University nearly doubles number of international students over past five years

News Release Release Date: October 15, 2014 9:05 a.m.

According to the latest registration statistics, international student enrolment at the University of Regina has increased by more than 96 percent over the past five years, nearly doubling the number of students from abroad.

“Our post-secondary institutions have been leaders in making Saskatchewan a place of innovation and opportunity,” said Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty. “These numbers demonstrate that the University of Regina is globally recognized for the quality of its teaching and research, connecting our province worldwide in a way that enriches the student experience and strengthens Saskatchewan’s network abroad.”

Registration statistics for the University for Fall 2014 also show continued growth in the category of international graduate students, with the number of students in this category more than doubling in the last five years. This puts the international graduate student population at nearly 31 percent of the overall graduate student population.

“Like our province itself, the University of Regina is more diverse and more connected internationally than ever before,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “Our emphasis on providing the right supports and services for our international students is helping us attract more students from around the world, and helping ensure their success as they pursue a world-class post-secondary education here in Saskatchewan. The result is a vibrant and growing campus, and one that also offers Canadian students unprecedented access to educational opportunities abroad.” 

The University of Regina has 1,816 international undergraduate and graduate students from over 90 countries and is currently engaged in more than 149 active agreements with 100 institutions in 27 countries worldwide. Extrapolating from a 2012 report by the Conference Board of Canada, the University estimates that these 1,816 students have an economic impact of over $35 million per year in GDP, primarily in Regina.

In addition to students enrolled in degree programs, there are over 350 international students in the University’s English as a Second Language program.

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