Canadian Colleges See Rise In US Applications Following Trump Victory

Following the presidential election last year, students are reportedly applying in droves to Canadian colleges and we don't blame them.

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Despite calling for privatised loans and student debts to be forgiven after 15 year of making full payments, it appears Donald Trump's promises on college education don't seem to be stopping students from applying to Canadian colleges.

According to Associated Press, Canadian colleges are seeing an unprecedented rise in applications from United States citizens.

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The University of Toronto has reportedly seen a 70 per cent increase in American applicants since December 2015, while McMaster University has experienced a 34 per cent rise.

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Stephen Dunnett, University of Buffalo's deputy in charge of international education, told the AP: 'I think everybody in international education is a little uneasy, in part because some of the rhetoric in the campaign frightened people overseas.'

'It's going to be perhaps a little bit rocky for a couple of years,' he added.

You're not kidding, Stephen.

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The news comes after Canada's immigration website experienced such high levels of traffic on the night of the presidential election on November 9, 2016 that it crashed, resulting in mass panic across the US.

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With potential high levels of post-election emigration on the cards, Canadian colleges have reportedly started to increase their efforts in attracting students to apply from the US.

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Last month, the University of Toronto held a panel in Washington, D.C. about the election in a bid to recruit prospective students.

Before the discussion, Joseph Wong, the associate vice president and vice provost of international student experience at the university announced the college would help improve the opportunities of successful applicants worldwide.

'Our intention is to re-affirm to prospective students that U of T is a globally leading university, ranked among the very best worldwide.

'I am also keen to convey to students that the U of T is a global platform, which connect them to other parts of the world,' he added.

Time will tell whether Trump will actually make any improvement to the higher education system in the US, but when it comes to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Trump, we know which one we'd choose...

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