India overtakes China in sending students to Canada for higher studies
A record number of students came to study in Canada from India in the last year. A total of 1,72, 625 students joined Canadian Universities which is a historical high. Up Until 2017, China had been topping the charts with India at a close no 2. But 2018 saw an increase of 40 percent in the no of Indian students coming in for further studies.
As of December 31, 2018, there were 5,72,415 international students in Canada. This number represents a 16% increase over 2017 in which international student numbers grew by 20%, states Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)*
Research shows that international students choose Canada because of the quality of the Canadian education system and the reputation as a safe and tolerant country. This reputation is especially appealing given the new and current geo-political realities and the fact that students see a future home in Canada, and their education here paves a way for their settlement.
China now sits in second place (1,42,985), recording 2% growth. South Korea grew 5% and remains a distant third (24,195).
The total number of post-secondary international students in Canada as of December 31, 2018 was 4,35,415, a 17% jump over 2017 (3,70,975).