B.C. is one of the most popular study destinations for international students in Canada, hosting almost one third of all international students living in the country. International students bring social, economic and cultural benefits to communities, schools and institutions in B.C.
International education is a key sector under the BC Jobs Plan. The province is on track to meet the BC Jobs Plan goal of a 50% increase in the number of international students studying in B.C. by 2016.
Here are the facts on international education in B.C.:
- 130,053 international students with a study permit attended public and private post-secondary institutions and K-12 schools in B.C. in 2015, up 44% from 90,037 in 2010.
- International students spent $3.5 billion in B.C. on tuition, accommodation and other living expenses, arts and culture and recreation in 2015, which supported 29,300 jobs and created a positive economic effect on communities throughout British Columbia.
- International students pay tuition fees that cover both the direct and overhead costs of their studies in B.C.
- The top five source countries for international students studying at all levels in B.C. are:
- China – 51,130
- South Korea – 12,695
- India – 12,105
- Japan – 6,555
- United States – 4,780
- Government launched the British Columbia's International Education Strategy in 2012 to promote the two-way global flow of students, educators and ideas between countries.
- The strategy was intended to position the province and its residents to benefit even more from the social, cultural and economic opportunities that flow from international education activities.
- The strategy goals:
- GOAL 1: Create a Globally-Oriented Education System
- GOAL 2: Ensure Quality Learning and Life Experiences for Students
- GOAL 3: Maximize Benefits for B.C. Communities, Families and Businesses
- Significant progress has been made including:
- Promoted B.C. as a high quality education destination and furthered global relationships with key partners during trade missions to India, China and Japan.
- Added 28 B.C. Global Education Offshore Schools since 2011 and diversified into three new countries – Colombia, France and Japan.
- Announced new K-12 and post-secondary scholarships to bring more international students to B.C. and to give more B.C. students the chance to study abroad – increasing mobility with China, Japan and Korea.
- Strengthened support for schools and institutions to attract international students and develop strategic global partnerships through active outreach by B.C.’s Education Marketing Managers.
- Released K-12 homestay guidelines that provide consistent, provincewide standards and ensure high quality homestay experiences.
- Completed a second International Student Survey to understand and enhance the study experience of international students in the province.
- The strategy concluded in September 2016.
- Work is underway to develop a refreshed B.C. International Education Strategy that will build on progress to date and the position B.C. has as a global leader.
International Education Strategy: www.aved.gov.bc.ca/internationaleducation/forms/InternationalEducationStrategy_WEB.PDF