If you are thinking about travelling to Canada to study and you are finding yourself unsure about whether or not you will be successful in this new and unfamiliar country then you have come to the right place! Below we have highlighted a few things to remember in order to prepare yourself to live in Canada.

1. Invest in your education. International students who come to Canada may not always have the English skillset to be successful in their studies right away. It is vital that students invest in their English studies to get their skill levels to meet the requirement. The great thing about Canada is that English is everywhere, so you will be able to constantly practice and improve.

2. Know your new city. Before moving to your new city in Canada you will be more comfortable when you arrive if you do some research on what your city has to offer. Seek out new hobbies or even hobbies that you had in your home country. Pick up Guidebooks which typically will provide maps, famous attractions, sights, cuisine and keywords and commonly used phrases to assist you.

3. Share your culture. Culture is important because it encompasses the customs to which you have built your values and belief’s upon. Opening up and sharing your culture with others will make it easier for people to understand and relate to who you are and gain your perspective on the world.

4. Be adaptable. There are going to be so many new and exciting things in Canada to explore and discover but there are also going to be things that may take a bit of getting used to. Be willing and open to immersing yourself into Canada’s culture will help you to better communicate and build relationships. The more you learn and know about Canada the easier it will become to adapt to the lifestyle.

5. Have a positive attitude. When you allow optimism into your everyday routine you strengthen your ability to mange worries and negative emotions so that you can be constructive. It is a very brave choice to consider traveling somewhere outside of your comfort zone. Look at it as a new adventure and remember that a positive outlook can help you cope with any situation.

Melissa Budd