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Every Indian student has dream, at some point or the other, of going overseas to pursue higher education. Why? There is no one reason that stokes this desire but rather a compound of various factors. And when the idea does make its home inside the head of a driven student, it becomes difficult to resist the pull of ambition. The next step invariably is that of deciding where to go.
Canada has conventionally been one of the top study abroad destinations alongside the UK, the US, and Australia. If one is to understand the significant role India plays in Canada’s international education space, one need only look at the associated numbers. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the number of Indian students in the country grew by 40% in 2018.
The main reason why Indian students prefer to study in Canada has to do with the country’s welcoming economic immigration gateway, the Express Entry system, which grants additional points for Canadian education. In addition, many Canadian provinces extend an opportunity of permanent residence for eligible International graduates of their universities.
Canada is one of the most progressive countries that offers a remarkable quality of life and enabling lifestyle and job opportunities to its citizens. The icing on the cake is that such policies also cover immigrants and international students seeking a superior lifestyle, education, and work prospects in Canada.
Canada offers some of the world’s most affordable education facilities as compared to other top study abroad destinations. This is one of the reasons why the country boasts a rich diversity as people from the world over choose Canada as their education destination of choice.
The education system in Canada boasts high standards for a reason. It is on account of the exceptional importance given to education by each and every person living in the country. As a result, people are increasingly seeking to graduate from Canadian universities. Furthermore, degrees conferred by Canadian universities are not only recognized globally but also valued highly by international employers.
Canada also holds the distinction of being home to some of theworld’s most research-intensive universities. This is highlighted by the fact that Canada is one of the top destinations for scientific research in the world.
After graduating from a reputed international university, Indian students prefer to seek jobs with their study abroad destination. Canada, on account of its placid immigration and post-study work visa policies, extends plenty of job opportunities to international students. Such opportunities are typically not available in a majority of countries that are equally popular study abroad destinations.
In Canada, international students who have acquired their master’s degree from a Canadian university can apply for a post-study work permit with a tenure of three years. The influx of Indian students to Canada has registered a spike since the introduction of enabling policies such as the SDS (Study Direct Stream) Program and Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
Security be it financial, social, and legal is sought by everybody. Indian nationals who move to Canada to pursue their higher education also become enamored of the sense of security they get while living in their host city. In fact, social as well as financial security is a critical factor which drives most Indian students to apply for Canadian universities in the first place.
Frequently listed among the safest places to study, Canada carries some of the lowest crime rates in the world and is welcoming of racial diversity than most countries. Consequently, Canada has emerged as one of the most preferred study abroad and employment destinations among foreign nationals.
Authored article by Saurabh Arora, Founder and CEO, University Living
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