Goal 3

Retention of International Students

10% of foreign students stay in Nova Scotia
(up from 5%).

Updated:

Current Situation

The gross number of international post-secondary students transitioning to permanent residency has increased — if somewhat inconsistently — resulting in significant gains in 2016. However, the rate of increase in retention has not been in proportion with the significant increase in the number of these students studying in Nova Scotia. At the current pace, we are not on track reach the ‘stretch’ target of a 10 per cent retention rate.

year rate target baseline
2005 3.60 10 5
2006 6.00 10 5
2007 6.20 10 5
2008 7.50 10 5
2009 5.70 10 5
2010 5.30 10 5
2011 4.10 10 5
2012 5.10 10 5
2013 6.00 10 5
2014 5.60 10 5
2015 3.40 10 5
2016 5.80 10 5

What this means

A growing number of potential economic migrants are being attracted to study at Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions. More of them are also choosing to stay and build a life here. This is an opportunity to help combat the province’s demographic and economic challenges. As the number of enrolments rise, retention efforts can expand to accommodate the larger volume of potential economic migrants.

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