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Like the old saying goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Don’t be dull – study and have fun in Canada! In addition to the the popular reasons that make Canada an excellent place to study, there are tons of other fun reasons why the Great White North is a dream destination for international students seeking to study abroad.
We’re talking about language diversity, the hospitality of the people, the culture, and so on. And oh! Did we mention the awesome extra curricular activities? They provoke pleasant memories that cling to the minds of alumni, even years after graduation.
Okay, let’s whet your appetite with some reasons international students never get over the years they spend studying in Canada.
Beautiful Tourist Attractions
The fun side of studying in Canada doesn’t stop at campus. Being the second largest country in the world, Canada is filled with beautiful places and attractions and one doesn’t have to travel far to see them.
Niagara Falls, just an hour‘s drive from Toronto, is touted as the most famous natural tourist attraction in Canada.
If you’re fascinated by scenery, Banff National Park is a must-see. For ski fanatics, Whistler, a famous ski resort and village, is the place to visit. The Whistler resort is the largest and most famous alpine ski destination in North America and it’s just a two hour drive from Vancouver.
The list doesn’t end here. There are many other historical landmarks and beautiful tourist locations that welcome visitors from every part of the world.
Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
Canada has the highest proportion of foreign-born population (20.6%) among the G8 countries. Between 2006 to 2011, the number of foreign-born people migrating to Canada surged. These immigrants made up 3.5% of the total population in the country.
The rising number of immigrants is contributing to Canada’s ethnocultural make-up, making it a more and more multilingual and multicultural society.
According to a study by Canada’s National Household Survey (NHS), over 200 languages were identified as mother tongues of immigrants, in addition to English and French. Languages with the highest share of proportion include: Mandarin, Chinese, Spanish, Punjabi, Arabic, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Polish.
Canada is welcoming to students from all over the world. The chances of meeting people from your native country is broad, and mixing with people who speak different languages is very much likely.
From hockey to ice skating, bowling, hiking, soccer, music etc., Canada offers more than enough facilities and activities to keep both the mind and body engaged, active and alive. The only thing that can stop anyone from having fun would be themselves .
In addition to the usual extracurricular activities, there are many others to be explored. Canada is a country of cultural diversity and new ways to have fun are being invented by eager students from different parts of the world.
New Language Acquisition
Canada is friendly to students whose first language isn’t English; all it takes is a willing mind and eagerness to learn. Home to a multilingual population with two official languages (English and French), the ease of learning new languages (and even cultural values) is limitless and endless.
Also, aside from the fun of learning new languages and cultural values, there are also professional advantages to studying abroad in Canada. Learning language and communication skills helps in creating greater professional and personal networking opportunities.
Canada isn’t just a great place to study abroad because of its impeccable education system and beautiful side attractions. The friendly atmosphere, welcoming people and overall quality of fun adds to the whole package.
The Ultimate Guide to Studying in Canada
When coming from a long distance to study abroad in Canada, it’s wise to have a general idea of what to expect. The Ultimate Guide to Studying in Canada, a 39 page eBook, covers basic issues such as living and accommodation expenses, sensitive issues including body language, greeting and lifestyle, and an overall guide on admission process, tuition, visa processing, scholarship and employment opportunities.