Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Post-Secondary Student Information System (PSIS) International Student Data

I have a request from a faculty member regarding international students enrollment (Immigration status). The PSIS data I have found at,17351,20239&IF_Language=eng covers the time period 1993 – 2010. Is the 2011 – 2016 data available?

The researcher would like to have data that describes the number of international students who are enrolled in ESL programs in Canada.

A breakdown by province and type of school (private vs. public) would also be desirable if available.

We would like to suggest to the client to look at “Languages Canada website or contact them for that research purposes. They have private language school as well as some public institutions offering English as a second language as well as French as a second language.

We have also found some information on the ESL programs in our PSIS User guide. Please see extract below.

English as a Second Language (ESL)/English as an Additional Language (EAL)/French as a Second Language (FSL)

Most postsecondary institutions in the country have ESL, EAL or FSL activities. However, how this information is stored within each institution varies: some may include these activities as part of another program within their student registration system, while others may store this activity separately (i.e. with a distinct Program code). Alternately, information on ESL, EAL or FSL may be in a registration system that is separate from the centralized system and the information may not be available for reporting to the Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS) at this time.

For ESL, EAL or FSL activities that are stored separately from other educational activities and are available for reporting to PSIS, they are coded to Program type “01 – Basic education and skills programs” and coded to the Credential type that best describes the type of formal qualification awarded for successful completion of the program. Where no qualification is awarded, the program was coded to Credential type “98 – Not applicable”.