Canada is a multicultural country and therefore, attract students from around the globe. According to (2016) Statistics Canada 266,620 international students were enrolled across the country.
This year Fanshawe College welcomed almost 1400 students from 70 countries.
International students tend to have higher expectations when they enroll in the educational institutes in the country not knowing the drawbacks and the struggle involved throughout.
Besides from paying international tuition fee which is three times that of domestic students, there are many other challenges that the students face.
- Affordable House Hunt
- Financial Challenges
- Inequality in Job Sector
- Language Barrier
- Adapting Canadian Lifestyle
- Different Education System
Student Life Coordinator at Fanshawe, Cynthia Konnerth helps the students in their initial struggle in the Forest City. She says students feel pressurized to blend in sometimes.
“Many international students, not all but many students ,they come to us with a multiple set of challenges”.
One of the most toughest struggles for the students is to face racism. Fanshawe student Karen Cameron-Davis says she has experienced the bitter side of Canadians.
“In the classrooms some of the students are very friendly but most of them aren’t , they prefer not to sit beside you”.
She further expresses that ” It’s one of those things that makes me wonder should I just go back home or should I continue and complete my course”.
Apart from most serious issues like discrimination and racism, students tend to adapt more simpler and affordable way of living by shopping at thrift stores and even by preparing their meals at home rather than eating from food joints.
In spite of all the problems the spirit of doing well and struggle to establish oneself is extremely high in the international students.