- CHOOSING YOUR UNIVERSITY
Although there are many factors to consider when selecting a university, such as tuition fees, it is also worthy to note that the well-known universities may not always be the best. Do some more digging and find out if there are more things you will be interested in in the university such as extra curricula activities, available facilities and their state, and what former students say about the university.
- PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
Most colleges and universities in Canada re publicly funded and accredited. This means you will likely enjoy high quality education for free or at very low costs. Also, you will get a certificate that is widely recognized in most countries around the world.
- SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
When applying to study abroad, the biggest challenge tends to be fees. Winning a scholarship means escaping the high costs of studying abroad. However, to apply for a scholarship to study in Canada, you must know the options available to you.
- ACCOMMODATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
There are several accommodation options to choose from. Staying on campus could be the most convenient with maximum benefits such as ease of access to university facilities and saving on transport costs. Other options, depending on your budget, will include homestays where you live in a family’s room for rental or with a host family. Some students will argue that this is a better option as it provides them with the feeling of being at home.
- PART-TIME JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
Students are allowed to work for twenty hours per week while they study. There are various part-time jobs available on and off-campus for students. Furthermore, you can choose to stay and work full-time once you complete your studies.
- OPENNING A BANK ACCOUNT
You will need a bank account to keep your money safe and avoid having too much cash on you. Most Canadian banks do not charge withdrawal and deposit fees. However, check with other students to understand which banks they use and compare the benefits.
- CUTTING COSTS
Do not spend money on items you do not need. Before you leave home, get in touch with the International Relations office, this will give you an idea of how much you will be spending so that you plan your finances in advance. Also, get in touch with other students to find out approximately how much they spend per month and which options are cheaper when buying things. Lastly, to get the most value out of your money, always keep track of your exchange rates.
- PREPARE TO LIVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY
Canada is a multicultural nation, the people, the food, the transportation, and the weather, will be very different. Prepare to find yourself feeling totally clueless in social settings. However, take this as a learning curve, take advantage of your study period to learn about the various cultures and experience exotic flavours of the Canadian cuisine.
Canada has two official languages: English and French. Thus, international students planning to study in Canada must be fluent in at least one of these languages. The majority of Canada’s French speaking population reside in Quebec province. Therefore, you will likely need French proficiency as part of your requirements, on top of your English language.
- THE WEATHER
You must prepare yourself for months of very cold weathers. In addition to buying heavy winter jackets, you will need some gloves, a hat, and some waterproof boots.
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