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International Students are Flocking to Canadian Universities

Canada is more and more popular with international students, and educators are going out of their way to recruit them. Last year, more than 500,000 international students enrolled in universities throughout the country, including 9,000 of them in Nova Scotia. The increase is striking — a 75 percent increase in international students nationwide over the past five years, with a startling 350 percent increase in students from India and nearly as many from China.

Until recently, the U.S. was by far more attractive to international students. But a combination of factors has been strengthening the appeal of a Canadian university degree. The Trump administration has been making it much harder for students to get and keep their visas to study in the U.S., while Canada is welcoming them. In addition, the cost of tuition is much lower in Canada, as is the general cost of living. And universities, mindful of the profits international students can bring — an estimated $11.4 billion in tuition, housing, and general expenses last year — are actively recruiting, touting clubs, language training, and overseas offices. A quarter of all students at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, for instance, are international, the result of vigorous recruitment. By any measure, international students are a boom to Canada — and right now, with the U.S. discouraging international enrollment, Canada stands to benefit greatly.

Nova Scotia Universities are actively recruiting international students.

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