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Latest International Student News From Canada

2016 has been an interesting year for international student recruitment in Canada. With significant global events, namely the UK's departure from the European Union and the recent US Presidential Election result, the future is looking promising for Canadian higher education institutions, with many prospective international students now looking further afield for alternative destinations to study abroad. Here are some of the major headlines about international education in Canada from the last few months of 2016.

Canada's International Students Up By 8% in 2014/2015

A report by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) that was released in November 2016 has shown that Canada has seen an 8% growth in international student enrollment in Canada for the 2014/15 academic year. This figure is actually a slight reduction in growth from the 2013/14 year, which was a growth of 10% from the previous year. The CBIE's figures show that once again Canada and India were the top source countries for Canada's international students, together making up nearly half of all of the international students in Canada at 34% and 14% respectively.  

Read the full story on The Pie News


Image from A World of Learning 2016

International Student Spending Reached $11.4bn in 2014

A study by the federal government has calculated that international students in Canada, and their visiting friends and family, have contibuted CAN$11.4bn in 2014, an increase of over 42% since the previous figure from 2010. Ontario is the region which attracts the most international students, followed by British Colombia and Quebec. With 98 universities in Canada spread across the country's 13 provinces and territories, it is clear that higher education in Canada is a big thing, and with such a valuable contribution to Canada financially as well as culturally, it is no wonder that Canada is a growingly popular study abroad destination.

"This spending amounts to 122,700 jobs supported in the Canadian economy." - The Pie News

Read more on The Pie News


International students in Toronto, Ontario.
Photo: Flickr/Eurocentres Toronto/Byron H. Chan

Canada Makes Permanent Residency Easier for Overseas Students

Earlier in 2016 the Canadian government announced changes which should help to make it easier for skilled international students and their families to stay in Canada after completing their studies. Previously the system for assessing applicants for permanent residency placed a high value on holding a job offer to work in Canada, making it difficult for many recent or soon-to-be graduates to stay on unless they already had an offer of employment. The amendments to the system, made on 19th November 2016, give a lower weighting to holding a job offer and give more points to applicants who have completed a higher education programme in Canada. In practice, this should mean that the rate of international students invited to apply under Express Entry should rise from 30% of the total applicants to 40%.

Read the full story on Times Higher Education

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Canada is looking to make it easier for students to stay on after graduation. Image: iStock

Canada Immigration Website Crashed After US Election Result Announced

Following the somewhat controversial election of Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States of America, the official website for immigration to Canada crashed due to a flurry of traffic from disgruntled Americans who wanted to flee the country and move to Canada. Good news is that the site is back up and running now if you are looking to apply for a study permit to study in Canada. Canada responded to the election result with the following post on the country's official Twitter account, showing their views on immigrants in their country.

Read more on The Guardian


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Graduate Employability: Top Universities in Canada Ranked by Employers

Times Higher Education (THE) reported the top 30 Canadian institutions for graduate employability in 2016. The list was compiled from recommendations by local recruiters, identifying the institutions that were best preparing their students for the workplace after graduation. Topping the tables were University of Toronto (1st), McGill University (2nd), University of British Columbia and University of Waterloo (joint 3rd).

See the full list on Times Higher Education.


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