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KEN MACQUEEN April 2 2007
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CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

KEN MACQUEEN April 2 2007

New Government Programs promote international Education

anadian governments and institutions believe in the importance of offering students the opportunity to study, undertake internships or spend co-op work terms abroad as part of their academic experience. However, less than 1 per cent of Canadian students participate in international education programs.1 The European Union, meanwhile, sends about 8 per cent of students on short-term exchanges, and Australia sends about 4 per cent of their students abroad.

Canada plans to catch up by providing new programs and support. Ontario and Quebec for example have scholarship programs ranging from about $2,500 to $7,000 per student for

travel costs, accommodation and tuition fees. The scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and academic merit.

The Ontario government estimates that international students bring $900 million in economic benefit to the province every year. In March 2007 the provincial government announced a $6.2 million “Reaching Higher” plan that includes scholarship programs, enhanced promotion of existing student exchange agreements with countries such as Germany and France and new agreements with China, India and other countries.

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