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Canadian geophysicist Larry Newitt (R) of the Geological Survey of Canada and French geologist Jean-Jacques Orgeval (L) of BRGM (Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières), measure the intensity and the direction of the Earth's magnetic field at the Canadian Arctic 18 May 2005, during a scientific exploration to calculate the location of the North magnetic pole. According to Newitt and Orgeval the roaming magnetic North Pole has crossed into international waters, en route to Siberia. AFP PHOTO STEPHANE NICOLOPOULOS (Photo by Stéphane Nicolopoulos / AFP)

Science is a subject, yes, but it’s also a way of thinking; graduates have been trained to think critically, research properly and be guided by the evidence — all thanks to courses in science. These are critical workplace skills and employers value the creativity and problem-solving skills of science graduates.

Jobs that were unimaginable 20 years ago are now thriving, with a plethora of opportunities accessible in fields as diverse as biotechnology, data analysis, drones, nanotechnology, smart devices, and many more.

A scientist prepares for her next experiment on board the Amundsen ice-breaker in the Canadian Arctic where research is being conducted to study the composition of the Arctic Ocean, September 22, 2015. Source: Clement Sabourin/AFP

From Kirsty Duncan, who served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change before becoming Canada’s first Minister of Science, to Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin and its potential to treat diabetes, Canadian institutions have a long tradition of nurturing scientific talent.

One of the biggest reasons why Canadian education is unique is because of its strong focus on research and development. The government of Canada offers great support for research in the disciplines of medicine, telecommunication, agriculture, environmental science and technology. 

It’s no surprise that Canada is a favourite destination for international students, with its beautiful natural surroundings and diverse cultural heritage. Canada claimed the number one spot in categories ranging from “best place to live” to “best place to study,” while also ranking high for working, visiting and investing.

People walk through the ‘Bright Lights Stanley Park’ display at Stanley Park on December 17, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada. Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images via AFP)

The country’s universities are well-ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, and tuition fees are frequently lower than in countries like the US or the UK.

A master’s degree in Computer Science and IT can range anywhere between 2,150 Canadian dollars to CA$52,500 per year; a master’s in Medicine and Health ranges between CA$2,150 to CA$58,300 per year; and a Master in Social Sciences ranges from CA$2,150 to CA$37,000 per year. 

Canada is popular for its courses in science  in areas such as Agricultural Science and Forestry that address pressing issues such as climate change, global warming, and food security; and Biosciences, Medicine and Healthcare which covers Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine and Dentistry. 

AIDS researcher Kemi Adeyanju, a graduate student at the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario, Canada, one of the hundreds of scientists presenting papers at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto which opens 13 August 2006, is pictured 10 August 2006 in Toronto. Source: Geoff Robins/AFP

Students can study courses in science at some of the top universities in the country including the University of Toronto; McGill University; University of British Columbia; Université de Montréal; University of Alberta and more. 

For students who need financial aid, the government and universities provide scholarships such as the York University International Student Scholarships; Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award at University of British Columbia; Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at University of Toronto; Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award; and Waterloo International Master’s Award of Excellence.