Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries.
Canadian teenagers consistently rank among the best in the world on international tests of reading, science and math – a testament to the outstanding quality of Canadian schools. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is well-regarded in business, government and academic circles around the globe.
One of the Best Places in the World to Live
Canada has ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In the UN survey Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. In addition, Canada’s largest cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal — have been recognized as world class cities in which to live and work, for their cleanliness and safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles.
High Standard of Living
Canadians enjoy a standard of living among the highest in the world. Almost 70 per cent of Canadians own their own homes, with a higher percentage owning durable goods, such as automobiles, refrigerators, washing machines, television, telephones and radios. Canada also has an extensive health care system and social security network.
Media, entertainment and artistic endeavours are well-developed in Canada. Canada’s highly sophisticated broadcasting system includes more than 1,900 AM and FM radio stations and some 1387 television stations to serve, entertain and educate the listening and viewing audience. A wide range of cultural activities is also available, including museums, galleries, live theatre, dance and music performances and concerts.
Canada has traditionally been a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity. In this vibrant setting, different perspectives are respected and learning together is encouraged.
Almost all of the world’s ethnic groups are represented in Canada. As a result, most ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures are available in Canada. Clubs, informal clubs and associations representing a multitude of ethnic backgrounds are also easily accessible. International student advisors at schools can help students get in touch with such groups.
All major urban centres have a variety of shopping malls, restaurants, theatres, art galleries and museums. Canadian cities provide numerous parks, gardens and beaches for public use, as well as excellent sports and recreation facilities
Canadians place a high value on their natural environment. There are currently 42 national parks and national park reserves in Canada. National parks are located in every province and territory, and some have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Each province and territory has also designated areas as provincial parks, wilderness areas, ecological and nature reserves. There are over 2000 of these designated areas across the country.*
Students who come to Canada will witness one of the most beautiful, natural environments in the world. Canada is also a country of diverse geography, and there is much to experience in its great outdoors: from the lush coastline of British Columbia, the majestic Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the big skies of the prairies, to the ‘maple sugar country’ in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence and the rugged hills and picturesque coastline of the Atlantic Provinces.
* National Parks Board and the Federal Provincial Parks Council.
A Safe Place to Study
Canada is considered to be a relatively peaceful, safe and orderly country. Its violent crime rate decreased for ten consecutive years from 1993 to 2003. Unlike its US neighbours to the south, firearms are strictly controlled and generally are not permitted.
International students who come to Canada should follow the same common sense safety precautions as they would anywhere in the world. Students can contact any Canadian Education Centre to learn more about personal safety, or attend a safety orientation session at their school upon their arrival in Canada.
A High Tech Country
Canada is a stimulating environment in which to do business and to learn, thanks to the contributions of many bright and talented scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. The country is an international leader in computer and information technologies and has a reputation for excellence in such sectors as telecommunications, transportation and engineering; and specifically, aerospace, urban transport, microelectronics, medical devices, advanced software, hydroelectric and nuclear power, lasers and opt-electronics, biotechnology, food and beverage processing, geomatics; and ocean and environmental industries.
High points in Canada’s telecommunications industry include Teleglobe’s CANTAT 3 cable, which is the first of its kind in the world, and which supports high-speed and high-capacity delivery of transoceanic, multimedia transmission. The Stentor Alliance of telephone companies invested $8 billion to provide the latest in broadband technology to 80 per cent of Canadian households. Canada was also among the first in the world to recognize the need to connect schools and libraries to the Internet, and its School Net program is being copied around the world. Industry Canada’s School Net has successfully made Canada the first nation in the world to connect its schools and libraries to the Information Highway
A Bilingual Nation
Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French. The vast majority (75 per cent) of Canada’s French-speaking inhabitants live in the province of Québec, which is located in the eastern part of the country but there are French-speaking communities throughout the country.
According to a 2001 census, French is the mother tongue of 81 per cent of Québec’s population and is spoken at home by 83 per cent of Quebecers.
Internationally, it is estimated that over 1 billion people speak English and over 250 million speak French. As a bilingual nation, Canada offers superior English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) programs for students wishing to learn either or both languages.
The opportunity to study in Middle Earth
New Zealand consists of two main islands in the south-western Pacific Ocean, and has a very interesting landscape including volcanoes, glaciers, unique flora and fauna, as well as the mystic scenery that people often recognise as Middle Earth from “Lord of the Rings”.
