Recently educations.com conducted several surveys to better comprehend the opinion of students on International education.
According to the surveys, Canada and the UK have now surpassed the US as the two most popular study destinations abroad.
Surprisingly, it is not the case, that students are not significantly more interested in studying in Canada or the U.K, it is rather it’s the case for the United States decrease in popularity which has led to the loss of its first-place ranking.
Previously, the U.S was ranked as the leading study destination for international students in January 2018. Its ranking was relegated to third in October.
During this time, the decline in student participation has been reasonably consistent. This means that not one specific situation, such as COVID-19, that has drowned interest in the US.
The interest of students in Canada and the United Kingdom has gradually increased. In the timeframe from January 2018 to October 2020, the number of respondents who choose the UK as their favorite place to study rose from 12.7% to about 15%. Canada grew from 10.1% to 13.8 percent over the same time.
On the contrary, the US has seen a progressive decline from 21.6% to 10.7%. The fourth and fifth were Germany and Australia. The remaining top ten included France, Holland, Italy, Spain, and Sweden.
Post-study options an important factor in the country choice
Post-graduation options have become a critical factor in choosing a study destination. This may be a reason why the US has become less favorable as the country as it has more stringent visa policies for foreign graduates.
On the flipside, Canada is much more receptive to International students. In fact, in Canada graduates have the privilege of applying for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. (open work permit giving university graduates permission to work for any employer in Canada)
Some of the key factors to take into consideration when selecting a study destination are living expenses, language, and culture. Other key factors include socio-political climate, security, the reputation of education. All of these variables were part of the top five and were responsible for a region’s popularity.
How to study in Canada?
1. Select an academic program and institution you desire to study
2. Apply to a DLI (Designated Learning Institution)
3. After you receive a letter of acceptance, you may begin the process for a study permit