Canada remains a top destination for international students

Canada is among the top countries considered to be ‘safe and stable’ for international students and has further improved its position as the ‘go-to’ study destination because of its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is according to two surveys conducted by Navitas Insights.

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Moraine Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada, Photo by Andy Holmes on Unsplash

In addition, the survey suggests that countries considered to be ‘safe and stable’ are not necessarily viewed as being ‘open and welcoming.’ However, Canada is one of the top countries that are considered to be both.

In fact, Canada has introduced some measures to allow international students to travel to their desired destination. Students who wish to travel to Canada only need to be attending a college or university that has obtained approval on its COVID-19 readiness plan from the provincial government in which the institution is in. It does not matter where the student is travelling from.

The first survey was conducted in May 2020. Findings from that survey showed Canada as one of the countries who are ahead of the pack, alongside New Zealand and Australia.

Navitas repeated the research in September 2020. Canada had improved its overall position since May but was now competing with the United Kingdom for the top spot, instead of the Oceanic states.