New Zealand has a very good reputation of providing a high quality education to its students. It offers a safe learning environment, which provides excellent study opportunities and offers various support services for international students, making it a very desirable country to apply to.
In New Zealand, the higher education system includes universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics, private training establishments and wananga (a publicly-owned higher education institution providing education in a Māori cultural context). In most cases, universities have a very selective admission process, meaning that candidates have to fulfil additional requirements through their qualifications as well as the minimum requirements of their school-leaving examinations (NCEA or Bursary). However, more mature students are not usually expected to meet the academic criteria that is demanded from directly entering a higher education program from secondary school.
Study in New Zealand
International students have to pay a full, non-subsidised tuition fee and are not eligible for financial assistance from the government. Each university is free to set their own fees, so the variations between different universities and fields of study are quite notable. On average, the tuition fee for a higher education in arts and social sciences can be around 13,700 € per year and for more expensive degrees, such as dentistry, medicine or veterinary sciences, the tuition can cost around 51,300 € per year.
Explore universities in New Zealand!
Having free time in New Zealand during your studies can be a dream come true! It’s easy to move about from one island to another and discover all of the amazing things that New Zealand has to offer! With its breath-taking nature, its unique scenery and species (which can only be found on the islands!) and with plenty of outdoor activities available, New Zealand can be paradise for the adventurer at heart! Also, time spent getting to know the history and culture of the native people is very enriching.
Top 3 reasons to study in New Zealand:
- Laid back culture and some of the friendliest locals.
- Unique and magical scenery, as well as flora and fauna.
- Life and studies are carried out in English, so you can improve on your language skills.
Did you know this about New Zealand?
- Be treated fairly: New Zealand is the list corrupt country in the world
- Be free: New Zealander have the most freedom in the world
- High schools and universities in New Zealand are permitted to keep a pound of uranium or thorium on campus for educational purposes. Before you roll up your sleeves, you should know there is a $1 million fine if it explodes.
- Wellington is the most southern capital city in the world.
Study in Australia
Australia has traditionally been a popular study abroad destination for Indian students. This was especially because the Indian 12+3 education format has been acceptable for a master’s degree in Australia. Also, as compared to the US & the UK, the cost of living & education has usually been much lower in Australia. Add to these, the fact that Australia is one of the best places for students to live, learn & grow! It has a temperate to tropical climate, leaving Indian students feeling quite at home!
This increase in numbers can be attributed to various factors which include constant reassurance & encouragement given to the Indian students by the Australian government in the form of scholarships to study in Australia, easier visa processing rules & active dissemination of information regarding academic opportunities in Australia via education fairs, tours by Australian universities across India etc.
Studying in Australia has become an attractive & viable option for Indian students looking to study abroad. The concern over attacks on Indian students been put behind, Australia is back to being one of the most popular study abroad destinations for students in India & world over. To know more about the reasons why Australia attracts so many international students, HTCampus spoke to Tom Calder who is the Trade Commissioner of the Australian High Commission.
Indian Students in Australia:
Australia provides just the right kind of programmes that Indian students are looking for: academic programmes in business management, information technology, engineering, science and hospitality are preferred by Indian students in the higher education sector in Australia and growing numbers of Indians are involved in research programmes and doctoral degrees, reflecting the general culture of innovation and the high standards. Australia has a definite edge over other popular study abroad options for Indian students.
According to The Australian Trade Commission, the overall quality of Australia’s 39 universities is extremely high, with 4 of these institutions ranked in the top 100 (approximately 10%) and 19 of these institutions (approximately 50%) ranked in the top 500 institutes of the world. No other country can lay claim to such high level of overall quality. Australia has an international reputation for discovery and innovation, and has produced 14 Nobel Laureates – the highest number per head of population of any country.
The Australian Research Council conducted the first full evaluation of the
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. The report found that
Nationally 65% of the research was rated as world standard or above. The
Fields in which four or more institutions were rated as being well above
World-standard were: cardiovascular medicine, oncology, immunology,
Astronomicaland space sciences, quantum physics and historical studies.
Another good aspect of studying in Australia is related to the work rights: If you hold a student visa, you can work part-time (up to 40 hours per fortnight) while you are studying and full-time during vacations. Your spouse can also work either part-time or full-time, depending on the type of program you are enrolled in.
