Canada is located in North America and borders the United States. Even though, the weather could be cold in Canada; it is not a rule of thumb for every part of Canada. The southern parts of the country are warmer which offers a comfortable climate for living, studying and traveling. As a result, there are many foreign students consider studying high schools in Canada with a number of 40,000 in the 2018-2019 academic year. In fact, Canada offers many attractive reasons as a studying destination for Cambodian students, and those reasons are as followed:
- A friendly environment to live in
As mentioned, even though, the northern parts of Canada are extremely cold; many high schools and universities are located in the southern parts of the country which is warmer. Most Canadians also live in the southern parts of the country which will not make you feel lonely living and studying in Canada while the temperature is identified as humid in the area.
In addition, Canada is among the safest countries in the world with a low crime rate. The country was ranked in 2020 as the second safest country in the world behind Switzerland and ahead of Norway. Canada also has an excellent quality of life and was ranked first by U.S News’s 2020 survey of 20,000 global citizens. The quality of life includes areas ranging from job market and affordability to the education system and healthcare system.
- An advantage with dual languages
Whether you know this or not, Canadians speak two languages which are English and French. As a result, Cambodian students who know either French or English can choose Canada as the safest bet for the country to study and live in. In other words, you can speak either French or English in and outside classrooms, and it is up to your proficiency in one or another.
Besides, it is good for many of you who want to improve your language skills as well because you get both of the worlds. You can live and study in Canada to improve your English. Besides, you can live and study in Canada to learn and improve your French language proficiency. Or, you can live and study there to learn or improve both languages.
- Available concentrations to focus on
You should not choose a destination country just for its friendly environment and language advantage. In fact, you should also check out the curriculum so that you are sure to get the quality of education you desire as well. While we will leave it for the later part of this article about the standard of education in Canada, we are here offering information about concentrations you can focus on if you consider studying high school in Canada.
Cambodian high-school students who wish to pursue secondary education in Canada can choose their concentrations. By concentrations here, we refer to areas of focuses which you can be passionate about for your future careers or college education. For example, if you like science, you can ask the school board to have the curriculum curtailed for you with a specialization in science. In fact, there are four concentrations you can consider one among the others including Arts, Science, Humanities and Engineering. You thus should start to think now which one concentration you prefer.
- A beautiful and huge country to visit
Canada’s area is almost 10 million square kilometers which makes it the second-largest country in the world. The area combined with the quality as one of the safest countries in the world offers you an opportunity to explore and visit freely various places based in Canada if you are going to attend secondary education in the country.
The country is home to many famous cities ranging from vibrant cities such as Toronto and Quebec to less populated and calm cities like Banff and Halifax. When we talk about landmarks, there are plenty of options you can choose such as Niagara Falls, Banff National Park, Stanley Park, Garibaldi Lake, Jasper National Park, Mont Tremblant and Prince Edward Island. These are your choices whether you prefer a natural place, a skiing game or a gold playing spot.
- A ticket to universities in Canada and the US
Attending high schools in Canada makes Cambodian students easily eligible for universities in Canada and the US because both countries have similar systems. Hence, if you also have a plan to study colleges in Canada or the US, it is smart to start from now and attend secondary education in the country. Meanwhile, although you do not have a plan yet to study universities in Canada and the US, attending high schools in Canada gives you time to eye for a perfect college or university to study in Canada and the US.
We will not waste your time, and the following are some of the best universities in the world based in Canada for your considerations. If you eye for one of the top 100 universities in the world, you can attend the University of Toronto which ranks 25th, McGill University which ranks 31st or the University of British Columbia which ranks 45th. If you already have your passion majors for college education, you may consider the University of Toronto for life science degrees or the University of Ottawa for social science and public health degrees. For the US, please don’t worry because five American universities are among the top 10 best universities in the world, including MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago.
- Quality of international standard education
Now, it is time to get to know how qualified secondary education in Canada is. The country is one of the best, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development or OECD. According to its survey, Canada’s high-school institution was ranked 6th in reading, 12th in math and 8th in science.
What makes the quality of secondary education in Canada ticked is that teachers are highly professional individuals who have at least Bachelor’s degrees with one year of practical teaching training while some other teachers go to obtain Master’s degrees. Besides, teachers in Canada are routinely challenged to upgrade their skills and knowledge.
Regular school hour starts at 8 am and ends at 3 pm while you can attend summer school as well. These are some of the school cultures in Canada only.
Bonus: Quick Insight about High Schools in Canada
Even though you may have known several key reasons to study high schools in Canada, you may not know which high school you should attend. Therefore, it is important for us to offer you some bonuses in this article by providing you some quick insights about some of the best high schools in Canada.
It does depend on your preferences and interests to choose your best high school. If you prefer to live in a nice weather conditions, you can consider attending schools in Vancouver such as Coquitlam School District and Surrey School District.
However, if you somehow prefer living in vibrant and busy cities, you should consider cities such as Toronto which houses high schools such as Toronto Catholic School Board and York District School Board. However, the weather there is a little bit cold just in case you want to know the weather condition in the city.
Regardless, some students want to stay close to Cambodian communities because it feels like home for them to study and attend schools near our own communities. As a result, Cambodian students should consider some schools in the Vancouver area such as Coquitlam School District, Surrey School District, Toronto Catholic School Board and Lester B. Pearson School Board.
What Should You Get from the Article?
In the article, Cambodian students get to know reasons to attend secondary education in Canada ranging from a friendly environment to live in and advantage with dual languages to a ticket to Canadian universities and quality of international standard education.
If you are interested to attend high schools in Canada, feel free to seek consultations for free from us WEduAbroad. You may visit WEduAbroad the Cambodia-based consultancy for study abroad at the 7th Floor, B-Ray Tower, Preah Norodom Blvd, Tonle Bassak Commune, Chamkamorn District, Phnom Penh (map here) or make a call to 017 548 354. We also have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WEduAbroad/.