Canadians place great importance on learning and have developed one of the world’s finest education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) as compared to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) average, and is the second-highest among G-8 countries.
Canada boasts one of the largest and stable economies in the world. The education system of Canada is a direct reflection of that. The tuition fees and living cost for international students are very competitive for a major English speaking country. Canada is a country of many cultures and Canadian friendliness and accommodating nature is famous and well known. A student who might very well be on their own is a different country for the first time, will find Canada an ideal place to study and stay.
A student visa is not required if you study for one to six months in Canada. For more than 6 months a permission to study must be requested at the Canadian embassy.
Canada has two official languages, English and French. ESC only cooperates with English-speaking universities. However, some universities offer their courses in both languages. Students do not have to be fluent in both languages to study at Canadian universities.
For students whose mother tongue is not English, a language test is required. The TOEFL test is generally accepted, but in Canada, other English language tests are also accepted such as the IELTS test. If granted permission to study you will be allowed to work on campus. As of only recently have students who study at least 6 months fulltime in Canada been allowed to also work off-campus once they applied for a work permit (up to 20 hours a week, unlimited in the semester break). This work permit will be granted under the condition of satisfactory grades and must be signed off by the university. All ESC partner higher education institutions will provide a work permit under these conditions.