Student Surveys  

Comprehensive and timely pan-Canadian data is vital to inform policy and program decision-making within our sector. The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is committed to leveraging its unique role to build a national body of evidence that can drive innovation and sustainability for international education in Canada.

The CBIE Learning Abroad Student Survey  

Cultivating the talent Canada needs to address its global engagement challenge calls for a multifaceted approach, including a culture shift in the perceived value of an international experience. This large-scale study focuses on outbound student mobility and offers timely insights into key issues relevant to Canadian outbound mobility from the student perspective, including understanding the value of education abroad; surfacing awareness of the opportunities available, and identifying the barriers to participation.

In 2016, CBIE undertook its Education Abroad Student Survey, engaging 35 of its member institutions (30 universities and 5 colleges/polytechnics) from across all ten provinces. Over 7,000 students responded to the survey. The 2016 Report – A World of Learning is available in our Research Library.

The next iteration of the CBIE Education Abroad Student Survey will be launched in the spring of 2023. Click on the button below to register your interest and/or join the information webinar on February 9th from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm (ET).

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The CBIE International Student Survey

The CBIE International Student Survey (ISS) is a unique, national dataset that provides critical and holistic insights into the international student experience in Canada’s post-secondary institutions, from pre-arrival planning through study and post-graduate phases.

Since the inaugural edition of the International Student Survey in 2012, the number of student respondents and the scope of knowledge and trends illuminated through the dataset have grown immensely. The survey increasingly supports the international education sector’s capacity to drive informed, innovative practices through an increased understanding of the stories, motivations, and perceptions of the international students who choose to study in Canada.

The 2021 ISS offered insight from over 40,000 student respondents across Canada, including 67 universities, colleges, and polytechnics. Findings of this survey The Student Voice – National Results of the 2021 CBIE International Student Survey are available in our Research Library.

The next iteration of the CBIE International Student Survey will be in the fall of 2023. Click on the button below to view all the details and register your institution.

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