Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

American Students Are Flooding Canadian Universities To Escape The United States

Canada is a refuge for international students.
Senior Editor
American Students Are Flooding Canadian Universities To Escape The United States

Canada has long been a destination for Americans looking to evade difficult political situations. It all started during the Vietnam War when thousands of young American men fled north to escape the draft that would have thrust them into the center of the futile conflict.

ALSO READ:The Biggest Street Fair In Canada Is About To Kick Off In Montreal

Since that time, progressives in the United States have routinely declared their intentions to "move to Canada" when the American political landscape shifted out of their favour.

Such statements were mostly empty whims. That is, until recently.

According to CNBC, while American universities' applicant pools have plummeted dramatically, those of Canadian schools continue to climb.

That's partly due to the fact that applicants from outside of the United States and Canada are discouraged by the harsh immigration policies under the Trump administration.

But American students, too, are opting to venture north for their post-secondary education, and I'm one of them. I came to Montreal for university because Canada's low education cost and high quality-of-life greatly appealed to me. I could attend a top university and continue to live cheaply after I graduated.

The Canadian federal government also makes it easy for foreign students to stay in Canada after graduation with a work visa that is valid for up to three years.

To put things in perspective, my international tuition approached only twenty thousand dollars per year and I paid only six hundred dollars per month for my first 1.5 apartment. A comparable American school would have cost me sixty-five thousand dollars per year, and a studio apartment in a major American city on the Atlantic seaboard can go for anywhere between thirteen and fifteen hundred dollars each month.

Thousands of American students already came to Canada before Trump took power. His presidency undoubtedly multiplied that number. Anecdotally, I can say I've met dozens more Americans here since 2016. According to official reports, the number of American students fleeing to Canada has almost tripled in the past ten years.

Until Trump is out of office and the U.S. can reform its education system, we can more and more young Americans to start anew in Canada.

Source 1 | Source 2

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.