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Montreal - International Student Haven in Canada

Montreal - A City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal's meteoric rise as the world's Greatest Student City does not come as a surprise. But what indeed surprises one is how it knocked Paris off its first position - a position that Paris has held close to its heart for 4 years now. Latest studies and research prove that more and more international students are looking forward to the universities in Montreal for pursuing higher education. Otherwise known as the 'Cultural Capital' of Canada, Montreal is a lively city that bustles with cultural diversity and intellectual community.

The desirability of the city is also largely attributed to its student-centered environment and relatively low living costs. As the world's second largest French-speaking city, Montreal offers its own charm of historical significance and mystery in the form of its French Colony. Right from the time the French Colonial Empire was established in Montreal, it served as a key administrative function in New France, and during the French rule, it is said that the city thrived with the population of both the natives and the French. Even during those days, coexistence was a simple rule that Montreal lived by, which is easily seen in the architecture of the city which is vastly influenced by the French. All of this weighing and leading to the multicultural and metropolitan atmosphere of Montreal!

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The immigrant population of Montreal is quite astounding with 23% of its total population as immigrants. From 2005 to 2015, it quickly turned into a desirable destination for 456,966 new permanent residents. In fact, 27% of students at the ranked universities of Montreal are international. The city, known to celebrate festivals, art, great lifestyle while sweeping one of their feet with its good food, offers more than just these to the students. Because the Quebec's Immigration System is too good to be true. Its latest initiative is aiming at retaining international students in Montreal after graduation.

Adding to this, Quebec is Canada's only province that doesn't demand international graduates from an undergraduate or college program to achieve a job offer to apply for permanent residence to Canada. With that said, the city offers world-class education on par with its competitive contemporaries. In the 2016 QS University rankings, McGill University ranked 24th in the world and 1st in Canada. McGill is already witnessing an increase in the number of applications.

Following closely next is Concordia University, which is famous for fostering creativity, innovation etc. Canada has already begun working on improving the learning environment for students in the current globalized world. Especially when it comes to Montreal, the aforementioned universities is implementing a strong retention strategy for global talent. The Government is said to increase the number of international students who remain in Quebec stating that everyone wins when the city opens its doors for the international students. The city has already set a target to retain 3,600 additional international students by 2019. So, now, what's next for this iconic island city that glorifies history and keeps creating more in the process?

Well, for one thing - embracing international student and the proliferating quality of education.

[Read More: Three New Pilot Programs Launched By Quebec Province]

Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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