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The following reasons make the Canada one of the world’s leading study destination for international students.

  1. The top-notch educational institutions—make Canada one of the leading study abroad destinations in the world.
  2. Combining excellent educational institutions, an innovative economy, a tolerant and safe culture, and extraordinary beauty, Canada is an ideal destination for international students.
  3. Canada is also ranked #1 by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for higher education achievement.
  4. High-quality French and English language teaching are also reasons students choose Canada.
  5. Canada is officially bilingual (English and French), and across the country, more than 200 languages are spoken.
  6. Canada has one of the fastest economic growth rates among the G8 countries.
  7. Canada was a founding member of NATO, the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Francophonie.
  8. One of the world’s wealthiest countries, Canada is a major industrialized trading nation. It is a member of the G7/8, the G20, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and many other international bodies.
  9. Canada’s population is now just over 34 million, which is relatively small for a country of this size (since Canada is the second-largest country in the world).
  10. Over the past 150 years, Canada has welcomed 15 million immigrants from a vast number of countries.
  11. Canada is also known to be a modern, progressive nation with open-minded citizens who are proud of our diverse origins and ethnic diversity.
  12. Canada placed 5th in the first World Happiness Report (a 2012 United Nations survey) after Denmark, Norway, Finland, and the Netherlands.
  13. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2012 liveability report ranks three of Canada’s largest cities in the top five ideal destinations in the world to live due to a widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk, and an effective infrastructure.
  14. According to the Global Peace Index (2012) Canada rose to 4th on an annual ranking of world peacefulness, trailing only Iceland, Denmark, and New Zealand. Canada consistently ranks in the top 10 on the United Nations’ list of the best countries to live, and has held the top spot eight times between 1990 and 2012.
  15. The second largest country in the world after Russia.
  16. There are more than two million lakes in Canada covering about 7.6 percent of the country.
  17. There are ten provinces and three territories in Canada.
  18. Canada is among the leaders in the G8 in terms of its per capita investment in education, leading to high- quality and well-respected faculty, programs, and institutions.
  19. Embracing diversity, cross-cultural collaboration, respect, and tolerance are highly valued in Canadian society, and this is fully reflected in the country’s educational programs and within the classroom experience.
  20. Canada is a natural choice for language education. Officially bilingual, Canada is also a country of immigrants and has invested a great deal in providing ESL (English as a second language) and FSL (French as a second language) resources. Canada’s language programs offer a fast and efficient way for international students to master the communication skills they need to succeed in academic, professional, and social settings.
  21. Canadian universities are known for being consistently high quality and for offering internationally accepted degrees and credentials; some are ranked in the top 100 by reputable sources as The Times Higher Education Supplement and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  22. Over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered at more than 100 institutions nationwide—and, tuition is generally much lower than in other leading study abroad countries. Students can pursue their studies at one of Canada’s top universities for roughly half of what it would cost to attend an equally reputable program at a private US university.
  23. International students can often work while they study, taking advantage of many cooperative education and internship opportunities. There are also immigration programs that international students may qualify for post-graduation.

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