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When classrooms and labs are enriched by people and ideas from around the world, all students benefit. Not only do international students broaden Canadian students’ perspectives, they also help create mutually beneficial economic, diplomatic and cultural ties with Canada.
Our universities are increasing efforts to attract and retain more international students. We have partnered with four other national associations to lead and coordinate international recruitment marketing activities.
Canadian universities also promote study abroad for Canadian students to help them develop into globally-ready citizens with innovative skills. In spite of universities’ efforts, fewer than three in 100 Canadian students take advantage of these international programs. We are working with the federal government and other partners to address barriers facing Canadian students in accessing more international opportunities.