Study in US or Canada: What Should I Opt for?
It’s a dream for many Indian students to study abroad. In addition to gaining access to world-class education standards, overseas education comes bundled with many other lucrative opportunities and benefits.
With the US and Canada being among the hot destinations among Indian students, making the choice between the two at an initial stage can get overwhelming for anyone. The ideal way to go about making this critical decision is by measuring the two options based on key criteria and how well they align with one’s goals and profile.
Here’s a comparison between the two based on some of the key considerations –Choice of Course
The main crux of going abroad for educations rests on gaining access to quality education. Ideally you should pick your destination based on how well its universities are recognized for the course specific to your interest.
The US is renowned for its excellent education standards in the fields of Engineering, IT, Computer Science and Biotechnology. The top universities that conduct these courses include California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Princeton University.
On the other hand, Canada is quite popular for courses such as Business Management, Media, Engineering, Nursing and Hospitality. The University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill University are renowned for conducting these courses under the leadership of world-class faculty.
If your interest lies in courses beyond the ambit of the above-mentioned ones, you could run a quick Google search for the best universities for that course and accordingly narrow down between US or Canada.Eligibility Criteria
The university eligibility requirements in the two countries vary slightly and another meaningful way to filter out is by picking the one that aligns with your existing profile.
As a starting criterion, for admission to both the US and Canadian universities, you will be required to clear the basic language tests – TOEFL and IELTS. For management courses, universities in both countries look for GMAT scores and GRE for science courses. As such there is no cut-off system in either of the countries.
A key point to note here is that specifically the US, you will be required to complete 16 years of education prior to enrolling in PG courses. Since Indian universities offer 3 years of UG course, you need to cover up for the gap year with an additional course to be eligible.Associated Expenditure
Due to currency value differential, cost is another pertinent variable to factor in, when picking the study abroad destination.
Canada in a relative sense offers education at a lower cost than the US, though the exact financials would depend on the university, course and other important factors.
Typically, an undergraduate course in the US could cost up to $50,000 per year inclusive of tuition fee and decent living expenses. The same for a postgraduate course could go up to $75,000 per year. On the other hand, in Canada, an undergraduate course could cost up to $42,000 per year and postgraduate courses around $50,000 per year.
These costs shouldn’t overwhelm you at all because there is an abundance of generous scholarship options available and the differential cost can be seamlessly covered with good education loan assistance.Post Education Work Opportunities
You’ll be happy to note that both countries provide lucrative post education work opportunities. The US is well known for great jobs in the fields of technology, finance, management and advertising. Canada on the other hand is an attractive destination to work in for the fields of teaching, nursing, programme analysis and finance.
If we are to compare, the job market in the US is slightly more competitive than its Canadian counterpart. In order to be eligible for permanent residency, the process to get through in the US is slightly slower, requiring you live there for at least 5 years while being employed there. In comparison, it’s much easier to settle down in Canada and get a permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class following the initial work permit.
Hence, by running through these basic considerations, you can systematically arrive at a meaningful direction to resolve your pressing doubt.