Ottawa, July 20, 2018 – From Halifax to Victoria, thousands of international students will take a time out from learning English or French today to celebrate World Student Day (WSD). The festivities will take many forms: BBQs, soccer games, amateur artist competitions, zumba, kung-fu, speeches . . . Students from all corners of the globe will showcase their unique talents in a spirit of sharing and exchange.
“World Student Day is a day of celebration during which students continue to learn a language and discover our country, but in an informal, fun context,” explains Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada (LC).
This year, more than 75 educational institutions are participating in WSD. There will be WSD events in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Windsor, London, Niagara, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Charlottetown, Halifax and Cape Breton. Altogether, over 7600 international students will take part in the celebrations.
WSD was established by Languages Canada, the largest association of institutions teaching English or French as a second language. In 2017, Languages Canada members welcomed approximately 150,000 international students, with the top five source countries being Brazil, Japan, China, Korea or Mexico. When asked why they choose Canada, the general response from students is that it is a safe country, whose culture is open to the world, and which boasts many high-quality post-secondary institutions. Second-language education infuses $1.6 billion into the Canadian economy each year and generates over $200 million in tax revenue.
About Languages Canada
Languages Canada/Langues Canada is a non-profit association representing more than 210 private and public members that offer accredited English and French language education programs. As Canada’s national organization representing language education, Languages Canada is committed to promoting growth and innovation in Canada’s English and French language programs.