Reps of Canadian schools to hold orientation in Cebu for students interested in studying in Canada

REPRESENTATIVES of Canada-based universities are in Cebu to invite students to pursue studies in the North American country and eventually secure high-paying jobs there.

School representatives from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Sault College, Northern Lights College, Trent University, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Algonquin College will be conducting an orientation on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Cebu City. The purpose of this orientation is to provide information on the most accessible student-visa pathway for those interested in studying in Canada.

Juan International Consultancy, the host of the school caravan, also organized a similar event in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on Friday, May 12. These orientations are free of charge.

“Study in Canada Caravan is going to jumpstart journeys to Canada. Our counselors will be able to give personalized advice and guidance to prospective students when they do one-on-one sessions with participants,” said lawyer Karla Bautista Siao, co-founder of Juan International Consultancy.

Siao said the Study in Canada Caravan is aimed at providing prospective students with comprehensive information about studying in Canada.

“This would help students navigate crucial considerations when studying abroad. The event is sure to benefit those who are looking to pursue their degrees, post-graduate or masters in Canada,” she said.

Interested students are encouraged to contact or visit the Juan International office in Cebu City.

Juan International Consultancy has already processed 50 student applications to Canada.

“Canada has a shortage of human resources and gaining a Canadian education will definitely give them a competitive advantage. All our partner schools are Designated Learning Institutions, which makes students eligible for post-graduation work permits,” said Siao.

Juan International Consultancy only offers visa guidance. Applications are done by the students, Siao said.

According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, there were about 807,750 international students in Canada at all levels of study at the end of 2022.

Forty percent of these inbound students came from India. The other students came from China (12 percent), the Philippines (four percent), Iran, Nigera and France (three percent each); Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the United States of America (two percent each).

Canada also recorded a 31 percent jump in international students from 2021 to 2022. The Philippines as a source market grew the fastest at 112 percent or 32,455 students followed by Hong Kong at 73 percent (13,100), Nigeria at 60 percent (21,660), Colombia at 54 percent (12,440), and India at 47 percent (319,130).

Canada’s reputation as a safe and stable country, the high quality of the education system, and its society being tolerant and not discriminatory are among the top three reasons international students choose Canada.