Why Canada?

Top three reasons why Canada is your first option:

  1. The quality of education is among the highest in the world.
  2. The cost of graduate education is among the lowest in the world.
  3. Canada is a safe, peaceful country with a high standard of living; Canada has a multicultural, tolerant society with legal rights for people of all backgrounds.

Student Visa → Work Visa → Resident Visa

To study in Canada, as an international student, you may need a study permit. For details on how to obtain a study permit, please visit:

After you graduate, the Post Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP) may allow you to stay in Canada to work for up to an additional three years, working towards permanent residency.
For full details about this program and the Post Graduate Work Permit, please visit:

Also, if the graduate international student is married, the spouse or common-law partner may be eligible to work temporarily in Canada for the same period of the student visa, please visit:

Affordable Education and High Academic Standards.

The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the best in the world, but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. As such, Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university.

Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.

Social Progress Index

In the last two years a non-profit group, the Social Progress Imperative, collaborated with the World Economic Forum to create a measure of human well-being index: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Well-being and Opportunities

Canada ranks 7th in the world on the Social Progress Indez 2014, ahead of USA and UK


Living in Canada: Healthcare, Safety, Economy, and Culture.

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The Canadian health system is funded by the Government and is based on five principles: universally available to citizens and permanent residents, accessible without any income barriers, comprehensive in the services it covers, publicly administered, and portable within and outside the country.

All international students will be enrolled in a mandatory four month primary International Medical Insurance plan and the plan fee will be automatically included in their tuition fees. Please visit:

International students are eligible for coverage to BC Medical Service Plan (BC MSP) after completing a 90 days waiting period. Please visit:


Canada is a safe and welcoming country. According to Better Life Index 2013, from OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Canada is in second place just after Japan:


Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In Canada, the average household net-adjusted disposable income is $28,194 USD a year, more than the OECD average of $23,047 USD a year.

Canada continues to have a strong labour market, boasting a better unemployment rate than the United States and the United Kingdom. People in Canada work 1,702 hours a year, less than the OECD average of 1,776 hours. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/factbook-2013-56-en

Canada’s inflation rate has been the lowest in developing countries, in the last ten years, with an average between 1% and 3% yearly rate.

Even with the global financial crisis in 2008, the Canadian economy was considered one of the most advanced, robust and solid in the industrialized world, resisting the onslaught of the deep recession in its main trading partner, the United States. The Canadian banking system is considered one of the strongest in the world. For further information on the Canadian Economy, please visit:

Canada exhibits a highly diversified economic model, with production patterns and market orientation similar to USA, but with a strong focus on the resource sector. Industries such as forestry, mining, energy, agriculture and fishing are the primary drivers of Canada’s resource sector.

Canada is a world leader in mineral exports and a net exporter of energy. With oil production estimated at over 2 million barrels per day and the exportation of more than 90 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, Canada is the ninth largest oil exporter in the world and the third largest exporter of natural gas. You can find more information at:

At the global level, Canada is recognized as a leader in a broad array of technology areas such as telecommunications, information technology and computing, engineering, aerospace, urban transport, the entertainment industry, medical devices, energy hydroelectric and nuclear power, biotechnology, food and beverage processing, and ocean industries and the environment. You can find more information at:


Through multiculturalism, Canada recognizes the potential of all Canadians, encouraging them to integrate into their society and take an active part in its social, cultural, economic and political affairs.

Canada’s multiculturalism includes Aboriginal peoples, Canadians born outside of Canada, and the children of immigrants who came to Canada generations before. Most Canadians initially came from continental Europe and the UK, but recently immigration from Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean has increased. More than 200 ethnic origins were reported in the 2011 Canadian Census; this means you can find the food, clothing, art, music, language, literature and, of course, people from around the globe in Canadian cities! International students can feel comfortable and energized by new experiences as part of Canada’s diverse population, where all ethnicities, cultures and religions are respected by Canadian law and national policy. You can find more information at:



For a taste of what Beedie School of Business students are involved in both inside and outside of the classroom, please check out our student blog: afewgoodminds.ca


For detailed information on our Full-Time MBA, please visit: About MBA

To set up a meeting with an admissions advisor, please contact mba@sfu.ca.