Toronto, Jan 19, 2021 – Both Canada and the United Kingdom have surpassed the United States as the two most popular study abroad destinations.
According to several surveys conducted by educations.com, this is to better understand students’ views on international education. Students are not less interested in studying in Canada and the UK than they used to, but the sharp decline in the popularity of the United States has driven Canada to lose the top spot.
In January 2018, the United States was the most popular destination for international students. By October 2020, it has fallen to the third most popular country. During this period, the decline in student interest has remained stable. This shows that it is not that incidents like COVID-19 will reduce US interest.
On the other hand, the growth rate in the United States dropped from 21.6% to 10.7%. Germany and Australia ranked fourth and fifth respectively. France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Sweden account for the rest of the top 10.
The choice to stay in school after graduation has become an increasingly important factor in choosing a country to study abroad. This may be the reason why the United States is not so popular, because the United States has stricter visa policies for international graduates.
In contrast, Canada is more popular. Graduates can choose to apply for a postgraduate work permit, which is an open work permit that allows recent college graduates to work for any employer of their choice.
The most important factors in choosing which country to study in are the cost of living and language and culture. In addition, the security and socio-political atmosphere and the reputation of the education system are other important factors. All four factors are always in the top five factors that determine the popularity of a country.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship (IRCC) is still processing study permit applications.
To study in Canada, you must first choose the academic program you want to study and the institution you want to study. After that, you must apply to the designated learning institution (DLI).
After receiving the admission notice, you can start the application process for the study permit. You need this document to legally study in Canada.