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Study in Canada: A great place to be yourself

education • June 21, 2024

Just ask anyone you know: Canadians are some of the world’s friendliest (and most polite) people. So, when you study in Canada, we’ll welcome you with open arms. It’s a great place to be yourself.

The numbers say it all. Canada made the #4 spot on the U.S. News Friendly Countries list in 2023. Even better: U.S. News ranked Canada as the #2 best country in the world to live on its Best Countries list for 2023. We agree 100% (but we’re going for gold next year). We’re a safe, peaceful and inclusive society.

Did someone say diversity? People in Canada have roots in over 450 ethnicities and cultures. There are over 100 reported religions and some 450 languages spoken here. For these reasons – and many more – you’ll feel right at home studying in Canada.

Did you know?

International students have the same rights and freedoms as Canadians: respect for human rights, equality, diversity and a stable, peaceful society.

International students can thrive in Canada

Video transcript

My name's Mary and I'm working towards my Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering.

I grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates but I was born in the Philippines. When I was back home I was really shy. When I first decided to come to Halifax, I wanted to put myself out there and get out of my comfort zone and over the two years that I've been here, I did exactly just that.

Dalhousie has really given me much support because I've been given opportunities to attend conferences where I could make connections with other women in engineering, also professionals in engineering.

As an international student on campus, the international centre always has events for us

so that we can gather and connect with one another and feel welcomed in the Dalhousie community.

Canada is an awesome country.

I'm really impressed and inspired by the openness and the respect that people have with one another.

It's also a great place to be more innovative and to be creative and therefore a great place to be yourself.

There's so much more that I can learn, so much more that I can develop within myself, that really makes me excited for what's to come.

When I first came to Halifax and walked down that harbourfront, I was like, This is it. This is my new home.

And when I do look back, I'll be like, "This is where I first started. This is how I grew."

Mary moved from Dubai to study Chemical Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. One of her goals as an international student was to get out of her comfort zone. With the university’s support, she was able to do just that.

She found a community of other women in engineering at conferences. The university’s International Centre was also a great resource on campus. They organized events where she was able to connect with other international students. She experienced firsthand Canada’s friendly and inclusive society.

She says, “Canada is an awesome country. I’m really impressed by the openness and the respect that people have with one another. It’s also a great place to be more innovative and creative, and therefore, a great place to be yourself.”

Here are even more reasons why international students feel so comfortable in Canada:

Want to study in a place where you are free to be yourself? Come to Canada and open a world of possibilities. Get started today.

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