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The Most Popular Schools in Canada for Brazilian Students

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Key Takeaways:

  • Canada takes pride in providing quality education matched with a conducive environment and diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Because of the pandemic, there has been a big decrease in the number of Brazilian students in Canada.
  • Centennial College emerges as the most popular Canadian school for Brazilian students.


Canada is home to a lot of reputable universities that provide top-notch education to students. Some have even gained international recognition for being part of global rankings in education excellence. This has resulted in an influx of international students that choose to study in Canadian universities.


Canada has 28 universities listed in the 2022 QS World University Rankings, three of which are included in the Top 100. The University of Toronto is in 26th place and is considered Canada’s best education provider.


In 2019, Canada recorded a total of 638,960 students enrolled in its higher education institutions, a six-fold growth over the past two decades. The international student population in the country has tripled the last decade alone, making Canada the third-leading study destination in the world.


However, as per the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) latest data, Canada’s foreign enrollment in 2020 had a 17 percent decrease. The decline was largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the IRCC, only 530,540 foreign students held Canadian study permits at the end of 2020.


With vaccinations and other health measures in place however, international student enrollment in Canada may soon rise again, and not just from students in top source countries such as China and India.


Students from Latin American countries have also seen the significance of getting into Canadian universities. Over the years, students from Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil have made notable contributions to Canada’s international education industry.


The number of Brazilian students in Canada increased in 2019 and Brazil is said to be the fifth-largest source of foreign students in the country. Below are some of the most popular schools in Canada  for Brazilian students:


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Centennial College

Established in 1966, Centennial College in Ontario is popular for having exemplary instruction, extensive partnership building, and innovative programming, among other things. It has five campuses with seven satellite locations.


At present, Centennial is popular for being a multicultural institution where there is a representation of almost 100 ethnocultural groups and 80 languages. Among the distinctions awarded include degrees, diplomas, and certificates on 260 programs across different disciplines.


There are more than 12,000 international students in the university, with the population of Brazilian students steadily increasing in the past years.


Greystone College

Greystone is a private vocational school that takes pride in offering quality career and vocational training to its students. Students have a lot of programs to choose from, such as Business, Digital Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality, and Interpreting and Translation. This institution was founded in 2002 and is situated in various locations like Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.


Brazilians make up a large chunk of Greystone’s Latin American student population. In 2019, Greystone College recorded 499 enrollments from Brazilian students. 


British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Located in Burnaby, British Columbia, BCIT is a public polytechnic institute that operates as a vocational and technical school, offering apprenticeships, diplomas, and degrees across many study programs.


In 2019, 341 study permits were given to Brazilians to study in BCIT.


Seneca College

The first institution on this list to welcome students from Brazil in 2018-2019, Seneca College sees a steady growth in the number of Brazilian students entering its campuses. In 2019, 287 study permits were issued to Brazilians enrolling in Seneca College. 


This multiple-campus public college is located in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, and is recognized worldwide for its career-focused programs, financial support, and pathways programs.




ICEF Monitor. (2021, March 11). Canada’s foreign enrolment fell nearly 17% in 2020. ICEF Monitor – Market Intelligence for International Student Recruitment. https://monitor.icef.com/2021/03/canadas-foreign-enrolment-fell-nearly-20-in-2020/


QS World University Rankings 2022. (n.d.). QS Top Universities. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings

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