Getting a global education is not about the education alone. It’s about the experience of living in another country and another culture. And few countries are ahead of Canada when it comes to this experience – it tops the list in best-quality-of life rankings. Add to that the fact that it offers an excellent quality of education, with over 26 Canadian universities being listed in the world university ranking platforms, like Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE).
It’s not for nothing that today more than 642,480 international students call Canada home. What’s more is that more than 90% of international students are highly satisfied with their studies in Canada.
So, what it is that makes Canada a popular global ed destination? We’ve done a deep-dive right here, where we’ve looked into the following:
The best universities
The best student cities
Fun things to do in Canada while studying
Working in Canada
Universities in Canada
If you’re considering Canada for graduation, post-graduation, PhD, or any diploma courses, you’ll be opting for, what is referred as, the post-secondary schools.
It consists of:
Private career colleges
Vocational and technical schools
The distinction between universities and colleges is that universities are degree-granting institutions, meaning that they provide bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees. Colleges, on the other hand, (mostly) grant diplomas, though there are some limited set of bachelor’s degree programs which are offered through joint programs with universities.
Canada boasts of a high-quality education where two out of every five academics (at university level) hold at least one global degree. Top that with the fact that 14 0f the top 300 universities worldwide are from Canada.
To help you shortlist universities, here’s a quick look at the globally ranked universities (by two ranking platforms) for your reference.
University of Toronto
University of British Columbia
University of Alberta
University of Montréal
University of Waterloo
201st – 250th
201st – 250th
University of Calgary
201st – 250th
Queen’s University at Kingston
251st – 300th
Simon Fraser University
251st – 300th
251st – 300th
University of Ottawa
University of Victoria
401st – 500th
251st – 300th
401st – 500th
401st – 500th
Université du Québec
541st – 550th
601st – 800th
University of Guelph
581st – 590th
501st – 600th
University of Manitoba
601st – 650th
351st – 400th
651st – 700th
501st – 600th
Memorial University of Newfoundland
651st – 700th
501st – 600th
Université de Sherbrooke
651st – 700th
601st – 800th
University of Windsor
651st – 700th
601st – 800th
801st – 1000th
601st – 800th
Best student cities in Canada
Canada has a warm and welcoming environment – it’s one of the reasons why so many students choose it as a preferred global ed destination. A total of five Canadian cities are listed in the QS Best Student Cities 2019, where four are featured in the top 50.
These include the following, listed in order of the QS Best Student Cities 2019 ranking:
Montreal – 9th
Vancouver – 16th
Ottawa – 45th
Quebec (city) – 115th
Let’s look at them one-by-one.
(Do note: The university lists mentioned here are not inclusive of other degree-awarding institutions, general and vocational college.)
Featured in the Top 10 (QS Best Student Cities 2019) ranked at 6th, Montreal is one of the popular student cities in Canada. Known as the largest French-speaking city in the world outside Paris, Montreal offers an exciting cultural diversity to international students. There are seven universities in Montreal including the second highest ranked universities in Canada, McGill University.
The other five universities are:
École de technologie supérieure
Université de Montréal
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
The plus point about Montreal is that it has the lowest accommodation and transportation costs compared to other student cities in Canada like Toronto and Vancouver.
The largest city in Canada, Toronto, is among the top student cities ranked at 11. The city is also known as one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world as around half of its 2.8 million-strong population hails outside of the city. It is also home to the highest ranked Canadian university – the University of Toronto.
Here’s the list of universities in Toronto:
University of Toronto
University of St. Michael’s College
University of Trinity College
A small but vibrant city, Vancouver is a perfect place for those looking at an easy-going city (and cold weather) to study and live in surrounded by lush green landscapes like the Queen Elizabeth Park, North Shore among others.
It is also home to multiple globally ranked universities. These are:
The University of British Columbia
Simon Fraser University
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Vancouver Island University
Did you know that Ottawa is home to Rideau Cana, the oldest operated canal system in North America? Ottawa is filled with such other historical sites. The city is also featured as one of the top 50 best student cities in the world ranked at 45.
