A survey of more than 1,500 international students in Canada shows that 80% had only applied to Canadian institutions for study, a jump from 45% last year. This is taken from CBIE's report on the state of the sector, published this week. It also shows that enrolments were unaffected by the six-month Foreign Service Officer strike earlier this year.
Education providers in Canada have been forced to extend start dates and even defer admissions until January as foreign service strikes stretch into their fourth month and continue to disrupt student visa processing. In addition to student welfare, universities and secondary schools are concerned delays could affect them financially and push students to competing destinations.
Canadian education exports grew healthily between 2008 and 2010 from CA$6.5billion to $8billion, a government-commissioned report on the tertiary, pre-secondary and language sectors has shown. It recommends international education should be better “recognised and supported” relative to other similar sized exports.