International students flock to Canadian universities

With the end of 2017 near, Maclean’s has published their annual review of Canadian universities, showcasing where out-of-province and international students are flocking. From the foreign student category, the University of British Columbia (UBC), McGill University, and Bishop’s University took gold, silver, and bronze on their number of enrolled international students. However, Carleton was ranked 18th on this list, with 12.5 per cent of the first-year undergraduate population travelling from foreign countries to enroll. From the out-of-province category, Mount Allison University took first with 51.2 per cent of its first-year student population coming from different provinces. From this section, Carleton stands at 26th place, with only 8.8 per cent of the undergraduate student body coming from out-of-province. What are universities […]

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International students struggle to cover costs

With the cost of living becoming more and more expensive, one student has taken a unique approach to funding his rent payment. A Carleton international student, who wished to remain anonymous, started a GoFundMe page to raise $900 to help pay for his rent. In less than a week, he raised $985 and has since ended the campaign. According to Shannon Clarke, the director of Student Affairs, students taking to GoFundMe to pay for their school expenses is not an unusual thing. If an international student comes forward with financial need, Clarke said the university has valuable resources. “We want to make sure they have as much support on campus as they can get,” Clarke said. She added that staff […]

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RRRA offers International Student Identity Cards

Since starting to offer International Student Identity Cards (ISIC) in September, 200 students have picked them up, according to Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) president Hyder Naqvi. Last September, the Carleton’s Graduate Students Association and RRRA began handing out ISIC cards, which are designed to make student life more affordable, particularly for international students who already pay higher tuition fees compared to those from Canada. The cards are also the only accepted form of student ID in certain countries, according to the ISIC card website. While geared towards international students, the cards are not exclusive. ISIC cards can be picked up by any undergraduate or graduate student. The process is similar to getting a campus card: the student comes in, […]

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Feds say permanent residency process for students to be reformed

The federal government will attempt to make the process for international students to become permanent residents easier, immigration minister John McCallum announced March 14. McCallum said he plans to launch talks between the federal and provincial governments to reform the Express Entry program, which favours skilled workers over foreign students when selecting candidates for permanent residency. “International students have been short-changed by the express entry system,” McCallum said at a press conference. “They are the cream of the crop, in terms of potential future Canadians.” According to Matthew Watt, a licensed immigration consultant with law firm Canadian Immigration, one of the existing problems for graduating international students is that they aren’t able to earn enough points to compete against other […]

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High hopes in lead-up to Trudeau’s first budget

Students and university faculty are hopeful Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first budget will provide additional funding for universities and programs for young people when it is unveiled on March 22. Although administering post-secondary education falls under provincial control, the federal government can transfer cash to provinces, inject funding into research and development, or create jobs for youth. On the day of Ontario’s announcement that it will expand grants to cover the average cost of tuition for students coming from families making less than $50,000 per year, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) called on the federal government to do more to funding post-secondary student tuition. “We’re looking to the upcoming federal budget and saying ‘Your move, Prime Minister Trudeau,’” said […]

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