Canada is home to one of the world’s largest international student populations, with over 800,000 students. The country is a popular choice for international students due to its excellent educational institutions, promising employment opportunities, and immigration possibilities after graduation.
Choosing a college or university in Canada can be a daunting task with so many options available. CIC News has prepared a guide to help international students choose the ideal school in Canada.
Before choosing a school and program in Canada, it is important to ensure that the institution is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). DLIs are the only educational institutions in Canada that can accept international students and provide housing. The government has an extensive list of DLIs available for reference.
It is also important for international students who wish to work in Canada after graduation to ensure that their chosen program meets the requirements for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). PGWPs are essential for students who want to settle permanently in Canada and require at least one year of full-time eligible work experience.
When choosing a college or university in Canada, students should assess campus life, student services, faculty to student ratio, co-op possibilities, and job prospects upon graduation.
It is also important to consider location when choosing a university, as it can qualify students for their local Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), designed to spread the benefits of immigration across Canada.
International students can benefit from the information provided in international school rankings to help narrow their search, such as the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) university rankings, the Times Higher Education university rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
Taking the time to assess all of these considerations and researching different schools and programs will help international students choose the ideal college or university in Canada. Discover your options to study in Canada by visiting CanadaVisa.com.
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