Stories of international students in Canada
Hear from students and alumni who chose Canada as a study destination. Learn how studying in Canada changed their lives and shaped their futures.
“To say that my experience studying in Canada has been fantastic would be a massive understatement. From the incredible quality of the education to the wide range of co-op opportunities, as well as the blooming social life and the breathtaking natural landmarks, studying here feels like a dream!
As an international student, being in a co-op program is invaluable. It allows me to gain paid work experience in a field I am passionate about before graduating. If you’re interested in studying in Canada, I’d say go ahead and pursue this wonderful opportunity. Just remember the importance of making friends while you are here!”
Bachelor of Arts (Co-op), Major in visual art and minor in creative writing
University of British Columbia
“Since my very first day at Bow Valley College I knew my decision was one of the best I’ve ever made. The college offered quality education and valuable support for international students. I now work as a Legal Assistant at one of the largest law firms in Canada.”
Diploma, Legal Assistant
Bow Valley College
Yannick, Côte d’Ivoire
“I like the Canadian [education] system because it is more focused on practice. I chose CCNB in particular because they have instructors with expertise in factories, who have hands-on experience with the subjects they are teaching.”
Automated systems electromechanics
New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)
Edmundston, New Brunswick
Mary, The Philippines and Dubai
“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.”
Bachelor’s, chemical engineering
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Azadeh, Iran and Dubai
“[Canada] has a very strong history in STEM, like in insulin and telecommunications. And on the other hand, it's a multicultural country. It gives us—not only us, but our parents—peace of mind that we are in a safe country, studying, every single day.”
PhD, Biomedical Engineering
University of Ottawa
“I think Canada is the best place to have a better future, career, life and education. You will also be very supported from the neighbourhood and the Canadian people. They are accepting anybody basically, whatever your background, whatever your religion, you will be accepted.”
University of Calgary
“My study abroad experience in Canada is one of the greatest experiences of my life. The reason why I chose Canada is that I had always wanted to put myself in multi-cultural society different from Japan. As I had expected, talking to people with different backgrounds and learning about other cultures was the best part of the experience. It widened my horizons and made me more mature.
Another favorite thing about Canada is that it is such a safe, open society that welcomes people from around the world. Over the course of my stay in Canada, I never felt alone or insecure. Overall, for those who are interested in studying abroad in Canada, I strongly suggest you take the chance, as you will get to experience and learn new things that you would never get in Japan. Good luck!”
High school exchange student
“I lived and studied in Canada twice, for one year each time. During my first visit, I attended a local secondary school in Ontario. I chose Canada because of its highly safe and accepting environment, compared to other English-speaking countries. During my second visit, I studied at Queen’s University at Kingston as a visiting student. This time, I returned to Canada because I had loved my previous experience there.
My time in Canada was a defining moment in my life. The most valuable thing I learned was not my English or French language skills, but the importance of diversity and inclusion. In Canada, people from different cultures live together in harmony, respecting and valuing each other. This experience helped me to become an open-minded global citizen, and I am confident that it would not have been possible without my time in Canada.
For those considering studying abroad, I highly recommend Canada as your destination. Some may be concerned about its cold winter climate. But, no need to worry! The warmth of the people and just one large coffee will more than make up for it.”
Faculty of Arts and Science
Prince Takamado Visiting Student Scholar
Juan David, Colombia
“I chose Canada because of its cultural diversity and high-quality education. Also, I had heard about Canadian's kindness and wonderful landscapes, which I had the fantastic opportunity to witness. My experience in Canada was amazing in every sense! I had the chance to explore many cool places, cities and enjoy a truly welcoming atmosphere wherever I went in each province I visited.
Canadians are always up to give you a hand, not only in your daily life but also in an academic environment. The quality of research and education is one of the main reasons I have to go back and continue with my studies. I would advise you to explore all the opportunities that are available in the country. Not only in the biggest cities but also in those provinces that despite being not well known, have thousands of advantages. Canada is a great place to study, to explore and to live in.”
Emerging Leaders in the Americas Awardee
Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering
University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina
Dr. Ekachidd Chungcharoen, Thailand
“My time in Canada gave me great friendships. I have met many good people who became classmates and friends for school and the hobbies I love such as tennis, canoeing and other social activities. Canada is rich in natural beauty with clean air and a clean environment. When the weather was warmer, we went camping on the Rocky Mountains. It was such a great experience and one of the best memories ever.”
Currently Associate Professor, Faculty of Commerce and Accounting, Thammasat University
University of Waterloo
Ngoc Truc Diep, Vietnam
"I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for being a Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) recipient. I feel so honored and fortunate to be doing my research at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université de Montréal (UdeM), Canada.
The reputable teachers, world-class facilities and multicultural society of UdeM make it a wonderful institution for study and research. Although this is a French-language university, most of the teachers and students can also communicate fluently in English. They are always nice, friendly, and eager to help me. Furthermore, I have gained a lot of hands-on experience and advanced knowledge in veterinary practice that will help me reach new heights in my career.
The aim of my research is developing an anesthesia protocol that can hopefully be applied to cats and dogs in Vietnam. This will not only help us control the animal population through spay-neuter procedures, but will also improve animal welfare by minimizing pain and discomfort. Once I have completed my study at the UdeM, I will bring the knowledge and techniques I have learned back to my country and transfer them to my colleagues. I strongly believe that we can make a difference and improve our veterinary practice in Vietnam.
Finally, I would like to thank my host family in Montreal. They are so kind, welcoming and generous. They make me feel like a member of their family. I will miss them dearly when I return back home."
Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development Awardee
Animal Sciences and Veterinary Sciences PhD
Université de Montréal
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