By reducing the tuition rate for international PhD students, the University of Toronto (U of T) said it is trying to avoid having students face higher fees once their funding is up.
The majority of PhD students at the university typically receive a four to five-year funding package, which helps them cover tuition and other fees.
Joshua Barker, dean of the School of Graduates Studies and vice-provost of graduate research and education, said reducing tuition for international PhD students is one way to remove any barriers, financial or otherwise, that foreign graduate students wishing to attend U of T might face.
“We’ve been hearing for some years that at the point where international students come out of their funding packages, that’s when there’s a real differential between domestic students and international students, where international students have to pay a significantly higher fee, so that’s what’s going to be changed,” Barker said.
The tuition rate for domestic PhD students is currently approximately 8,500 CAD compared to about 22,600 CAD for international students.
Located in Canada’s biggest city, U of T is popular with international students as a study destination. University statistics show the number of accepted admissions received from overseas increased by 20 percent in 2017.
Helping its international profile is U of T’s top ranking in the majority of global education rankings over the years.
The university ranked among the top 50 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The ranking is one of the most cited global university performance assessments of research-based universities.
Additionally, U of T took first place as Canada’s most reputable university in Maclean’s newsmagazine’s 2018 rankings.
Many international students are attracted to Ontario as a study destination due to the quality of its institutions, stable economy, job opportunities, quality of life, and the various pathways to permanent residence that available after graduation through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
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Permanent residence after graduation
For international PhD graduates in particular, there is the OINP’s PhD stream that provides a pathway to immigration for eligible graduates who have successfully completed at least two years of PhD studies in an Ontario university, who have the intention of living in Ontario, and who have resided in the province for at least year at the time of applying for the program.
The PhD stream is not the only option available to international students hoping to reside in the province. Another popular Canadian immigration stream available to international students are the Masters Graduate Stream and the International Student with a Job Offer Stream.
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