TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Every September, hundreds of English as
Second Language students (ESL) from ILAC enter universities and
colleges across Canada. They represent a growing number of
international students who come to Canada to study English before
continuing into higher education programs from coast to coast.
The International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) is the most awarded
English language school in the world and actively recruits over 10,000
students a year from 70 different countries. Since starting its
pre-degree program in 2005, ILAC has signed pathway agreements with
more than 50 Canadian universities and colleges, providing a steady
flow of English proficient foreign students to post-secondary
institutions across Canada.
"I expect to stay in Canada and get a job after I finish school," says
Luis Tavarez, who is from the Dominican Republic and completed the ILAC
pre-degree program. "I learned many things about Canadian culture at
ILAC that will help me succeed in university." Luis is planning to go
to Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia to study
Business Management. Other enrollments for ILAC students this fall
include the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, George Brown
College in Toronto, University of Regina in Saskatchewan and Royal
Roads University in Victoria.
Not all Canadians realize the power and potential of the international
education industry, which contributes $8 billion to the Canadian
economy. And competition is fierce - despite its reputation as a safe
and welcoming study destination, Canada ranks fourth after the UK, USA
and Australia in attracting full-paying and talented students.
Most international students require additional English language training
before they can enrol in university or college. According to Languages
Canada, the association of accredited language schools in Canada,
short-term study at language schools is worth an estimated $1.4
billion. In addition to tuition, foreign students pay out of pocket
for housing, meals and textbooks, creating thousands of jobs.
International students contribute a further $336 million to Canadian
The Canadian government recently announced that it plans to double its
number of international students over the next 10 years.
Approximately 239,000 international students are currently enrolled in
full-time paid programs across Canada.
For photos and quotes see: http://www.ilac.com/newsroom/
For student testimonials see: http://www.ilac.com/voice/view.php?galId=105&catId=100&vid=JtOPApCzVaA
SOURCE: ILAC - International Language Academy of Canada
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