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If you are looking for an international destination to continue your education and launch your career, look no further. Discover the top 10 reasons to study in Canada!

Check out this comprehensive video highlighting the top ten reasons to study in Canada:

1. World class quality

There is no doubt about it—Canada’s education system is top-notch and respected worldwide. Getting a degree from a Canadian university isn’t just impressive—it’s a mark of quality and trust. 

Many of Canada’s universities hit the top 100 in global rankings, giving you access to the latest knowledge and tech. Plus, the education system here is more than just book smarts. It pushes you to master key skills like critical thinking, teamwork, and communication— skills that are crucial for succeeding both in life and your future career.

Discover the top universities worldwide! Click here to explore the latest QS World University Rankings.

SeriesInstitutionQS Ranking 2025 (Globally)
1University of Toronto25
2McGill University29
3University of British Columbia38
4University of Alberta96
5University of Waterloo115
6Western University120
7University of Montreal159
8McMaster University176
9University of Ottawa189
10Queen’s University at Kingston193

2. Lower tuition fees

Besides its top-notch education, another huge plus for studying in Canada is how affordable it is. Compared to other popular study destinations like the USA, the UK, or Australia, Canada’s tuition fees are generally lower, especially for postgraduate degrees.

Additionally, there are numerous scholarships, bursaries and financial aid options available, helping reduce the financial burden. This affordability makes Canada an attractive option for those seeking  high-quality education and value for money!

Compare Canada with other top study destinations: Canada vs The World: What’s the best study destination for you?

3. Welcoming and multicultural

Another reason to study in Canada is its inclusive atmosphere. Being one of the first countries to officially support multiculturalism in 1971, Canada was already on the forefront of ensuring that everyone felt appreciated and proud of their roots.

Canada’s commitment to multiculturalism can be seen through the multitude of events and festivals that honour its unique cultural fabric. From celebrating Indigenous cultures, the dazzling Diwali Festival to the lively Oktoberfest and vibrant Asian Heritage Month, Canada embraces a diverse range of traditions. Everyone can learn about and engage with various cultures that live all over the country during these celebrations.

4. Travel adventures

Beyond the classroom, Canada is a treasure trove of natural wonders! The country boasts some of the world’s most stunning natural attractions, like the majestic Rocky Mountains, thunderous Niagara Falls, and lush greenery of British Columbia’s rainforests.

For those who prefer not to venture far, Canada’s local parks, beaches, hiking trails, ski resorts, and downtown cores offer endless opportunities for recreation. Studying in Canada isn’t just about hitting the books—it’s where you can truly live it up and dive deep into unforgettable experiences. 

Check out our top tips for exploring Canada as a student!

5. Safety and stability

Canada is recognized not just for its scenic beauty and top-notch education, but also for being one of the safest countries in the world.

Cities like Toronto and Vancouver are hits with international students because of their high-quality education and top-notch safety, letting students focus on their studies and daily activities without a worry. On the flip side, smaller communities like Sherbrooke in Quebec, Halifax in Nova Scotia, and Lethbridge in Alberta offer their own kind of safe haven, perfect for those looking for a close-knit community and a slower pace of life.

Whether in a bustling city or a quiet town, Canada’s commitment to security and social well-being creates an environment conducive to academic success and a bright future.

Find out how each province measures up! Explore the Police-reported Crime Severity Index and crime rate, by province or territory in 2022.

6. Work while studying

One of the standout perks of studying in Canada is the flexibility it offers international students to work while studying. International students in Canada have three main options for employment during their studies: on-campus work, off-campus work, and co-op work placements.

Students can engage in on-campus work, taking jobs within their college/university that are conveniently flexible around their academic schedules. Off-campus work is permitted up to 20 hours per week during term time, with full-time hours allowed during breaks like summer and winter. Additionally, co-op work placements add another dimension by embedding job experiences into your study program, offering invaluable industry exposure and professional growth in your specific field.

This combination of work and study is significantly appealing, helping manage living expenses while also providing valuable work experience even before you graduate.

Earn while you learn in Canada. Visit our Work While Studying page for more info!

Changes To Work Hours For International Students From Fall 2024

From Fall 2024, international students will be permitted to work off-campus, up to 24 hours each week. This change will be permanent. While the change may seem small, it’s an increase of 4 hours each week, it does allow for 3 full shifts each week.

Learn more about this change

7. Work after graduation

One of the best perks for international students in Canada is the chance to stay and work after graduation through the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program. 

The PGWP is no ordinary work permit—it’s an open work permit. This means you can work for any employer, for as many hours as you want, and anywhere in Canada for up to three years! This flexibility lets you explore different career paths and industries, which is fantastic for building a strong resume and making valuable professional connections.

Remember, only international graduates can get the PGWP, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you definitely don’t want to miss.

Find out how to extend your stay and gain valuable work experience with a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

8. Strong support programs for students

When you study in Canada, you’ll find tons of support that help you adjust and get settled. Besides orientation programs, Canadian universities and colleges have dedicated international student services that help with things like visas, academic planning, career advice, language support, mental wellness and other helpful resources. This extensive support ensures you feel at home and thrive academically and personally during your time in Canada. 

9. Pathway to permanent residency

Canada isn’t just a great place to study and work; it’s also a stepping stone to making it your new home. In fact, a Statistics Canada study from 2021 revealed that 60% of international students transitioned to permanent residency within 10 years of receiving their first study permit.

Your Canadian education and work experience can be valuable for several federal and provincial programs that offer pathways to permanent residency. For instance, the Canadian Experience Class is perfect for those who’ve worked in Canada for at least one year. The Federal Skilled Worker Program is another option, ideal for those with foreign skills and work experience, while various Provincial Nominee Programs offer a route to residency if you can meet local labour market needs. Not to forget, for those studying in Quebec, there are unique Quebec Immigration Options tailored to keep graduates in the province too.

Explore the various pathways to permanent residency for international graduates.

10. Study in English and/or French

As one of the few countries in the world where both English and French are official languages, Canada offers a unique environment for students.

Firstly, it deepens your appreciation of Canada’s many cultural quirks. Secondly, it sets you apart in today’s competitive job market, providing a clear advantage locally and globally. Lastly and most notably, proficiency in French opens up additional pathways for permanent residency in Canada. 

Since the introduction of Express Entry category-based draws in 2023, the French-language category has seen the highest number of invitations—significantly more than any other category. With that in mind, improving your French is a calculated step to boost your chances for permanent residency in Canada.

Moreover, Canada boasts over 190 accredited language programs, giving you plenty of opportunities to enhance your language skills. Think about it—opting to study in Canada isn’t just a smart choice—it’s a strategic move that sets you up for both personal growth and professional success.

BONUS: Your spouse or common-law partner can work too!

If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they may benefit too. Spouses or common-law partners of students studying in certain programs, including Masters and PhD programs, are eligible to apply for a Spousal Open Work Permit, allowing them to work full-time for any employer in Canada.

This work permit is valid as long as you maintain your student status and can be extended when you transition to working on a Post-Graduation Work Permit. This opportunity not only supports your family’s financial well-being but also enhances both of your professional experiences within Canada.

Learn how your spouse or partner can work in Canada while you study! Using our Spousal Open Work Permit guide. 

Now you have read the top 10 reasons to study in Canada, what are you waiting for?

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