If the USA has dropped to the bottom of the list of favourite study destinations for international students, Canada will climb the ladder with each passing day. Canada is one of the most popular study destinations for international students in 2021. The reasons are many, and we would explore them in this post today.
Why Canada is a popular study destination for international students
Health and wealth are the two most precious possessions of people. International students are no exception.
Canada is offering both public safety and money-making opportunities to international students. Canada has the tagline of ‘safe and stable country’ for international students due to its careful and responsible handling of the Covid-19 situation.
It is not only the government that is scared of Covid-19. The governments of many countries have imposed restrictions on international traveling for public safety. Many international students have been stranded in various countries for the last year in extreme financial conditions due to these travel restrictions.
International students are in a vulnerable position both financially and emotionally. On the one hand, they have paid the entire year’s fees but are unable to enjoy the facilities due to virtual learning. Again, they are scared of traveling to foreign countries due to the pandemic.
Canada has handled the Covid-19 situation quite well, according to recent surveys. Canada has received a thumbs up from the international students in the category of study destination.
Public safety is just one factor. Many other factors have appealed to international students. Quite a few countries have handled the pandemic situation with extreme care and diligence. But they are not welcoming international students as of now. For example, the mainland campus of China is Covid-free since August 2020. But instead of receiving international students, they have introduced stringent laws to keep international students at bay. As per the new rules, international students from many countries like India, Britain, the USA, etc., cannot enter China for higher studies.
International students have appealed to China’s immigration department several times for assistance and an empathetic attitude during this desperate time. But the Chinese government is not yet ready to help international students.
The condition of the US is just like China. They have already started the preparation for the vaccination process. If everything is alright, then people can get vaccines within a few days. As per the reports, the vaccines are 95% effective to keep coronavirus at bay. So, America is also likely to be a safe country within a few days. But international students are not ready to apply to US universities.
Why is that so? Well, there are a couple of reasons behind that. First, many international students went through a tough time at the beginning of this year due to Trump’s autocratic decisions. It has created a negative impression on international students. Moreover, the new visa rule (if implemented) will make it hard for international students to live in the US for studies or work in the long term.
As per the new rule, international students can complete their higher studies in the US for only four years. If they want to stay for a more extended period, they have to apply for extension of stay with the US’s immigration department. As per the reports, the process is a bit long and slow. Plus, students are unsure if the immigration department will cooperate with them and give an extension. International students from backward countries are even tenser than the developed countries due to another reason. The new immigration law has specified that international students from countries like Syria and Nigeria can stay in the US for only two years.
The new immigration laws of the US have not gone well with international students. And they are right on their part.
Canada is a safe country for international students and a friendly study destination for them. They are ready to welcome international students with open arms. In the last two months, they have started working to bring new plans for international students.
International students can study at their favorite colleges and universities in Canada as long as the educational institutions have introduced the Covid-19 readiness plan. Students can study in those colleges that have received approval for their Covid-19 readiness plan from the provincial government. The Canadian government is not bothered about the country from where international students are coming.
New Zealand and Australia have also introduced some friendly plans for international students. But Canada is way ahead of them in this category. The UK has dominated the global education sector for a long time. But even they have failed to live up to the expectations of the international students during the pandemic. Canada has been fighting for the top spot in the global education sector for the last few months.
Canada has yet launched another policy for international students. As per the new policy, international students can live in the country for two years after completing their higher studies to launch their entrepreneurial venture. The new policy will help international students establish a steady career and explore money-making opportunities in Canada.
If you want to study in Canada, then choose a university and apply there online. Make sure you select the subject beforehand. When you apply for your desired program and receive the application letter, you can go to Canada along with your family. But before that happens, you have to receive the study permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
Your spouse can apply along with you so that he or she can work and earn money. You will need financial assistance and support while you are busy studying in college. Your spouse can get the open work limit when you are studying. Now how many countries give this option to international students and their partners?
Canada and Japan are giving stiff competition to many countries in the international education sector. Their proposals are likely to attract international students in 2021 and lead to a speedy economic recovery. If other countries do not change their attitude in 2021, they will likely lose both international students and money.