Immigration, Education and Employment Pathways of Rural and Urban International Students in BC: What is Going On?

June 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Based on preliminary data and analysis, the presentation will focus on:  Gendered Experiences of South Asian International Students At Langara & College of New Caledonia

The presentation will take place by ZOOM and everyone is welcome!


For more information, please contact the Project Director, Jenny Francis.

We hope to see you there!

Jenny Francis & Research Team


Additional Project Information
The larger project is led by researchers at Langara College in Vancouver and the College of New Caledonia (CNC) in Prince George, along with community partners, Prince George Immigrant and Multicultural Service Society (IMSS), and South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (SVNH). Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is also a partner on the project.

The purpose of the 3-year study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is to investigate and improve outcomes for international students (IS) once they have left their Canadian postsecondary institution with the goal of aligning student intent with government and post-secondary institutional policy and the resources available to support students. To achieve this objective, the research will identify what is working and what is not working in terms of providing strategic supports and policy frameworks to meet the needs of different stakeholders, and to propose innovative solutions. The project findings will inform institutional, government, and community programming and policy to better meet the needs of IS so they are successful in what they want to achieve with respect to education, employment, and immigration status.

Data collection consists of a survey of current and former international students at postsecondary institutions in Prince George and Metro Vancouver, followed by interviews and focus groups with international students and professional stakeholders who work with IS in various capacities. We completed the survey portion in spring 2021, with 1,300 international students providing information on their experiences related to education, employment, housing, immigration and personal wellbeing. Now nearing the end of the second year of the project, we have been conducting interviews with current and former IS as well as with professional people whose work involves international education in some way. Around 100 interviews have been completed. The remaining year of the project will be devoted to analysis and knowledge dissemination.