American Students Applying In Canada Colleges See Rise After Donald Trump's Win
The number of American students choosing universities in Canada as an option is rising. Applications to Canada colleges have experienced a surge since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential elections in November.
At the University of Toronto, inquiries regarding admissions have increased to 70 percent from last year and other Canada colleges saw an average of 20 percent increase, the Associated Press reports. In 2014, Canada colleges welcomed 9,000 U.S. students in its universities, yet that number is expected to rise.
Experts believe that aggressive college recruitment might have something to do with this shift. However, the Donald Trump presidency is also a likely factor to this exodus.
"If we live in a country where so many people could elect Donald Trump, then that's not a country I want to live in," 17-year-old California student Lara Godoff told the news outlet. She has already sent in her application to at least four Canada College after the elections.
It's not just Americans, however, who have been looking outside of U.S. universities to for education opportunities. Even foreigners who are usually keen on getting an American education are considering other institutions. The observation, according to the AP report, is that foreign students have been turned off by Donald Trump's campaign pronouncements, especially against non-Americans.
Canada has aimed to increase its foreign student applications as one way of solving its increasing aging population, the Times Higher Education reports. In December, University of Toronto hosted a panel in Washington that discussed the effects of the election results, based on their alumni page. Invitees were also reportedly asked to bring students who could be interested in enrolling at the university.
Meanwhile, some U.S. students believe that other than politics, studying in a Canada college can be eye-opening and life-changing. "There's much more of a culture of independence," Paula Tsvayg who studied in McGill before coming back to work in New York told Time. She said that Canadian colleges are also less expensive than U.S. colleges but the quality of education is on par.