18th June 2018
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Canada has seen a surge in international students over the last decade. Here are five reasons why it’s becoming one of the world’s most popular study destinations.
1. A flexible, high-quality education system
Canadian universities are among the best in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, 26 of Canada’s universities feature within the world’s top 1000, with 4 in the top 100. The list ranks universities based on their quality of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. In addition, Canada's education system offers flexibility - students are encouraged to explore their interests through electives before they declare a Major, allowing them to make an informed decision. It's worth noting, however, that module choices early on can affect your ability to specialise in a certain subject.
2. Geographical beauty
Canada is famous for its natural beauty, with sprawling prairies, dramatic mountains, majestic lakes and untouched forests. The landscapes found across its various provinces and territories are remarkably diverse, making it one of the most beautiful and interesting places to study in the world.
3. Vibrant culture
Canada has been praised for having a progressive and open-minded society. In 2017, it was even ranked second in the world for its attitude towards personal freedom and social tolerance. Two official languages are spoken (English and French) and there’s plenty of variation in customs and etiquette from one region to the next.
4. No language barrier
It isn’t essential to be fluent in both English and French to study in Canada. Quebec, New Brunswick and several communities throughout the country have a high proportion of French speakers, but English will be enough to navigate your way around most provinces.
5. Great cities
In 2017, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary among the top five most liveable cities in the world. The report ranked cities in terms of their stability, healthcare, culture, education and infrastructure. For education, all three cities achieved the maximum score of 100%.