Study abroad

Our position

Learning across borders is part of a 21st century education. Canada needs to do more to encourage a culture of mobility among Canadian students. Studying abroad helps young Canadians develop the cross-cultural competencies and problem-solving skills that are in high demand from today’s employers.

News

“Young Canadians … need to know that the world is their classroom, and they need to go abroad to get a full education – one that will prepare them for the future.”

By the numbers

  • 11%
    study abroad

    Only 11% of Canadian undergraduates undertake an international mobility experience over the course of their degree, despite the clear benefits of global study to building future skills.

    Source: Study Group on Global Education, Global Education for Canadians: Equipping Young Canadians to Succeed at Home & Abroad, November 2017.
  • 80%
    see career benefit

    More than 80% of employers that hire recruits with cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of the global marketplace say these employees enhance their company’s competitiveness.

    Source: Leger Marketing employer survey for Universities Canada, 2014.
  • 70%
    see cost as barrier

    Students surveyed say they would study abroad if it was more affordable and part of their study program.

    Source: Why don't more Canadian students study abroad?, 2016 Academica Group survey of 1,400 students.

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