Nova Scotia new target destination for foreign students

Nova Scotia new target destination for foreign students

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is emerging as a major destination for foreign students.

Recently, we reported that Canada has become the world’s 3rd most popular study abroad destination for international students.

Peter Halpin, Executive Director of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), said: “Our universities are working very hard and applying more time, energy and resources at attracting international students.

“The survey work we’ve done among international students indicates overall that they’re having a very positive experience in terms of not just their academic experience but also their social experience.”

Nova Scotia has been able to retain a large number of its foreign students

According to Study International News, Nova Scotia may soon become the country’s top location for international students.

Currently, the province attracts 17,835 international students and, according to One Nova Scotia, the retention rate for post graduate for the province in 2018 was 12.6%.

Halifax Today stated that according to the 2014 Ivany Report the retention rate set out was 10% and Nova Scotia has been able to surpass it.

The AAU states that the number of international students enrolled in the universities of Nova Scotia for the academic year 2019-2020, was 11,817. This was an increase from the academic year 2018-2019, where the number of international students was 9,512.

Amongst all the universities, Cape Breton University has seen the most significant increase in its international students’ enrolment. The number has doubled with most students coming in from India.

Contribution of international students to Canadian economy

A Government of Canada report stated that in 2018 international students contributed an estimated CA$21.6 billion on tuition, accommodation and other living expenses. They were also able to sustain around 170,000 jobs for Canadians in 2016.

SI News states that the international students contribute more towards the economy than the auto parts, lumber or aircraft industry.

Pic: Andre Furtado

Zahra Hamdani - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.

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