Canadian College Fair Seeks Western Pennsylvania Students
Weigand, Jodi, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
A bustling city street late one Wednesday night in Montreal hooked Luke Nealon.
It wasn't long after that the Mt. Lebanon High School graduate applied as an international student at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.
"In Mt. Lebanon, it's kind of like (living in) a bubble," said Nealon, 19, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering. "I really wanted to get out and see and experience the culture and different aspects of life."
Nearly 10,000 Americans are studying in Canada for the 2009-10 academic year, according to the Canadian Embassy's survey of 80 universities and colleges.
The embassy hopes to attract more U.S. students in a series of college fairs in five cities during the next two months. The first is Tuesday at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cranberry.
"We haven't been to Pittsburgh before, so we're trying to target some different areas in the states," embassy spokeswoman Michelle Mahoney said.
College recruiters will be touting Canada's diversity and, in some cases, cheaper tuition.
"(Canada's) diversity is not just one of culture, but it's also diversity in the types of institutions that we have and their size and specialties," said Alison Hebbs, a spokeswoman for the Associations of Universities and Colleges of Canada, which represents 92 Canadian public and private not-for-profit institutions. …