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18th Mar 2019
Canadian universities have reported a strong rise in the number of applications from US students since the election, leading some to attribute the increase to Donald Trump's looming presidency.
Not all institutions agree, with some suggesting the increase is more to do with recruitment strategies and the growth of international education.
The University of Toronto has reported a 70% year-on-year increase in the number of applications from the US, whilst McGill University in Montreal reported a rise of 22%.
McGill University registrar Kathleen Massey has said it's too early to ascertain as to whether the increase is because of the election result.
"It is possible that the change in the American political landscape may be contributing to the increase in applicant numbers from the USA" but they're unable to confirm whether this was the case as they haven't directly surveyed applicants.
US applications to the University of British Columbia also reported strong growth, with 44% more applications compared to the same period in 2015.
However, Graeme Menzies, director of recruitment for the university said such numbers needed to be taken with a "pinch of salt".
International student numbers have been on the rise for a number of years and although there was a rise in those submitted before the election it's not clear whether the growth was spurred by Trump's win.
Mr Menzies said application numbers are impacted by a number of factors such Brexit, the global economy, regional conflict, currency fluctuations and the US election, making it difficult to attribute the increase to a particular factor.
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