Why study in Canada? Canada has some pretty stellar options for international students looking to do their studies. But, Canada is definitely not the only option, there are a few countries considered the best places to study abroad. How do you know which country is going to be the best country to study abroad?
In this article, we’re going to compare the options for international students considering studies in Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Read the whole thing to get a deep understanding of which country is best for study, or just skip ahead to the comparison you’d like to learn more about.
How good is the education system?
Trying to compare the education systems of Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia is a bit like trying to compare Olympic athletes. Sure, someone is going to take home the gold medal, but they all made it to the Olympics. They’re the most competitive in the world.
All four countries have top-notch higher education systems and are considered among the best countries to study abroad, so you can find a school offering a quality study program in each of the four. If you want to get picky about it (and that’s why you’re here, right?) there are a few small differences.
Every year, Times Higher Education puts out a list of World University Rankings. For 2020, THE states that the United States has 40 schools listed in the top 100. The United Kingdom has 11, Australia has six, and Canada has five.
However, consider that the US population is nearly ten times larger than Canada’s, while the population of the UK is nearly double that of Canada. Taking into account population size, the number of globally ranked schools is comparable between the four countries. It should be noted that Oxford University tops the list – congrats to the UK!
Another important consideration is that you might not want to study at a globally ranked school. In that case, all four of these countries have hundreds of other universities and colleges that offer education and training programs for international students. These might not be as rigorous as schools like Cambridge, Harvard, or the University of Toronto, but you can find a quality education without the pressure of sky-high expectations.