How Canada Higher Education Adapts to the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 changed the face of education from traditional lectures and classes to the more modern virtual modes of lessons. The pandemic forced educational facilities to adapt to new ways of teaching to ensure that students could continue their studies without much hindrance in spite of worldwide lockdowns that had cities shut down and life as we know halted.

Canada was no different and many of the universities closed their doors as a result of the pandemic to help with the containment of the virus. With the lockdowns lifting and the world learning to adapt to a new way of living, Canada is leading the way in ensuring the success of its students. Here are some of the positive steps taken by Canada to ensure smooth continuation of your higher studies:

  • Contingency plans have been created for the September 2020 semester, ensuring that all classes can be carried out online. Further, students are given the choice to start their classes online or defer to a later semester if that is more convenient for them.
  • Students that are already in Canada can benefit from the government’s 9-billion-dollar aid package that provides additional student grants and financial support for students who may not be able to find work as a result of the ongoing pandemic and the economic challenges faced as a result.
  • Changes have also been made to the eligibility to the Post Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP). The new changes ensure that students who are unable to travel to Canada for university and who begin their classes online do not have any time cut off of future PGWPP for studies that they complete outside of Canada.

Canada is ranked as one of the best countries in the world and the steps taken by the Canadian education system speaks to this. They are known for their signature “warmth and friendliness” and their warm welcome of international students sets them apart as a dream destination for your higher studies. The experiences that await your student life are vast and varying. The country proudly embraces its four seasons, expansive landscapes, wildlife, diversity and clean environment. Cost of living in Canada is also quite low and the quality of life is one of the best in the region. You are sure to find your educational experiences tinged with adventure, ease and comfort.

Canada also boasts of an exceptional education system with highly trained lecturers that will ensure your learning experiences are diverse, fun and informative. 11 of their universities are ranked under the ‘top universities worldwide’ category and they boast of having 5 of the top 100 best student cities in the world. In addition to that Canada is known to have some of the lowest university tuition fees in the world ensuring you can chase your dreams easily.

Working while studying is encouraged and supported. Students have the option of working on campus or off campus as well as at co-op placements and through internships. Your work can be used to gain practical experience as well build business contacts and can help you if you choose to immigrate to Canada after you graduate.

Students can work a total of 20 hours a week off campus and full time work is permitted during school breaks/holidays. After finishing your studies, if you have applied for a non-student work permit you can continue to work as well. A co-op placement is work that is required as part of your studies. A co-op work permit is required and the work can be done on or off campus. A valid study permit as well as a letter from the university is required for this and your placement has to be 50% of less of your total program. An internship requires the same kind of work permit as the co-op placement.

Canada provides a wide range of scholarships opportunities for students based on their country of origin. These scholarships are provided by the Canadian universities as well as the government.

Apply to study in Canada and discover the amazing opportunities that await you. Speak with an Adventus counsellor today for further information on selecting the best study options for you as well as identifying what scholarship opportunities are available to you.

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