Canadian Bureau for International Education 2021 International Student Survey

Survey Benefits

  • The survey provides a point-in-time picture of international students across the country.
  • The longitudinal data collected from the International Student Survey (ISS) informs policy and decision-making at provincial/territorial and federal levels.
  • The survey provides Canadian institutions with insight into the perceptions, motivations, plans, and experiences of their own international students.
  • The data collected informs a tool for Canadian institutions to measure the progress of their strategic and operational objectives compared to a national standard.
  • Given the broad-based nature of participating member institutions representative of the Canadian post-secondary landscape, the ISS yields reliable and valid data across the sector.


The Canadian Bureau of International Education is offering three cash prizes of $1,000 and four cash prizes of $500. Winners will be randomly selected from the pool of international students who complete the survey. To be eligible you must complete the survey and agree to take part in the draw.

Survey Terms and Conditions

  • This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
  • Your name will only be entered into the draw if you complete the entire survey.
  • You can save your progress (option located in the top-right corner of your screen) and exit/return at any time.
  • By agreeing to continue, you are giving your consent to participate in this research and agree that your anonymized data will be retained by CBIE and may be used in future longitudinal studies.
  • You may withdraw from the survey at any time by closing your browser, but data collected up to that point will be retained by CBIE.
  • Should you want all your data to be permanently removed, please send your request to

Survey Support

If you have any questions or concerns about how this survey is being conducted or if you experience any problems with the survey itself, please contact

Mental Health Support Services

You will be asked a number of questions regarding your experience as an international student on campus and in the extended community. If at any point during the survey you experience any discomfort please do not hesitate to reach out to the services listed below:

Other services are also available:

  • Better Help provides online access to professional counsellors.
  • The LifeLine App provides direct access to phone, online chat, text, and email crisis support, E-counselling, self-management tools, access to crisis centres across Canada.