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Survey: International students choose Canada for its reputation as a safe and inclusive country

July 14, 2022

By CIC News |

The Canadian Board of International Education (CBIE) has recently released the results of their 2021 annual international student survey. The survey contains data from over 41,000 students from 67 Canadian educational institutions. International students provided input on their experiences with all aspects of studying in Canada. They answered questions about why they decided to study in Canada, their experiences while studying and their post-graduation plans.

CBIE is a non-profit organization that aims to advance Canadian international education and promote the benefits of studying in Canada worldwide.

Safety and stability are a deciding factor
Canada consistently ranks among the safest countries in the world. However, this is the first time safety has outranked educational reputation as the deciding factor for students choosing to study in Canada, with close to 80% saying it was the biggest draw.

The reputation of Canada’s educational institutions ranked as the second consideration for 70% of students. Additionally, over half of respondents said Canada’s tolerance, diversity and inclusivity made it attractive as place to study.

Nearly 40 % reported choosing Canada because they hope to become permanent residents once they have completed their studies.

How students fund their time in Canada

Most students reported being able to afford to study in Canada through the support of parents, grandparents, and other family members. Approximately one third of students reported relying on off campus work and personal savings in addition to family support.

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