Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

The logos of McGill University, University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia.

The logos of McGill University, University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia.

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Canada: a country known for maple syrup, moose, Mounties, and … college? According to Statistics Canada, the number of high school graduates that head up north for college is increasing by 8 percent annually.

American students who attend Canadian universities often go for the multicultural society, the beautiful campuses, and the safer communities, but the two most important factors that might encourage them are the lower tuitions and the recognition of Canadian degrees worldwide.

Deborah Pow, a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, says, “The American students I knew studied in Canada for a few reasons. They might have had relatives there; they may have wanted an adventure after high school; or it was because Canadian university was a lot cheaper than American university. They knew that they could get a good education for a much cheaper price.”

In the 2013-2014 year, Canadian university tuition for international students was about $12,500 cheaper than American private universities, such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins. According to Statistics Canada, a website run by the Canadian government, the average tuition for international undergraduate students was $19,514 in 2013-2014.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, an American government-run website, in 2010-2011, the average tuition fees for American private universities was $32,026.

Along with the lower cost, Canada has a reputation for less crime than America. Students may choose to head up north because of this because they’d rather go to school in a safer place.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that in 2011, 1,203,564 violent crimes were committed in the United States. Statistics Canada reported, however, that in 2011, only 424,000 violent crimes were committed in Canada.

Another main reason for the trip to Canada for college is the global recognition of Canadian degrees.  If a student studies in Canada, and earns his degree, he’ll be able to take that with them all around the world.

On the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) website, they report “Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.”

Whether you want a safe environment, a cheap tuition, or a globally recognized degree, attending a Canadian university could be a better idea for a new graduate than an American university.

Students who are considering going up north should consider going to University of Toronto in Ontario, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, or McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

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