Student Mobility

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Student Mobility

Fast Facts

  • Less than 3% of Canadian post-secondary students currently take part in one session or more overseas – this is less than most OECD countries
  • 353 000 international students came to Canada in 2015 – Source CBIE, 2016
  • In 2014, CICan and Universities Canada signed an historic framework for collaboration to facilitate student mobility between post-secondary institutions.
  • CICan acts as a facilitator for the China Ministry of Education’s PathPro Project, which encourages exchanges and mobility between Chinese and Canadian institutions.

Post-secondary students in Canada benefit from having access to a large number of pathways to employment. Thousands of articulation agreements between colleges, institutes and universities facilitate transferability between post-secondary institutions. This flexibility allows students to choose the pathway most adapted to their needs and interests, as well as the requirements of their future employers.

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Across Canada, efforts have increased to improve student mobility within and between post-secondary education systems and to simplify pathways for learners. Colleges and institutes play a key role in this process and have a long history of offering students adapted options in partnership with a variety of stakeholders.

International mobility

Extending this mobility beyond Canada’s borders is becoming increasingly important as the country, and employers, seek to develop a globally connected and competitive workforce. Colleges and institutes have been encouraging student mobility for several years and pursuing international agreements with partners around the world.

CICan has been encouraging these efforts by signing collaboration agreements with key stakeholders in a number of countries. The association also continues to advocate for additional government support for international mobility programs.

CICan and Scotiabank

Partners for International Recruitment

The Scotiabank GIC program enables international students to meet the requirements of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada study permit application guidelines and provides access to funds to help pay for living expenses while studying in Canada. CICan and Scotiabank are also undertaking a pilot project – Global mobility program, which offers Canadian students the opportunity to travel, study and work overseas to acquire international and intercultural skills and experience that will benefit their career, their employer, their community and Canadian society.