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Where do international students like to study in Canada?

To study in Canada is a dream of most of the Indian students. As per the CIC, around one-third of total international students come to Canada from India, which is a significant number considering the fact that in 2019 around 642,000 international students enrolled themselves in Canadian institutions.

But where do they study? There are over a hundred universities in Canada. Most of them are public institutions. Besides universities, international students enroll themselves in Canadian colleges too. Province wise distribution of the students is as follows.


As per the IRCC data, most international students chose to study in the colleges and universities of Ontario, followed by British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, and Manitoba in 2019. The popularity of provinces depends on several factors, such as

Institutions in the region

The number of international students in an area in Canada is more or less directly proportional to the number of educational institutions it has. The reason a good number of students are in Ontario is due to the fact that it has 22+ universities. Around 15 universities are in Quebec and 11 in British Columbia. Despite a higher number of universities, British Columbia has more students than Quebec. It is because several Quebec universities teach in French language. In contrast, most of the universities in British Columbia offer lectures in English.

Job opportunities

The availability of jobs also plays a significant role in the institution's selection criteria. As per CIC, around 433,000 jobs went unfilled across Canada in the third quarter of 2019, out of which most of them were in Ontario, followed by Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta. The data corroborate to the fact that most of the international students are studying where there are more jobs available.


Climate

The climate and weather conditions of the regions in Canada also influence the institution selection decision of the international students. Canada is an enormous country, and its wheather condition changes as we move from south to north and east to west.

Ontario, where a significant number of international students study, is the warmest region in Canada. The province remains the most humid and hot in June, July, and August. In winters, the temperature can drop as low as -11 degrees centigrade. Like Ontario, British Columbia is one of the warmest regions in Canada, with an average high temperature of 11 degrees. Quebec is mostly cold, wet and has shorter summers.

Trends

Since 2015 the total number of international students in Canada has increased from 352365 to 642480. In these years, Ontario has seen a 102% increase, with a total of 306735 students, whereas Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia saw a 92%, 85%, and 78% increase, respectively. Although Prince Edward Island and Yukon saw a noticeable increase, the number of students learning there is not that significant as compared to Ontario, Quebec, or British Columbia.

Percentage increase in international students between 2015-2019

Province/territory

2015

2019

Percentage change

Alberta

19710

32990

67%

British Columbia

95790

144675

51%

Manitoba

10020

19385

93%

New Brunswick

4170

6905

66%

Newfoundland and Labrador

2675

4690

75%

Northwest Territories

25

35

40%

Nova Scotia

10460

18640

78%

Ontario

152105

306735

102%

Prince Edward Island

1440

3815

165%

Province / Territory not stated

40

6200

15400%

Quebec

50040

87280

74%

Saskatchewan

5855

10840

85%

Yukon

35

270

671%

Total

352365

642480

82%

Next, if we talk about universities, here is a list of Canadian institutions with most international students. The list is based on the latest set of data shared by THE world university rankings.

Top Canadian Universities 

Full-Time Students

International students

University of British Columbia

53123

32%

McGill University

31578

31%

Concordia University

34710

31%

Simon Fraser University

26778

30%

University of Alberta

32846

27%

Dalhousie University

15651

26%

University of Windsor

13771

26%

York University

49353

25%

University of Regina

13324

24%

University of Toronto

74502

22%

University of Montreal

36774

21%

University of Calgary

31863

21%

University of Waterloo

32804

21%

University of Victoria

21317

21%

University of Saskatchewan

17973

21%

Carleton University

28350

21%

University of Ottawa

35140

20%

Memorial University of Newfoundland

15253

20%

McMaster University

25285

18%

Western University

29865

18%

University of Manitoba

28786

18%

Lakehead University

8060

16%

Queen’s University

24354

14%

Laval University

28874

13%

University of New Brunswick

8570

13%

Université du Québec

53354

12%

University of Lethbridge

6990

11%

University of Guelph

22384

9%

University of Northern British Columbia

2826

9%

Ryerson University

34510

5%

It is worth mentioning here that the above list does not represent all the international students in Canada. There are many more universities and colleges where international students study.

Pyramid has tie-ups with most Canadian Universities and Colleges. in addition to the institution mentioned above, you can also apply to the following institutions.

Academie Du Savoir

Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

Acadia University

M College

Adler University

MacEwan University

Alexander College

Matrix College

Algonquin College

Medicine Hat College

Brock University

Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell campus)

Cambrian College

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Canada College(Montreal)

Mount Allison University

Canadore College

Mount Saint Vincent University

Cape Breton University

Niagara College

Capilano University

Nipissing University

CCSQ International

Norquest College

CDE College

North Island College

CEGEP

Northern - Pures

CEGEP - Marie Victorin

Northern Lights College

Coast Mountain College

Okanagan College

CodeCore College

Parkland College

College of New Caledonia

Red Deer College

College of the North Atlantic

Royal Roads University

College of the Rockies

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Columbia College

Sault College

Conestoga College

Selkirk College

Coquitlam College

Seneca College

Cumberland College

Seneca College

Durham College

Sheridan College

Eton College

St Michel College

Fairleigh Dickinson University

St. Lawrence College - Alpha

Fanshawe College

St. Lawrence College - Kingston

Georgian College

St. Mary's University

Great Plains College

Thompson River University

Humber College Institute of Learning and Advanced Learning

Toronto School of Management

ISI, L'institut Supérieur d'Informatique

Trent University

Kings University College

University of Canada West

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

University of Fraser Valley

Lakeland College

University of Prince Edward Island

Lambton College

University of Regina

Langara College

Vancouver Community College

Langara College (Centre of Entertainment)

Vancouver Island University

LaSalle College

Wilfrid Laurier University

Laurentian University

Yukon University

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