Written by: Kaleido
Nowadays, more and more students are choosing to pursue all or part of their post-secondary education abroad. Whether they leave for a semester, an internship or as part of an exchange program, students are on the move and it's great! Here are a few tips on how to prepare your child both professionally and personally for this life-changing and rewarding experience!
Studying abroad enables students to discover and experience the world from a new perspective while completing a post-secondary education. It can, however, be quite costly to offer such an experience to one's child. In addition to the tuition fees, a number of other expenses must be considered, such as plain tickets, housing, food and transportation, all of which may be in a country where the cost of living is higher than in Canada. There are a number of ways to prepare for these realities:
If your child is part of a student-exchange program, make sure he first inquires as to whether or not the credits earned abroad are recognized by his educational institution in Quebec.
Make sure your child has all the documents required by the host country: passport, study permit, visa, etc. To find out which documents you should obtain, contact the Canadian embassy or consulate in the country where your child plans to study. The processing of documents can take considerable time. Do not wait until the last minute to submit an application.
Take extra precautions and sign up for the Registration of Canadians Abroad service. This can be very useful in case of an emergency abroad (e.g.: earthquake, tsunami, political agitation/unrest, etc.)
Refer to the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website. You will find useful resources and tips to help your child prepare for an education abroad, including a traveler's checklist and information on baggage and airport security.
1. Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) of 20% to 40%. Based on net family income. Annual limit of $600. Lifetime limit per beneficiary of $7,200. Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI) of 10% to 20%. Based on net family income. Annual limit of $300. Lifetime limit per beneficiary of $3,600. Canada Learning Bond (CLB): For a child born after December 31, 2003, and whose family receives the National Child Benefit Supplement. Some conditions apply