International students drive surge in enrollment at Atlantic universities

HALIFAX – The Association of Atlantic Universities says international students are driving increased enrollment at many universities in the region.

The association represents 16 universities in the four Atlantic provinces and indicates in a new report that the number of full-time international students among its members has increased by approximately 3,000 compared to last year, an 15.5% increase.

Overall, full-time college enrollment in 2022 among the 16 universities is up nearly 3% from last year.

The largest increase in student population this year is at Cape Breton University, where there are 1,560 more students than in 2021, an increase of more than 40%.

Peter Halpin, CEO of the association, says the Atlantic region and its universities benefit socially, culturally and economically from the presence of international students.

Halpin says internal research from 2019 found that 65% of international students say they want to stay in Canada after graduating.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 17, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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