To see our website filtered by a specific destination, select the country: You are viewing content related to . To view a specific destination, . To view a specific destination, click here

Challenges International Students Face in Canada

By Casey September 16, 2019 (Updated July 20, 2020) 3 min. read
International Students in Canada face challenges

Coming to Canada to study can be very exciting. It can also be a bit nerve wracking at first due to the indifference between your home country and Canada. Many international students are shocked at how different life in Canada can be. We have compiled a few challenges that international students face when coming to Canada and how to handle them. Facing challenges head on can help your experience in Canada a better one.

Common Issues Foreign Students Have While Studying in Canada

Unless you’ve personally studied abroad before, it’s difficult to know what exactly an international student has to go through to feel comfortable.

Culture Shock

The number one thing that students feel when studying abroad is the culture shock. Thankfully Canada is very diverse so the many different cultures and religions make it easier to not feel so alone in this feeling.  International students have to quickly pick up on subtleties of the culture, such as body language, signs of respect, and overall pace of life. The best way to combat culture shock is to understand the culture in Canada and adjust to it accordingly. Keeping your home’s culture alive is important as well! Staying true to your culture as well as adjusting to Canada’s will help those experiencing culture shock.

New Language

Depending where you go to college in Canada the language that will be spoken will be English or French. Most provinces speak English for exception of Quebec. It is important to try and know English to the best of your ability. Not just so that learning at school is easier but also easier for daily activities and making friends. Many international students struggle with the language barrier in Canada but learning English and practicing it often will help.

Being Homesick

Home-sickness is another big challenge that you might have to face when coming to Canada, unless you already have family or friends in Canada. Make a habit of talking to your friends and family back home regularly, but try not to only talk to them. Try to make Canada your new home by interacting with many people, trying new activities, and being active in the community. Staying home and only thinking about your home country can be detrimental to your growth in Canada.

Money Management

Many international students in Canada struggle with their finances. It is easy to spend a lot of money when first arriving in a foreign country. Just be aware of your savings account and how to budget yourself in Canada. Many international students get jobs in Canada to help them financially throughout their studies. Find out how to get a Job in Canada on a Student Visa.

Not Wanting to Leave Canada

So you overcame your challenges in Canada but now you don’t want to leave! This frequently happens but don’t worry there is a solution to this. There are many programs that allow international students to become permanent residents of Canada. Find out which program is best for you and make Canada your permanent home!

Are You Interested in Studying in Canada?

If so, Contact VisaPlace today. All our cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration professionals who are affiliated with VisaPlace. These professionals consist of lawyers, licensed paralegals, and consultants who work for Niren and Associates an award-winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.

Ready for the next step? Book your 1 on 1 consultation now or call us at 1-877-296-0874.

Have a Question related to your Immigration Needs?

Click here to fill out the FREE Immigration Assessment form below and get a response within 24 hours to see if you’re eligible.

The assessment form should take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. We will get back to you within one business day to let you know if we are able to help.


Christopher Miller Avatar

Christopher Miller

Thank you for guiding us through this complicated process. Although the first part of our process with Visaplace we felt was slow, they turned it around. In the end we had a good experience with their attorney, she was determined to get it right and deserves to be commended.

Michael Klaper Avatar

Michael Klaper

I was very pleased with the service provided to me by VisaPlace. Felicita was professional and persistent, even contacting my employer to help fill out the Employer Portal. She went the extra mile and prepared a package of forms and documentation that let my wife and I breeze through the Canada Border Services process and be issued Canadian work permits.I feel I definitely got my money’s worth with these people.
Michael Klaper, M.D.

Laurence Arpin Avatar

Laurence Arpin

Successfully obtained my US L1 Visa thanks to Visaplace. We had some problems with document retrieval at first but they’d been there before and guided us through. Highly recommended.

Barb Petruzzi Avatar

Barb Petruzzi

Bansuri was wonderful! She was so helpful and made me feel more comfortable about the process. Give her a raise! She deserves it and I thank her for the help.

blake naze Avatar

blake naze

Bansuri helped us book our consultation at Visaplace. She was very professional and super friendly and had a good array of knowledge to guide us to the right legal attorney. Highly recommend giving Visaplace a call. Thanks Bansuri!

Zachary McGillivray Avatar

Zachary McGillivray

Anis was super helpful with a great attitude, he took extra care to make sure we had all the correct information and even called me back to ensure everything was in order. I can confirm, Anis is a true professional with his work.

Hina Patel Avatar

Hina Patel

A while ago, I consulted with Mansi Sanghvi regarding my Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) application. She assisted in clarifying my doubts and instilled confidence in me. I subsequently received my nomination. I extend my gratitude to Mansi for her invaluable assistance. I wholeheartedly recommend her, as She possesses considerable experience and demonstrates generosity. Thank you Mansi!