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Why Choose Canada for Study

There are many reasons to choose to study in Canada.

International students

  • Canada ranks as the world’s 6th most popular destination for international students.
  • Canada hosts 240,000 international students at all levels of study combined.
  • International student enrollment grew by 100,000 from 2001 to 2011.
  • International students comprise 6.5% of the student population in post-secondary education.
  • International students come from all over the world – 173 different countries – however, the top six countries of origin represent over 60% of total international enrollment.
  • 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).


Top Ten Countries of Origin

                   Country 2010 2009
  1 China (PRC) 59,906 49,907
  2 S. Korea 24,622 25,878
  3 India 17,525 9,564
  4 Saudi Arabia 12,945 8,738
  5 USA 11,326 11,518
  6 France 10,045 9,289
  7 Japan 5,843 6,111
  8 Mexico 4,353 4,061
  9 Hong Kong 3,999 4,090
  10 Taiwan 3,349 3,690


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.



Qualifications Valued Around the World

Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.

Affordable Education

The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. As such, Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university.

Multicultural Society

With almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada, it’s hard not to find ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with specific cultures. In fact, your international student advisor can help you get in touch with any number of ethnic clubs and associations for you to join while you’re here.

Healthy and Safe Communities

While you may have heard of or experienced Canadians’ friendly and open nature, you may not have known that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.

World-Class Language Education

Did you know that Canada is a bilingual country and is considered a world leader in language training? Since teaching French and English as a first and second language is an integral part of a Canadian education, you will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies.

Exciting Campus Lifestyle

Canada’s post-secondary campuses aren’t only wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure. Plus, you’ll have incredible opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and gain valuable experience through student-run governments, radio, newspapers and businesses.

Innovative and Abundant Research Opportunities

Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education. In Canada, government and industry together support research including: telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.

Land of Possibilities

Under Canada’s highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment, you will not only acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication, but you will also learn how to express yourself, demonstrate your creativity, and develop your self-confidence! Teachers and professors are always available and eager to help with lessons, and studies fuse academic excellence with interaction and collaboration in the classroom.

Possibility of Immigration

Did you know that some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada? For more information about the possibility of immigration to Canada once your schooling is complete, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.