The latest data from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) confirms that Canada is fast becoming a favourite study destination for international students.
According to CBIE, 95% of international students recommend studying in Canada. And 91% of international students, at all levels of study, say they’re completely satisfied with their study experience in Canada.
Visiting students give high praise to Canada’s friendly people, highly trained instructors, multicultural classrooms, beautiful landscapes, and of course, its diverse and exciting cities.
For years, Canada’s capital city of Ottawa has consistently won top honours as one of the best places to live in the country. It’s no wonder that Ottawa is also a top choice for students seeking summer English programs in Canada.
Here are 3 reasons why Ottawa is so popular among Canadians, and international English language students.
1. Students Feel Safe When They Study English in Ottawa
When parents send their teens overseas to a summer English program in Canada, safety is understandably a top concern. But families can rest easy knowing that, not only are English camps in Canada extremely well supervised, the Canadian government has ranked Ottawa among the 10 safest cities in the whole country.
International students feel at home in Ottawa, where locals are friendly and welcoming to visitors from across the globe.
2. Ottawa Offers ESL Students Culture, History, Adventure, & Fun
International students who study English in Canada are usually seeking more than enhanced language skills. They’re looking to immerse themselves in Canadian culture and history, and spend time enjoying the country’s abundant natural resources. There’s no better place to enjoy the best of Canadian culture, history, adventure, and fun than Ottawa.
Students who take summer ESL classes in Ottawa get the full scope of the “Canadian experience.” They visit Parliament Hill and the Prime Minister Residence, Canada’s true center of politics. They tour museums and galleries that chronicle Canadian history as well as host international collections.
Summer English students in Ottawa swim, hike, bike, and picnic in Ottawa’s many parks, gardens, natural areas, and national sites.
Students sight-see, shop, and snack their way through the city’s multicultural neighborhoods, from Little Italy to Chinatown. They visit amusement parks and cultural festivals. Ottawa has it all.
3. Ottawa is Close to Other Famous Canadian Attractions
Students are usually eager to see as much of Canada as they can during their summer English studies. With Ottawa as a home base, they can easily visit favourite tourist destinations like Toronto, Montreal, and Niagara Falls—all of which are less than a day’s travel from Ottawa.
Witnessing the awesome power of Niagara Falls up-close is a top priority for many international students in Canada.
Outdoor adventures like these offer so many opportunities for students to learn and practice English in context—with locals, classmates from other countries, and instructors. Ottawa, with its uniquely diverse range of activities and attractions, has something to engage and excite every visitor. This is where our international summer English students make amazing memories to last a lifetime.
Are you considering sending your child to study English in Ottawa?
Visit Destination Canada to learn more about our program, located on the beautiful and modern campus of Carleton University in Ottawa.