Why Canada is the perfect place for students to live and study

Choosing to live and study abroad is a big deal. You’re leaving the familiar behind for a destination you may know very little about. But studying abroad can bring about a wealth of fantastic opportunities that you simply couldn’t have experienced at home.

Why Canada is the perfect place for students to live and study

Canada is one of the most popular worldwide destinations for studying abroad. If you’re keen to learn why so many students flock to the country on a yearly basis, take a look at the facts below:

Safety

Canada is consistently ranked as one of the safest countries to live in the world, which makes it an attractive place for young students to gather. For the last seven years it has ranked six and above on the Global Peace Index. This means crime rates are low, and universities are particularly stringent when it comes to security.

Diverse culture

No matter where in the world you travel from, you’ll feel at home in Canada. This is, in part, thanks to Canada’s rich multiculturalism, where ethnic groups from around the world come together in one big hub. You can expect to be treated with respect and kindness regardless of your race or religion. An example of this is Toronto, a major city where over 51.2% of the population is foreign born.

Technology forerunner

Canada is one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to technology. Over the years, Canada has changed the face of the computer and tech world, especially in relation to education. The country is a great place to benefit from the most modern, high-tech facilities in study and play. Google recently unveiled they will have a major expansion into Canada, with three major offices in Waterloo, Toronto and Montréal. Creating potentially thousands of jobs for future graduates and expanding the technological ecosystem in Canada.

Canada has an exceptional education system

When you get a degree in Canada, it really means something. Canadian degrees are equivalent to those in the US, the UK, Australia, and so on. There’s a diverse range of study on offer, so you shouldn’t feel limited for choice. With high-quality teaching, providing you put in the hard work, there’s no reason why you can’t complete your degree in Canada with an impressive grade to add to your resume.

Superior healthcare system

Canada’s healthcare is publicly funded, which means it’s paid for by the taxes of permanent residents. While you’re a student in the country, things work slightly differently. You’ll need to take out healthcare insurance, so if you ever require medical treatment, you won’t need to fork out thousands of dollars to be eligible.

Canada is home to a diverse and beautiful landscape

Even students who have moved from entirely different climates and lifestyles will feel at peace in Canada, thanks to its outstanding natural beauty. Canada makes up 9% of the world’s forests or 347 million hectares. You don’t have to travel far to come across a stunning crystal-clear lake, a peaceful stretch of empty land, or a landscape of incredible snow-capped mountains.

English is the primary language

As one of the most popular spoken languages in the world, it certainly helps that English is spoken nearly everywhere around Canada. You can guarantee that if you’re studying in a big town or city, your peers will all speak English. Of course, Canada’s second language is French, so you can always practice your language skills if you want to get familiar with something new.

Canada is full of top-ranking universities

For many people, the goal is to study at a top-ranking university. If you’re one of them, Canada won’t let you down. A number of its universities, including the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Montreal, are all ranked in the list of the top universities, and even compete with universities in the UK and the US.

Plenty of opportunity for fun

Canada is known for its kind, easy-going population, so making friends and having fun as a new student will be easy. There’s a good culinary, nightlife and bar scene in many of Canada’s cities, and lots of touristic activities to get involved in. You can find accurate information of upcoming tourist events on The Government Of Canada’s travel website.  

Work experience after you study

Many students choose to stay in Canada after graduating from study and partake in the country’s work programme to obtain work experience. If you’re considering living in Canada as a full-time resident in the future, it’s a good idea to experience what it’s like to work in the country before making a decision.

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Reports of Kim Jong Un's ill health have sent financial markets into freefall. But senior experts have questioned where these rumours came from.

Kim Jong Un-well: Rumours of North Korean leader’s death spark panic

South Korea played down a report Tuesday that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was being treated after surgery, as speculation mounted over his absence from a key anniversary.

Pyongyang marked the birthday of its late founder, Kim’s grandfather Kim Il Sung, on April 15 – by far the most important date in its annual political calendar – but Kim was not seen in attendance.

Where is Kim Jong Un, and is he still alive?

Daily NK, an online media outlet run mostly by North Korean defectors, said Kim had undergone a cardiovascular procedure earlier this month and was recovering at a villa in North Phyongan province.

“Excessive smoking, obesity, and fatigue were the direct causes of Kim’s urgent cardiovascular treatment,” it cited an unidentified source inside the country as saying. No confirmation of the report was immediately available”.

But it triggered widespread speculation, with CNN citing a US official saying that Washington was “monitoring intelligence” that Kim was in “grave danger after a surgery”. The report did not specify what the intelligence was. Some regional outlets had shared unconfirmed reports that Kim Jong Un had died – or suffered irreversible brain damage – during surgery.

North Korea: Rumours of leader’s death hit the stock market

The local stock market was also affected by the rumours: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 1.97%, or 388.34 points, to close at 19,280.78, while the broader Topix Index was down 1.15%, or 16.52 points, to 1,415.89.

“The market reacted negatively to the CNN report on the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,” said Yoshihiro Ito, chief strategist at Okasan Online Securities.

Reports of Kim Jong Un’s death are “unfounded”

In a statement, a spokesman for the South’s presidential Blue House said: “We have nothing to confirm and no special movement has been detected inside North Korea as of now.” Some South Korean officials raised doubts about the credibility of the sourcing.

Reporting from inside the isolated country is notoriously difficult, especially on anything to do with the North’s leadership, which is among its most closely-guarded secrets.

Both the unification ministry – which handles inter-Korean relations – and the defence ministry declined to comment. Moon Chung-in, the security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told AFP that he had not heard anything on Kim’s health.

The North’s state media last reported on Kim’s activities on April 12, but previous absences on his part from the public eye have also prompted speculation about his health. Analysts expressed caution over the Daily NK report.

Ahn Chan-il, a defector-turned-researcher based in Seoul, said heart surgery required sophisticated medical equipment “only accessible in facilities in Pyongyang”, adding it was “unreasonable” to transport it elsewhere for the operation.

“Nothing is confirmed at this point, and it’s too early to make a conclusion about his condition,” he added.

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