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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 13, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Why Canada? Why Laurier?

You have decided to study abroad, but where should you go? There are many countries to choose from, and even more universities. Why should you consider choosing Canada and Laurier? Here are six good reasons: 

1) You are allowed to work!

Placement experiences, on-and off-campus permits and co-op opportunities allow international students to integrate their academic studies with practical experience. Through these avenues, students gain marketable skills, network with future employers and earn a salary at the same time. Unique to Canada is the ability for International students to stay and work here for three years following graduation and then apply for citizenship. 

2) Staying in Canada after school is no problem!

It's no secret that Canada is the second largest country in the world totaling 9,984,670 square kilometers. The UK fits into Canada approximately 40 times! With that much land and only 34 million people, we're a country that welcomes new immigrants. The Canadian Experience Class makes it easier for International students to apply for permanent resident status once they have graduated from a university and have one year of work experience. 

3) Cost of Living & Tuition is lower

Canada is known for high quality, low-cost education. Our tuition rates for International students are lower than many other countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Cost of living is considerably less in Canada than the UK and Europe. 

4) You will feel at home!

Over the past 100 years, more than 13 million immigrants have come to Canada to start a new life. This makes Canada one of the world's most ethnically diverse countries. Canada's cultural mosaic is evident in the variety of restaurants and grocery stores, religious places of worship, and festivals throughout the year.

5) We are peaceful

Canada is a friendly, safe country with a high standard of living. Canada ranked 4th amongst the world's safest countries in the 2012 Global Peace index. Canada is a peaceful country that spends more on its health care system than on its armed forces. In 2011's International Student Barometer (ISB) survey of students around the globe, Laurier scored 89% for student satisfaction in overall living and safety.

 6) You belong here

With over 18,000 students in four different locations, Laurier is large enough to provide various clubs, programs, and career opportunities; yet small enough to maintain the tight-knit community feel, outstanding student experience and to ensure access to faculty and resources available on campus. Our small class sizes allow more opportunities for extra help, increased discussion and student involvement.