Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Turkey


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Fast Facts 2012

  • Priority countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.
  • Population: 348.1 million
  • Total area: not available
  • Currency: Saudi Riyal, Moroccan Dirham, Turkish Lira and others
  • Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish and others
  • Student population in Canada: 26,203 (9.9% of Canada’s total)
  • Estimated expenditures by international-students*: $831.2 million

Top Five Priority Countries

  • Saudi Arabia (14,219 students in Canada)
  • Morocco (2,096 students in Canada)
  • United Arab Emirates (1,909 students in Canada)
  • Turkey (1,688 students in Canada)
  • Tunisia (1,226 students in Canada)

Joint Education Programs

Major education and exchange agreements

Education Events

*Estimated expenditure by international students based on average annual expenditure of $31,720 per international student (all study levels) on tuition, books, accommodation, meals, transportation, and discretionary spending, as indicated in International Education in Canada - An Update by Roslyn Kunin & Associates, Inc., released in May 2012 and commissioned by DFATD.