As a former British colony, Canada is familiar to most Brits, yet exotic at the same time. The Queen is on our bank notes and we speak a form of English including spelling colour and neighbour with a “U”, but we also offer tempting delicacies such as maple syrup, poutine, tourtiere and beaver tails and awe-inspiring scenery that includes the Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, the Great Plains, and coastal inlets.
If you feel “chic”, you can also learn and practice French, which is one of our two official languages.
Our Prime Minister, you know that cover model looking guy who believes in bringing the world together, sets the example of Canada as a whole by introducing an equal 50/50 split of cabinet (men and women) and proclaims that “Diversity is the strength of our country”. You can see this across the country as Canada, and our campuses, is where the world meets and diversity is celebrated in a safe and welcoming environment. However, enough about us as a country (sorry eh?), this is supposed to be a blog about Canadian education.
SO why would you consider Canada as a study abroad destination? The real question is, why wouldn’t you?
The first thing to know is that Canada has one of the highest rates of higher education attainment in the world with 55% of our population having higher education credentials – this alone is impressive! Added to this are the facts that Canada spends the most per capita on education than any other OECD country and 95% of our universities and colleges are publically funded and accredited by our governments which assures high standards and quality assurance are met. This also means a high caliber of education that is affordable and recognized worldwide. A Canadian degree can take you anywhere.
The biggest advantage to a Canadian education is that we are a balance between the UK and USA university models. For those that want depth similar to that of UK institutions, students can pursue an honours program that culminates with a capstone project or thesis. Moreover, for those that have multiple interests and passions and can’t decide upon what to study (or don’t want to decide), Canada offers flexibility and interdisciplinary. You want to study history and economics? Drama and chemistry? In Canada you CAN do that!
One of the most attractive aspects of Canadian education from an international student point of view is the ability to work both during and after your studies as well as the possibility of immigrating and making Canada your new home.
Welcome to Canada, eh?
If you represent a UK school or are a pupil with an interest in exploring the opportunities afforded by higher education in Canada, please contact Phil Garner, the Independent Schools Portal Head of International Higher Education.