With 1.83 lakh Indian students pursuing studies at various levels in the country, Canada is the second most popular destination for Indians pursuing academic degrees on foreign shores.
The large presence of the Indian student community in Canada takes on significance in the context of an advisory from New Delhi urging Indians to remain vigilant in the face of a “sharp increase” in hate crimes in the country.
The United States of America, with 4.65 lakh Indian students, remains the most popular destination, data maintained by the Ministry of External Affairs shows. The third place is occupied by the United Arab Emirates, which has 1.64 lakh Indian students enrolled in its educational institutions.
In many ways, the growth in the number of Indian students in Canada almost mirrors the situation in the US. MEA data shows that in the first six months of 2022, as many as 64,667 Indians who went abroad for education pointed to the US as their destination, closely followed by Canada (60,258).
Before the pandemic, in 2019, 1,32,620 Indian students had chosen Canada. In 2020, after the outbreak of Covid-19, the number dropped to 43,624, before rising sharply to 1,02,688 in 2021, according to the MEA.
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data analyzed by Canadian edtech firm ApplyBoard, the number of Indian students studying in Canada grew by nearly 220% between 2016 and 2021.
And most choose business programs as their area of study, with the number of Indian students approved to study business and management in Canada growing from just over 10,000 in 2016 to nearly 50,000 in 2021, ApplyBoard says.
Number of Indians going to Canada for education (MEA)