Canada remains the top destination chosen by international agents and their clients, according to the 2017 ICEF Agent Barometer.

Berlin-based International Consultants for Education and Fairs recently unveiled their annual agent barometer that gathers response from agents across 107 countries. Seventy-four per cent of agents said that their students picked Canada as a top destination while Australia came in at a distant second with 51 per cent. Both the United Kingdom and the United States dropped off the charts from last year, registering 34 per cent and 32 per cent of student interest respectively.

Some of the concerns that students have while picking a destination include study visa difficulties, financial issues, global economic and political situations. Work visa, safety, accreditation and insurance also emerged as concerns reported by students and agents. Both global political situations and personal safety ranked higher on student concerns this year compared to previous years.

The report also revealed some of the top student concerns that arise before departure and after arrival with ‘difficulty with language’ and ‘cultural difficulty’ emerging as top concern in their respective instances.

The report noted that 88 per cent of agents have said that they provide counselling in program selection and a similar number assist students in program applications and visa processing.

 These were the top five study destinations of 1,456 agents in 107 countries who completed the survey:

  • Canada 74 per cent
  • Australia 51 per cent
  • Germany 50 per cent
  • Ireland 41 per cent
  • China 41 per cent
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