Finding the right Canadian university: questions to ask your students
If you're working with students who are considering potential Canadian universities, they'll most likely need help focusing their research. For those counselors or teachers who are helping students with the Canadian university application process, here are the big questions they'll need to answer.
Rural or urban?
Canada mixes remote rural locations and vibrant, global cities. So it’s worth students asking themselves: what’s the best learning environment for me? Do I like nature walks, skiing, or being near the Ocean? Do I love discovering big sprawling cities? Do I like being able to escape into a quieter/ country area but also having a city nearby?
Living costs, travel costs & accessibility
International students applying to Canada need to remember that it’s huge! So it’s worth thinking about how cheap/expensive it would be to get to an international airport to go home! It might also be necessary to think about public transport in more remote areas.
And finally, it’s worth thinking about the cost of living in different Canadian cities and provinces. For example, Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in Canada. How much will transport, food and accommodation cost on top of tuition?
You'll notice that we've mentioned the weather and climate a few times in our tour of the Canadian provinces
It’s certainly true that parts of Canada are very cold. Our advice for students seeking warmer climes is to look at universities and campuses situated closer to the US border! Alternatively, students who are happier with colder temperatures, or are interested in winter sports might want to consider universities in the northern provinces.