Ottawa, August 8, 2018 – The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is deeply concerned about the impact of Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to transfer scholarship students out of Canada as a result of the current political situation.
“As the national voice of international education in Canada, we are deeply concerned for the well-being of all international students including those from Saudi Arabia,” said Larissa Bezo, Interim President and CEO, Canadian Bureau for International Education. “They should be permitted to pursue their studies in Canada as planned where they remain welcome at institutions across the country.”
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada data from 2017 indicated that there were 7,640 Saudi Arabian study permit holders in Canada, making Saudi Arabia the 10th most common country of origin for international students in Canada. At the end of 2017, this represented 2% of Canada’s total international student population of 494,525. While CBIE does not administer scholarships for Saudi students, it is a voice for member institutions who welcome them.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education is the national organization dedicated to the internationalization of education and the expansion of educational partnerships between Canada and countries across the globe.