Student and Alumni Survey

All Canadian post-secondary institutions, both CBIE members and non-members, are welcome to join this national research initiative and complete the 2023 CBIE Learning Abroad Student & Alumni Survey. In cooperation with participating institutions, CBIE will administer this survey to students and alumni who have completed a learning abroad activity within the past five years. CBIE will provide resources to assist institutions in the administration of this survey. The institution survey is required from each institution committed to distributing the survey to their respective students and alumni.

CBIE will request the contact details of the main collaborator at your institution, who will be responsible for communicating with CBIE. This person will ensure that the appropriate internal review process is followed at their institution, ensuring that the survey can be delivered to their respective student population. To ensure transparency, this agreement also clearly stipulates the intended use of the data, as well as the institution’s involvement, to ensure full consent and due diligence. This section provides detailed information about the survey methodology, including responsibilities, ethical review, sampling, email distribution, prizes and timelines.

CBIE Responsibilities

  • Provides a guide for participating institutions that includes detailed survey methodology and delivery information.
  • Manages the survey and designs the questionnaire with additional input from member institutions.
  • Provides a promotional toolkit to participating institutions, including targeted communications to students and alumni.
  • Assists institutions with their internal review processes, which may include an ethics review or other relevant internal due diligence.
  • Responds to student queries regarding the survey.
  • Collect, clean and analyze the survey responses.
  • Circulate the anonymized institution-specific and national datasets and reports to all participating institutions.
  • Publish a National Survey Report recognizing participating institutions as contributors to benefit the Canadian international education sector.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Complete and submit the institutional survey.
  • Reads through the guide for participating institutions, sent to institutions once the institutional survey has been submitted.
  • Conduct an internal survey review through an ethics review or other relevant internal due diligence, as required by the institution.
  • Launch the online survey with the custom link provided by CBIE.
  • Promotes the survey via emails and social media.

Ethical Review


CBIE has submitted an application to the Community Research Ethics Office (CREO), a Research Ethics Board (REB) that services Canadian not-for-profit organizations, governments, independent consultants, community organizations, community researchers, and others that want to maximize the ethical conduct of their research. CREO’s work aligns with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2, 2018). Once CBIE’s statement of ethics approval is obtained from CREO for the International Student Survey, it will be circulated to participating institutions to be used as additional information for internal ethics review processes.

Participating Institutions

Many institutions have research ethics boards (REB) that assess research involving human subjects. REBs ensure compliance with ethical standards and protect the dignity, rights and welfare of research participants. Review your institution’s ethics approval procedure. If an internal ethical review is required to complete this project at your institution, in addition to CBIE’s ethics approval obtained from CREO, we highly recommend beginning this process as soon as possible.

CBIE offers assistance to institutions in meeting their ethical requirements. Information to complete your request for ethical review and all the supporting documents are available from the “Supporting Documents” navigation button above. Please note that the password to access this information will be provided by CBIE once the participation agreement has been submitted.

Sampling and Survey Promotion

The student survey is limited to post-secondary students and alumni who participated in learning abroad activities in the last five years.

CBIE provides institutions with a generic link to the survey. Participating institutions will be responsible for promoting the survey to their students and graduates. Templates for emails and social media posts, as well as a suggested timeline for communications, will be provided.

Institutions can use their preferred version of the email survey invitation that will be sent to students. The email content should appear exactly as your institution wishes it to, including any logos and electronic signatures. These features may help students to understand that the survey is genuine; however, some students’ email programs may not display embedded graphics, rich text formatting, or HTML formatting properly. Institutions are responsible for ensuring that the emails are formatted so that they will pass the spam filters of your institution.


To encourage students to participate in the survey, CBIE is offering three prizes of $1,000.  Winners will be randomly selected from the pool of students who complete the survey. To be eligible, students must complete the survey, agree to participate in the optional draw and give permission to CBIE to contact them if they are one of the winners. CBIE will communicate directly with the winners via email to award the prizes. Only if students agree to share the news with their institution will CBIE inform the respective institution.      

Institutions can further incentivize the survey specifically for their respective student population.  In this instance, institutions must notify their students accordingly, select the winners and coordinate the prize logistics. Each student who completes the survey will receive a confirmation email that can be used as proof of having completed the survey (i.e. students can forward it to a specific inbox at the institution). 

Informed Consent – Survey Participation & Draw Winners

Participants agree to complete the survey to provide anonymized data to support this national research initiative. CBIE will retain the data for 25 years and use it for longitudinal studies.

Participants may withdraw from the survey at any time by closing their browser. Incomplete questionnaires will not be included in the anonymized dataset. Participants can request the removal of their data before June 16, 2023 by sending thier request to

At the end of the questionnaire, participants will be asked if they want to join the draw for a chance to win $1,000. If participants opt-in, they will be instructed to regularly verify their inbox (and spam/junk mail) during June 2023 for an email from The three winners must claim their prize within 14 days of the email notification and validate their identity. Names will not be associated with any of the data provided in the questionnaire. Direct deposit information will be required to transfer the $1,000 prize.

A copy of the online consent form that participants must agree to before beginning the survey is available here.

Data Security

CBIE uses the professional Alchemer business account to collect participant data. The web-based method is designed to accommodate a large sample

Alchemer offers Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption, which works through a cryptographic system to ensure a secure connection between the client (student) and the server (where the responses are saved). SSL is commonly used for online banking sites to transmit secured information. A link with SSL encryption shows the ‘s’ in the ‘HTTP’ address.

Finally, Alchemer is compliant with Canadian privacy (all data resides on Canadian servers) and accessibility standards (W3C). Alchemer’s privacy policy is available online.