Study in Canada in Saskatchewan, nature in its raw state

It’s a fantastic region of central Canada, with a harsh climate and vast prairies. A rural region where it is good to study is far from the megacities.

Lakes, swamps, fields as far as the eye can see. Studying in Sasaktchewan, Canada means discovering a region characterized by the great plains in the south, the boreal forest in the center and the Canadian shield in the north with a border bordering the United States. “The landscapes are of great beauty. And even though the temperatures can get really low, it feels less cold here than in Quebec, where the climate is humid. There is also less snow”, explains Clemence Grevey.

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Originally from Saône-et-Loire, this Frenchwoman arrived in Canada in 2008. After her studies in personal development, communication and English, she worked at the University of Regina, the capital, among others. It is one of the two highest-rated institutions of higher education in the province, along with the University of Saskatchewan, located in Saskatoon. These cities each have less than 250,000 inhabitants. An interesting option for students who are afraid of getting lost in the big cities. Also worth mentioning are the First Nations University of Canada, Luther College, and Collège Mathieu, institutions also located in the capital. The University of Regina offers courses in Nursing, Business Administration, Public Administration, Nursing Sciences, Systems Engineering, Humanities… For its part, the University of Saskatchewan is known for its courses in Agriculture, Medicine, Law, Engineering and Environmental Sciences. Both sites offer the possibility to take certain French courses (French language and literature, law, health, etc.).

Priority for reflection and critical thinking

This does not prevent the student from becoming bilingual. “English is spoken by the majority of the population in Saskatchewan and is learned by force. The francophone community, ie ‘fransaskoise’, represents about 1.5% of the population of the province”, explains Marc Masson, political analyst at the Assemblée fransaskoise Community. For Anglophones, also mention the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, a professional school with several campuses in the province. The teaching methods are sometimes surprising when viewed from France. “Talks are underway. The professor does not consider himself a monologue. Reflection and the development of critical thinking are sought, not crammed.

The French are wanted

To try the experience, you need to plan on a budget. The tuition fees for international students in Saskatchewan vary. On average, you should pay between $10,000 and $18,000 a year in college, or between $7,000 and $13,000 a year; and between $16,500 and $20,000 in college, or between $12,000 and $14,000. But the graduates are not aware of the crisis. Saskatchewan has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada. Mining, energy and agriculture are the economic engines of the province. Good to know, French-speaking students are in high demand. The provincial government implements recruitment strategies to attract them. This is to promote bilingualism. For those tempted by the adventure, know that speaking French is a real plus. Clémence is not about to return to France. “Everything is more relaxed here. You can do things at your own pace.”

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