Canada had yet another major year in International Student recruitment as it approved 404,000 new study permits in 2019, the International Student population would now exceed 600,000.
Why International Students are coming to Canada.
Canada now has the fourth-largest International Student population in the world behind the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
International Students are drawn to Canada by the quality of education provided by its universities and colleges. They are also drawn by Canada’s reputation as an open and welcoming society. The relatively weak Canadian dollar is another factor. While International Students pay higher tuition fees than Canadian students, the expenses they incur in Canada are more affordable than those incurred by International Students in other top destinations.
Perhaps Canada’s greatest advantage is its Study-Work-Immigrate Package.
International Students are eligible to work in Canada to support themselves financially during their studies. Upon completing their studies, many of them are eligible to obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit so that they can gain more Canadian work experience for a period of up to three years. They can then apply for the more than 80 Economic Class immigration programs offered by the federal government as well as provinces and territories. Many of these programs give preference to former International Students in their selection criteria since federal government research shows that former International Students integrate very quickly into the Canadian economy.
As the global population of International Students continues to grow and Canada becomes increasingly attractive as a study destination, it seems likely that the country’s International Student intake will continue to experience solid gains in the coming years.
Source: CIC News (edited)