There are two universities in Ottawa, both of which are globally ranked:
University of Ottawa
Quebec City is not just a study destination but also a historic city with 37 National Historic Sites of Canada in Quebec City. At Quebec City, you get to explore all these amazing sites while you study. Quebec City is also featured as the 115th best student cities in the world.
There are five universities in Quebec including those globally ranked as well:
Université du Québec
École nationale d’administration publique
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Fun things to do in Canada while studying
A true seat of diverse culture and ethnicities, there are some 250 ethnic groups in Canada. This is what makes the country and living there so special – it provides an excellent opportunity to experience a multi-cultural study environment.
Apart from studying, there’s a lot you can do to enrich your living experience. From outdoor activities to entertainment and sightseeing places, the list is endless. Here are some ideas for all that you can do while studying in Canada:
1. Skiing: Whether you are a beginner or a pro, Canada offers some stunning options for skiing.If you are not a skier, this might be a good time to learn – you’ll never have a better opportunity than when you are studying there. Some popular ones are:
2. Strolling by the lakes: Canada is also home to glittering, picturesque lakes. Taking a stroll down one of these can be a calming and memorable experience.You can check these out if you get a chance:
Waterton Lakes National Park– it’s special because it’s the only park in the world to have received all three designations – UNESCO World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve, and International Peace Park.
3. Water canoeing and rafting: If water sports is what excites you, then Canada has a lot to offer.Here are some fun places to do this:
5. The fun and some off-beat stuff: While the list for what you can do in Canada is endless, there are some must-dos that you should know of.Check these out
Calgary Stampede – an annual 10-day outdoor festival filled with rodeo shows, exhibitions, rides and games
Montreal Jazz Festival – a must for music lovers, it’s the biggest Jazz festival in the world
Just for Laughs Festival – remember the TV show ‘Just for Laugh’? Well, here’s a chance for you to attend where great comedians and theatre groups are featured.
The Enchanted Forest – a charming, fairytale-land in Malakwa, British Columbia that has some 350 fairy figurines hidden amongst ancient cedar trees.
Sewers of Toronto – not a usual choice for sightseeing, but these amazing ancient network of cave-like tunnels can be mesmerizing to see
And last, but definitely not the least, don’t forget to visit Niagra Falls while in Canada – they are way more stunning when seen from the Canadian side!
One thing you can be sure of is that at Canada, you will never run out of things to do, whether it is fun outdoor activities or an educational tour at historical sites or attending events.
The living cost in Canada (for international students) is estimated at around CAD 12,000 per year [approximately ₹6,38,00] including accommodation.
Working in Canada
With a welcoming immigration policy, international students can work while studying and post-study as well. Opting for Post-study work opportunities in Canada can also lead to Permanent Residency (if you desire).
Working while study
Yes! Part-time job is allowed in Canada. If you are thinking of opting for it then there are four ways you can do so, i.e.
International students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during regular session, and full-time during holidays. The (minimum) wages/salaries, however, differs by province. It will also depend on the kind of job position undertaken and on the employer. The Minimum wages (hourly) set per province are-
Minimum Hourly Wage (CAN $)
Newfoundland & Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Working after studying/ Post-Study Work Opportunities (PSW)
Canada offers great career opportunities and that is one reason why the country reportedly had 313,580 people immigrating to the country in 2019 alone. So, if you have completed your studies from Canadian universities, you can definitely work in Canada after your studies.
There are three ways to work in Canada after finishing your studies:
Post-graduation work permit: This permit is temporary. This will help you get a Canadian job experience and further apply for permanent residency through Express Entry
Express Entry: This permit is for skilled workers (immigrants) who wants to settle in Canada permanently.
Provincial Nominee Program: Here (almost) all of Canada’s provinces and territories nominates people to immigrate to Canada. So, an international student can apply for this by contacting the province interested.
So, that leaves us with the question- is it easy to get a job in Canada? The answer is, Yes. Based on your skill type and skill level listed on the National Occupation Classification (NOC), you can check eligibility and apply for a job in Canada. To start with, there are five skill types under which you can seek work, i.e.
