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European Union Students Rank Canada "Most Desirable" Country For Postsecondary Education

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Canada has passed the United Kingdom as the "most desirable" English-speaking postsecondary destination for students from the European Union, according to a new study charting the impact of Brexit on the UK's university sector. Times Higher Education reports that a survey of more than 500 students studying at UK universities found that Canada was the most desirable English-speaking nation for European Union students, followed by the  UK, Australia, the United States, and New Zealand.  The results mark a shift since the survey was taken one year ago, with both the UK and the US falling in student preferences.  While 64 percent of international students said that Brexit has made the UK a less desirable place to study, 73 percent said that the recent presidential election has made the US less attractive.

It is my hope that this preference translates into increased international student matriculation for many Canadian colleges and universities, particularly many of the Christian institutions that I have the privilege of serving.  Canadian institutions have also been able to leverage the favorable conversion rate from the United States dollar to the Canadian dollar in attracting American students.  These recent trends certainly put Canadian colleges and universities in a more favorable position when it comes to attracting international students.

Larry J. McKinney
Higher Education Consultant
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