Tips for Applying to a Canadian University
Canada has one of the highest education levels and top universities in the world. Making Canada your country of choice to study will open many doors to your future. Studying abroad can be a very exciting journey, but to get it right, you need to make sure that you have done your homework. We have a few guidelines that you should follow if you are looking to apply to a Canadian university.
Choose where to apply
There is quite a bit of research that goes into deciding where you would like to study so get started early, it will only benefit you:
• Speak to friends, family and teachers that have studied abroad and try get an understanding of their experiences while they studied abroad.
• Obviously one of the most important factors is what course you are going to study but there are also quite a few other elements that play an important role in your decision making process. You should take into the account the environment in which you would like to study, the location, transport links, accommodation and cost of living, options for finance and which institution you prefer.
• Choose an institution that best suits you and the way you like to learn.
• The immigration policies for Canada will play an important role in your immigration process so make sure that you are aware of all the requirements.
One of the most important factors is understandably whether or not you can afford to study abroad. Calculate what your expenses will be and go from there. Many Canadian universities do offer scholarships to foreign students.
Once you have gone through all the initial starting points, it’s time to get started! We all set our hopes on the perfect university but it is good to have a few backups that suit your preferences. One of the many amazing aspects of studying in Canada is that there are so many different universities, 98 to be exact, so there are plenty of options for you.
• Make sure that you have all the required documentation and that you have filled it out correctly.
• If you have questions, ask! You can contact the University’s admissions or international office.
• If you are still unsure, ask more questions.
• Applying well before the admissions deadline will give you more time to sort out your accommodation and finances. It will also give you time to apply for scholarships.
Visit the Campus
We would suggest that you visit the campus at least once before you start at the university as it will give you a feel for the environment. There is no point in attending a university that doesn’t suit you or meet your expectations.
Working While Studying and After Studying
You may want to work while you study to earn some extra money, which is not a bad idea. But you need to be aware of your visa restrictions. Something that Canada makes so easy for foreign students, is living in Canada. If you are a student in a Canadian province, you will be able to have a part time job on your university campus and work up to 20 hours a week. During your holidays you will be able to work up to 30 hours a week and you will also be able to apply for internships in your field of study to gain work experience.
If you study in Canada for two years, you are able to work after you have finished your degree for a further two years. This then makes you eligible to apply for your Permanent Residency as you will have spent 4 years in the country.
Studying in Canada has so many benefits and you should grab the opportunity with both hands. Canada is desperate for educated people and receiving a degree that is recognized worldwide is an amazing opportunity!