Canada Looking To Attract New Students From Latin America

Published December 7, 2013

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Canadian universities are among the finest in the world, and Canada is one of the most sought after countries to get into when looking at options for higher education. In fact, the number of immigrants studying at universities in Canada is growing by leaps and bounds.

Minister Jason Kenney announced the following back in May :

“We plan to grow the economy and create more jobs by attracting an increasing number of visitors and the world’s best and brightest talent to Canada.”

Apparently, they are having some success. The number one importer of intellectual talent into Canada is China. Canada issued a record 25, 245 study visas to Chinese students; a 235% increase since 2004. The line is trending upward, and Canada is doing all that it can to accommodate the increased demand.

In fact, they are attempting to drum up more business. Recently, in September of 2013, Alexander Leon, Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Embassy was in San Jose, Costa Rica doing a presentation for about 300 Costa Rican future-Canadian-student hopefuls. Mr. Leon goes on to state:

“There is a growing interest in Canadian universities, particularly about graduate programs.”

While this influx of student interest from Costa Rica is fantastic, it doesn’t come without it’s issues. Students from Central American countries like Costa Rica or Guatemala, or even students as far away as Qatar, struggle with the ability to finance their education in a country whose money is generally worth significantly more than their home country. If you think $30,000 is expensive, try looking at that when you earn your money based on the standard of living in Guatemala.

Students on student visas who come to study in Canada are eligible for all sorts of scholarships, but the harsh reality is that there aren’t enough to go around. This creates a competitive situation in the applications which, while good for Canada as it drives up the level of student their receive, can lead to disappointment for the ones who don’t make it.

Organizations like EDUFUNDME do their best to encourage international study and were a key ingredient in the success of the aforementioned Costa Rica education fair. With continued improvement, marketing efforts with organizations like EDUFUNDME, and ability to process, accommodate, and encourage students to come to Canada and study, the intellectual well in Canada will remain quite deep.

A further challenge, however, is how to keep the trained university graduates post-graduation. A lot of immigrants return to their home countries in what is dubbed as ‘brain drain’ after receiving their education. In order to remain competitive, Canada has enacted some interesting laws that allow students to stay for a period of time after graduation to look for work – however it could be argued that more is necessary to truly retain the best of the best.

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