International Students in Canadian Universities – Slightly higher than the OECD average

Relative to other countries, in the 2012-2013 school year Canada ranked slightly higher than the OECD average for international students as a proportion of all students for all three levels of study (see Chart 2). In relation to other primarily English speaking countries, Canada has hosted a lower proportion of international students than Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, but a higher one than Ireland and the United States.

In all of the countries shown in Chart 2, international students made up a progressively increasing percentage of all enrolments from Bachelor’s to Master’s to Doctoral levels, except for Australia, where the percentage of international Master’s students exceeded that for Doctoral students.


International students by province

The proportion of international students on university campuses has increased in all provinces over the past decade (see Chart 4). The largest change in proportions between 2004-2005 and 2013-2014 took place in British Columbia (+6.7), the Atlantic provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick) with increases of between 5.2 to 6.3 percentage points and Saskatchewan (+4.6).

In 2013-2014, Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba had the lowest proportions of international students, at 8.9%, 9.7%, and 10.0% respectively. By contrast, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia had the highest proportions of international students, with 17.6%, 16.0% and 15.3% respectively.


Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at International students in Canadian Universities, 2004-2005 to 2013-2014

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