Over 4.6 million higher education students study abroad, according to UNESCO. And, Canada is top 3 among the countries that host the largest shares of international students in comparison to their total higher education populations. This data and many other important insights about international students in Canada were revealed in the latest report of the Project Atlas.
INSIGHTS ON CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION
In terms of gaining market share, Canada grew impressively from the beginning of the century until last year. In 2001, it didn’t even appear in the chart of Top Host Destinations for international students. While, in 2017, Canada shows the same percentages as France and Australia and overcomes Germany, for example.
Aiming for 450,000 students by 2022, Canada seems to be on the right path to meet its goal, affirms ICEF Monitor. Just in 2015, Canada had already hit the mark of 353,570 students. Also, as mentioned above, Canada has largest shares of international students in comparison to their total higher education populations. It is just behind Australia (23.8%) and the U.K. (21.1%).
Another interesting insight about Canada’s high education presented in the latest Project Atlas report is the increase in the percentage of inbound students in certain countries. From the countries listed, Canada had one of the most significant results, just behind Mexico and Spain.
WHY ARE MORE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COMING TO CANADA?
There are many reasons why Canada is a cherished destination for international students. Among other factors, the tuition fees are considered really affordable for the high-quality education offered. Moreover, according to surveys, Canada education prepares students well for the job market.
international students in canadaMoreover, international students in Canada can work while studying. Normally, they get part-time jobs, inside and off campus, to get some extra money that helps to pay for the living expenses. Also, lots of them continue to work in Canada after graduation. Some are even eligible to immigrate after graduation. Also, the provinces of Atlantic Canada have a government policy to improve international student retention.