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International Graduate Students and the Work of Applying to a Canadian University

  • Author / Creator
    Corrigan, Joseph D.
  • In this study, the textually mediated processes of applying to a Canadian university are explored from the standpoint of international graduate students. As reduced government support makes universities in Canada increasingly reliant on differential fees paid by international students, there is little research or literature on how these individuals become cross-border learners in Canada. A federal government (2014) international education strategy for higher education calls for a dramatic increase in international students by 2022. At the same time, in Australia and elsewhere, there are growing concerns about the international student experience. Among other issues, this includes a lack of social integration, which may reduce retention and completion rates, and perhaps even settlement decisions among those who consider becoming new Canadians. Using institutional ethnography, this study adds a qualitative dimension to quantitative studies interrogating the experience of international students in Canada. This study supports the interview results from a CBIE (2014) study of international students, but takes issue with the high levels of satisfaction indicated by survey results that are reported in the same study.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-06:Spring 2017
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3833N97S
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Policy Studies
  • Specialization
    • Education Administration and Leadership
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Shultz, Lynette A. (Educational Policy Studies)
    • Taylor, Alison (Education, University of British Columbia)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kachur, Jerrold L. (Educational Policy Studies)
    • McCoy, Liza (Sociology, University of Calgary)
    • Spencer, Brenda L. (Education, University of Calgary)