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Trade Missions Help Langara Attract Students

Trade Missions Help Langara Attract Students

Vancouver, British Columbia’s Langara College has experienced a surge of international students from India in recent years attributed to the institution’s specific focus on the market and their participation in recent B.C. government trade missions.  

The college has a reputation as one of Canada’s premier university-transfer colleges and has always had a sizable international student population, but there was room for improvement and the fast-growing India market seemed like a good fit. This led to a decision for members of various departments from within the college to participate in the Premier’s trade mission to India in 2011.

During the 2011 trade mission, Langara signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with India’s Royal Institute of Nursing (RIN) that allowed for collaboration on student and faculty exchanges. The mission also provided Langara with an invaluable opportunity to connect with international education contacts, and better understand which of its established programs might appeal to Indian international students.

With this new information and assistance from staff at the Federal Trade Commissioner Service and British Columbia’s Trade and Investment team, Langara was able to further develop its existing programs to meet the needs of Indian students. To build on the success of its first visit to India, Langara also participated in the Premier’s October 2014 India trade mission, where staff gained further insight into attracting Indian students to B.C.

Five years later, Langara’s international student program is flourishing with a record number of registrants from the India market. In 2016, more than 1600 Indian students enrolled in programs at Langara, a dramatic increase from 2012 when just 61 Indian students were enrolled.

Langara College is just one of the many post-secondary institutions offering programs for international students. British Columbia ‘s post-secondary institutions offer everything from short-term courses to degree and graduate programs  in a wide variety of professional and academic areas, including healthcare, business, engineering,  arts and social sciences. A seamless transfer system allows post-secondary students to move between any recognized public and private institution within British Columbia and receive credit for previous coursework without applying for changes to their study permits.

British Columbia’s cosmopolitan cities and small communities offer a world-class standard of living and exciting learning and work opportunities for students. As well, British Columbia’s cultural diversity and reputation for safety and security makes it a popular choice for international students from around the world.
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Posted September 22, 2016

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