Study in Canada, and become Canadian
One of the quirks of applying to a university outside your country that many students overlook is what happens when you’ve got that degree: can you stay in the country automatically?
For many of the British students I meet, they haven’t thought about this issue, but when I explain that the student visa you have will expire on the completion of the course, it can focus minds a little. Just going to a university in another country doesn’t necessarily mean that you can stay on afterwards.
Unless, that is, you go to Canada.
Canada has gained huge praise across the international higher education world for using their university sector as a way to attract talented young people to their country. Graduates of Canadian universities are – in almost every circumstance – given the automatic right to remain to find work and from there can follow a straightforward pathway to permanent residency and citizenship.
For students around the world, this is hugely attractive. The goal set of hosting 450,000 international students in Canada by 2022 was reached five years early, and the policy of using the high reputation of Canadian universities to attract young, ambitious and talented immigrants is bearing fruit.
So, if you want to go to university in another country as a pathway to a new life in that country, it’s hard to look too far beyond Canada.