According to the data collected from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in 2018, the number of international students was 572,415 with a valid study permit in Canada from all levels of education. There is a 16 percent increase from the statistics of the last year.
The data depicts that the majority of international students are now choosing Canadian Universities to pursue their higher education and that is because of Canada’s positive reputation as a tolerant and non-discriminatory society in the world and is currently embracing students from every cultural and religious background.
Experience with Canadian Institutions
International students are proving to very valuable to Canada, it retains most of its highly qualified graduates, thus supporting and enriching the culture of Canada. These graduates also improve the criterion of the curriculum in the Universities by actively contributing to scientific research.
Due to the “open-arm” policies of Canada, it created a global village in which they placed bright students from around the globe and created a high-performance system of education.
Students gather and form profitable relationships with other students from different countries, learn their culture and exchange stories of childhood while drinking coffee at the campus.
Still, there are some issues. Some of them are listed below.
1. Culture: The biggest difficulty new students face is the adaption of the diverse culture of Canada.
2. Education System: The education system is much different from other countries, you get class fellows from around the world, class size is huge, and it requires more hard work to get good grades.
3. Lifestyle: Initial challenges faced by students are the accommodation charges, navigation through cities and adapting to new cuisine and cold weather.
Canada provides excellent support to its new arriving international students. It can be categorized in four categories.
General Support: Canadian Universities provide special training to deal with international students, it is not mandatory, but it is a plus if teachers learn about the different cultural norms of the students.
Universities create a global community center, an environment where ideas from students could be discussed without any discriminatory orientation towards any culture.
Pre-arrival support: Canadian universities have a buddy program in which they match an upcoming international student with a current international student from the same or neighboring countries. By doing this, the newcomer gets a lot of help from university seniors even before landing in Canada.
First Week Support: Universities arrange a pickup for international students and a mentor who will guide them. So, the rest of the day goes smooth.
Other than that, mentors also provide some valuable information and the University staff prepares diverse cuisine for the students and even arranges dorms at an additional cost.
Continuing Support: Students are welcomed in Canada and start the most memorable experience of their lives.
Those who are reluctant to ask for any help are invited over a coffee chat to share information. Also, the University arranges different field trips so students can get to know more about Canada.
Once, student graduates support and love don’t end there instead the Universities offer up to 3 years of support until they get a job.