To Study in Dubai or in Canada? Why Not Both!
Want to study in Canada, but not sure about your options? CUD offers a great study abroad experience.
Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity for you to broaden your horizons and to experience new cultures and environments, so why not study in not one but 2 amazing destinations? Canadian University Dubai (CUD) offers its students a dynamic and flexible structure that can make it happen.
There are already some amazing reasons to choose Canadian University Dubai and it’s no surprise students find themselves wanting to study in the heart of Dubai; a city that represents an impressive 25% of all international branch campuses worldwide. When you study in Dubai, you can get an accredited degree from universities from Australia, UK, USA, India, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, France, and Ireland.
In recent years, Canada’s international student population has increased by a whopping 83%. As a student at Canadian University Dubai, you are given the chance to transfer to Canada in either your first, or second year with the option of staying on to complete your degree. Once you’ve obtained your degree, you are eligible for the Post-Graduate Work Permit program that allows you to apply for a work permit.
What Are The Perks Of Studying In Canada?
- A degree from a Canadian university is internationally recognised as the equivalent of a degree from the UK or the US.
- Canada invests in its education system. This means that you will receive high-quality education without breaking the bank. Canada has some of the lowest tuition fees in English-speaking countries.
- Be at ease knowing that you are living in a friendly and perfectly safe country as Canada came eighth in the 2016 Global Peace Index.
- Canada values the diversity of experience, with an open curiosity about other cultures. It is a multicultural country that allows you to learn about, and engage with people from other backgrounds.
- If all of the above hasn’t convinced you yet, then this will: Numerous new opportunities will open for you with Canadian credentials. Once you have finished your degree at a Canadian higher education institution, you can apply for permanent residency! Canada is especially looking for bright, young graduates to live and work in the country.
What Are Your University Choices?
Now comes the fun part: Which university is the right one for you? There are currently 12 higher education institutions across Canada that you can transfer to, from CUD. These are:
Brock University - Niagara region of Southern Ontario
Brock University made it into the Huffington Post’s list of “Coolest Classes in Canada” with the Art of Clown-Doctoring and Wine and Winemaking!
Centennial College - Toronto, Ontario
Several famous movies were filmed here including Robocop, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, and Man of the Year.
Douglas College - Greater Vancouver within British Columbia
Student life will never be dull here with 41% of their student population being younger than 21 years of age. You are also never too old to study, with 4% of their student population above the age of 50!
Lakehead University - Thunder Bay, Ontario
In 2015, Lakehead University was ranked number one amongst undergraduate universities in Canada for research.
University of Lethbridge - Lethbridge, Alberta
The University of Lethbridge’s Art Gallery has one of the largest 19th and 20th-century Canadian, American and European art collections, with over 13,000 pieces.
University of New Brunswick – Fredericton, New Brunswick
Named Canada’s Most Entrepreneurial University in Canada in 2014, UNB helped launch 23 start-ups in two years’ time.
Niagara College - Niagara Falls region, Ontario
This was Canada’s first fully licensed teaching brewery! This program has outstanding employment rates as it is filling a big gap in the market.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology - Oshawa, Ontario
This campus has not one, but two nuclear simulators to assist in teaching UOIT students. Just imagine all the exciting experiments you can do here!
Vancouver Island University - Vancouver Island
Established in 1969 and originally known as Malaspina College, named after Captain Alexandro Malaspina, who explored Vancouver Island.
Lawrence Technological University (USA) - Southfield, Michigan
This university is all about sustainability, and has won numerous sustainability themed competitions.
Queen's University - Ontario, Canada
The university’s mascot, Boo Hoo the Bear is based on a real bear cub called Baxter that a student purchased in 1922. Founder of Tesla, Elon Musk also attended Queen’s University for 2 years.
Wilfrid Laurier University
WLU has the largest business degree co-op program in Canada.
Ready For The Next Step?
After completing a year or two of your studies at CUD, you can apply for a credit transfer to one of the arranged partnership universities in Canada. The partners are situated throughout Canada, giving you a wide variety of universities and colleges to choose from. You will have to meet the admission requirements of your chosen university to be accepted, but other than that it’s relatively smooth sailing.
CUD’s international student office will be on hand to help you determine which university would be best for you to transfer to. They will also be able to assist you with applying for the credit transfer and guide you through applying for your visa. For more information about the requirements for the student visa and to apply, you can visit the Canadian Embassy’s website or visit CUD’s international office.
If you would like to experience studying in Canada but don’t want to leave the comforts of Dubai, you can also spend an academic semester there, participate in a summer program, or become part of the exchange student program.
Studying in Dubai is a rewarding and exciting experience that offers you a quality education. You will also learn to interact with people of all ethnicities, and build your networking system as the city is your gateway to explore the Middle East. And if you want a bigger sense of adventure, the option is always there for you to transfer to Canada - even if only for one summer. Either way, you will reap the rewards for years to come.
About the Author: Lizan Gray, an adventurer at heart, is originally from South Africa and currently a copywriter in Dubai. She is busy finishing her degree in Business Administration.