The University of Windsor’s student body includes 10 per cent international students, but they pay more than a quarter of the tuition.
That’s why the school will add a new medical biotechnology master’s program that is designed specifically to appeal to the growing Indian and Chinese education markets.
They’re unlikely to have trouble finding applicants. The number of Chinese students studying abroad has been growing by an average of 26 per cent per year for nearly three decades and reached 285,000 in 2010. The number of Indian student visas tripled in Canada between 2008 and 2010, reports Statistics Canada. In total, there were more than 178,000 foreign students in Canada last year.
Canadians are encouraged to take the program too, but most would balk at the between $25,000 and $30,000 fee for four semesters, Windsor chemistry professor Bulent Mutus told the Windsor Star. Mutus says the program will benefit undergraduates by helping to cover the costs of expensive labs that aren’t otherwise used in the summers. The program will launch in 2012.