20% increase in international students in British Columbia

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The provincial government recently publicized that there has been a 20 per cent increase in international students attending school in B.C. and a 28 per cent 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. This is a 16.7 per cent increase from 2009-10.

“British Columbia is a world-class destination for tens of thousands of international students who bring economic, cultural and social benefits,” said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.

International students helped support the economy by attending B.C. schools and spending $2.3 billion on tuition, accommodations and other living expenses, which help support 25,500 jobs for the residents of B.C.

“Our government is on target to meet its ambitious commitment to increase the number of international students by 50 per cent by 2016,” Virk added.

The number of new international students coming to B.C. has soared, with an 188 per cent increase from India and 68 per cent increase from China over a three-year period. Since 2009, B.C. has also seen greater international student numbers from Latin America, including Brazil.

 

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