New data from the Canadian government indicates that 2018 was another year of strong growth for the number of international students in Canada. It marked the third straight year of double-digit growth in the Canadian international education sector and now puts Canada ahead of the United Kingdom in regards to overseas students in the country with study permits.
Experts believe that the Canadian international education industry is starting to get the global recognition it deserves. The government set a goal to host 450,000 overseas students by the year 2022 but surpassed this total in December 2017. The first seven months of 2018 also saw a 38% rise in the number of study permits issued to those looking to further their education in Canada. It truly seems as though there hasn’t been a better time to study at a Canadian college or university.
As cannabis legalization draws ever closer in Canada, one college has officially launched their postgraduate diploma program in marijuana growing. Students at Niagara College will train in state of the art labs and study topics ranging from plant selection to the rules that govern cannabis in Canada. The program will also require students to successfully complete a field placement with a cannabis producer before being able to graduate and enter the industry.
A new campaign “Je Choisis Montreal,” or “I Choose Montreal” in English, aims to help international students remain in the city upon their graduation. Montreal is already highly regarded among overseas students as a study destination, ranking atop multiple lists of cities to pursue an education in.
More than 33,000 international students were in Montreal in 2017, representing a 10% rise compared to the previous year. However many of them have been seen leaving Quebec after they graduate. With skilled labour in demand throughout the province, this campaign hopes to make the idea of staying more appealing to foreign students.
With cannabis legalization coming to Canada in October 2018, universities and colleges aim to help students understand the effects of marijuana use as well as the rules for using it on campus.
Much like the different provinces across Canada, individual schools are expected to implement their own policies for cannabis use. Universities in the province of New Brunswick have stated that smoking or growing marijuana on campus or in residence will be prohibited. These institutions are also adjusting their respective policies to deal with anyone caught impaired while in an academic setting.
Results of the 2018 CBIE International Student Survey were recently released and indicate that international students who chose to study in Canada are increasingly pleased with their study abroad destination.
Approximately 93% of foreign students in Canada expressed satisfaction with the country while 96% of students would recommend the country to other international students. Students cited familiar reasons, such as the tolerant society, safe cities and high quality education, as to why Canada is a premier overseas education destination. The ability to work in Canada during and after completing their studies was also seen as important by 75% of students.
Source: Universities Canada
A group of students completing their post-secondary education in Canada was recently interviewed about how they enjoyed studying in the country. The group was also asked to discuss the reasons that made them choose Canada as an international education destination. They explained, in the above video, that Canada is known for offering educational programs that are recognized globally at rates that are more affordable that other countries. Canada also boasts a safe, multicultural society with colleges and universities that strive to see their students succeed.
The government of Canada has improved the process of acquiring study permits for students in several countries in Asia. Changes are expected to make requests for visas and other documents faster to complete. Eligibility for the new ‘Student Direct Stream’ depends on students having the following:
- A letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution
- Proof one can pay for their entire first year of tuition
- Proof of purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate
- Up-to-date medical records
- Required scores on English/French proficiency tests or proof of graduation from a high school with a Canadian curriculum
As Canada continues to expand its reputation as a top study abroad destination, Canada Campus Visits welcomes all international students to our great nation. If you are considering studying overseas, we encourage you to book a tour with us to truly experience what Canadian colleges and universities have to offer.
Source: Study International
Universities, colleges and Canadian law enforcement agencies are encouraging international students to stay alert in response to recent scams targeting those who are new in Canada. Criminals have been found wrongfully impersonating officials and threatening foreign students with deportation or arrest unless certain demands are met.
Authorities suggest that those who may be contacted in such a way get in touch with their local police station to determine whether or not the message is legitimate. On-campus international student offices can also provide assistance with these situations. Canadian institutions aim to maintain the safety and well-being of students and will do their best to support those involved.
Source: Study International
With the Trudeau government set to make cannabis legal in 2018, post-secondary institutions across Canada are developing programs for students who want to pursue a future in cultivating, marketing and selling marijuana-related products.
Colleges and universities have cited a growing interest in the subject matter since the federal government announced their plans for legalization. While each Canadian province will have their own rules and regulations in place to control the sale of cannabis, schools across the nation are introducing courses to break down any stigma associated with marijuana and educate students on this emerging industry.