While enrolment rates of domestic students in Nova Scotia decline, international student enrolment is increasing. While students know that international students contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of our campuses, institutions are often investing in international student recruitment as a tool to increase revenue through the collection of massive differential fees. This results in international students paying up to three times the rate of tuition fees as their domestic peers.
While international students are recruited to Nova Scotian institutions with many promises of a welcoming and supportive learning environment, many are not told that international students are not granted Medical Services Insurance for the first year in the province, and must rely on expensive health insurance alternatives.
Students are calling on Nova Scotians to support candidates that support offering medical services insurance to international students immediately upon arrival to the province.