Skill Type 0 (zero): This is for management jobs that includes-
shore captains (fishing)
Skill Level A: These are professional jobs (a cherry on the top for those who graduated from Canadian University) including:
Skill Level B: This is more of technical jobs and skilled trades (suitable for those with college diploma or training as an apprentice), jobs such as:
Skill Level C: These are intermediate jobs that are suitable for those with high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
long-haul truck drivers
food and beverage servers
Skill Level D: These are labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, (and less relevant to an international student in Canada):
oil field workers
Based on these levels, you can apply for different criteria, i.e. Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades (Express Entry), Provincial Nominee Program, and Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
You can visit the Job Bank by the Government of Canada where more than 100,000 jobs across Canada are listed. Sign up/apply for the job you are eligible for and get ready for a Canadian job experience.
Here’s an important tip: Your Language skills, fluency in English and/or in French will be one of the eligibilities points that will be considered for migration, working or applying for a citizenship to Canada.
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All things considered – the quality of education, the living standard or the ease of living, Canada is surely among the top. This explains why it remains a popular global ed destination. Few others offer all that Canada does to International students – from a robust post-study-work opportunity to excellent study and living standard.
If you are ready for that global education, then start looking at Canada – it’s the best place you can move to.
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Scripts are small computer programs embedded within our web pages that give those pages a wide variety of extra functionality. Scripts make it possible for the website to function properly. For example, scripts power certain security features and enable basic interactive features on our website. Scripts can also be used for analytical or advertising purposes. For example, a script can collect info about how you use our website, such as which pages you visit or what you search for.
Tracking URLs are links with a unique identifier in them. These are used to track which website brought you to the Site. An example woold be if you clicked from a social media page, search engine, or one of our affiliate partners' websites.
Software Development Kits (SDKs) are part of our apps' source code. Unlike browser cookies, SDK data is stored in the app storage. They're used to analyze how the apps are being used or to send personalized push notifications. To do this, they record unique identifiers associated with your device, like your device ID, IP address, in-app activity, and network location.
All these tracking technologies are referred to as "cookies" here in this Cookie Statement.
However, no Personal Information identifying the user is collected nor any data capture mechanisms are employed. The user may change browser settings to accept or reject cookies on personal preference. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify the browser setting to decline cookies if you so prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of the Site that may depend on cookies. If you choose to accept cookies, you also have the ability to later delete cookies that you have accepted. If you choose to delete cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies, including advertising preferences, will be deleted and may need to be recreated. We process and keep all data for our own use and, if you wish to opt-out from tracking by TC Global you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Processing of Data:
TC Global may also process any Personal Information or Usage Information collected from you for legitimate commercial purposes including to provide you with the requisite information requested. A list of uses of the Personal Information and Usage Information collected is provided at Section 3 of this Policy (Use of Information Collected).
TC Global implements appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk of our processing of information about individuals such as (i) only sharing and providing access to your information to the minimum extent necessary, subject to confidentiality restrictions where appropriate, and on an anonymised basis wherever possible; (ii) using secure servers to store your information; (iii) verifying the identity of any individual who requests access to information prior to granting them access to information; and (iv) using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software or other similar encryption technologies to encrypt any payment transactions you make on or via our Site.
Right of a user in relation to data submitted:
Any user who has submitted Personal Information on the Site has the right to (i) access, correct, delete such Personal Information subject to us successfolly verifying your identity; (ii) object to us processing your Personal Information on legitimate grounds; (iii) to withdraw your consent to our use of your information at any time where we rely on your consent to use or process that information; (iv) opting out of receiving any promotional or marketing material by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" button or by sending an email to [email@example.com]. Please note that if you withdraw your consent, this will not affect the lawfolness of our use and processing of your information on the basis of your consent before the point in time when you withdraw your consent; (v) right to have the Personal Information transferred to another data controller; and (vi) lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particolar in the jurisdiction of your habitual residence, place of work or of an alleged infringement of any applicable data protection laws. Any request received by us by the user in relation to the aforesaid shall be acknowledged by us within seventy-two (72) business hours.
