Canadian Multiculturalism Appeals to Indian MBA Students

Apr 12, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Between the US’s promises of changed immigration and visa policies and Brexit, Indian students are increasingly looking to Canada for MBA programs.

Why?  Canada has a multicultural appeal—and Indian students are appealing to Canadian universities. 

As per an article in the Financial Times, data from universities around the world show that Indians are most likely to remain to work after graduation in their host country.  They also have an excellent reputation for being fantastic students.

Canada’s visa system currently allows MBA students to stay for up to three years after they graduate, whether they have a job or not.  While the H-1B lasts for three years, graduates must have a job to stay.  President Trump has proposed raising the minimum wage companies must pay people with H-1B visas to promote the hiring of US citizens.  The UK’s plan to stay and work in the EU for up to two years after graduation ended in 2012.

Between January 2016 and the US election, only 4 percent of Indian students were interested in Canadian schools.  Now that number is up to 16 percent.

It’s not just Brexit and changing US politics that have contributed to the increase either.  In 2014, Indians were the fastest growing overseas student group at Canadian Universities.  In 2016, there was a 28 percent increase in the number of Indian students on Canadian campuses. 

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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