Earning a Canadian university degree is the dream of many international students. First of all, because studying abroad is an experience worth having. But to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, here are 10 practical tips for international students in Canada.
1. Making friends
First and foremost, choose a university based on your aspirations and goals. Do not enroll in just any university just to get into Canada.
Basically, the first few days at the university may be a little difficult. But be patient and curious, after all, you would not be the only one new on campus.
2. Manage conference time
Conferences usually last about 3 hours. Therefore, it is advisable to have a snack and a cup of coffee before the lecture, as you will usually not have a break to rest.
However, the advantage of these long lectures is that you will spend less time in the library. This is because the lecturer explains the topics in more detail and with more examples.
3. Be on time
Punctuality is important in Canadian culture. So if you are late for a meeting or an informal appointment, make sure you tell the person or entity concerned. Or, cancel the meeting if you can’t make it on time.
A basic rule of thumb is to arrive no more than 10 minutes late.
However, if you are invited to someone’s home, be sure not to arrive early. The host may not be ready to greet you yet.
4. Bank account selection
Do some research to find a student account that offers good service. In addition, you can get a debit card that you can use to make deposits, withdrawals, or pay bills.
You will usually be asked for your foreign passport and photos to open a bank account. Some banks may require your home or residence address if you live in an apartment near your university.
5. Health Insurance
International students need adequate health insurance to cover any health expenses while in Canada.
Canada has a national health insurance plan but it is managed by each province. You should therefore check that the province you are going to accepts international students.
If not, your university may recommend a specific health insurance plan. Therefore, be sure to visit their website to find out what they recommend for their international students.
6. Canadian Food
Surprisingly, in Canada, buying groceries and preparing them at home will cost you almost as much as eating out.
Fancy meals aside, you can certainly have a delicious lunch in town for $7 CAD, or less than €5.
Also, some restaurants only offer breakfast where you can get a huge plate of food for $10 CAD.
Finally, universities will offer you packages for university restaurants. An economical and practical solution.
7. Enjoy the Canadian outdoors
Canada has beautiful national parks and it is easy to get to them. International students in Canada usually rent a car for road trips to the various huts in the mountains.
This will be a great experience. For example, we recommend visiting Moraine Lake near Vancouver.
8. Make friends
One of the advantages of meeting new people, especially from other countries, is that they will certainly help you improve your vocabulary.
This will help you learn the language faster, and it will also help you adapt to their culture. So don’t hesitate and make new friends.
9. Operate the University Site
Might you be tempted to stay in your dorm all day? Then take the time to learn as much as you can on the university’s website.
Very often, your university’s website will provide you with information about transportation, health services, Canadian culture, and more. This is a great place to start.
10. Learn about Canadian culture
Canada has a different way of doing things than you do, so take the time to familiarize yourself with it, and everything will seem easier. Once you understand the culture of the country, you will be able to interact with people more easily.
Also, remember that Canada is a very large country with two official languages. Also, Canadians have a variety of backgrounds (Aboriginal, European immigrants, then Asian…), therefore a very diverse culture.
In general, Canadians are very polite and spontaneous people.
In conclusion, we hope that the above ten practical tips for international students in Canada will help you to be better prepared.