Goal 3

Retention of International Students

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

Updated:

Retention of International Students data graphic

Current Situation

The gross number of international post-secondary students transitioning to permanent residency has been increasing since 2015 with significant gains in 2016 and 2017. 2018 has matched 2017’s strong result with 9.4 per cent of foreign students choosing to stay in Nova Scotia post-graduation. This represents a historic high for the province. There has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying in Nova Scotia but the rate of increase in retention has exceeded the growth of the international student body. Therefore, at the current pace we are on track to reach the 'stretch' target of a 10 per cent retention rate by 2024.

yearratetargetbaseline
20053.610.05.0
20066.010.05.0
20076.210.05.0
20087.510.05.0
20095.710.05.0
20105.310.05.0
20114.110.05.0
20125.110.05.0
20136.010.05.0
20145.510.05.0
20153.310.05.0
20166.910.05.0
20179.410.05.0
20189.410.05.0

*This year’s data are preliminary and only include January through August

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 enrollments rise, retention efforts can expand to accommodate the larger volume of potential economic migrants.

 

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