Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. It is the second largest country in the world (after Russia). Approximately 90% of its population is concentrated within 160km of the US border. The country has long been influenced by the English and the French and hence both English and French are used as Canada’s official languages.

The Weather

Canada's climate is characterized by its diversity, both from region to region and from season to season. While extreme northern temperatures climb above only 0°C for a few months every year, most Canadians live within 300 kilometres of the country's southern border, where warm springs, hot summers and pleasantly crisp autumns prevail for at least 8 months. Canada has 4 very distinct seasons: spring (March-May); summer (June-August); autumn (September-October); and winter (November-February).  

What Canada has to offer

Canada is seen as an incredibly safe place (United Nation’s the most livable city in the world) with its excellent standards of living. Given that one of the major concerns of international students is safety, Canada is proving to be an ideal destination with its access to good quality education, excellent lifestyle and low crime rate. Students who have completed at least two years of post secondary education may apply for 3 year working permit. International students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency. More than 13 million immigrants have come to Canada in the past century.

Renowned worldwide for its vast, untouched landscape, its unique blend of cultures and multifaceted history, Canada is also one of the world's wealthiest countries and a major tourist destination. It is a land of vast distances and rich natural beauty. Canada’s massive land include the natural beauty of the Atlantic Provinces, the culturally French-Canadian Quebec with its grand classic architecture, the vast wilderness of Ontario, the rocky terrain of the Rocky Mountains, the flat farmland of the Prairies, the beautiful landscape of British Columbia, and one of the world’s most remote regions where extraordinary animals and vast icy landscapes are found in the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

The Education

Canada spends the highest amount of per capita income on education than any other country. In recent years, there has been an increasingly high level of competition amongst international students to get into Canadian Universities. Canadian Universities are increasingly becoming renowned for excellence and advances in teaching and research, especially in areas like Information Technology, Business, Health Sciences, Agriculture, Petroleum and Ocean studies.

Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you will have ample opportunities to become part of this vibrant aspect of education scene. In Canada, government and private sector work closely together to support research in areas such as telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.

There are around 100 Universities in the Canada; about 90 of which are public or government funded. Canada is one of the members under the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In the most recent assessments, Canada has been ranked highly under the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA). PISA is an international study that was launched by the OECD in 1997. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide every three years by assessing 15-year-olds' competencies in the key subjects: reading, mathematics and science. Todate, over 70 countries and economies have participated in PISA, and Canada has continually been among the high achieving member.

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