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.
In this video, different study abroad students discussed the importance of interacting with communities while they completed their post-secondary education overseas. They also talked about why their experiences studying abroad were beneficial to their careers.
Heading into 2019, Canada continues to witness record breaking numbers of international students applying to its colleges and universities. Thanks to welcoming government policies and the reputation of Canadians being culturally diverse, fewer overseas students are choosing the United States and United Kingdom than in years past.
The Trudeau government recognizes foreign students as potential “immigrants of choice” because they are young and have Canadian academic experience. Canada also sees these students as a way to fill gaps in the labour market and will continue their attempts to attract international students because of this.
A recently published research paper examined the various perceptions that international students had of major English-speaking study abroad destinations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Canada maintained its place as the foreign country students cited as best in terms of visa requirements, affordability, safety and employment opportunities. The number of respondents who said that a lack of friends and family already in Canada would keep them from studying there was also reduced as the reputation of “The Great White North” continues to rise among students globally.
An international student recently described her experiences in a Times Higher Education article. Upon moving to a new country to pursue a higher education, she had to adjust to life in a multicultural area that was completely new to her.
When she successfully completed her overseas education, the experience she gained while living and working abroad set her apart from the competition when pursuing a job after graduation. The student feels that her communication skills were improved as a direct result of her time immersed in a foreign culture. She recommends an international education to any student looking to improve their career opportunities.
While the United States, Great Britain and Australia appear to be becoming less welcoming to international students, Canada continues to improve its reputation as a study abroad destination. Foreign students cite better paying job opportunities in Canada than in their home countries and the inclusive, multicultural society as reasons to study in Canada.
More than 500,000 international students will be studying in Canada this year. Tuition rates more affordable than competing countries and rules that allow foreign students to work while studying continue to attract overseas students to the country. With the number of international students around the world expected to surpass 10 million in the next decade, the Canadian government plans on changing their polices to bring in even more students from around the world.
International students who study abroad in Canada, or in any foreign country, should be mindful of remaining respectful and unbiased when interacting with people that have backgrounds different from their own. Developing a sense of appreciation of other cultures allows students to better cope with culture shock and view the world from alternative perspectives. Overseas students who actively try to improve their communication skills are also said to be able to better understand and express themselves to others.
Culturally Diverse Campus Tours
Canada Campus Visits allows prospective international students the chance to better their cross-cultural communication skills through our campus tours. Students from around the world take part in our tours and over the course of 10 days together have the chance to experience a new country, share stories and build lasting friendships with one another.
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.
Colleges and universities are more than just places to study. They act as places for students to network and establish some of the most important relationships of their lives. However new research shows that many students are failing to venture outside of their cultural circles or away from others who share their field of study. While foreign students are likely to interact with others who come from countries overseas, only a small percentage of them were seen to socialize with domestic students. This is unfortunate because one of the best ways to learn about a new country is by getting to know the locals.
Higher learning institutions should to put a greater emphasis on groups and activities that encourage diversity among their students. Overseas students must also put forth an effort to build relationships with students from different academic and cultural backgrounds. By getting to know each other, we all gain a better understanding of the world and can truly claim that diversity is our strength.