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Setting the PACE for International Students

In the World and of the World

Canada is a country of terrific opportunities and diversity. Ryerson’s commitment to equity and social justice means sharing these opportunities by opening our doors to more international students, particularly those who demonstrate promise and excellence but find themselves in challenging circumstances. 

International students educated in Canada often have dramatically improved employment opportunities, and are better positioned to contribute important skills to their home countries.

International students also make Canada and Ryerson stronger. Attracting the best and brightest international students helps foster innovation, promotes cross-cultural understanding, and enriches the educational experience of all students.

Cost is the greatest barrier to education for students from abroad. Scholarships and bursaries help attract talented international students who face higher overall costs when moving to a new country, and adapting to a new language, customs and culture.

Ryerson’s International Student Support program helps students adjust to life in Canada, connect with fellow classmates, and reach their academic, personal, and professional goals.

With students from over 146 countries, we have one of the most diverse and inclusive student populations in Canada. Help us continue to renew and enrich this diversity by attracting international students who deepen our connections to the global community.

Tara Luu
Tara Luu

International student from Vietnam 
B.Sc. Industrial Engineering, 2016

Tara's Story

I’m from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and one of the reasons I chose to study at Ryerson is its strong sense of community. What I didn’t know when I applied was how much I would count on this community throughout my studies.

I came to Canada by myself when I was 16 years old, and stayed with my aunt’s family. I couldn’t take up paid work because of my visa and there were no other students from Vietnam in my high school. It was a challenging time. When it came time to apply for university, my biggest frustration was how few scholarships and awards were out there for international students.  

When I arrived at Ryerson, I found the help I needed at International Student Support (ISS). I ended up working with ISS for two years as a mentor to other international students because I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with other newcomers, especially women.

Getting a student award took away some of my financial burden and gave me the incentive to keep working hard on my academic performance. And that is one of the main reasons why I found a great internship at the Michael Garron Hospital when I graduated. 

Working in Toronto helped me realize that international students have a unique place in the city. We can help make the businesses we work in more creative and innovative. International perspectives are essential for progress, and we have the languages and skills to help Canadian companies compete in an increasingly global world.

85% 

of international students say they developed a more sophisticated way of looking at the world

96% 

of international students say studying abroad increased their self-confidence International students sparked

  

81,000 

jobs in Canada

  

51% 

of international students plan to apply for permanent residency in Canada

  

80% 

of employers say employees with international experience enhance competitiveness

You can help international students by contributing to the PACE fund. Your support will provide direct financial assistance to international students through scholarships and bursaries.