Canada is probably the most sought after immigration destination in the world, right after USA. But did you know, it is also a popular educational center for international students? However, there are categories in this too. Students from the MENA region, meaning the Middle East and North Africa, have greater scope and opportunities here.
This is because most of the countries in this region have English as a medium of education. Students from North Africa have exposure to French too, which makes them eligible to study in some of the best universities in the country. For obvious reasons, other international students would not have access to these universities because of the language barrier.
Number of students from MENA
Off the total number of international students in Canada, over 36,000 are said to be from the MENA regions of Algeria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tunisia, Palestine (Gaza and the West Bank), United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Why do MENA students choose Canada?
Canada is known for its awesome living experience. From education to employment, it has all it takes to attract immigrants from across the world. However, the main reason students head for Canada are as follows:
Quality education: Canada stands third right after the United States in offering quality education. Canada boasts of three from the top 100 universities in the world- The University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia.
The tuition are affordable in Canada over US Schools
Most students step back from studying in the United States because of the huge tuition costs and fee. However, Canada is different. Although the fee is a little higher than local students, it is much lesser as compared to the US. In fact, the international students fee is much lesser than other countries.
Work right after graduating
Students are allowed to work right after they graduate from a university by obtaining a post-graduate work permit. This work permit allows one to work full time with any employer, offering a smooth transition from being a student to being a professional. Having worked for a year, one is eligible for the mainstream permanent residence pathways, which include the Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program. It must be noted that studying in Canada ensures higher CRS scores under the express entry.
No barriers on work for Students in Canada
Unlike the USA, students can work alongside studying. They are permitted to work for 20 hours a week during semester and full time during vacations.
Admissions in Canadian Schools during pandemic
Canada has relaxed its admission process amid COVID-19. So, students who are unable to join regular classes now can join online classes and then later come to Canada to finish the course. These students will still be eligible to apply for post-graduate work permit. There is only one condition. International students must arrive by December 31, 2020 to finish their courses.
One must enquire about the regulations in details to the respective universities.