Canada today sits in third position globally, after the United States and Australia, when it comes to the number of international students per country. One of the fastest growing source countries in terms of international students in Canada is the Philippines.
In 2015, there were just 1,880 Canadian study permit holders from the Philippines in Canada. Fast-forward four years and by 2019 this figure had almost quadrupled to 6,365. So, why has there been a massive upsurge in the number of Filipino students in Canada? ? And what can you do to make your dream of studying in Canada from the Philippines a reality? Let’s find out.
Filipino students in Canada: what you need to know
When it comes to total immigrant numbers from Canada, newcomers from the Philippines rank in the top three next to China and India. This is not true when it comes to the number of Filipino students obtaining and activating study permits in Canada. That said, the growth in the past five years has been impressive and clearly indicates the growing interest that Filipino students have about pursuing university or college education in Canada.
One of the biggest and most important changes that has enhanced the possibility of more Filipino students occured in 2013 when the Filipino government increased the basic education cycle from 10 to 12 years. This move, known as the K-12 reforms, meant that Filipino high-school students who graduated since this measure was introduced are now more closely aligned with the Canadian education system requirements and are thus far more likely to fulfill the basic eligibility criteria when it comes to applying to Canadian universities and colleges.
Another benefit that those wishing to study in Canada from the Philippines have over international students from many other destinations is that many Filipinos have good English ability. This helps greatly when it comes to being accepted to a study program in Canada, which is a prerequisite for obtaining a study permit. However, despite these benefits certain challenges exist for Filipino students applying to Canadian universities and colleges.
Despite the positive changes made in 2013, the Philippines trails other Southeast Asian countries in a variety of education indicators. Moreover, strong disparities continue to exist between regions and socioeconomic classes. In addition, the Philippine government continues to spend less per student as a share of per capita GDP than several other Southeast Asian countries, the latest budget increases notwithstanding. It also remains to be seen how the K-12 reforms will affect indicators like teacher-to-student ratios.
Aside from enhancing their educational attainment, there are a range of other factors that make Canada such an attractive destination for Filipino students. Five of the biggest factors are covered next.
Five reasons why Canada is so attractive for Filipino Students
Quality education: First and foremost, it should not be forgotten that the primary reason why there has been an uptick in the number of Filipino students applying for courses in Canada in recent years is because of the quality of the education on offer. Canadian colleges and universities turn out incredibly talented graduates. These well-funded, internationally-renowned institutions attract top professors and offer courses tailored to a changing economy. So, if you want to finish your course even smarter than you are right now and be fully prepared for working in life in Canada or elsewhere, then you should seriously consider a Canadian university or college.
Earn while you learn: As an Filipino student in Canada, you can earn as you learn. This allows you to pay your way through university or college all while obtaining crucial work experience. This is not the case in other countries, just one reason why so many young people are choosing to study in Canada from the Philippines. You can learn more about working while studying in Canada here.
Lower tuition fees: While the cost of study in Canada from the Philippines, as well as other international students, is more than the fees paid by their Canadian classmates, this total is still competitive compared with other countries, particularly the United States, Australia, and the UK. This is helped by the relatively weak Canadian Dollar at present. It should be noted that the fees that international students, including Filipino newcomers, can expect to pay will depend, to some extent, on the university or college they choose to attend. So, don’t sleep on cost when it comes to studying in Canada.
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Pathway to permanent residence: Recent research from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) shows that some 60 percent of international students in Canada have reported that they are interested in becoming permanent residents after their studies. Canada’s Express Entry immigration system offers bonus points to people with Canadian study and work experience, with further emphasis on your language skills, and your age.
Tolerant and multicultural country: You don’t have to be an aspiring history or international relations student to know that Canada’s progressive and tolerant immigration policies are at odds with some of its global counterparts in 2020. So much so that in 2018, 79 percent of international students in Canada surveyed by CBIE cited the country’s open and tolerant society as a reason for making it their study destination of choice that year.