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The World’s Most-Educated Country

Famous McGill university campus in Montreal, Canada.

The fact that more than half of Canada’s residents have a college or university degree helps to make it a top destination for international education


Canada, known for its natural beauty, diversity, inclusive values, and high standard of living, is internationally recognized as one of the best countries to live and study in. Its popularity as an international study destination is increasing thanks to the welcoming nature of its people and its deserved reputation as a safe place to study. This point is particularly important for parents looking to send their children to high school overseas.

It is the second-largest country in the world and shares the world’s largest border with its neighbor, the U.S. Due to Canada’s vast size, there are many types of landscapes and ecosystems that span the nation, including mountains, coastal regions, forests, prairie grasslands, and arctic tundra.

The majority of Canada’s population of only just over 35 million people live in highly urbanized areas, with most living in southern Ontario, the Montréal region, Vancouver city and southern Vancouver Island, and the Calgary-Edmonton corridor. Ninety percent of Canada’s population lives within 120 miles (160 km) of the U.S. border, while northern Canada has a very low population due to its harsh climate.

It has the world’s longest coastline, which is bordered by three different oceans—the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific—contains 10% of the world’s total forest cover, and has more lakes than any other country in the world—563 of its lakes are larger than 100 square kilometers.

Canada experiences all four seasons: spring, summer, autumn (fall), and winter. The summers, which occur between June and September, can be hot and humid, with temperatures surpassing 30 degrees Celsius. Spring and autumn are transition seasons, in which there is typically more rain and temperatures rise or fall. Winter in Canada is very cold in most areas of the country, where temperatures typically fall below 0 degrees Celsius. Snow can cover the ground from anywhere between December to early April. Some coastal areas such as Vancouver and Victoria often experience more mild winters, where rain is more common than snow.

Language Immersion

Learning English or French in Canada is becoming a popular option for language learners.

Languages Canada represents over 200 private and public language-education programs across Canada that offer accredited English and French programs. Languages Canada’s role is to ensure language education in Canada is of the highest quality:

They apply rigorous quality assurance practices;

All member schools are accredited under one internationally recognized scheme;

The Accreditation Scheme operates at arm’s length, is transparent and confidential, and maintains the integrity and rigor of Languages Canada’s standards and processes;

Regular program reviews are undertaken by a team of highly qualified independent professionals;

Deposits from students and agents are protected under Language Canada’s Education Completion Assurance Plan (eCap™) and the Student Education Assurance Fund (SEAF). In the event of a school closure, Languages Canada protects international students, ensuring they are safe, well looked after, and able to complete their paid studies.

Montréal Tops Student Poll

Multicultural, multilingual, and in 2016 named Intelligent Community of the Year, Montréal was also ranked as the world’s best city for international students in 2017 by Canada’s “cultural capital” climbed six places to top QS Best Student Cities, performing well across all six categories assessed, including the new “student view” component.

Montréal is home to several of Canada’s highest-ranking institutions, including McGill University (currently ranked 30th in the world and first in Canada) and the Université de Montréal (126th in the world, fifth in Canada). The city is also a regular contender in lists of the world’s best places to live. In the “student view” category added to the index this year, Montréal comes out fifth overall, with a particularly strong rating for arts and culture, as well as for its friendliness, diversity, and affordability.

As a French-speaking city in a largely English-speaking nation that has experienced mass immigration from across the world, Montréal is known for its multicultural makeup and inclusive ethos. It is also renowned for its laidback yet lively lifestyle, attractive boulevards, thriving creative industries, café culture, and eclectic range of arts venues, live performances, and nightlife.

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