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ERIC Number: ED538373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
International Students in BC, 2011-12. BCTF Research Report. Section V. 2012-EF-03
Kuehn, Larry
British Columbia Teachers' Federation
Tuition revenue from overseas students increased by over $9 million dollars in 2011-12 over the previous year. It reached a record amount of $138,848,821. The increased revenue reflects an increase of nearly 500 international students, reaching a total of 9,281.1 (FTE). However, the patterns of inequality continue to be reinforced, because most of the students study in Metro Vancouver, the Okanagan, and Vancouver Island, and those are the areas which experienced increased revenue. Smaller districts in the Interior and the North tend to get very few international students. They not only lose out on revenues, but also the diversity that international students can bring to a school. Coquitlam continued to claim the most revenue of any district, although it dropped nearly a half million to $14.9 million. Burnaby and Richmond were the big gainers, with each bringing in about $2 million more than the previous year. North Vancouver dropped by $0.6 million, while neighbouring West Vancouver gained by nearly that amount. School districts charge more in tuition for each international student than they get from the province for each Canadian student. Each board decides how the funding will be used; no provincial guidelines exist. How the funds are used varies substantially from district to district, and even within districts. Some schools get a significant portion of the extra revenue to support school activities. Some classrooms get extra resources if there is an international student in the class. In other cases, the district uses all or nearly all the amounts on a district basis. Reports from teachers indicate that little specialized ESL is assigned to international students.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Vancouver)