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Annex C: Competitor Metrics and Practices

Table comparing international education statistics for Canada to major competitor countries: Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America
 CanadaAustraliaUnited KingdomUnited States of America
International student market share (Estimated)79





Number of international students

(2011) 80

(2011) 81

(2010/11) 82

[higher education only]

(2010/11) 83

Growth on previous year

9.6% 84

-9.6% 85

5.5% 86

4.7% 87

Growth since 2006


45.2% 88

29.7% 89

28% 90

Proportion of total enrollment

7.5% 91

[at the postsecondary level only]

25.1% 92

[at the university undergraduate level]

34.9% 93

[at the university graduate study level]

17.1% 94

[higher education only]

3.5% 95, 96

Annual entries of international students

(2011) 97

(2011) 98

(2010/11) 99

Growth on previous year

3.3% 100

-8.6% 101

5.7% 102

Outbound students

(2006 estimate) 103

[full-time university students participating in a form of study abroad for credit]

(2010) 104

[university students]

(2010 estimate) 105

(2010/11) 106

[studied abroad for academic credit]

Economic impact

$8.0 billion
(2010) 107

$16.8 billion
A$16.3 billion
(2010/11) 108

$22.6 billion
€14.1 billion
(2008/09) 109

$20.76 billion
US$20.23 billion
(2010/11) 110

Student visa fees


A$535  111

€289  112

[for individuals applying outside the UK]

US$160 113

[For some countries, an additional visa issuance reciprocity fee is charged if the visa is issued]

International education marketing

Edu-Canada (DFAIT)

Promotes Canada as a study destination or education partner to international audiences.

Facilitates relations and services between the Federal government, provinces, NGOs and Canadian missions abroad in education promotion; Coordinates education promotion efforts by Canadian missions abroad.

Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)

Responsible for the international marketing and promotion of Australian education and training.114

Australian Education International (AEI)

(Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education).

Leads strategic policy, regulation and government to government engagement in the international education sector.115

British Council

Provides research and intelligence, develops and facilitates international partnerships, and provides a range of marketing services to support universities' in their recruitment activities in 35 key markets.

Manages the Education UK brand, the Education UK website, global marketing campaigns and exhibitions around the world.

Facilitates the mobility of UK students to study and gain experience in other countries.116


Global network of more than 400 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

EducationUSA centers actively promote U.S. higher education around the world. EducationUSA centers also support U.S. study abroad by advising U.S. colleges and universities about options for developing study programs in other countries.117



$1 million
(/year, 2006/07-2011/12)


$26.7 million
A$25.9 million [over three years from 2010/11] 118





Note: Figures have been collected for illustrative purposes only. Direct comparisons are not possible in every case, and the listed source should be consulted for further information. Examples used do not constitute an exhaustive list of activities by foreign governments. Currency conversions based on Bank of Canada rates on June 27, 2012.

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