Canada, a destination of choice for foreign students

March 4th 2021 – Canada had the 7th highest percentage of international students enrolled in post-secondary education in 2017 in comparison to other OECD countries.

Year after years, the number of foreign students are rising in Canada.  In 2019, the country issued more than two times the amount of student permits that it did in 2015.  In 2019, Canada welcomed a total of 827,586 international students. Of these, 402,427 new study permits were issued.  This is a 15% increase from 2018.

Canada’s best post-secondary institutions are University of Toronto, University of British-Columbia and McGill University.  They qualify into the top 50 of the World University Rank in 2021.

World University Rank 2021Canada Rank 2021 UniversityCity
181University of TorontoToronto
342University of British ColumbiaVancouver
403McGill UniversityMontreal
694McMaster UniversityHamilton
=735University of MontrealMontreal
=1316University of AlbertaEdmonton
=1457University of OttawaOttawa
=2008University of CalgaryCalgary

There is no doubt that the excellent reputation of Canada’s education system attracts foreign student.  However, it is the high standards of living and the friendly attitude of locals that help Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto to be ranked amongst the best student cities in the world!