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Studying and working in Canada as an international student

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Studying and working in Canada as an international student

People tend to fear moving into a new environment out of their comfort zone. And as an international student, it can be exciting and intimidating to move to a foreign country without knowing anything about its culture and people.

Here are some facts about studying and working in Canada that will help clear your doubts and ease your decision to move here as an international student:

Quality Education

The government of Canada invests heavily in education. Consequently, Canadian institutions offer world-class education to their students with top-notch facilities and services. Numerous institutions also offer several 100% government-funded programs to eligible candidates.

With consistently up-to-date infrastructure, you will learn in-demand market skills and get hands-on experience with the latest technologies and innovations, giving you a competitive edge in the global economy.

Working while studying

Most international students with a study permit can work up to 20 hours a week on-campus or off-campus without a work permit. On-campus work includes working for the institution, a faculty assistant, or yourself (self-employment) from inside the campus. Off-campus work can mean working any job outside the campus. You can also do a full-time job during scheduled academic breaks.

By working while studying, you can reduce your financial burden. But, it is crucial to note that you can only start working as a student once you start studying in an institution in Canada. And most importantly, you must not depend on a part-time job to fulfill all your expenses.

Permanent Residence

Studying here offers a secure and accessible pathway to permanent residence (PR) in Canada. A system in place enables foreigners to apply for PR called the Express Entry Program (EEP). This system gives international students additional points for studying in Canada, providing them an advantage over other applicants.

Work Permit

International students that complete their education from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) can be eligible to apply for an open or closed work permit for up to three years.

A closed work permit is possible but difficult to get; It requires your employer’s involvement. Alternatively, an open work permit is easier to get and allows you to work for any employer across the country for any number of hours a week.

Cultural Diversity

Canada is a country known for its multiculturalism. You can express yourself freely, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious beliefs, or political views. People from several parts of the world live together as a community in Canada with peace and harmony.
Conclusion

Moving abroad for studies is a huge step in one’s life. So, knowing what you’re signing up for is imperative. Canada offers one of the best education systems and working cultures in the entire world. The time and money you invest studying in Canada is worth it. Start your journey by finding the right program at Western Community College now.

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