Securing Better Future For INTERNATIONAL Students in Canada
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This petition highlights the key issues faced by International Students in Canada and Demand to Federal and Provincial government for serious address on issues like ( 30+Working hours, Harassment faced by students in colleges, Control on irregular Fees Hike by colleges and Universities despite 3/4 Times fees as compare to domestic fee structure)
According to Canadian Bureau for International Education,
• In 2017, 75% of international students in Canada were pursuing post-secondary studies of which 57% were studying in a university program, 41% were studying in a college program and 2% in CEGEP.
• Canada recognizes the impact international education has on the economy. Recent reports indicate that international students contributed $12.8 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2016. This figure represents a 22 per cent increase over 2015.
Despite a set of common challenges that all students face in Canada, it became evident that there were unique challenges that international students had to combat. International students can feel a heightened sense of alienation due to lack of community engagement and support. While culture shock may be inevitable, there is a significant lack of supports offered by universities or colleges to help international students who are facing these challenges.
Additionally, without proper supports set in place, international students face problems with regard to Finances, Insufficient off-campus work hours, unavailability of courses, Rare Job placements, denial of accommodation, Triple or even 4 Times high fee structure as compare to domestic students, difficult permanent residency channel, etc.For many recent international grads, these challenges continue to negatively impact their lives as they enter the workforce and begin their careers. A study conducted by the University of Guelph revealed that, “the perception of discrimination by some prospective employers based on international student status in Canada leads to a feeling of being undervalued” (Guelph Study). Furthermore, this study indicates how important it was for students to have a real connection with their broader community in order to succeed within PSE and as they enter their careers. Studies such as this indicate post-secondary institutions need to offer effective programs and supports for international students throughout the duration of their entire undergraduate career so that they can succeed after graduation as well.
In addition to paying tuition fees 3-4 times higher than domestic fees, it’s important not only to recognize the financial burdens the students face but also the social, academic, and cultural barriers they are challenged with in their post-secondary careers.
It’s time for our institutions and the federal and provincial governments to address the needs of these students more effectively, and this requires having a conversation with international students and developing a response to the issues they face so that they can thrive in our province and universities.
The Key demands from students are: -
� Proper Address of Issues by Federal and Provincial governments.
� Better Institutional Support systems.
�Increase Working hours More than 30 Hours a week
� Better working opportunities through Campus Job placements.
� Easy Permanent Residency Channel.
� Reasonable Fees Structure.
� Valuation of Part-time experience towards PR.
� Finally Securing a Quality life for students in Canada.
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