Zhang Wen Li is a Chinese international student completing his PhD at Dalhousie. He comes from a median-income Chinese family (equivalent to half of Canada’s low-income cut-off). He is living in residence and is academically outstanding.
Our model outlines Zhang’s financial circumstances for just the first year of his program. We assume that if the Province implemented StudentsNS’ recommended international student scholarships, they would allow eligible recipients to access Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships in the same amount as domestic students. We also assume that Zhang is not working or collecting any additional financial support.
|Housing and Food||$8,440||$11,030||$11,030|
|Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship||$0||$8,202||$15,000|
|Nova Scotia International Student Scholarship||$0||$0||$8,202|
- Zhang’s costs have increased markedly since 2004 and are very elevated for someone in Zhang’s circumstances; i.e. with family resources equal to half of our low-income cut-off.
- Increased resources have been made available to strong graduate students, through the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship Program, but support based on financial need remains limited.
- The Province of Nova Scotia should work with universities to introduce a combined need/merit-based Nova Scotia International Student Scholarship, thereby cancelling the international differential fee for ten per cent of international students – Report: International Students and the Future of Nova Scotia’s Universities.
- The Province should provide international students at public post-secondary
institutions with MSI coverage as soon as they begin their studies in Nova Scotia – Report: International Students and the Future of Nova Scotia’s Universities , 2013 Pre-Budget Submission, 2014 Pre-Budget Submission.
- The Province of Nova Scotia should cap international student tuition at the sum of Canadian students’ pre-bursary tuition plus the per-student university operating grant – Reports: International Students and the Future of Nova Scotia’s Universities.
- The model notably does not account for Zhang’s travel costs.
- In many cases the single largest year-to-year determinant of post-secondary costs for international students is currency exchange rates. These are not accounted for in the model.