International Students in Canada

Canadian Bureau for International Education | Bureau canadien de l’éducation internationale

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Canada’s performance in international education, 2012

  • Canada ranks as the world’s 7th most popular destination for international students.
  • International student enrollment grew from 136, 000 in 2001 to over 265, 000 in 2012 – a 94% increase!
  • International students comprise 6.5% of the student population in post-secondary education.
  • Canada derives $8B annually from international student expenditures including tuition and living expenses.
  • The presence of international students created over 83, 000 jobs and generated over than $291M in government revenue (2009).

International Students by Province

  • Of the 265, 377 international students in Canada, nearly 180, 000 (68%) are in either Ontario (42%) or British Columbia (26%)
  • Quebec is the third most popular study destination, hosting over 38, 000 (14%) international students
  • The fact that three provinces host approximately 4 out of 5 international students is not surprising considering that a combined 79% of all (domestic and international) post-secondary students are in Ontario (39%), Quebec (26%) or British Columbia (14%) (Statistics Canada, 2010/2011).

International students by Level of study

  • Of the 265, 377 international students studying in Canada, over half (55%) are studying at universities.
  • A combined 26% of international students are at a trade school or at an other post-secondary institution in Canada.
  • Students attending secondary schools or less make up about 15% of the international student population in Canada.

Top Sending Countries

  • International students come from all over the world – 173 different countries – however, the top five countries of origin – China, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United States – represent almost 60% of total international enrollment in Canada.
  • Since 2001 the number of Chinese students in Canada has increased from 20, 371 to 80, 627 – a 296% increase!

International students worldwide

  • In 2009, 3.7 million people were studying outside of their home country. The OECD calculates the growth rate of students studying abroad between 2000 and 2009 at 77%.
  • The OECD projects that 7.2 million students may be enrolled abroad by 2025.
  • Approximately 33% of German university students participate in study abroad exchange programs offered by their home institution. About 15% of Australian students and 9% of US students do so.
  • According to an AUCC survey, 3% of Canadian university students participate in study abroad programs. ACCC reports that 1.1% of Canadian college students study abroad.
  • CBIE’s World of Learning survey yielded similar results. CBIE advocates that at least 15% of Canadian post-secondary students should have a study abroad experience.
  • In CBIE’s survey, 91% of employers said that they value job candidates with international experience because it develops cross-cultural understanding. 50% said that, all else being equal, they would hire a candidate with study abroad experience over one without.
  • Nearly 44, 000 Canadians undertake full-degree programs in other countries.
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Why do you think Canadian students do

by Marcelb

So much better than American students?
"The competition with U.S. students wasn’t even close. Here are the rankings (remember, out of 65 countries): Canada seventh in science, U.S. 21st; Canada fifth in reading, U.S. 16th; Canada ninth in math; U.S. 29th. As for results from the so-called developing country powerhouses Brazil and Russia, they were awful."
This is based on the test from Program for International Student Assessment. Asian countries dominated the top of the list. America didn't even make it to the top 10 in any of the categories.

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