Graph showing enrolment growth

Bala Yogesh (data: Universities Canada)

International student enrolment in Canadian universities rose by 11 per cent across Canada this year, with British Columbia showing the biggest increase.

According to the data released by Universities Canada, the rise in enrolment means that 192,000 international students now attend Canadian universities. The data was compiled with information from the Association of Atlantic Universities, the Council of Ontario Universities, Bureau de cooperation interuniversitaire and other individual institutions.

These provinces saw the biggest gains:

  • British Columbia universities saw a collective 15 per cent jump in international students.
  • The University of Prince Edward Island saw international enrolment grow by 12.8 per cent.
  • Ontario universities came in a close third with growth of 12.7 per cent.

Last month, we reported that several Atlantic Universities recorded a significant jump in international student enrolment over the last 10 years. New Brunswick emerged as the only province across Canada to see a decline of international student enrolment with a negative growth of 5.7 per cent as compared to last year.

The Universities Canada numbers only reflect students who are enrolled in Canadian universities. Federal statistics show that there are more than 400,000 international students with valid study permits in Canada, including students in primary, high school, public and private colleges and institutes and universities.

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