Canada has 642,000 international students -ranks 3rd globally
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data, Canada now has 642,000 international students. With a staggering 642,000 international students Canada is now the world’s third-leading destination of foreign students. IRCC reports that Canada’s international student population grew by 13 per cent in 2019 compared to the previous year, marking yet another year of double-digit growth. According to the data, 404,000 international study permits took effect in 2019.
Over one-third (34%) of Canada’s international students come from India, with China second at 22%.
Why Canada is so attractive to foreign students
Immigration Consultants Group Canada Inc. (ICGCI) lists the following reasons for Canada’s popularity among international students:
- Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) research shows that international students choose Canada due to the country’s strong quality of education, as well as its reputation as a multicultural and tolerant society.
- Some 60 per cent of international students have also reported to CBIE that they are interested in becoming permanent residents of Canada after their studies.
- Canada offers international students one of the world’s most competitive packages, allowing them to work while they study, then obtain a post-graduation work permit to gain Canadian work experience, and then offers them more than 80 economic class immigration streams to choose from.
- Another consideration is that while international students pay higher tuition than Canadian students, their overall expenses in Canada are lower than in the likes of the U.S., Australia, and the United Kingdom. A major reason for this is the Canadian dollar is weaker than the U.S. dollar, British pound, and the Euro (the European Union is another attractive destination for international students).
Video: Study, Stay and Work in Canada
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Transcript: “International Students: Study, work and stay in Canada”
NARRATOR: You may have heard of Canadians’ friendly and open nature. In fact, the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live.
Text displays: “RANKS CANADA AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD TO LIVE”.
Arrow graphic with text: “STUDY” is shown.
NARRATOR: But did you know it’s also one of the best places to study?
A woman sits at a table and reads a textbook.
Text displays: “MATCH YOUR INTERESTS WITH SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS IN CANADA THAT DELIVER EXCITING ACADEMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCES”.
NARRATOR: Match your interests with schools and programs in Canada that deliver exciting academic, social and cultural experiences.
A group of people work in a lab.
Text displays: “YOU CAN APPLY FOR A STUDY PERMIT – CANADIAN COLLEGE – UNIVERSITY – OTHER DESIGNATED LEARNING INSTITUTIONS”.
NARRATOR: You can apply for a study permit as soon as you’ve been accepted to a Canadian college, university or other designated learning institution.
Symbol for a university is shown followed by a tie and a briefcase.
NARRATOR: Check and see if the program you plan to take will make you eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
Two colleagues are shown collaborating in an office.
Text displays: “CANADIAN WORKPLACE – ON/OFF CAMPUS JOBS – INTERNSHIPS – CO-OP PLACEMENTS”.
NARRATOR: You may also want to see what the Canadian workplace has to offer. Most international students are allowed to work on- and off-campus jobs, have internships and do co-op placements. You and your spouse or partner can gain valuable experience in the Canadian workforce.
Text displays: “YOU AND YOUR SPOUCE OR PARTNER CAN GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE WORKFORCE”.
A group of people sit around a table and with a laptop. The laptop has an hourglass icon on it.
A man works at an office desk.
Text appears on his computer screen: “EXTEND YOUR STAY”.
NARRATOR: Should you need some extra time to complete your studies, decide to enrol in a second program, or just need a new visa to go home for a visit, the Government of Canada also has options to help you extend your stay.
Arrow graphic with a tie and briefcase within it and the text: “WORK” is shown.
Text displays: “POST-GRADUATION WORK PERMIT”.
NARRATOR: The post-graduation work permit is the top choice for international students who want to work after they study.
A group of colleagues collaborate in a workspace.
Text displays: “3 YEARS”.
NARRATOR: With a post-graduation work permit, you’ll be able to work for up to 3 years in Canada for almost any employer.
A woman sits at a desk and has a cup of coffee.
Text displays: “ELIGIBLE FOR OTHER OPTIONS”.
NARRATOR: If you aren’t eligible for the post-graduation work permit, you may be eligible for other options that allow you and your spouse or partner to work in Canada on a temporary basis after you graduate.
A couple sits at a kitchen table.
Text displays: “WORK IN CANADA TEMPORARILY”.
Text displays: “Canada.ca/international-students”.
NARRATOR: Be sure to check Canada.ca/international-students to find out when to apply for the post-graduation work permit.
Arrow graphic with a maple leaf within it and the text: “STAY” is shown.
A man uses his smartphone against a cityscape background.
Text displays” PURSUE A CAREER”.
NARRATOR: Wouldn’t it be nice to apply all of your Canadian educational credentials and work experience to pursuing a career and building a life in Canada?
A couple takes a selfie in a crowded space.
Text displays: “BUILD A LIFE”.
A woman is shown in a workplace.
Text displays: “EXPRESS ENTRY – PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM – ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT Pilot”.
NARRATOR: Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot can be your path to permanent residency.
A woman rides a bicycle on an urban bike path. A red maple leaf appears.
NARRATOR: And the time you spend in Canada as a student or temporary worker counts towards eventually applying to become a Canadian citizen.
A group of people have coffee around a table.
NARRATOR: After all this, maybe you too can become Canadian, eh?
Black and white maple Leaf logo shown with text: “CANADA – Study – Explore – Work – Stay”.
Text displays: “Canada.ca/international-students”.
NARRATOR: To discover your options, visit Canada.ca/international-students
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada corporate signature along with the copyright message: “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2018” is shown.
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