Evaluation of the International Student Program

Evaluation Division
Research and Evaluation
July 2010

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) conducted an evaluation of the International Student Program (ISP) to examine its performance and relevance. Guided by an Evaluation Framework, the study evaluated the program design, delivery, relevance and effectiveness, and sought to provide results-based information which can facilitate ongoing program improvement and future policy decisions. It also considered the efficiency and economy of the program relative to the other temporary resident streams, and explored various factors affecting program delivery.

The study focused on international students studying at the post-secondary levels. However, the administrative data analysis revealed a substantial number of students arriving to study at the elementary and secondary levels, comprising approximately 25% of all international student entries. This was explored through further research (discussed in section 1.3.1). Data collection for the evaluation was carried out between November 2008 and January 2010.

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