Canada a popular destination with international students in 2017

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Universities across Canada have seen a rise in applications from international students.

While this has been a trend for the past few years, the numbers seem to be increasing exponentially. An informal survey conducted by The Globe and Mail showed that there has been a surge of interest in Canadian universities from American students in recent months. Many have suggested that this rise in interest and admissions is largely due to President Donald Trump and some actions he has taken.

American students are not the only ones who are showing more interest in Canadian universities. The Vancouver Sun reported that between May 2016 and May 2017, applications from Mexico increased by 325 per cent, and interest from students in other countries also jumped by similar amounts.

Although Trump’s election may play a part in the surge of international applicants, there are other factors that are likely contributors as well. Most Canadian universities campaign internationally, which has certainly contributed to the steady rise of international students in previous years. Additionally, the drop of the Canadian dollar value may have sparked interest from more international students, or made the option of studying abroad more attainable.

Nevertheless, Trump’s stance on different issues and actions regarding these sensitive topics have undoubtedly sparked political controversy, so much so that the effects of his actions and the spread of his values and opinions have been dubbed, “The Trump Effect.” This spread of ideologies could very well be another contributor to the surge of international students. A report released by the Pew Research Center shows that general confidence in world leadership has declined significantly since Trump was elected. A recurring theme in many international students reasoning for studying in Canada was that it seemed like a safer option than some other places they had been considering.

Brock’s current graduated population is approximately 30 percent international students and 70 per cent domestic students. Could the upcoming year change these statistics? Potentially, yes. Brock prides itself as a diverse and welcoming community. If the application patterns across Canada have proven to be repeated at Brock, we could very well see an exciting surge of diversity and multiculturalism in the student population.

International students applying to Brock can expect similar grade requirements to domestic students and can also expect to be required to provide proof of English language proficiency if English is not their first language.

Tuition fees for International students are also much higher than domestic students. International students will pay as much as four times what a student from Canada will pay. Fees for Canadian students average around $7,000 to $7,500 per year with some business or computer sciences students paying as much as $8,800, whereas an international student will pay nearly $25,000 for one year of a business or computer science program.

In 2015, there were approximately 353,000 international students in Canada. The number of international students increased by 92 per cent between 2008 and 2015, according to a report released by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, with 34 per cent of students coming from China, and only one and three per cent coming from Mexico and the United States respectively.

According to that same report, international students cited three reasons for choosing Canada as their education destination: The quality of education provided, Canada’s reputation internationally as a non-discriminatory society, and the relative safety of Canada as compared to other countries.

In 2016, Brock University was home to nearly 2,500 international students with over 1,200 coming from China, almost 10 times the number coming from any other country.

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