Five reasons to choose Canada – and TOEFL iBT® – for study abroad

Updated: Oct, 10, 2023
  • Published: October 10, 2023

You’re considering study abroad.

With all the opportunities abound, you might be wondering, where do I begin? One of the first decisions you’ll make is figuring out where you want to study. You may be looking into which country to study in, or which college or university to choose within a particular destination. If it’s the former, Canada is an excellent choice for your higher ed goals. Among the many things you can consider, here are just a few of the reasons why selecting the “Great White North” might be the best decision for you:

1) Student friendly policies. Canada offers generous part-time work hours for students (i.e., up to 20 hours a week during studies), in addition to a Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP) program that allows international students to work in Canada for up to three years after completing their studies. Other support for international students, like orientations and academic advising, are also available.

2) Affordable education. Compared to other popular destinations, Canadian education is often more affordable, putting less financial burden on students and their families.

3) Quality education. Canada is known for its world-class education system with a strong emphasis on research and innovation. Its universities consistently rank highly on global education rankings. In fact, 3 Canadian universities rank in the top 50 of the QS World University Rankings® 2024: Top global universities list.

4) Safe and culturally diverse environment. Canadian cities are multicultural hubs where students from all over the world can experience diverse cultures and traditions, fostering a global perspective. In addition, Canada is considered one of the safest countries in the world, known for its friendly and inclusive society. While it can be difficult adjusting in a new country, these attributes can make things that much easier.

5) Natural beauty. Stunning landscapes and beautiful national parks contribute to Canada’s unparalleled natural beauty. From Niagara Falls to the Canadian Rockies, there is much to explore and experience.

Discover more information on TOEFL iBT!

So, you’re sold on Canada as a study destination. Among the many decisions you’ll need to make next, is which English-language test you should take. It’s an important decision at that! With several options out there, which one should you choose? Our answer: TOEFL iBT®. Here’s why:

1) The TOEFL iBT test is now accepted for Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS), an expedited study visa processing program for students in Antigua and Barbuda; Brazil; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; India; Morocco; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Senegal; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; and Vietnam.

2) TOEFL iBT is accepted by 100% of Canadian colleges and universities.

3) TOEFL iBT is the world’s most respected and accepted English-language test, used by more than 12,000 institutions in more than 160 countries around the world.

4) The TOEFL iBT test is the premier measure of academic English-language proficiency, allowing you to showcase your skills with confidence.

5) The TOEFL iBT test implemented several exciting enhancements in July 2023, and is now the shortest English-language testing option among the three most popular options.

When it comes to making decisions about what’s next in your education journey, you can feel confident knowing that choosing Canada for your study destination, and TOEFL iBT for your English-language test, are excellent choices.

Discover more information on TOEFL iBT!

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at
Related articles
Will Canada make its current international student off-campus work hours policy permanent?
Portrait of a girl with a backpack and school supplies in the hallways of the university campus with her classmates in the background.
Can I extend or renew my Post-Graduation Work Permit? 
Happy business man listening to a discussion in an office boardroom. Business professional sitting in a meeting with his colleagues.
What are my options if I need to defer my enrollment after obtaining my Canadian study permit?
Large group of students cheering at college sporting event
Changes to Canada’s inadmissibility fees starting December 1st, 2023
Canadian flag over Quebec city
Top Stories
Getting to know IRCC’s decision-making committees
Housing Accelerator Fund: New housing in 10 Canadian cities
Why should I enter the Express Entry pool now despite a temporary pause in draws?
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
More in Express Entry
Why should I enter the Express Entry pool now despite a temporary pause in draws?
Edmonton skyline
How does IRCC decide when to hold Express Entry draws?
There are many possible reasons IRCC has not been holding Express Entry draws.
IRCC holds Express Entry draw for healthcare occupations; third draw this week
Candidates have been invited in the latest Express Entry draw.
Express Entry targeted occupations: How many healthcare workers does Canada need?
healthcare workers
Link copied to clipboard