No dearth of scholarship programmes for Indian students
Most of the Australian institutes offer scholarships directly to Indian students, says Tom Calder. The Australian Government has also established the Endeavour Awards — an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. In fact, 26 Indian students, professionals and researchers received scholarships from the Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese on 22nd February, 2012. These awards included 3 prestigious Prime Minister Australia-Asia Awards. A total of 291 Indian scholars and professionals have been awarded the Australia Awards since 2007.
So if you are hard-working, getting a scholarship from Australia would not be that difficult a feat!
Most popular courses that Indian students opt for in Australia:
According to Tom Calder, the most popular fields of study that Indian students are undertaking with Australian universities include business management and commerce; accounting; information technology; general nursing; health; engineering and related technologies; and natural and physical sciences.
There is also a growing interest among Indian students in areas where Australia is a world leader and where new job opportunities are opening up: Water Management, Sports Management and Science, Green Architecture and Design and Mining Engineering.
the extensive support extended to Indian students by the Australian government & the excellent education infrastructure that Australia has to offer are reasons enough for any Indian student to consider Australia as a viable option for higher studies.
Why study in Poland ?
Poland is uniquely located at the crossroads of eastern and western Europe, it is one of the most populous members of the European Union.
Poland is a member of the European Union. As a Schengen member country passport checks are abolished on Poland’s borders to Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Lithuania. It practically means that persons admitted to the Schengen Area can travel hassle-free between the countries of the Schengen Area without internal land and sea border controls, from Portugal to Poland and from Greece to Finland.
Poland’s education market has been the most dynamically developing one in Europe during the last twelve years. The number of higher education institutions has increased five fold while the number of students quadrupled.
Polish universities offer high quality studies and are an integral part of the European education space. All leading universities offer programs thought in English, these include medicine, engineering, humanities, business and finance. With ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)students can be fully mobile, and continue education in other countries. Poland holds fourth place in Europe (after the United Kingdom, Germany and France) in terms of the number of people enrolled in higher education.
1) High quality of education
The Polish higher education system is well developed. The quality of the education provided is monitored and regularly evaluated. The main Polish institutions in charge of quality assurance in higher education are: the Polish Accreditation Committee, the General Council for Science and Higher Education and the Conference of Rectors of the Academic Schools in Poland
2) Competitive costs of living and studying
Compared to other EU countries, the tuition fees in Poland are highly competitive and the costs of living are a fraction of what a foreign student would have to spend in other European cities
3) Mix of Modernism and Traditionalism
Boasting of rich tradition of education from the 17th century to being one of the most populous European country. Poland combines a rich mix of history and modernism.
4) Open borders in Schengen areas
Poland is a member of the European Union. Being in the Schengen area passport checks are abolished on Poland’s borders to Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Lithuania. It practically means that persons admitted to the Schengen Area can travel hassle-free between the countries of the Schengen Area without internal land and sea border controls, from Portugal to Poland and from Greece to Finland.
5) Easier visa process
Poland is an attractive destination for mature students and career fresher. With higher visa approval rates it is popular for international students wanting to study in Europe.
Living and working in Poland
Poland offers low cost of living and even the educational expenses are far less compared to any other university in Europe. It has enjoyed strong economic growth in recent years.
Modern-day Poland offers a wide range of sites and activities, catering to lovers of both natural landscapes and city life. Unique highlights include beautiful beaches beside the Baltic Sea, the Masuria Lake District, the Tatra Mountains, picturesque villages and of course the country’s many vibrant cities (Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow). The cost of living is a great attraction. The local people are also known for their hospitality and friendly nature.
Working while studying in Poland
International students have the right to work while studying in Poland as long as they are enrolled in an Institution. Students from outside the EU/EEA must also hold a valid residency permit. The right to work applies to all students, including those who are enrolled in the first year of a university program, and those who are enrolled full-time in a language school, students are allowed 20 hours work during studies and 3 months of full time work during holidays. Residence card holders can work on full time basis.
Working after you finish study in Poland
Students from EU member states can continue to work without any restrictions once they graduate. Normally graduates can stay back for further 2 to 3 years as long as they can prove that they can financially support themselves without seeking any government benefits. Students who obtain a job or accept employment can obtain a Work Permit.