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Top Five Reasons Why Most International Students from Asia Study Abroad in Canada?
During the 2008 International Education Marketing Action Plan for Provinces and Territories in Canada, it was reported that there were 178,227 foreign students who were enrolled in Canadian Universities, in which 45% originated from Asia, mainly from China and South Korea. The high number of Asians who study abroad in Canada boosted the country’s economy to almost $ 2.1 Billion.
Canada’s Global Brand
This is not surprising since the Canadian government is very successful with its campaign to promote Canadian education as a global brand that reflects the value of educational opportunities in the country. Also, the government increased the efficiency and transparency of the processes for foreign students who want to study abroad in Canada such as securing the required permits to live and study in Canada and to take the chance to stay in the country after completing their advanced studies.
Here are the top five reasons why Asians and Pacific Islanders want to study abroad in Canada to pursue higher education:
In the QS World Ranking for 2012, there are many Asian universities that belong to the top list such as University of Hong Kong (Rank 23), National University of Singapore (Rank 25), The University of Tokyo (Rank 30), Seoul National University (Rank 37), and Peking University (Rank 44). However, most Asians still pursue international education in Canada to enjoy a different perspective when it comes to global standards. Many Asian international students have enrolled in Asian universities during their undergraduate studies, so they have already accumulated the skills and knowledge that these institutions can offer. It will be a great move to test the caliber of education from across the globe to experience superior education from Canadian universities such as McGill University (Rank 18), University of Toronto (Rank 19) and University of British Columbia (Rank 45).
Learning English Language and French
Most international students from Asia who want to master the English language would often study abroad in USA or in England. However, those who want to master two languages, namely English and French must study abroad in Canada. The official languages of Canada are English and French. Moreover, Canadian Universities offer comprehensive programs for international students to master these languages. An Asian who can use English fluently is impressive, but an Asian who has mastery in English and French is far more superior.
Affordable Yet High Living Standards
The quality of living standards and education in Canada are among the highest around the globe. However, the living expenses and school fees for foreign students are more affordable compared to other hotspots of international education such as United Kingdom and United States. Plus, there are also scholarships and grants for excellent foreign students who want to study abroad in Canada.
Almost all of the ethnic groups of the world are represented in Canada, so it is easy to find foods and activities that can bring your memories at home. Canadian universities usually have international student centers that help foreign students to adapt to the multicultural society of Canada. Studying in Canada is a great chance to be a representative of a culture, and to promote positive understanding of multicultural diversity.
Possibilities after Graduation
With Canada’s dynamic and well-adaptive academic setting, foreign students will not only gain knowledge and skills for a global career, but they can also learn how to acquire a different perspective of the world through critical thinking, self-expression and creativity. These are the things that many Asians use to enhance their career when they return to their homeland, or to have a chance in staying in Canada after graduation.