Canada is the most popular study-abroad destination according to a global survey of 21,000 students from more than 100 countries.
Students were asked which countries they were most interested in studying in, in the Emerging Futures survey conducted by IDP Connect. Canada was the most popular answer, with 27 per cent of respondents placing it as their first choice.
Canada is becoming a popular destination among international students because of its low tuition fees and good post-study work opportunities for international students.
Australia and the US were the second and third most popular choices, with 23 per cent and 21 per cent of respondents selecting them as their first-choice destinations.
Other countries that students chose included the UK, New Zealand and Ireland.
Since the last survey was conducted, in August 2022, both the UK and Australia have dropped two percentage points as first-choice destinations. The US has gained three percentage points and Canada remains the first choice for studying abroad for the third time in a row.
Post-study work opportunities were the top factor for students when considering their destinations. Sixty-three per cent of students said that the availability of post-study work opportunities was important, and 72 per cent of respondents stated that they would be applying for post-study work visas.
Simon Emmett, IDP Connect chief executive, said: “Students are weighing up a number of factors when choosing where to study, but the ability to gain work experience post-graduation remains number one.
“If policymakers, educators and employers can link up in meaningful ways, then we will see more students choosing to study in that country, more skilled and educated people entering the workforce and a better return on their individual investment for the student.”
However, the rising costs of living and tuition fees are causing some students to question whether they still want to study abroad. Just over half of respondents (51 per cent) were reconsidering studying abroad because of the costs involved and more than 80 per cent were intending to or were already working part-time to fund their studies.
Just under a third of students said that part-time work would be their main source of funding for their studies.
Students from Nigeria, India, China, Ghana and the Philippines were among the 108 source countries to respond to the survey. The survey was conducted between February and March 2023.
SOURCES: Times Higher Education; idp connect, Youth Opportunities Hub