Canada is a great option for education and career specialization

Even the reduction in visas for students doesn’t diminish its attractiveness. Learn how to plan your journey there!

By Deborah Oliveira and Marcel Salim

Canada remains an excellent option for those looking to study or advance their professional careers. The North American country stands out for its innovative educational excellence in a multicultural and dynamic environment. Not even the measure by the Canadian government, temporarily reducing the study permits for foreigners by 35% this year compared to 2023, has diminished the country’s attractiveness. The new rule will last for two years, starting from 2024, except in the province of Quebec, which has its own legislation. The limit will apply to students of international bachelor’s and undergraduate programs but will not affect those applying for the renewal of previously granted permits.

If you’re considering studying or have a professional development plan in Canada, it’s essential to plan ahead. After deciding on the institution and course you intend to pursue, it’s necessary to pay attention to practical matters such as visas and application processes. It’s worth noting that obtaining a visa involves several steps, each with its own specific timeframe. It’s not possible to guarantee that all deadlines will be met. Therefore, it’s advisable to arrange entry authorization into Canada as soon as your enrollment is accepted. Additionally, you’ll also need to consider airfare and accommodation in the North American country.

It’s possible to rely on the support of exchange agencies that offer assistance from enrollment to traveling to Canada. ‘It’s important to gather all the necessary documentation because enrollments are processed based on the documents submitted. The recommendation is to start the process at least six months in advance, as visa applications need to be submitted four months before the course start date,’ clarifies João Negro, Brazil Recruitment Director at GUS Canada Universities, which encompasses, among other institutions, the University Canada West (UCW), in Vancouver, and the University of Niagora Falls (UNF) in Niagora Falls.

Both universities offer undergraduate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. In addition to focusing on academic research, the master’s programs are also designed to meet the demands of the job market, which contributes to the professional growth of students and their ability to take on leadership roles.

“One of the distinctive features of UCW and UNF is that the professors are actively involved in renowned Canadian companies, making it much easier for our students to enter the job market. For instance, out of all the students pursuing an MBA at UCW, 95% secure employment shortly after completing their first year of the program,” the executive reveals.

Another option is Sault College, which has its main campus in the city of Sault Ste. Marie. There are over 70 programs available, ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate, with durations of one to two years. The main highlights, which are fully aligned with job opportunities in Sault Ste. Marie, are in the fields of Engineering, Health, Environment, Business, and Early Childhood Education.

“With around 80,000 residents, the city of Sault Ste. Marie stands out for its charm and friendliness, along with an attractive cost of living and a thriving job market. The region has been included in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, providing yet another opportunity for those seeking to extend their stay in Canada”, stated Marc Pilon, professor and coordinator of civil engineering and construction programs at Sault College, during the webinar “Opportunities for Studies in Canada“, an event organized by the Education Commission of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CCBC).

If you’re considering studying in Canada but still have doubts, you can’t miss Canada Day, an event hosted by the Chamber on July 2nd and 3rd, which offers Brazilian students the opportunity to explore the Canadian education ecosystem.

Watch the Education Commission’s Webinar: Study Opportunities in Canada (Event in Portuguese)