From an immigration standpoint, proof of funds will be critical to obtaining an initial study permit. Immigration officials will need to be satisfied that you can support yourself while studying and that you intend to return home at the end of your studies.
Before choosing which program and location to select, prospective students need to consider whether the school is a designated learning institution and whether the program length qualifies for a post-graduate work permit.
It should be noted that program length and cost vary greatly between schools and regions. Money conscious students may opt for one-year programs in more affordable schools or more cost-effective areas such as in Atlantic Canada.
In Canada, unlike much of the world, cheaper colleges or universities do not necessarily mean of lesser quality. Canadian employers rarely dwell on where the degree was obtained. Your ability to work and prove your capabilities will be the determining factor in obtaining a permanent job offer.
Studying in Canada can be part of a short academic experience or part of a broader immigration strategy. In both contexts, it important that you consider all of your options before choosing an academic program, region, or city. Like most of life’s choices, time, money, and future benefits must be assessed.
Regardless of your selection, you will find that Canada is now a very attractive place to study because students can fund a portion of their studies by working part-time while attending classes, and by working full time in between semesters.
Other noteworthy advantages to studying in Canada, is that this country allows an accompanying spouse to obtain open work permits in addition to allowing dependent children to attend school.