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International Enrollments Increase in Canada

NOVEMBER 16, 2017

International student enrollment increased by 10.7 percent at Canadian colleges and universities this fall compared to last fall, Universities Canada said.  The biggest increase was in British Columbia, where international enrollments increased by 15.6 percent.

The surge in international students at Canadian institutions comes at a time when many American universities are struggling to maintain their international enrollments.  A survey released this week found that American universities reported on average a 7 percent decline in new international students.  The figures, while not directly comparable, as one refers to all international students and the the other just to new international students, nevertheless suggest a divergence in trends, with Canada's international enrollment increasing and the United States', at the very least, flattening.  

The increases bring the total number of international students in Canada to 192,000.  That's less than a fifth of the international population at U.S. colleges and universities, when the number of international students topped one million.  However, the population of the United States is also ten times larger than the population of Canada.

While the largest share of international students are attending public universities in Canada and the United States, there are quite a number of students from foreign countries attending private Christian colleges and universities and receiving an outstanding Christ-centered higher education for which I am most pleased.  Through my consulting activities, I have the privilege of interacting with some of these international students and the staff who serve them.

Larry J. McKinney
Higher Education Consultant
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