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What makes Canada unique?

Get a taste of Canada with our take on what makes this study destination stand out from the rest.

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When choosing where to study abroad, you might have a few checkboxes you want to tick. How respected are the universities? Is the country welcoming to international students? What sort of lifestyle does the destination offer? We’ll be walking you through exactly what makes Canada such a unique study location so you can get a glimpse into life as an international student living in Canada.


Unrivalled scenery

Known for its beautiful scenery, Canada is home to majestic mountain ranges, sparkling blue lakes and vast stretches of pristine forest. You certainly won’t have a lack of breathtaking views and beautiful walks while visiting Canada. Famous for The Rockies, a mountain range spanning British Colombia and Alberta, Canada has diverse landscapes, perfect for hiking, skiing, canoeing and many other outdoor activities. Try unforgettable experiences like whale watching, swimming with polar bears, watching the northern lights and taking a day trip to Niagara Falls.


Varied climate

Canada caters for both skiing and surfing with its varied weather conditions. Some regions experience freezing climates with heavy snow in places like Quebec, British Colombia or Banff. Other cities like Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto can have the four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The country is huge and so conditions vary greatly depending on the province.



Cosmopolitan cities

Canada is the second-largest country in the world, after Russia, with both rural and urban attractions. So, if the countryside isn’t for you, take your pick of the many buzzing cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary which all sit within the top ten on the Global Livability Index 2019.


Each city has its own charm, such as Montreal which hosts the world’s largest Jazz festival, taking place within the city streets. Alternatively, you can watch a play at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto where flowers bloom overhead. You can even attend a maple syrup festival or visit a maple farm to find out about the history and production of this famous product. Whether you want an inner or outer city experience, Canada has it all.


Discover 5 places to visit in Canada.


Multicultural society

You might be surprised to find English and French language on TV, packaging and the radio in some parts of Canada. As a bilingual country, the official languages are English and French. Almost a quarter of the population speaks French, with a large proportion living in Quebec. Yet several other languages are also spoken in Canada such as Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi and indigenous dialects.


This multiculturalism in Canada is now firmly part of the country’s identity, forming a national policy, allowing for the integration of many different cultures. So, international students in Canada can feel part of an already diverse society, experiencing different traditions, perspectives and ways of life.

High quality of life

With low crime rates and peaceful politics, Canada sets the bar high for peaceful living. Ranking above average for health, well-being, income, education, quality of life and health, it’s not hard to see why Canada is so attractive to international students. Another attractive quality is the country’s reputation for being safe and secure. In fact, Canada scored 9.1 out of ten for security in the Better Life Index. These factors, in addition to a strong economy, allow for a high standard of living.


Canada has a reputation for being accepting and welcoming to newcomers. Immigrants, for example, are offered support when finding a job and help with their language skills, reflecting the compassionate values of the population and government.


World-renowned education system

Leading the way for many countries, 91 per cent of Canadians have completed upper-secondary education. This is well above the global OECD average of 78 per cent. The country has both public and private schools, as well as many world-leading universities. For example, three Canadian institutions fall within the world’s top 50:



Degrees from Canadian universities are well-respected across the globe, meaning that qualifications will be widely recognised, no matter where you choose to go next. Unlike Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Canadian degrees generally take four years to complete instead of three, depending on the university.


Although you’ll be spending some time in the library, many Canadian universities are surrounded by nature. Even just walking around campus, you can admire the beauty of the landscapes. For example, Royal Roads University is located on Vancouver Island, based within parkland, hiking trails, and a Japanese garden. It’s this type of educational experience that makes studying in Canada so unique.


Find out which degrees are most popular in Canada.


Attractive post-study work visas

According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, 61 per cent of international students plan to remain in Canada to work after graduation. This is helped by the welcoming immigration policies in place, which allow students to stay in the country to work. The length of time you can stay depends on the length of your course. If your programme was two years or more, you may be offered a postgraduate work permit for three years. Compared to countries like Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA, Canada offers a generous post-study work visa.


Find out more about international student work rights and get help applying to university in Canada.


Final facts

To conclude our exploration of what makes Canada such an interesting and unique country, here are a few facts to leave you feeling inspired to learn more.


  • Canada has the longest coastline in the world
  • Canada is home to more than half of the world’s lakes
  • The literacy rate is 99 per cent
  • Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city (after Paris)
  • Canada has the world’s longest non-military border
  • Almost 90 per cent of Canada is uninhabited


Now you know what to expect from your studies in Canada, it’s time to start applying. Let our course matcher tool do the rest.

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