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Why Canada?

Top 10 Reasons to Study in Canada

  1. Best place to live! The United Nations ranked Canada as one of the best places in the world to live, based among others upon Canada’s achievements in terms of educational attainment, life expectancy, national income and general quality of life.
  2. Amongst the best places to study! Canada’s universities maintain high standards of academic excellence and are consistently recognized in top international rankings.
  3. Internationally recognized degrees! Over 150,000 international students attend Canadian colleges and universities. Their degrees are recognized around the world as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.
  4. A multicultural country! Canada is home to a large number of aboriginal people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), and over the past century and a half it has welcomed 15 million immigrants. With some 200,000 new immigrants from more than 175 countries arriving every year Canada receives the highest percentage of newcomers in the world relative to its population of over 34 million.
  5. A safe, stable country! Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe democracy and it is rarely affected by natural disasters. Almost 70 per cent of international students involved in a CBIE survey cited Canada’s reputation as a safe country as an important reason for deciding to study here.
  6. Excellent health care! Compared to other countries, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among the most advanced and accessible in the world.
  7. A bilingual country! Learn another language or improve your second language skills. For over a century, Canada’s two official languages, English and French, have been taught as second languages which is why we are world leaders in language training.
  8. Urban living and an abundance of untouched nature! While there are a number of big cities and exciting places to live, the preservation of a huge amount of unsettled land and a thriving national and provincial parks system is a priority.
  9. Four distinct seasons! Temperatures – and the amount of snow cover you will see – vary a great deal in Canada. There’s something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or low cost. Our four distinct seasons offer variety and their own special pleasures.
  10. We’re waiting for you! Canadians are welcoming and respectful of differences. Our educational institutions seek out students from abroad and strive to grow their international student population. One thing is for sure – your time in Canada will be something that you will never forget!

Student Testimonials

“It was a pleasant surprise to learn how Canadians are open to new people, cultures and languages. It’s easy to feel comfortable in such a good atmosphere despite the weather! Also it was good to see the organization of society and the secure climate. This Canadian openness is extended to the academic life. I liked the interdisciplinarity – it really works! Feeling comfortable in a number of knowledge areas is the very rich outcome for me as a person, professor and researcher.”

“O programa de bolsas foi uma oportunidade fantástica de conhecer o Canadá e conectar-me à estudantes do mundo inteiro. Estudando em uma das maiores universidades canadense, encontrei um ambiente interdisciplinar de cooperação e de generosa troca de ideias. A qualidade de ensino, o apoio à pesquisa e o acesso a uma rede de bibliotecas muito bem equipadas, tornaram minha experiência no país inesquecível. Além disso, a riqueza cultural e artística vibrantes que encontrei no Canadá tomaram o restante de meu tempo, mantendo a saudade do Brasil bem distante.”

“The time that I stayed in Canada was good both for work and personally. At the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research I used state of the art techniques. I found living in Windsor peaceful and enjoyable. The Canadian climate during the spring and summer is beautiful and people are in general very friendly. Additionally, I had the opportunity to visit other Canadian cities, which I enjoyed a lot. I am currently continuing with the work started during my exchange program in Canada. I am leading the writing of a scientific paper and participating on another – both will be submitted for publication in leading international scientific journals. The ELAP experience allowed me to establish a valuable work relationship with the MacIsaac lab and its members in Canada.”

“My first contact with Canada was with my supervisor in Montreal. Studying at a Canadian university was an unforgettable experience: I had personal contact with one of the researchers in my field, I could meet people from around the world, and I also enjoyed the whole university environment. I hope that other undergraduate/graduate students will also have a chance to live and learn in Canada and get to love its awesome people. The famous Canadian winter is a little detail when you can be part of a whole new and different world. I’ll remember the experience and want to help all Brazilian applicants take this opportunity.”

NEWS FROM BRAZIL: "I write to inform CBIE that because of the opportunity I have had as a Post doctorate Fellow in Canada I am going to work as an MFA in Design professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. I will not be working in the US but at the university campus in Doha, Qatar, which seems to be a huge anthropological experience and a great opportunity to improve my academic career. I really would like to thank the Government of Canada and CBIE for this wonderful Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program.”