1,800 international students call DC home

Durham College showcases its diversity at the International Student Office. Photo credit: Leslie Ishimwe & Victoria Marcelle

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Durham College has more than 1,800 international students attending school this year.

More students will be arriving throughout the school year, Durham College indicates in a press release.

The college received 16,000 international applications for 2018, an increase of 67 per cent over 2017, says Durham College’s Johnene Milan, senior international admissions officer.

The majority of international students are from India, confirms Mandi Ozimek, international finance officer.

Global students are enrolled in all programs offered by Durham College, except dental hygiene and firefighting. Due to a high amount of Ontario resident applications, spots in these programs were not available to international students, says Ozimek.

International student, Harris Khan, says he chose Canada for its diversity and openness to other religions and ethnicity.

At this year’s International Orientation, 1,000 new students from 64 countries attended to learn how to prepare for post-secondary education.

“We work to integrate students into the DC community, foster an inclusive and caring environment, enhance understanding of expectations and resources, and build resiliency and personal development,” says the manager of International Education, Janine Knight-Grofe.

The new students have been offered guidance on services and support available on campus. They also learned about health insurance, banking in Canada and how to find part-time work.

– with files from Victoria Marcelle