Why you should study in Canada and New Zealand

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Aside from poutine and maple syrup, there’s a new reason for you to want to fly to Canada. A new application process for Filipino students has been launched, making it easier to get a study permit in Canada’s top univ.

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The Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) and Canadian Embassy launched the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program aiming to provide a faster visa processing and a higher approval rate for Filipinos opting to pursue higher education in Canada.

Under SDS, the processing time for a student permit, which normally takes 60 days, through the regular stream is cut to 30 days.

The program requires applicants to submit Guaranteed Investment Certificate from a participating Canadian Financial institution instead of providing proof of funds. Applicants also have to pay full tuition for the whole year and undergo medical assessment beforehand.

During the SDS launch on June 16 at EDSA Shangri‑La in Mandaluyong City, John Holmes, ambassador of Canada to the Philippines, said the program is a manifestation of Canada’s tight relationship with the Philippines in different aspects, including education.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has also announced its partnership with CBIE for a program that would allow selected Filipino higher education institution faculty and staff to pursue graduate degrees in Canada.

Chosen applicants will also undergo training programs in different fields such as institutional internationalization, second career education, and community college best practices.

Photo Kristen Drew

Meanwhile, New Zealand is also opening its doors for Filipinos opting to study in the country.

In a press release, Education New Zealand (ENZ) said more than 3,500 Filipino students have studied in New Zealand last year. With this growing number of Filipino students, the country is keen to invite more to pursue education in New Zealand.

Students can choose from courses in different fields such as humanities, business, sciences, technology, and hospitality. Filipinos students can venture in what ENZ calls as “unusual yet professionally promising majors” such as cyber security, adventure tourism and hospitality, agriculture and veterinary medicine, fashion design, and food science and technology. For more deets, read this story.