USE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED
TC Global does not share any Personal Information with any third party without your consent, except when directed by the law. TC Global can use this data to verify user identity in line with engagement initiated by the user. We will communicate with you using the contact information provided by you in order to respond to any queries that you may have and to provide any information that you may request regarding the services provided through the Site. We may communicate with you either by written, physical communication, email, telephone, SMS or via notifications on your mobile device. We may also send strictly service-related announcements to you periodically and when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our services are temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email, text message, flash notification or telephone call. If you do not wish to receive such alerts, you have the option to unsubscribe from such emails or opt out by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may use Personal Information or Usage Information collected through the Site in the following ways:
to operate and improve our Site and tools associated with the Site;
to create aggregated and anonymized information to determine which Site features are most popolar and usefol to users, and for other statistical analyses;
To customize the content or the services on the Site for you, or the communications sent to you through the Site.
To help provide you the services accessible through the Site, which may include liaising and providing information to visa/customs/immigration offices of various countries and admissions offices of universities situated across the globe;
To observe, improve and administer the quality of services on the Site;
To analyze how the Site is used, diagnose technical problems;
Remember the basic information provided by you for effective access;
To confirm your identity in order to determine your eligibility to use the Site and avail our services;
To notify you about any changes to the Site;
To enable TC Global to comply with its legal and regolatory obligations;
For the purpose of sending administrative notices, service-related alerts and other similar communication with a view to optimizing the efficiency of the Site;
Doing market research, troubleshooting, protection against error, project planning, fraud and other criminal activity; and
Marketing activities: We use your information for marketing activities. These activities include:
Using your contact info to send you regolar news about relevant products and services. You can unsubscribe from email marketing communications quickly, easily, and anytime. All you need to do is click the "Unsubscribe" link included in each newsletter or other communication.
Based on your info, individualized offers might be shown to you on the Site, on mobile apps, or on third-party websites/apps (including social media sites), and the content of the site displayed to you might be personalized. These coold be offers that you can book directly on the Site, on co-branded sites, or other third-party offers or products we think you might find interesting.
When you participate in other promotional activities (e.g. sweepstakes, referral programs, or competitions), relevant info will be used to administer these promotions.
Administrative and Legal Reasons:
We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. Thus, we may access, use, store, transfer and disclose your information (including Personal Information), including disclosure to third parties such as government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we reasonably determine is necessary and appropriate: (i) to satisfy any applicable law, regolation, governmental requests or legal process; (ii) to protect the safety, rights, property or security of TC Global, our services, the Site or any third party; (iii) to protect the safety of the public for any reason; (iv) to detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; and /or (v) to prevent or stop any activity we consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, an illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity. Such disclosures may be carried out without notice to you.
THIRD PARTY CONTENT AND LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SERVICES
We do not include or offer third party products or services on our Site.
Your information will be retained with TC Global as long as it is needed by TC Global to provide services to you. If you wish to cancel your account or request that TC Global no longer uses your information to provide services, you may contact TC Global at email@example.com.. TC Global will promptly delete the information as requested. TC Global will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with its legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce its agreements or for other business purposes. When TC Global has no ongoing legitimate business need to process your information, we will either delete or anonymize it.
CONTACT & POLICY UPDATES
CHANGE OF INFORMATION AND CANCELLATION OF ACCOUNT
You are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the information you submit to us, such as your contact information provided as part of account registration. If your Personal Information changes, or if you no longer desire to access the Site, you may correct, delete inaccuracies, or amend information by contacting us through firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond within 72 hours of receipt of communication.
You have the right to request that we rectify or delete the personal data or restrict the processing of your personal data, if you think they are inaccurate. Furthermore, you have the right to object against the processing based on our legitimate interests as a legal basis. We are required to assess and act on your request. Additionally, you also have the right to data portability if it shoold become relevant. You have a right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority.
[You may also cancel or modify your communications that you have elected to receive from the Site by logging into your user account and changing your communication preferences.
If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you details with respect to our services and the Site, please write to us at email@example.com.
If you wish to opt out of receiving non-essential communications such as promotional and marketing-related information regarding the Site and our services, please send TC Global an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By email: email@example.com
In the event of any grievances, user can contact the grievance officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at the following address:
The Chopras Global Holdings PTE Ltd
No. 3 Shenton Way
#10-05/06, Shenton House