There are many reasons to choose to study in Canada.
- Canada ranks as the worldâs 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 â 173 different countries â 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
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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.
- CBIEâs 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 CBIEâs 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.