Canada- No. 1 Choice of Study Destination for African Students’
Canada has become the first choice study destination for most African students seeking international higher education. One out of every three students seeking to study abroad has Canada on their list of preferred study destinations (findadmision.com statistics).Canada leads the United States, Germany, Australia, and the UK respectively in that regard.
We decided to highlight a few reasons why Canada is quickly becoming a new popular pathway destination for international students from all over the world and these were some of the reasons that popped up:
Canada’s federal department of Education (Education in/au Canada) reports that the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. With Amount of tuition fees being a major factor in determining the study destinations of most African students, Canada is hence often a preferred choice for college and university students.
OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN CANADA
A very attractive component of studying in Canada is the opportunity to gain real-world hands-on work experience while studying at college or university. The schools collaborate closely with industry and business partners to give students the option to apply their classroom knowledge to a practical work experience. This valuable opportunity makes students job-ready when they graduate from their degree or diploma. Whether it is an internship to gain experience in the field or a service job to fund living expenses, international students have access to a wide range of employment possibilities during their studies in Canada. The ability to work while studying is often an important part of a prospective student’s decision to pursue higher education in Canada.
After graduation, international graduates from Canadian colleges and universities continue to benefit from incentives to work and settle in Canada.
HIGH ACADEMIC RANKINGS
Canadians give learning particular importance, and have established a first rate education system, meeting high government standards. According to the Canada Education Network, the country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP), and is ranked among the top of the G-7 countries. The Canadian government contributes generously to the budgets of the universities and colleges, allowing the schools to build and upgrade modern, state-of-the-art facilities and to attract talented researchers and instructors. A Canadian degree or diploma is internationally recognized and respected. Canada’s universities and colleges offer innovative and dynamic programs in all academic and vocational areas. One of the most attractive features of Canada’s college programs is that industry leaders collaborate with the schools to develop the curriculum. Students have the advantage of learning from experts who are active in their professional field.
CITIZENSHIP MADE EASIER
Recent changes to Canadian citizenship requirements are also beneficial to international students, allowing them to count their time spent in Canada while studying towards a citizenship application. Study permit holders can count a half day for each full day spent in Canada towards a citizenship application, up to a maximum of a year.
At the same time the overall physical presence requirement was reduced from four years in six to three years in five, allowing international students to become Canadian citizens just two years after becoming a permanent resident.
It’s therefore not surprising that most African students are choosing Canada as their preferred study destination abroad.
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