Equity in International Education: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Intercultural Competence and the Experiences of International Students in Canada

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Walt, Maria Claudia




Canada's government and universities have been successful in placing Canada as a top competitor in the international education global market. These efforts have caused significant increases in the numbers of international students choosing Canadian universities today. As a result, universities in Canada are facing an equity dilemma, balancing their structures, policies, and processes, with their responsibility to international students. Through an autoethnographic account of international student stories in a Canadian university, this thesis addresses the opportunities for equity, in developing the intercultural competence of universities. These student experiences of Canada's academic culture, university support services, and financial policies, constitute critical areas of inequity in international student success. By increasing the effectiveness of those facing and managing the intercultural barriers experienced by international students, universities can improve equity within international education in Canada.






Carleton University

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Canadian Studies

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