Chart showing winners and losers in the race for international students in Atlantic Canada

Dalhousie University recorded the biggest gains and the University of New Brunswick recorded the biggest losses in international enrolment over the last 10 years. (Data: Association of Atlantic Universities)

 

Foreign students are flocking to Atlantic Canada, but international enrolment growth is not even across universities.

The annual survey of preliminary enrolments conducted by the Association of Atlantic Universities shows dramatically different trends from institution to institution:

  • International enrolment has doubled in Atlantic Canada over 10 years.
  • One in every six students (16%) in Atlantic Canada is a foreign student.
  • University of New Brunswick (-28%), Mount Allison (-24%) and Université de Moncton (-3%) have all recorded declines in international enrolment since 2012.
  • Saint Mary’s University and Cape Breton University have the highest proportion of international students, with 29 per cent of their total student body made up of foreign students.
  • Enrolments at University of Prince Edward Island, Dalhousie University and NSCAD University have increased more than 200 per cent over the last 10 years.

The charts above and below show major trends, based on surveys published by the Association of Atlantic Universities. Numbers for Université de Ste. Anne, University of King’s College and Atlantic School of Theology have been removed from the analysis because their numbers are too small to be incorporated effectively into the charts.

Peter Halpin, executive director of the Association of Atlantic Universities, said that all universities work hard on international recruiting.

“All of our universities continue to put a lot of time, resources and effort into recruiting international students. I do not see anybody doing less than what they are currently doing, I only see them doing more,” Halpin said.

Halpin said universities take a different approach to international recruitment.

“The smaller universities don’t have as much capacity in terms of resources to recruit internationally and others have made a strategic decision to build up their capacity and had great success as a result.”

Graph of international enrolment growth by province

International enrolment in Atlantic Canada is strong, but unevenly distributed among provinces. (Data: Association of Atlantic Universities)

Chart showing 5-year growth of international students

Most universities saw strong growth in international enrolment since 2012 but three universities in New Brunswick recorded declines in international enrolment. (Data: Association of Atlantic Universities)

 

Chart showing growth of international students

Three universities have more than tripled their international enrolment since 2007: Dalhousie University, University of Prince Edward Island and NSCAD University. (Data: Association of Atlantic Universities)

 

Graph showing foreign enrolment by province

Sixteen per cent of all university students in Atlantic Canada are foreign citizens. (Data: Association of Atlantic Universities)

 

Chart showing SMU and CBU have highest proportion of international students in Atlantic Canada

Saint Mary’s University and Cape Breton University have the highest proportion of international students in Atlantic Canada.

 

Chart showing international enrolment growth in smaller Atlantic Canada universities

International Enrolment grew unevenly at Atlantic Canada’s medium-sized and smaller universities.

 

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