s universities: A solid foundation for success
Canada’s 85 publicly-funded universities offer high quality education at competitive prices. There are a vast selection of undergraduate and postgraduate programs to choose from, as well as professional designations, certificate and diploma courses, and career-focused programs. Canadian institutions also boast cutting edge technology and research labs as well as numerous opportunities for work placements and internships.
A strong focus on research
If you’re interested in research, Canada’s universities, colleges and polytechnics are the place to be. Canadian institutions are innovation leaders in numerous fields, including health, nanotechnology, biotechnology, high-performance computing, environmental technologies, nutraceuticals and renewable fuels. R&D cross-funding between the private sector and education institutions is high.
Our universities and colleges also act as knowledge hubs, connecting business, government and educational institutions with commercial firms that help deliver on discovery. If you have ideas to change the world, we’ve got the programs to help you bring them to life!
Canada’s college system: Leading the way in applied education
If you are looking for programs that will prepare you directly for the job market, Canada’s colleges and polytechnics are an excellent choice. Over 8,000 programs at 150 public institutions provide recognized credentials, including certificates, diplomas, transfer programs, academic and applied degrees, and postgraduate diplomas. Programs are taught by highly experienced faculty and are available with varying lengths of study, from a few months to four years. Applied programs are designed in collaboration with potential employers that offer work placements.
A vast array of work-study options
As a full-time international student, you can gain valuable work experience and help to finance your stay while studying in Canada. Students can work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during academic breaks. As well, the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows you as a graduate to work in Canada for up to three years. Skilled work experience gained through this program helps graduates who wish to stay longer qualify for permanent residence in Canada. Balancing academic achievement with direct learning in a career-related job can help you gain a competitive advantage after graduation!
Scholarships are generally based on academic merit and are often awarded at the time of admission by universities and colleges. There are a variety of scholarships specifically for international students and researchers.
Key facts and figures on education
- Consistently high-quality education across the country
- Academic credentials valued worldwide
- Consistently high investment in education – Canada invests more into its colleges and universities every year than any other OECD member country (OECD’s Education at a Glance 2014)
- Canada has one of the world’s most educated populations – Canada has the highest percentage of people age 25–64 (53%) with a college or university education among OECD countries
Key figures on Canada’s economy
- Canada is one of the Top 10 entrepreneurial economies in the world (IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015)
- For the eighth consecutive year, the World Economic Forum has ranked Canada’s banking system as the soundest in the world
- Canada is the second easiest place to start a business in the world and the easiest place to start a business among the G20 countries (World Bank)
Canada in the rankings
- 3 Canadian universities ranked among the Top 100 of The Times Higher Education 2016 World University Rankings – University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and McGill University, and 5 others ranked among the Top 200 – University of Montreal, University of Alberta, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, and University of Calgary
- 4 Canadian universities ranked among The Times Higher Education 2016 150 Under 50 world ranking (top 150 universities under 50 years old) – University of Calgary, Concordia University, University of Québec in Montréal, and University of Regina