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Step: 1 I How to Study in Canada I Canada Student Visa Process I The Basics

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

Welcome to the first blog of the series - How to Study in Canada. This series is a step-by-step guide on how to become an International Student in Canada, which universities and colleges in Canada to apply for, how to apply for Canada Study Permit and how to get your Canada Student Visa.

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Once you go over the full series, you'll be super excited to take the first step towards your Canada immigration process and proceed happily with no stress.

Let's get started by addressing these 5 questions:

  1. Why come to Canada and study abroad as an International Student?

  2. Do you qualify to immigrate to Canada?

  3. What's your strategy as an International Student?

  4. How to deal with criticism when you're planning to become an International Student?

  5. How to prepare your mindset to come to Canada as an International Student?

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1. Why come to Canada and study abroad as an International Student?

Let's just say you should. The United Nations has ranked Canada as one of the best countries to live in. With high standards of living and great employment opportunities, the average salary is at $40,000 per year.

Some of the top universities and colleges are located in Canada as well as qualifying for permanent residence in Canada (PR) is fairly simple. You work full-time for one year after graduation and you're eligible to apply for your PR in Canada. Canada is a leader in cultural diversity, peacefulness within its society, and safety of its people. Overall, amazing lifestyle, everyone's super friendly, and everyone speaks English.

2. Do you qualify to Immigrate to Canada?

Now that you want to come to Canada as an International Student, do you qualify to come to Canada? Which means, do you have the funds to support yourself during your stay in Canada? On average, tuition fees for universities range from $35,000-40,000 per year and $15,000-20,000 per year for colleges. Download a detailed guide on Costs of Study Canada and Costs of Living in Canada.

Financial costs are based on living expenses, tuition expenses, eating out expenses, as well as recreational expenses. Because you're putting so much money into your foreign education, you need to know why you really want to become an International Student Canada. Is it the lifestyle, is it the employment opportunities, or is it just because you want to adventure to something different to get new perspectives on it?

3. Which brings up the next point - Strategy as an International Student!

Remember, strategy drives structure. Take a closer look at your profile. See what skillsets you currently have and how you would link that to where you want to be.

Do you want to have a full-time job after graduation (Watch Video: Best Part Time Jobs for International Students In Canada I Part Time Jobs for Students in Canada), do you want to be self-employed, or do you want to start your business after one year after you get your permanent residence in Canada? Ask yourself what do you want to be, who do you aspire to be, so that will help you choosing your study abroad program down the road. So really determine the purpose you're coming here for.

4. How to deal with criticism when you're planning to become an International Student in Canada:

This is a bit cultural. Just when you start sharing your study abroad plans with your family and relatives, some people tend to come up with their own opinions of success, which sounds quite often similar to this: "You're too young to go to Canada", "Finish your master's and then go", "I know someone who went there once. Wasn't quite successful", "Why are you going now? There are no opportunities abroad. You'll get stuck doing minimum wage jobs" Or they could also take that leap and try to convince your parents that you're going to forget them once you get here!! Crazy right?

Well, that happens, but how do you deal with it? Just nod, agree, and smile to whatever they say at the moment but do whatever you wanted to do anyway. It's very easy to identify them because they will just say what they have to say and not care about what you have to say in the first place anyway.

Remember to stick to the plan. Be truthful to yourself. Let your parents know what you're up to because they care for you at the end of the day no matter what and they're the ones who'll be supporting you a lot throughout this journey.

5. How to Prepare your mindset to come to Canada as an International Student:

Prepare for one of the toughest stages of your life. You're coming here completely by yourself in a completely new environment, completely new country. You won't have a lot of people that you know, not a lot of friends, not a lot of family members, so you need to make sure that you don't get too emotional.

Prepare your mindset for success. Mindset and will is everything in this journey. You need to make sure that you stay independent and stay open to new opportunities and ideas coming your way and be able to utilize them to your best interest. And if something isn't working out the way you want it to be, just know that everything happens at the right time and the right place.

To recap it, know your strategy, determine you have the funds, and make sure you prepare your mindset for this adventure.

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