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Why do international students prefer Canada?

Canada, New Zealand and Australia have overtaken the United States as the most popular study destinations for international students. This is according to a survey conducted by IDP Connect International Student Crossroads IV research, to better understand the opinions of students on international education.

Canada led on issues directly related to international students, particularly for its student welfare, economic stability, welcoming policies and attractive post-study rights. And, students rated New Zealand as the country that responded best to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK was seen to be in the middle of the pack in almost all categories.

Andrew Barkla, CEO of IDP Education, said Canada continues to set the tone in its progressive policies and communication with students, but this approach can be and should be adopted by all major study destinations.

If you’re in New Zealand and are considering Canada as your next destination to continue your education and launch your career, look no further. In this article, we cover the benefits of studying in Canada and frequently asked questions about studying and working in Canada

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Benefits of studying in Canada

What are the benefits of studying in Canada? We’ve listed the top reasons to apply to study in Canada.

Quality education

The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world. According to the QS World University rankings 2021, Canada is home to 10 of the top 250 universities in the world. This means that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term.

Migration opportunities

Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP) allows students to stay and work in Canada for up to three years after they graduate. You can use this valuable time to experience life in Canada and gain some work experience. Having relevant work experience is essential to being successful in your Canada PR application.

Affordable education

Canada is known for having some of the lowest living and university tuition fees among English-speaking countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. Whatever your budget may be, you’ll find something ideal for you in the country’s diverse range of education options.

Friendly immigration policies

Canada continues to be an attractive study destination for prospective international students due to its friendly immigration policies, post-study work rights, and post-graduation employment opportunities.


As a student living in Canada, you can expect a peaceful, multicultural environment as people are very accepting and welcoming. Known for its richness in cultures, Canada is home to millions of immigrants for generations, a place where people from every corner of life can experience and share their language, art, heritage, food, and traditions under one roof.

Innovative with many research opportunities

Did you know that Frederick Banting and Charles Best, who graduated from the University of Toronto discovered insulin? Research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, so you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education.

A significant part of the research work that has been made in Canadian universities has led to interesting new theories and notable discoveries, namely, new methods meant to protect the world’s oceans and successful treatment of HIV/AIDS.

World-class language education

The bilingual character of Canada is an important part of their national identity and education. Canada is considered a world leader in language training and universities teach both French and English as a first and second language. Consequently, you’ll be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies and become more desirable to your employers.

I arrived with my family and remembered feeling very excited about how my life would be like in 10 years. This was the start of my life in Canada.

Estelle Nathan has called Canada, the land of maple leaf, home for 13 years.

Healthy and safe communities

The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live in. It’s one of the safest countries in the world. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation. You’ll experience equality and a stable and peaceful society.

Exciting campus lifestyle

There’s more to university life than attending lectures, reading books, presenting projects and completing assignments. University life is meant to be fun. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure.

Beautiful landscape

Canada’s much-respected diversity isn’t just about people, cultures, and languages. It’s also about the spectacular views across the Great White North. From the ski slopes of British Columbia to the prairie province of Manitoba, Canada has got it all to make your study and stay a memorable experience.

Employment prospects

Canadian education is recognized all over the world and the skills you gain from studying in Canada make you very attractive to potential employers. In Canada, international students may be eligible to work while studying and also upon finishing a degree or diploma.

Are you thinking of studying in Canada?

Book an appointment to discuss your study options in Canada with an IDP counsellor.

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IELTS for study in Canada

The IELTS Academic test is accepted by some 400 Canadian universities and colleges as evidence of your English language proficiency

If you intend to migrate to Canada, it’s likely you need to provide evidence of your English language skills. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) trusts IELTS for all visas that require you to provide proof of English language proficiency. IELTS General Training is the only internationally available English proficiency test accepted.

IELTS is the world’s most popular test of English. Available at 15 test centres in New Zealand, IELTS is the English language test that supports your Canadian study, migration and career goals.

From planning your move, to graduation and beyond, learn everything you need to know about studying and working  in Canada as an international student. Find the answer right here with our FAQs

Studying and working in Canada - Frequently asked questions

Immigration and the law

Content on this page is for general information on immigration to Canada and does not constitute legal advice or immigration advice. Legislation about immigration changes frequently. It’s important to check the IRCC website for changes that may apply to you.

If you are interested in Canadian student and work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Canadian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or registered Canadian Immigration Consultant.