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Canada is a multicultural country with a huge population of aboriginal people and 15 million immigrants who have settled in the country over the past century. The national policy of multiculturalism has been formulated to ensure that customs and traditions are preserved and followed. Every year some 2, 00,000 new immigrants arrive in the country. Canadians are generally respectful of differences and are very welcoming. Ottawa, Canada’s national capital unique opportunities include access to national research institutions, international agencies and federal government departments. Ottawa’s thriving high-tech and business sectors, creating research and employment opportunities for our students.

Political stability and a peaceful atmosphere in the country are another factor why students increasingly prefer Canada. The peaceful atmosphere in Canada has been instrumental in students selecting the country as their higher education destination.

Canada has one of the best education systems in the world. The tuition fees in the country’s colleges are also affordable, as they are one of the lowest among the English speaking countries. There are a number of good quality educational institutions in the country that offer degrees having worldwide recognition. The degrees offered range from technical to professional disciplines. To make the educational process smoother, students from abroad have been given the option of working for one year after they have completed their graduation. However, at present students can work on campus and do not need a work permit. Plans are afoot to allow international students to work outside the campus also.

Admission Season in Canada

The academic year in most universities and colleges has been divided into two semesters of four months each – one running from September till December and the other from January to April. However, this is not a strict pattern as a few institutions operate on a tri-semester basis. Then there are institutions that offer summer and spring sessions also. The tri-semester pattern enables the students to initiate their programs at the beginning of any session. Many programs have been planned to provide students with off-campus employment. These programs have been designed to include work-study components, wherein academic studies and off-campus employment have been alternately included.

Working while you Study

Employment opportunities for international students are limited.  You should not plan on earning substantial money from a part-time job to help pay for your studies.

On Campus:
Though international students are allowed to work on the campus of any publicly-funded, degree granting institution, these jobs are often difficult to obtain and do not provide sufficient funds to sustain education costs.

Practical Training: In addition, there may be opportunities for practical training which entail a period of authorized employment, designed to allow foreign students to have professional work experience related to their field of study. For further details, contact the foreign student adviser at the university, after you are enrolled.