Canada Achieves Ambitious 5yr International Education Goal

March 20, 2018

In 2017, Canada set a target of hosting 450,000 international students by 2022, but it seems like they will have to set another target, now that they already achieved their 2022 target. In 2017, Canada hosted 495,000 international students, 45,000 higher than their 2022 target.

It means the number has grown by 41 percent in 2017 compared to 2015. That is a lot of improvement, and the easy path to permanent residency and low tuition fees is the secret to Canada’s success. Students from India remained at the top, like always, while Canada came second, followed by Vietnam, from where student population almost doubled compared to that in 2016. The international student population in Canada has grown exponentially ever since 2000, during which only 122,700 international students had come to study.

International students from India increased by 63 percent and those from Vietnam increased by 89 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. Surprisingly, students from Bangladesh are also increasingly choosing Canada as their study destination. Bangladeshi students increased by 50 percent, and so did students from Columbia and Iran. International students from Turkey and Brazil showed an increase of 20 percent between 2016 and 2017. The only country to show reduced statistics was Saudi Arabia. Canada lost 34 percent of Saudi Arabian student population in 2017 compared to 2015. As of now, India, China, South Korea, France, and Vietnam remain the top five markets for the Canadian education market.

Indian student strength is growing gradually

Even though there are a lot of Indian students is choosing Canada recently, but few of them still preferring the US because of the education system is stronger, and you will get better jobs over there. But students often fail to understand that along with employment opportunities, and they also need to think about the path to permanent residency, which is impossible to get in the US. In 2017, over 125,000 Indians went to Canadian schools and universities.

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