2023 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.

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 International Student Survey is September 22, 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.

Survey Timeline

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 17. The survey will close on November 30, 2023.