Did you know that the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Canadian Province) celebrates April as the Sikh Heritage month? Canada is the second largest country consisting of Sikhs. There are around 500,000 Sikhs in the country. Apart from this, the Indians in Canada contribute to about 3.8% of the total population of Canada.
There are approximately 170,000 Indian students pursuing higher education in Canada. This number is huge and there are definitely some very strong reasons for it. If you are planning to study in Canada, which I assume you are, because otherwise why would you really be on this page right now, here are the reasons you need to know why a large number of Indian students are flocking to Canada.
Best Quality Education:
This is the most obvious but very important reason. Students choose Canada as their higher study destination in pursuit of rich quality education. Canadian universities and institutions are a storehouse of variety of courses. Every student is sure to find something of his/her interest in this country. Canada is popularly known for courses in the field of business, STEM, and Arts.
Moreover, the universities here enjoy global recognition and are of the top ranking universities in the world. The world class educational infrastructure and research facilities provided to the students in Canada prepare the students to step in the real world confidently.
The US has always been the most popular study abroad destination for many, however, very recently due to the unstable political scenario, Canada has all the more emerged as a safe country for the outsiders. The strict criteria imposed on the issuance of H1-B foreign worker visas has led to many to choose Canada over America. Additionally, Canada has a low crime rate and is the second country in the world to have the highest quality of life.
Work Permit and PR (Permanent Residency) System:
Canadian universities enable students to gain work experience while studying itself. The students are permitted to work for part-time (20 hours per week) during the semester and full time (40 hours per week) during vacations.
Post 2016, after Canada started allowing students holding student visa to work after completing their graduation from Canada, more and more students started opting to study in Canada. It offers a three year post graduation work permit to students which enable them to work in any field. What makes this even more beneficial is that, to attain the work permit, one does not even require a job offer from a particular company.
The process of application for permanent residency too is easy and flexible as compared to other countries. This is made possible by the Canadian government through the Express Entry System. Those with strong work experience and graduation degree stand an even more high chance of gaining permanent residency.
This is one of the major reasons why more and more Indians are opting for Canada. When compared to the US and UK, Canada offers education at a much lower cost. This includes the tuition fees as well as the cost of living. Even after being cheaper as compared to the US and UK, Canada provides a vast exposure and numerous opportunities to its students.
Innovative and Research Centric Style of Education:
The education method in Canada is not just theoretical but also practical. Here, the professors not just impart knowledge but also encourage the students to actively participate in the classes by interacting, questioning, sharing and expressing opinions. Here, knowledge is imparted not only in classrooms but also by conducting workshops, seminars, projects, and activities.
In Canada, a student’s knowledge is sure to boost, as the environment of classrooms here is free, open and friendly.
In addition to this, universities here focus more on research driven education that helps students apply knowledge gained through textbooks in real life, giving them a 360 degree understanding of a particular concepts or subject.
Sure it takes some time to settle in, but once you do, Canada is sure to become your second home. The reason behind this is that it is a country that spreads its arms open to new people and welcomes them with a warm art. Canadians respect each other’s nationality and religion whole heartedly which makes an outsider feel at home, completely safe.
With so many reasons speaking high of Canada, it is best you consider this country if you intend on pursuing a higher education from abroad.