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Province’s actions to eliminate international student exploitation

In early 2024, following consultation with international students and post-secondary partners in spring 2023, the Province introduced a suite of actions to eliminate exploitive practices, improve the quality of post-secondary education, and bring in new safeguards to support international students, including:

  • pausing approvals for new post-secondary institutions seeking to enrol international students until February 2026;
  • implementing more frequent inspections of private post-secondary institutions to ensure that new and improved quality standards are met;
  • ensuring private degree programs meet higher standards for approval, including higher assessment criteria for degree quality, demonstrated labour-market need for graduates, and appropriate resources and student supports;
  • creating new minimum language requirements for private institutions to ensure new international students are better prepared for their educational and professional journey in B.C.; and
  • requiring post-secondary institutions to post tuition levels for students for the entire time they are studying ensuring incoming students know the entire costs of education before they start a program.