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Canada Vs Germany: Which is better for international students

CANADA


1. Canada’s open immigration system

In Canada, as a student there is a very clear pathway to becoming a permanent resident and it is really easy, you just go study. Say you take a two-year program, you get a three-year post-graduate work permit you’re supposed to get one year of experience and with that one year of experience you can apply to become a permanent resident and then a citizen of Canada. Although it takes time but it’s fairly easy compared to other developed countries.

2. Canada is one of the most diverse countries

This point really applies to if you’re not white. Based on a lot of people’s experiences in Germany, the racism there is much more compared to Canada. Although there is racism everywhere but it has been reported that Germany causes depression. In Canada, people are really open. No matter what your skin color is, your sexual orientation is or other factors are, so long as you’re not harming anybody you’ll be just fine.

3. Lower cost of living

Cost of living in Canada is generally lower than that of Germany especially for students. In Canada you can spend about $600 to $1000 a month on living expenses on average, but in Germany on the more modest side means around 1000 Euros or more.

4. Language

Primary language spoken in Canada is English which is spoken around the world, no matter what company you work for. Typically, you would need English not German, but in Germany you do need to learn German when you want to be a student there and if you want to work there. Even though Germans are really fluent in English, you would need to speak and write in German fluently in order to assimilate to the country and the culture.

5. Proximity to the US

As a Canadian permanent resident or citizen, you can easily cross the border to the US. If you want to grow your company and it is a well known fact that the United states of America is the best country for doing business and growing internationally. Looking at the biggest companies in the world, Apple, Google, Tesla, they are all from there and there’s a reason why they’re in the US. So for this reason, you would be better off being in Canada that Germany.

GERMANY


1. Low Tuition fees

Private institutions in Germany are dependent on their tuition fees and external funding. Their fees might go up to and beyond 20 000 Euros which is really expensive. But the good news is that as a post graduate and an undergraduate international student, there is usually no tuition fees that you have to pay to the public universities even for English taught courses but you would have to pay a semester fee which could range from 120 euros to 700 euros a per semester. In a lot of cases, the semester fees also provides for the transportation ticket and with that, you can move around, in and across the city and also to some nearby cities which is absolutely great.

However, some universities in Baden-Württemberg region have started charging from 2017 tuition fees from non-European students, but in that case you can always apply to scholarships and funding. Those will help you to live a more affordable life in Germany as a student. The public university education in Germany is world class, the competition and the level of entry requirements are soaring every year.

2.Europe is yours

As a student in Germany, you obtain a Schengen visa and after you have traveled to Germany you have to obtain a resident permit within the first two weeks of your arrival. Once you have the resident permit, you can travel freely to Schengen countries.

3. Safety

Germany is one of the safest countries in the world and the crime rate in Germany continues to decline. Germany ranks 22nd on the list of the world’s safest countries according to the Global Peace Index 2019 rankings.

4. Student Employment

It is also important to know how and where you would be working and how much time you would be able to spend as an international student. As an
international student, you are allowed to work for 120 full days or 240 half days per year and since July 2021, the minimum hourly wage stands up to 9.60 euros which is okay and Germany provides a really nice and stable way to finance yourself as a student.
Students can hold a mini jobs where they can earn up to 450 euros and they
are earning more than 450 euros regularly they would be paying taxes and also some social contribution only if you’re earning more than 450 euros. Additionally, once you graduate you are given a job search visa for 18 months.

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