Awesome natural beauty, cheaper fees than neighbouring USA and a unique blend of British and French cultures are just three of the reasons that 130,000 international students flock to Canada each year.
From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the second largest country in the world is blessed with truly breathtaking scenery, much of which is endowed with UNESCO World Heritage status. From the rugged beauty of the Niagara Falls to the glacial splendour of Jasper National Park, Canada is the playground of choice for the lover of the great outdoors.
Many countries claim to be multicultural but Canada has multiculturalism in its DNA. A bilingual country with French and English as official languages, its study abroad destinations (typically near the US border), feature a rich tapestry of nationalities and cultures. Toronto’s summer music festival scene says it beautifully.
Canada boasts 10 universities in the QS World University Rankings, the highest tertiary enrolment in the world and a global reputation as a provider of quality education. Canada’s provinces have jurisdiction over education which makes for a varied degree programme structure, all of which are internationally recognised.
Quality of life
Since 1994 UN data has consistently ranked Canada among the top ten places to live in the world. A good healthcare system, a declining violent crime rate and an advanced cultural scene tick important study-abroad boxes, making Canada a consistently popular study-abroad destination.
Unique cultural output
Canada is in a class of its own on the contemporary international music scene. Whereas most of the world has a very clear idea of what is pop and what is rock, Canadian artists are known for their incredibly intelligent approach to pop music which draws influence from all genres.
- Population: 34 million, 81% reside in cities
- Capital city: Ottawa
- National icon: beaver
- National sports: ice hockey and lacrosse
- Celebrity exports: Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and Jim Carrey