Record numbers of international students choose B.C.

posted on June 10, 2014

By IEC BC | Link to Article

By IEC BC | Link to Article

More international students than ever are choosing British Columbia as a study destination according to the BC government. Latest figures showing a 20% increase in international students and a 28% increase in direct spending by international students.

In 2012-13, 112,800 international students attended public and private post-secondary institutions, elementary and secondary schools, and private language training schools in B.C., up from 94,000 in 2009-10. International students spent $2.3 billion in B.C. on tuition, accommodation and other living expenses, arts and culture, and recreation, which supported almost 25,500 jobs and created a positive economic effect on communities throughout British Columbia.

There have been notable increases in the number of students coming to B.C. from India (188%) and China (68%) over the three-year period. B.C. also continues to welcome students from other emerging markets, including Latin American countries such as Brazil, which increased by 65% since 2009-10.

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