Canada Aims For US Student Growth

Career College Central summary:

  • There is a border war raging between the US and Canada: a battle for students that offers colourful proof of intensifying competition for international students. The first salvo was fired by the University of Windsor in the Canadian province of Ontario, just across the border from the US city of Detroit. Starting this year, it is offering a “US Neighbour Fee” of half its usual price for first-year American undergraduates – C$5,000 (£2,900) a year instead of the C$10,000 it used to charge.
  • Michigan’s Wayne State University returned fire from the American side, lowering its tuition for students from Ontario to the same amount that in-state undergraduates pay, plus 10 per cent: that comes to about $10,000, a saving of $11,633 a year compared with what Ontarians previously were charged.
  • All this is playing out against the backdrop of falling enrolment in the US and concerted pressure on universities in Canada to increase further their international student numbers, which have gone up 50 per cent over the past decade. As more countries vie for international business, “you are seeing national governments driving national strategies, and I think you’ll see more of it”, said Allan Goodman, president of the Institute of International Education.

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