Tips on Recruiting International Students
It’s no secret that a major priority of Canadian universitiesÂ is to recruit substantial numbers of international students, who in turn pay very high tuition feesÂ once they arrive in Canada. Recent evidence suggests that insofar asÂ Canadian universities want to continue doing so, they should work with senior levels of government to reduce the cost of bothÂ housing and public transit for students.
A recent article in The Pie NewsÂ looks atÂ the recent decrease in international-student recruitment at Australian universities.Â An industry analyst quoted in the article blames the decrease in large part on the “high costs of student accommodation and public transport in major Australian cities.”
I think there are lessons here for Canada.
One way to reduce the cost of student housing in Canadian citiesÂ would beÂ to increase the amount of student housing that his owned and operated by non-profit entities, rather than private entities.Â I’ve blogged before about the extent to which this keeps rent levels for tenants down over the long term.Â And one way to keep the cost of public transportation down for studentsÂ would beÂ to increase the availability of universal student transit passes, which I plan to blog about later this month.
Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. He has a PhD in public policy.