2023 International Student Survey

Participating Institutions

All Canadian post-secondary institutions are welcome to join this national research initiative. Each participating institution will receive its respective institutional profile and benchmarking report as well as the anonymized datasets.

The deadline to submit the Participation Agreement to join the 2023 International Student Survey is April 26th, 2023.

Participation Fee

The cost of participation in the 2023 International Student Survey is included in the annual CBIE membership fee.

Institutions that are not members of CBIE are also welcome to participate in the survey. The fee to participate in the survey for a non-member institution is $5,500.

Surveying Period

Institutions should start their ethics review process as soon as possible to ensure the survey can be launched at the beginning of October 2023.

Institutions can launch the online survey with the link provided by CBIE, on October 4th. The survey will close on November 29, 2023.

Survey at a Glance

  • Uniquely Canadian, comprehensive, national, and bilingual in scope.
  • Respondents include full degree/diploma/certificate-seeking international students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions.
  • Given the broad-based nature of participating institutions, representative of the Canadian post-secondary landscape, the survey yields reliable and valid data across the sector.
  • Participating institutions will receive the anonymized institutional and national datasets and their respective institutional profile and benchmarking report.


  • International Student Demographics
  • Decision-Making and Pre-Arrival Activities
  • Satisfaction of Institutional Support Services
  • Academic Experience Satisfaction
  • Classroom, Campus and Community Engagement and Connection
  • Family, Housing, Work, and Finances
  • Perceptions of Safety and Inclusion
  • Post-Study Plans
  • Overall Student Satisfaction


  • Gain insight into the perceptions, motivations, plans, and experiences of your international students.
  • Understand the point-in-time picture of international students across the country.
  • Measure the progress of your strategic and operational objectives compared to a national standard.
  • Contribute to building a robust longitudinal national dataset that can inform policy and decisionmaking at the institutional, provincial/territorial and federal levels.