More international students are choosing to study in Canada at universities in the Atlantic region, according to a new report.

The international cohort has driven a 20 percent increase in full-time student enrolment in the region, which covers the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Atlantic Canada now has a total of more than 19,000 full-time international students, according to the figures released by the Association of Atlantic Universities on Tuesday, October 15.

Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia has seen the largest increase, from 1,982 to 3,436 international students. Meanwhile, Dalhousie University, also in Nova Scotia, has the largest international student population in the region, at 4,417.

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