Several international students in Canada have rebounded significantly across 2022, with about a 17% increase over the earlier year, effectively offsetting the decline of 17% since 2020. As noted from the recent data for Canada International Student Statistics, there are about 621,565 study visas held by the international students who are attending the programs for a minimum of six months, as several as before the pandemic in 2019 when about 638380 students received their study visas.
Overall, there is a clear set of indications that the Canadian educators are making progress in diversifying their international enrolments simultaneously as the number of Chinese students that are declining in rate across Canada.
Less number of Chinese, South Korean, and Vietnamese students
The growing number of visas arrives from many markets for students globally. China stays the second-larger sender of students to Canada, but it is noted in 2021 that it sent 9% fewer students, amounting to about 105 260 visas. The reduced number of Chinese students across Canada started in 2019, with smaller dips witnessed across the years. However, it has grown since the larger part due to the pandemic.
Other factors appear in the play. Chinese universities continue to rise in their global rankings, and Chinese employers are more than ever interested in hiring graduates from prominent institutions in the country. These factors offer good reasons for Chinese students to stay in China for higher education.
The Chinese enrolments are flattening and even declining in the other major destinations, too, with the UK witnessing 5% fewer Chinese beginnings in 2020/21. In the same year, the Chinese enrolments in the US declined by about 15%.
The other two vital Asian markets, Vietnam and South Korea, also sent fewer students to Canada in 2021. The numbers declined by about 12% since 2020, for 12,805 distinctively lower in 2019, while 24100 study visas were issued to the South Koreans. About 13.6% of study visas were issued to the Vietnamese compared to 2020. About 21490 visas were issued to Vietnamese students in 2019.
Greater growth from India & emerging markets
The Canadian government issued about 217410 study visas to the Indian students in 2021 and over 21% over 2020, with India the clear leader among the rising markets. The Canadian institutions are alluring to a distinctive number of new enrolments through the expanding list of regions and countries while the number lowers those from the other sourcing countries.
For instance, the number of study visas given to the students from the Philippines increased to 115% in 2021 comparing earlier years for a complete total of 15545, and study visas were issued to the Nigerians, increasing to a total of 13745, that is 30.2%.
Increasing prominence for Europe and Latin America
Excitingly, a few notable growths for Canada arrived from Europe. Canada’s number 3 sending market after China and India grew significantly in 2021 and France, and about 240% greater number of study visas were issued to the German students in 2021 compared to 2020. The number of students from Europe can increase significantly considering the other destinations to the UK since the loss of home-fee status and Brexit.
The idea would gain much traction given that the data would also display the number of students from the smaller European markets for Canada, including Austria, Bosnia, Denmark, and Spain, which has more than doubled between 2020 and 2021.
How do you study in Canada?
International Students: The primary step involved in pursuing the degree in Canada would be to undertake the proper research into the distance learning institutes and educational programs. The next step would be to submit your applications to the DLIs, and if the applications get approved, then the LOA or Letter of Acceptance.
With this in hand, you can move ahead with proceeding to apply for the study permit to the IRCC. The main features would include evidence of good interest in learning in Canada and monetary funds to allow your living and education expenses among the rest of the requirements that are to be taken into account.
IRCC even offers SDS or Student Direct Stream, allowing the citizens of 14 countries, the majority of them from China and India, to apply for a study permit quickly. Countries with major populations include Pakistan, Morocco, Brazil, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, and Columbia.
Several of the immigration schemes in Canada offer preference to applicants who have studied in the country. Additional points are earned through the Express Entry to study abroad in Canada with a slew of other streams that run through the IRCC. These territories and provinces are doing the same thing or existing exclusively for the grads overseas.
The studies conducted by the Canadian government show that international graduates have greater success rates in the job market after attaining permanent residence.
What does the future hold?
International Students: The positive international outlook of Canada and the robust pathways for PR, along with the amazing institutes, have driven growth. But, the country has enjoyed several benefits in the last few years that can face the rising competition.
President Biden aims to recover the relationship and reputation of the US with the international students. The Australian institutions are preparing for the enrollment boost in 2022 as the country reopens its borders to international students.
The Canadian governments and schools continue to develop support and innovation for international students if they wish to maintain the positive enrollment growth due to the expected uptick in this competition. Some schools should appear to create and expand the programs funding the opportunities to help international students develop and foster a sense of community.
The governments should stay proactive in supporting the post-secondary institutions at the same time. The report from the Canada International Student Statistics identifies certain areas for improvement. These would include updating the allocation of funds to schools, public colleges offering non-degree programs, and program approval steps. These are the types of government support aiding the schools in innovating quickly and responding to the needs of the student and the market.
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