After School: Keeping International Students In-Province

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After School: Keeping International Students In-Province

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Author: Kathryn Dennler


This research examines whether international students remain in their province of study after their first study permit and how provincial governments can increase retention in the province of study.

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The number of new international students nearly tripled from 2010 to 2019.

Five times more new international students got a study permit for college/certificate programs in 2019 than in 2010.

One year after the expiration of their first study permit, most international students who remained in Canada are in the province where they studied, with the highest retention in Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta.

Former international students who are employed in Canada three years after their study permit expires tend to work in the province where they studied.


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