Graph Writing # 106 - Change in share of international students among university graduates

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Bar Graph:

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The chart below shows the percentage change in the share of international students among university graduates in different Canadian provinces between 2001 and 2006.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Share of international students in Canadian provinces

Sample Answer:
The bar graph shows data for international students in eight different provinces of Canadian Universities between 2001 and 2006. As is presented in the graph, the percentage of international students among those provinces increased significantly.

According to the given data, New Brunswick had nearly 7% share of international students in 2001 which was the largest percentage. In this year, Nova Scotia and Quebec both had more than 5% share of international students. All other provinces listed in the graph had less than 5% share of those international students.

After 5 years in 2006, the percentages of international students in these provinces increased significantly and New Brunswick had the highest percentage of international students (about 12%) while Nova Scotia and British Columbia both had over 10% such students. The percentage of international students in all other provinces increased noticeably and these shares were between 6% - 8%.

In summary, more international students went to study in Canadian Universities in 2006 than 2001, and New Brunswick and British Columbia were the two most favourite provinces for them in 2006.

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Nguyen Thuong Vu
The provided bar chart illustrates the changes in proportions of international graduates in Canada, in 2001 and 2006. Data is categorized in terms of eight provinces in Canada.

As an overall trend, international students who graduated in Canadian universities increased quite noticeably. In addition, the most significant change took place in British Columbia.

To begin with, the percentage of university students from foreign countries in New Brunswick was approximately 7% in 2001. Also in this year, their figures in Nova Scotia and Quebec were also around 6%. The remaining provinces had less than this percentage of international graduates and Ontario possessed the lowest percentage of such graduates, standing at about 3 per cent.

After 5 years, this ratio in Ontario increased two-fold but was still less than the shares of the remaining provinces. Similarly, the proportion of international students in New Brunswick exactly doubled and continued to have the highest figure. It is also worth noticing that universities in British Columbia had 11% of international graduates in 2006 - a 7% rise and equaling the province of Nova Scotia. The figures in Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador were the same - 7%. And finally, the proportions of foreign graduates in Alberta and Quebec increased by one-third and one-fourth after five years to become 7.5% and 8%, respectively.

This is not a line graph!
Vishal V Kurup
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