Canada is increasingly becoming a popular destination for Nigerians desiring postgraduate degrees abroad.
Other popular countries for postgraduate studies are the UK, Germany, United States and Malaysia but the attraction towards Canada is obvious. The benefits of a Masters or PhD degree are immense.
Canada is not just the extreme of the Wild West, it is a land of opportunities and diversities. Canadian universities rank among the first 100 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education ranking. Universities like University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo and University of Calgary are some of the world’s bests that Canada boasts of. They attract extremely brilliant students globally. These institutions also churn out top grade research works that impact industry, government and the society at large.
It is evident that with a Canadianpostgraduate degree, you cannot be a push over in the academia or any other sector. The height of a world class tutoring that would be received, is a reason to consider a postgraduate study in Canada.
In addition, a postgraduate studies in the Sciences, Environmental, Mathematics, Engineering and Health science are usually funded. This means that a Nigerian that receives admission for either a Masters or PhD in any of these areas in Canada would have a tuition free education. STEM courses receive a lot of research grants from government and institutions.
These funds are used to offset or subsidize the fees of postgraduate students who are lucky to get admission. Only in rare cases do postgraduate students pay for their fees. In fact, PhD students even receive stipends as teaching assistants, research assistant etc.
Some faculties even withhold admissions if there is no funding for the candidate because they believe the postgraduate student should not be bothered about paying from his/her pocket. Imagine, receiving a world class postgraduate education for next-to-free. Such is the benefit of studying in Canada.
In some other countries like the UK, you are literally chased out of the country once your student visa expires. But Canada trains you and gives you the opportunity to acquire work experience.
POST-GRADUATE WORK PERMIT (PGWP)
Nigerians and other International students who graduate from a post secondary school in Canada are eligible for a postgraduate work permit which allows the holder to live and work in Canada for three years. It is important to gain experience and integrate with the Canadian society. After three years, an immigrant can apply for a permanent residency visa and become a citizen in a couple of years.
Source: Postgraduate Nigeria