The availability of distance education means that almost anyone can take English
as a Second Language courses online, from anywhere in the world. However, a
lot of students choose to study the language in a country where they will be
able to practice their skills on a regular basis. Canada is one such country,
and it is a good destination for students who may see the services of an executive
recruiter in their future. Of course, moving to Canada, or any other English
speaking country, for study means choosing a city to live in. Let's take
a look at what that entails.
Your first major decision will be which school you will be taking your ESL
courses through. Most likely that school will be the same one where you were
accepted for a broader course of study, so your decision is made easier in that
way. Just remember not to be misled; sometimes certain schools might not be
the best choice, they might just excel at Internet marketing. Toronto has an
advantage here due to the high population. It means more links and more visibility.
However, that doesn't mean it is the best place to pursue an education.
One reason why many ESL students, and other students, choose not to make Toronto
itself an area of study is the high price of real estate. A lot of students
simply can't afford the prices of rent near to the University of Toronto
in this big city. An alternative might be to find a Mississauga condo, or a
rental in another nearby city, in order to mitigate the costs somewhat.
In turn, that will probably mean using the services of a good Mississauga realtor.
Again, these can be easy to find on the Internet, so you have to be selective
about who you decide to use. Make sure they have a valid real estate license
and plenty of good customer feedback before you trust their expertise!
Remember that the big cities in Canada aren't the only options for those
looking to pursue and education whether in ESL or in other pursuits (or a combination).
There are plenty of university towns across the country, and often the smaller
centres suit the needs of international students just as well as the major metropolises.
Many of these options may prove to be a more economical choice for the prospective
student as well, due to lower tuition as well as lower costs of living.
Finally, we would be remiss on a website about online education if we didn't
point out that you may be able to pursue your studies in Canada, without having
to actually live in the city where your university is located. You can skip
the costs of university towns altogether and select a smaller Canadian centre
for your home, while taking your courses online.