International Students in Canada

Total international student enrollment: 237,635

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 95,160 40.0%
2 India 31,665 13.3%
3 South Korea 18,295 7.7%
4 Saudi Arabia 14,235 6.0%
5 France 13,090 5.5%
6 United States 12,065 5.1%
7 Japan 6,780 2.9%
8 Nigeria 6,080 2.6%
9 Mexico 5,370 2.3%
10 Iran 4,335 1.8%
  All Others 30,560 12.9%

Total international student enrollment:
193,647

Top 3 sending places

  • China
  • South Korea
  • India



Source: Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE/BCEI), Citizenship Immigration Canada Facts and Figures

Total tertiary international student enrollment:
174,760

Total international student enrollment (includes elementary, secondary and other students):
218,161

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 56,906 26.1%
2 South Korea 24,622 11.3%
3 India 17,525 8.0%
4 Saudi Arabia 12,945 5.9%
5 United States 11,326 5.2%
6 France 10,045 4.6%
7 Japan 5,843 2.7%
8 Mexico 4,353 2.0%
9 Hong Kong 3,999 1.8%
10 Taiwan 3,349 1.5%
  All others 67,248 30.8%



Definition: International students are defined as individuals who have entered Canada during the year 2010 and hold a valid document as of December 1.

Note: All 2010 Canadian data represents students who were present in Canada on December 1, 2010. It does not represent a full year.

Source: Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE/BCEI), Citizenship Immigration Canada Facts and Figures

Total tertiary international student enrollment:
161,679

Total international student enrollment (includes elementary, secondary and other students):
195,973

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 49,907 25.5%
2 South Korea 25,878 13.2%
3 United States 11,518 5.9%
4 India 9,564 4.9%
5 France 9,289 4.7%
6 Saudi Arabia 8,738 4.5%
7 Japan 6,111 3.1%
8 Hong Kong 4,090 2.1%
9 Mexico 4,061 2.1%
10 Taiwan 3,690 1.9%
  All others 63,127 32.2%



Definition: International students are defined as individuals who have entered Canada during the year 2009 and hold a valid document as of December 1.

Note: All 2009 Canadian data represents students who were present in Canada on December 1, 2009. It does not represent a full year.

Source: Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE/BCEI), Citizenship Immigration Canada Facts and Figures

Total international student enrollment (includes elementary, secondary and other students):
177,772

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 42,124 23.7%
2 South Korea 27,421 15.4%
3 United States 11,602 6.5%
4 France 8,537 4.8%
5 India 7,306 4.1%
6 Japan 6,630 3.7%
7 Saudi Arabia 4,656 2.6%
8 Hong Kong 4,112 2.3%
9 Taiwan 4,101 2.3%
10 Mexico 3,841 2.2%
  All others 57,442 32.3%



Definition: International students are defined as individuals who have entered Canada during the year 2008 and hold a valid document as of December 1.

Note: All 2008 Canadian data represents students who were present in Canada on December 1, 2008. It does not represent a full year.

Source: Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE/BCEI), Citizenship Immigration Canada Facts and Figures

Total international student enrollment (includes elementary, secondary and other students):
175,746

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 41,044 23.4%
2 South Korea 30,073 17.1%
3 United States 12,180 6.9%
4 France 8,339 4.7%
5 Japan 7,794 4.4%
6 India 6,929 3.9%
7 Taiwan 4,713 2.7%
8 Hong Kong 4,481 2.5%
9 Mexico 3,824 2.2%
10 Saudi Arabia 2,280 1.3%
  All others 54,089 30.8%



Definition: International students are defined as individuals who have entered Canada during the year 2007 and hold a valid document as of December 1.

Note: All 2007 Canadian data represents students who were present in Canada on December 1, 2007. It does not represent a full year.

Source: Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE/BCEI), Citizenship Immigration Canada Facts and Figures

Total international student enrollment (includes elementary, secondary and other students):
169,870

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 39,775 23.4%
2 South Korea 29,014 17.1%
3 United States 12,454 7.3%
4 Japan 8,516 5.0%
5 France 7,767 4.6%
6 India 6,689 3.9%
7 Taiwan 4,879 2.9%
8 Hong Kong 4,761 2.8%
9 Mexico 3,791 2.2%
10 Saudi Arabia 1,593 0.9%
  All others 50,631 29.8%



Definition: International students are defined as individuals who have entered Canada during the year 2006 and hold a valid document as of December 1.

Note: All 2006 Canadian data represents students who were present in Canada on December 1, 2006. It does not represent a full year.

Source: Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE/BCEI), Citizenship Immigration Canada Facts and Figures

Total international student enrollment (includes elementary, secondary and other students):
166,872

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 China 39,502 23.7%
2 South Korea 27,224 16.3%
3 United States 12,716 7.6%
4 Japan 9,369 5.6%
5 France 6,729 4.0%
6 India 6,285 3.8%
7 Hong Kong 5,165 3.1%
8 Taiwan 4,933 3.0%
9 Mexico 3,593 2.2%
10 Saudi Arabia 1,464 0.9%
  All others 49,892 29.9%



Definition: International students are defined as individuals who have entered Canada during the year 2005 and hold a valid document as of December 1.

Note: All 2005 Canadian data represents students who were present in Canada on December 1, 2005. It does not represent a full year.

Source: Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE/BCEI), Citizenship Immigration Canada Facts and Figures

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