Study In Canada
Last updated: October 16, 2019
Canada is one of the top destinations worldwide for international students. The number of international students in Canada has been exponentially increasing year over year (scroll down for charts and statistics). Canada’s student population comes from 186 countries, making it very diverse. According to a study by IIE Project Atlas in 2017, 15.2% of the post-secondary students in Canada were international students. There are currently 1,479 Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada as per IRCC.
A study by Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in 2018 indicates the top three reasons international students chose to study in Canada. In order of importance, these are:
- Canadian education system has a good reputation
- Canadian society is tolerant and non-discriminatory
- Canada is a safe country
Canada’s welcoming immigration policy is another draw for international students. There is a clear path laid out for eligible international students to work and become permanently settled in Canada. Moreover, eligible international students may work off-campus while studying. If they meet the eligibility requirements, they can work up to 20 hours during academic sessions. And they can work full time during regularly scheduled breaks between academic sessions (e.g. summer break). This may significantly help ease a student’s and their family’s financial burden.
Level of Satisfaction
CBIE’s survey in 2018 had a sample group of 14,228 international students. 55% of the surveyed students said they were satisfied with their choice. 43% described themselves as very satisfied.
67% of them said they would definitely recommend Canada as a study destination. 29% said they would probably recommend.
60% of the surveyed international students indicated that they intend to apply for permanent residence in Canada. 30% were not sure, and only 10% had no intention of remaining in Canada after their studies were completed.
International Students by Year
From 2014 to 2018, there was an amazing 75% increase in international students who chose to study in Canada.
Tuition Fees for International Students
Tuition fees are not as high as other English-speaking countries. Here are two charts depicting undergraduate and graduate tuition fees, respectively, based on data from Statistics Canada.