Study in Canada – Reach for the stars

Study in Canada – Reach for the stars

Canadian culture, For Parents
The wonderful story of Maryam Tsegaye, this year’s winner of the global competition: Breakthrough Junior Challenge, is a story of an extraordinary student coming from an extraordinary educational system. The Alberta teen impressed the judges of a prestigious international science competition enough to become the first Canadian to win the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, which includes a US$250,000 college scholarship, a US$50,000 prize for her science teacher and a new state-of-the-art lab for her school, valued at US$100,000. She beat out more than 5,600 other applicants from 123 other countries.Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-alberta-teenager-wins-prestigious-international-science-competition/ The story begins with Tsegaye’s family coming to Canada from Ethiopia. The family settled in a very small town of about 75,000 people of Fort McMurray. Fort McMurray is almost 500 kilometres north of Edmonton, Alberta which is itself Canada’s most northern…
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Pressure not to do a Bachelor of Arts ??

Pressure not to do a Bachelor of Arts ??

Canadian culture, For Parents, Study in Canada tips
So you want to study ….. history or philosophy or anthropology or sociology or psychology or international politics or religion or archaeology  ….or all of these? Over our more than 20 years of recruitment we have presented to many hundreds of classrooms to tens of thousands of students explaining the potential value in studying what are often referred to as “the humanities” or “liberal arts”. We at the CUAC know from our travels worldwide that the strong emphasis in the Canadian academic system on the humanities is relatively less so in most education systems. There is no one reason why Canada developed this way or why we maintain this emphasis. There is also no one reason why you should consider it. But if some well-wishers in your life, or the…
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Being Canadian: Ms. Aurora James

Being Canadian: Ms. Aurora James

Canadian culture
In our continuing series about Canadians, the CUAC seeks to help international students and their families learn about Canada to better help them determine whether it is the right country for their overseas study.Canada’s national broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, recently featured a story about Ms. Aurora James, a “Canadian designer and fashion icon” now based in the United States. Following the outrage over the murder of George Floyd earlier this year, she started a campaign called the ‘15 per cent pledge’ to get major U.S. companies to better feature Black designers and creators. James is quoted as saying the current percentage is not even 2 per cent. If you can stream this video you will learn plenty about Canada, Canadian culture, and Canadian values. Is Canada the right country for you…
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Update – List of Canada’s institutions now approved for receiving international students

Update – List of Canada’s institutions now approved for receiving international students

Canada study visa, Live and Work in Canada
Canada has now updated its list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) which have been approved for permitting international students to come to Canada and study on campus. This is the first of further updates to come. To determine if your institution is on the list these are the steps to follow. Step 1 Go to the proper link https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html Step 2 Scroll to the bottom where it says “Find out if your DLI is approved”. Step 3 Make a selection for the question “Which school level are you going into?” You have two choices. Choice number 1 is “Primary or Secondary School” which means study between kindergarten and grade 12. Choice number 2 is Post-secondary school which refers to programs of study after high school. Step 3 Another question will pop up “In which province or territory is…
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MORE Big news if you want to Study in Canada !

MORE Big news if you want to Study in Canada !

Live and Work in Canada
The Government of Canada has just pronounced it will introduce expanded measures for international students wanting to be permanent residents of Canada. The announcement is based largely on the pandemic and its impact on slowing new immigrants to Canada in 2020. For many decades Canada is always near or at the top of the list of countries accepting new permanent residents measured as a percentage of its population. Canada currently has a population of about 38 million people.  The new targets will aim for Canada to take in about 1% of its population for the next three years. According to The Globe and Mail: Canada will aim to accept 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, up from a previous target of 351,000; 411,000 in 2022, up from 361,000; and 421,000 in…
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Canada’s Covid-19 DLI list

Canada’s Covid-19 DLI list

Canada study visa
As reported in our earlier blog, Canada is now open for international students to arrive. https://www.cuac.lk/coming-to-canada-next-steps/ Canada has published its Covid-19 Canada DLI list indicating which instructions are now approved to receive international student study permit holders. DLI refers to Designated Learning Institutes https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html But a number of conditions need to be met, including that the institution the student has admission to is (1) a designated learning institution (DLI) and (2) has an approved readiness plan approved by its province or territory (Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories – there are no national institutions, all institutions are governed by the province or territory). Frequently Asked Questions What if I don’t see my institution approved yet – should I worry? No.  The main point is to determine if the institution…
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Study in Canada curious? CUAC’s Ms. Linda Te speaks to Brazil’s inter.study

Study in Canada curious? CUAC’s Ms. Linda Te speaks to Brazil’s inter.study

Study in Canada tips, Why CUAC ?
When we first launched our service in 1997 one of the big factors motivating us was how difficult and complicated it was to get accurate information. Since then along with opening offices worldwide, we have given media interviews from Brunei to Dhaka to Abidjan to Lima. In our latest media interview, Ms. Linda Te, our Marketing Director answers questions from Brazilian-based international student website inter.study. Listen to it here:https://www.inter.study/podcast-study-in-canada/embed/#?secret=GGCTMSjKzY https://www.inter.study/podcast-study-in-canada/ Dani Zaretsky CUAC Global - Founder / Director
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Syrian refugee family: large donor of food on Canadian Thanksgiving !

Syrian refugee family: large donor of food on Canadian Thanksgiving !

Canadian culture
Canada has an extremely strong reputation for welcoming newcomers. Whether as international students, working professionals and entrepreneurs, family members of Canadians or indeed as refugees. Indeed, it is the world’s leading settler of refugees even more than the USA which has about 9 times as many people as Canada. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/19/americas/canada-us-refugee-resettlement-hnk-intl/index.html The key to Canadian success is the support of Canadian society in offering high quality education and health care and other social “safety nets”, as well strong respect for human rights, that make the likelihood of people thriving very high. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and The Globe and Mail newspaper features a family that came as refugees from Syria only 4 years ago. Only three days after arrival they started experimenting with growing vegetables. Now they are managing…
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Coming to Canada – Next steps

Coming to Canada – Next steps

Canada study visa, For Parents
Further to Canada’s big announcement last Friday, October 2, 2020, we are now seeing our students get letters confirming that announcement and informing them of the next steps. We explained that announcement in this blog instalment: https://www.cuac.lk/big-news-canada-welcomes-back-international-students/ We include a sample of a standard letter students are getting at the end of this blog. All official announcements and correspondence from the Canadian government are available in French, as well as English, Canada’s two official languages. For students with a study permit ready to make plans to come to Canada make sure you are in close contact with the institution that has admitted you to make sure you are eligible to come and that you have complete documentation to support you every step of the way: from getting a boarding pass…
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Big news: Canada welcomes back international students !

Big news: Canada welcomes back international students !

Canada study visa, For Parents
October 5, 2020. For international students hoping to study in Canada, the Canadian government announced the biggest news of 2020 this past October 2, 2020. PART 1 HIGHLIGHTS Effective October 20, 2020 international students can enter Canada for their studies if they satisfy all the conditions. These conditions include that entering Canada is essential.  Examples of essential INCLUDE: you need to be in Canada for your program (for laboratory work, workshops, or similar)your school isn’t offering online study optionsyou can’t study online from your home country because of internet restrictions or bandwidth limitationsyou can’t participate in live online classes from your home country because of the difference in time zones WHO IS EXCLUDED:  You can’t enter if you are travelling for optional or discretionary reasons, such as for tourism, recreation or entertainment. Also…
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