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International students like Canada more than us: survey

International students think Canada – formerly of maple syrup and Justin Trudeau fame – tops for education. Despite the fact that most – mainly Indians – had chosen to study in Australia, they rated Canada higher on affordability, quality of education, safety, graduate employment and visas.

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This insight, encapsulated in a survey of nearly 3,000 students by international student agency IDP Education, is just one of many.

Others, as released at the Australian International Education Conference (which IDP co-presented), included that most international students were the first in their families to study overseas, and most were undertaking a postgraduate qualification.

The survey also canvassed students’ thoughts on online communications with potential institutions of choice. From this, IDP’s head of research, Lyndell Jacka, learned that although the majority of them are digital natives, “we can’t lose sight of the importance of human connection … it’s that validation through a personal connection … someone they know or people like them”.

“This is a massive decision they and their families make.”

Campus Review asked Jacka how Australia can better itself in the eyes of international students, based on the survey’s results.

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