2023 International Student Survey

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

Since the inaugural edition of the 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 insights of over 40,000 student respondents from 67 universities, colleges, and polytechnics across Canada.  Findings of this survey are available in the report: The Student Voice – National Results of the 2021 CBIE International Student Survey.

Join us in this important national endeavour! Become a participating institution in the 2023 iteration of the CBIE International Student Survey.


Learn how to register your institution to participate.

Register your institution

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.

Learn how to become a CBIE member.

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 ISS 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.