Kashmiri youth, rich in talent and skills are far more suitable for a cold-weather country like Canada but the unavailability of proper counselling, English language education, and lack of various other facilities have been hampering their progress.
Moreover, the political unrest in the valley has badly affected the education sector of the valley. Studying online has also been disrupted for the students and the EdTech company to establish itself for the betterment of the Gen Z youth living in India’s biggest Union Territory.
However, for the last few years, the students in Kashmir have proved that they have got enough potential to compete at the international level if the proper direction is provided to the students so they can move far ahead in their lives and careers. And we believe they want to move ahead in their lives.
International Students come to Canada with their dreams from all over the world to pursue their studies, but for the students of Kashmir, Canada is still a remote country, far away from their reach.
Instead of doing proper research and exploring the opportunities offered by educational institutions in foreign countries like Canada, they end up enrolling themselves in private colleges in various states of India and the subcontinent by spending a similar amount that could have allowed them to study, work and eventually settle in Canada. In most cases, the student struggles to find a well-paying job in contrast to what they have spent on their studies.
When choosing a foreign country for studies, one needs to be sure whether their choice will help them achieve their goals or not. Worry not!
As any consultant in the world will recommend Canada as the best place to pursue your further studies due to various promising reasons. Canada has become increasingly popular among international students due to its excellent education system.
As per the latest World University Rankings, Canada has the world’s top-ranked universities. The University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia placed in the top 50 schools in the world.
The research by Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) shows that international students choose Canada due to the country’s strong quality of education, and its reputation as a multicultural and tolerant society. Canada offers international students one of the world’s most competitive packages. It allows them to work while they study, obtain a post-graduation open work permit and lay a direct path to permanent citizenship.
Canada attracts over 4,00,000 international students to pursue their education each year. Canada’s international student population has grown six-fold over the past 20 years. In the last decade alone, it has tripled.
Currently, around 5,50,000 international students are pursuing their careers in different fields in Canada. With over 100 universities, 200 colleges and technical institutes, featuring virtually every program imaginable, Canada offers a wide range of courses to study that includes Computer Science & IT, Media & Journalism, Arts & Design, Healthcare & Dental, Legal, Agricultural Science & Forestry, Business & Finance, etc.
One of the biggest concerns for international students while studying abroad is their prospect of employment after completing their studies. 95% of the students stay in Canada after completion of their studies. However, international students need to make sure whether they are allowed to stay in the country legally.
The international graduates can work in Canada for one year after completion of the one-year study program or for three years after completion of their two-year study program. Additionally, 90% of graduates from Canadian institutions find a job within 6 months.
Canadian government research estimates that international students contribute some $22 billion annually to the country’s economy and help to sustain over 1,70,000 jobs. Improving one’s job prospects is one of the key motivations behind most international students’ decision to study in Canada
Worth mentioning, there are many financial institutions and banks in Kashmir offering educational loans to students for pursuing their studies abroad. Moreover, many government and private organizations and educational institutions offer some scholarship programs to international students who are keen to study in a foreign country and require financial support. International students can also support themselves by working on campus while studying in the first six months and off-campus after six months of their studies. The students can also work full time during summer vacations.
The Canadian government has made it easy for international students to immigrate after they graduate. International students can apply for a Post Graduation Work Permit, which allows them to stay in Canada and start working right after completion of their studies. Besides, many international graduates become eligible to apply for permanent residency after gaining one year of Canadian work experience
International students have to meet the immigration program requirements to get their study permits approved. They need to demonstrate that they have enough funds to support their stay and studies in Canada. The students have to reasonably convince the visa officer that they have enough funds to cover their tuition fees and living expenses in Canada.
If the student’s spouse and dependent children are also accompanying, they must have adequate funds to take care of them as well. If the immigration officer is not satisfied with the financial requirements of the applicant, then there is every apprehension that the visa application will get refused.
The cost of studying in Canada is very affordable as compared to many countries. The tuition fees for international students vary across provinces and programs.
In most of the provinces, the cost to cover tuition and living expenses is likely between Rs. 15 to Rs. 18 lacs annually. However, this cost range is only an average amount and will vary according to the institution and program in which the student is enrolled, the location he is placed at, and the living expenses of the student.
Another factor is the intended study in Canada. The selected course should reflect the overall educational goals of the student. It has to be a reasonable choice with respect to the student’s current education, for example, if the student has been studying commerce in his/her home country and wishes to study fine arts in Canada, there is evidently a great divide between these two subjects.
The student should demonstrate why they want to study fine arts and why they have chosen Canada to do so. On the other hand, if the student is studying Commerce in their home country and wishes to obtain masters in commerce from Canada or a masters in business administration, Canada would be a reasonable choice.
The student should be able to justify the argument that Canada offers a better education than the student’s home country, and it is a reasonable wish to further the education in Canada.
There are other factors the international students need to be aware of while preparing themselves for further studies in Canada.
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