Saturday, March 8, 2014

Top 5 Advantages to Studying Abroad in Canada

By Dan Seneker
Manager Student Recruitment, University of Saskatchewan

Studying abroad and experiencing a different country, culture, climate, and people helps us better understand the "Global Village" that we live in as global citizens. When you think of Canada, you probably envision beavers, moose, a maple leaf, and the scarlet tunics of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. But there is more to this country than those iconic and somewhat stereotypical images.

It is often said that Canada epitomizes the world that we live in due to our image as peacemakers, humanitarians, diverse cultures, and the spirit of freedom that we all cherish. If that isn’t enough for you to consider pursuing your education in Canada, here are a few more things for you to think about:

1. Canada’s commitment to education - Canada is among the top three organizations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in spending per capita on public post-secondary education. Collectively, we place great value on education and fund and support it.

2. Diverse culture - Canada is a cultural mosaic where diversity is celebrated instead of tolerated. We're a multicultural society where almost all of the world’s ethnic groups are represented and live freely together.

3. Safe and great place to live - Canada is a safe, welcoming and friendly environment that enjoys a high quality of life. The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live and as an international student you will enjoy these same opportunities with an opportunity to immigrate after your studies without having to leave the country.

4. Depth and breadth of study - Canadian education system is a hybrid taking the best from the UK (depth of study) and American (breadth of study) systems and adding a Canadian twist (half of your program concentrates on depth while the other half offers breadth or the ability to combine two or more areas of passion). Couple this with the fact that you can obtain a quality education with tuition fees that are generally lower than other countries such as the United States or United Kingdom and you have a winning combination.

5. Wide range of choices - As the second largest country in the world in area and with more than 100 universities from coast to coast, there are many programs and universities to choose from that are as varied as the Canadian landscape itself. This means that there's something for everyone. Canada truly is a land of possibilities!

It is tough to only list five advantages to studying abroad in Canada when you're talking about a country as vast and diverse as Canada. For more reasons on why you should consider studying in Canada, visit our EduCanada website.
Dan was born and raised in southern Ontario, completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in history at Bishop’s University and Masters of Communications Studies and University Teaching Certificate at the University of Calgary. He has worked in various roles in the area of Student Affairs over the past fourteen years, mainly in the areas of student recruitment and admissions at three major Canadian universities – University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary and Queen’s University. Dan has also presented on various topics within these areas at a number of conferences both within Canada and internationally.

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