Canada surpasses the U.S. as top study destination of choice for Indian students in 2020

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Canada has seen a 431 per cent growth in international student enrollment from India in five years, increasing 161,351 students from 2015 to 2020. In 2020, Canada surpassed the United States and became the leading host of students from India pursuing higher education. However, the increase of 60,236 students only resulted in a 45 per cent growth, signalling that over the past five years, students from India enrolled at higher education institutions in Canada in greater numbers and at a much faster rate than in the United States. The flow of international students crossing borders to pursue educational opportunities has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing higher education systems worldwide to consider the context and realities of global academic mobility before and after the health crisis.