Are you planning to move to Canada for studies and wonder what life will be like there? This is what you need to read. No doubt, you are curious and have many questions, and that is why we have answered some of the frequent ones.
All the answers you will need from the initial permit sourcing to your stay are all here. Keep reading to know what to do and what to avoid doing.
How do you get a study permit?
The first thing to do is to apply. The application process involves submitting a letter of acceptance from the institution that offered the admission. It might include getting interviewed by a consular official or just a standard body in your country. The study permit will only be given if you can show you have the funds to stay in the county. This fund is aside from the tuition fee paid to the school. If you have a Canadian bank or letter from the supporting body showing sufficient support, you have a better chance of getting the study permit.
Are there COVID travel restrictions?
The simple answer is yes. If you are going to a designated Canadian university even with proof of being vaccinated, you will still be quarantined for two weeks.
Note also that these COVID restrictions change, which means you need to be up to date before traveling. You can then plan towards the quarantine days if you know what to expect.
Are you eligible for financial support or scholarships?
Scholarships are not limited to just Canadian students, as international students can also benefit. If you are a graduate student searching for ways to continue studying in a Canadian university, check the programs available for your specific studies and see eligibility.
However, it is not guaranteed that everyone will get it, but do your research and apply regardless. Search specifically for international students’ bursaries and scholarships even before you begin any application to be sure you can get the funds you need.
How do you find a place to stay?
This should not be a problem, primarily if your school provides dormitories for international students. But if they don’t, there is nothing to worry about. You need to ask the right office for international students to help you locate rooms to rent. It is crucial that before you make payment, you should know what the apartment entails and the agreement you are signing.
What’s banking like in Canada?
Since you already know how the banking system in your home country works, you should not have any problem with banking life in Canada. All you need to open a bank account is the study permit, government ID, visa, and school admission ID or proof. Once you have all these documents, you can go into any bank with outlets for international students and apply.
How do you access Canadian healthcare?
Depending on the province you are schooling, you will either be paying for your healthcare, or it would be covered in the insurance plan. In some provinces, you will need to use private health insurance services, while some will be covered with provincial insurance plans.
So, if your school mandates a specific health care plan, you can choose to either take it or show proof that you have your health coverage plan.
Can you work?
This is one of the many most commonly asked questions international students ask. If you want to work to pay your fees or earn extra money, studying in Canada allows for both, except that you have limited time and space to work.
As an international student, you mostly cannot start work until your program starts and must stop before it ends if your study permit allows for that. Also, your choice of a workplace is either the school or within the school premises. There is also no issue with having a personal business you run as you can always do both work and studies. If you can cope with more than one job, do well to take it up and make the extra cash.
If you want to work outside the campus, you can work only up to 20 hours a week. But for those working inside the campus, you can work as many hours as you have available for work once you have your social insurance number. You can also work during summer and when you are on any breaks, which can be full-time. If you are still on your program, you will be eligible to work during those long breaks. But, if you aren’t going back to school after the break, you might not be given the position for that long.
How do you get involved in Canadian student life?
It is good to be focused when you come into a new school system as you need to learn before allowing any other thing to take your attention.
However, if you want to enjoy student life anywhere, it depends on the type of friends you relate with and the social activities you are interested in throughout your stay.
It is wise to be involved in school clubs, student groups, and other exciting school activities that fascinate you. These groups will help you meet people and learn more about Canada, which is a plus. In fact, you can even be opportune to meet someone from your home country that has been there for a long time and can help you navigate Canada easily.
How do you succeed at school?
This is the question many people are asking on what to expect and how to succeed in a Canadian school. No doubt, it would be challenging as you have to learn new languages sometimes and adapt to a different learning structure.
But, you will be able to cope with the additional support most schools provide through tutors, teaching assistants, and professors.
You can even go further to create or join previous study groups to help you all learn faster and better.
How do you navigate new cultural experiences?
It is not news that you will find cultures alien to your home country when you move to a new country. But the truth is, with time, you will adjust. It might involve you adapting more than you have ever done before, but in the end, you will find out that you and other international students are just where you ought to be.
What are your residency options after studying in Canada?
If you want to stay back to work in Canada, you need to apply for a Postgraduate work permit.
This permit is not for all international students, only those who have done more than eight months program. The permit will only last you the years of the program you just completed.
That means an eight-month program will be granted an eight-month work permit.
But if the program extends to more than two years, you can apply for a work permit that is three years long.
Then you can begin to apply for permanent residency when you start working.