Internationalization of higher education is defined as the process of integrating the international and intercultural dimension into the teaching, research, and service functions of the educational institutions.
In the inter-connected world, like many other sectors, internationalization is a crucial feature in higher education.
Canada positioned itself in a leading spot in the internationalization process as the country witnessed an exponential growth in international students’ intake in the past decade or so.
Canada witnessed a 185% increase in international students’ intake between 2010 and 2019, which is a manifestation of the success in the internationalization process.
Students from the top 20 counties as per their citizenship are as follows:
According to CBIE (Canadian Bureau of International Education), Canada accepted 642,480 international students at all levels of studies in 2019, which is 13% higher than the previous year.
However, 34% of those students came from Indian, while 22% are from China.
The fastest-growing countries between 2017-19 are as follows:
The following chart shows the number of international post-secondary students in Canada:
K-12 level students with the country of origin are as follows:
The data shows the majority of students come to Ontario (48%), followed by 23% to British Columbia and 14% to Quebec.
According to a survey, three reasons international students prefer Canada as their top study destination. These are 1) quality of education, 2) tolerant and non-discriminatory society, and 3) safe country.
In terms of top destinations for international students, Canada is in the fourth position after China, the United Kingdom, and the USA.