Each year Canada attracts more than 250,000 international students from over 100 countries. Here are some of the top reasons for choosing Canada as a study destination:
1. Qualifications Valued Around the World
Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.
2. Affordable Education
The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. As such, Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university.
3. Multicultural Society
With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s hard not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures. In fact, your international student advisor can help you get in touch with any number of ethnic clubs and associations for you to join while you’re here.
4. Healthy and Safe Communities
While you may have heard of or experienced Canadians’ friendly and open nature, you may not have known that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.
5. Work Rights
Study permit holders pursuing academic, vocational, or professional studies can work up to 20 hours per week.
6. Possibility of Immigration
Did you know that some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada? For more information about the possibility of immigration to Canada once your schooling is complete, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
There are many housing options for students in Vancouver. The most popular for Arbutus students are either:
Homestay – Many Canadian families welcome international students. This may be an effective way for you to improve your English or French, learn about daily life in Canada, and meet new, friendly people. Homestays also offer a more stable and secure environment for younger people coming to study in Canada. Typically, a homestay consists of a Canadian family hosting a student in their home while the student attends classes in Canada.
Private Rental – There are different types of places you can rent as an international student. A house is usually too expensive for one student to rent, but many students share or rent suites (a self-contained unit with a kitchen, toilet, bath and bedroom) within a larger home. Apartments are another option, where one has a kitchen, toilet, bath, and one or two bedrooms. Most rental apartments do not include furniture or meals. Some, however, include the cost of heat and/or electricity in the rent.
Travel and Transportation
Public transport around Vancouver is clean, safe and efficient. It combines different modes of travel including Rapid Transit (above and underground trains) and a comprehensive bus network. Many local residents and students also commute by bicycle and take advantage of the cycling lanes and bike parking around the city.
Places to Visit
Vancouver – Top Attractions
Vancouver has an endless supply of attractions and things to see and do. It doesn’t matter what time of day or what time of year – whether you want to be indoors or out, active or a spectator, spend a lot of money or none at all – Vancouver has it all! Our list of top things to see and do is:
Whistler Blackcomb – our world famous ski resort, just a short road trip from Vancouve
Grouse Mountain – Takes the Grouse Mountain Skyride 3,700 feet above sea level for breathtaking views of the city , sea and mountains
Vancouver Aquarium – Check out over 70,000 sea creatures from the arctic to the Amazon