Langara an attractive destination for international students

Vancouver's Langara College (Google Maps)
Vancouver’s Langara College (Google Maps)

Langara is becoming a more attractive destination to international students wanting to study in Canada.

The number of international students at Langara has increased 63 per cent since 2004, rising from 609 international students to 994 in 2013, and this rise is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Harper government recently introduced a plan to double the amount of international students in Canada by 2022. B.C.’s government previously introduced a plan in 2012 to increase the number of international students by 50 per cent by 2016.

Higher tuition fees

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Ian Humphreys, Langara’s vice-president of enrollment and business development, poses in front of his framed Langara Falcons’ pictures. (Ashley Legassic)

The higher tuition international students pay is good for Canadian colleges and universities, but according to Ian Humphreys, Langara’s vice-president of enrolment and business development, that’s not Langara’s goal.

“There’s no denying that from a Canadian perspective, international students are a huge contributor to the economy,” Humphreys said. “Having said that… That isn’t really the key here.”

Humphreys thinks that the opportunity to pursue education overseas is important for both Canadian and international students.

Desirable place to live

Langara attracts international students through international marketing, but Humphreys said Langara’s location makes it the prime choice for students.

“It helps to be in one of the most beautiful and desirable places to live in in the world.”

Humphreys also said the option to go to UBC after two years at Langara is appealing to students.

“It’s a small place and I can get adjusted to it better,” said commerce and business student, Garima Shrestha. “Since I’m an international student I won’t be too overwhelmed.”

Helping international students settle in

Langara offers various resources such as Homestay and Langara English for Academic Purposes (LEAP), to help international students feel more comfortable with going to school in Canada.

Students Abbey Feng and Garima Shrestha in front of Langara's International Education Office
Students Abby Feng and Garima Shrestha in front of Langara’s International Education Office. (Ashley Legassic)

Sociology student, Abby Feng, says that Langara’s Homestay program has made being an international student much easier for her.

“They arranged a place for me… and I really like it there, they help me a lot,” Feng said.

Langara is keeping up with the increase of international students by bringing in more teachers and adding more classes.

ashleylegassic@gmail.com

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