Canada attracts a number of students every year who decide to pursue their studies away from home, making the most important decision of their life. However, embarking on a new journey in a new country may be overwhelming as it is exciting. International students have high hopes from Canadian universities and colleges. Many people choose Canada because of its education system and the plethora of opportunities that one can experience. Every individual finds a path to their plans and career over here. Moreover, the quality of life contributes as a big factor. However, transition from home to Canada isn’t that convenient. There are number of challenges being faced by an individual.

Given the high tuition fees at colleges and universities, international students have to learn the fine act of balancing education and employment


Adjusting to living and studying in a new country can be difficult logistically, but the social aspect of not having a nearby support system can add to the feeling of alienation. When a person is away from home, living all by yourself, it is very tough. One goes through a turbine of emotions everyday, struggling with their lives and managing their day to day tasks. Having a healthy circle is one of the important things over here because better the circle, better is you. If there is a positive energy around you, automatically one is motivated towards life. Here are some tips to get socially more active in the community: • Joining clubs or group fitness classes • Volunteering • Supporting local sports teams • Attending local events and festivals • These activities can also provide networking opportunities.

Monetary concerns

For many international students studying in Canada, this is their first time living away from home. On top of managing a school workload in another country, they must learn to manage their money. A person who understands the value of dollar here and spends wisely, will never lose in life. One must understand that if you are earning in dollars than you are also spending in dollars. An international student must support themselves while living over here, covering their day to day expenses and sometimes managing with their family of the tuition fee expense. When setting up a Canadian bank account, students can seek advice from their financial institution. Online tools are also available to help students with budgeting.

Market watch

The Canadian Bureau of International Education’s study stated that 51 per cent of international students plan to apply for permanent residence in Canada after graduation, but many international students also feel the labour market is difficult to access. Here are two suggestions that may help. Primarily, strive to obtain a co-op placement through school to gain Canadian work experience. Secondarily, network with friends and members of various communities, such as by joining clubs and attending events to widen exposure. International students face unique barriers when obtaining an education in Canada. Taking the first step and participating in programs already in place would help in feeling integrated, settled, and ultimately achieving success. Being an international student has its own positives and challenges. When one grows up in such an environment, and learns to adapt things and going through with everyday struggles makes a person understand the worth of life and money and the most importantly managing time.

Navjeet Nijjhar