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According to data from Canadian Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada welcomed more than 400,000 new international students in 2019.
India remains the leading international student source country by a wide margin. In 2019, nearly 140,000 study permits were issued to Indian nationals, representing 35 per cent of all study permits issued.
Chinese nationals received 85,000 study permits or 21 per cent of all those issued.
South Korea was a distant third at 17,000 study permit or 4 per cent of the total.
Rounding out the top ten were France, Vietnam, Brazil, Iran, Nigeria, the United States, and Japan.
|Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; CIC News.|
Why international students are coming to Canada
Canada now has the fourth-largest international student population in the world behind the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.
According to research by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, international students are drawn to Canada by the quality of education provided by its universities and colleges.
They are also drawn by Canada’s reputation as an open and welcoming society.
The relatively weak Canadian dollar is another factor. While international students pay higher tuition fees than Canadian students, the expenses they incur in Canada are more affordable than those incurred by international students in other top destinations.
Perhaps Canada’s greatest advantage is its study-work-immigrate package.
International students are eligible to work in Canada to support themselves financially during their studies. Upon completing their studies, many of them are eligible to obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit so that they can gain more Canadian work experience for a period of up to three years./.