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Canada welcomes more international students, but Canadians stay home

The number of international students studying at Canadian universities rose 11 per cent in 2013, to more than 293,000, putting the country on track to meet its goal of doubling the number of incoming students by 2022.

But the number of Canadian students going abroad still lags far behind other countries—just 3 per cent of Canadians study in another country, one of the lowest rates among OECD countries.

“International education is critical to the future of Canada and Canadians,” said Karen McBride, president of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, which compiled the data. The bureau says that, in order for Canada to take full advantage of global markets, the number of Canadians studying abroad needs to increase dramatically, to at least 15 per cent.

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