The UK has always been an ideal destination for studying abroad. But with the UK tightening their post-graduate work programs, many international students look to other countries as the ideal place to study.
This tightening of immigration and work laws in the UK affects all international students, regardless of origin. Six thousand Canadian students are also fearful that they will have to look elsewhere to work and live.
Canada’s post-graduate program is still attractive and international students who are studying in Canada are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week while in school. This is a great help to those who need to supplement their income with employment while studying in Canada.
Post-secondary graduates will want to take a look at a province’s Provincial Nominee program and the Canadian Experience program which also includes the Express Entry process. In a province like Alberta, if you are technically skilled or an engineer, there is probably a job waiting for you. Alberta has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country so studying at the University of Alberta can give you an edge over other students in other provinces.
Changing a course in life always has its struggles so you may have to really hunt for a job, or struggle a bit until that happens and you come under the government’s post-graduate program. But overall, Canada offers one of the best after-graduate work programs for international students to become part of the Canadian economy and society. In fact, Canada encourages international students to stay if they meet the criteria.
All universities and colleges in Canada have an international centre or office where you can go for inquiries and concerns about being an international student in Canada. In fact, whether you have any questions or not, it is always a good idea to go visit the office and make your acquaintance. While studying in Canada it is always nice to go to a warm, welcoming environment where you will be met with a smile.
Also, the International Centres have many programs that can help you get adjusted to Canadian life and also they have some just fun events. Everyone needs to play; you can’t always be working while studying in Canada.
The International Centre at the University of Alberta has two main events that every incoming international student will want to participate in; one is especially geared to undergraduate students and the other one is for everyone.
U of A +: This program runs the last 2 weeks of August and gives international undergraduate students an orientation on what to expect from their professors and the teaching methods used at the University of Alberta. The university is well aware that international students come from different learning methods, such as the rote-learning system found in Pakistan or India.
Transitions: This is a 3 day event at the end of August and is an orientation to Edmonton and the University. It is a fun-filled event and is open to both graduate and undergraduate, new students or returning students. All are welcome.
It is not that other universities and colleges don’t have programs for international centres they do. For example, Georgian College has their own orientation program.
So, when you are considering a good college or university where you can study in Canada, you will also want to look at their International Services to see what they offer international students. Studying in Canada is a holistic experience not just left to studying and exams.