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 increased, if somewhat inconsistently, seeing significant gains in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, 9.4 per cent of foreign students choose to stay in Nova Scotia post-graduation, up from the baseline of 5.1 per cent (2012). There has also been a significant increase in the number of students studying in Nova Scotia. However, the rate of increase in retention has exceeded the number of new students studying in Nova Scotia. Therefore, at the current pace we are on track to reach the 'stretch' target of a 10 per cent retention rate. 

yearratetargetbaseline
20053.6105
20066105
20076.2105
20087.5105
20095.7105
20105.3105
20114.1105
20125.1105
20136105
20145.5105
20153.3105
20166.9105
20179.4105

 

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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