COVID-19 Experiences of International Students in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


  • Ajay Garg Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Raymundo Rosada Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Jay Ariken Fairleigh Dickinson University



COVID-19, pandemic, international students, Vancouver, Canada


This study looked into the lived experiences of international students during the COVID-19 pandemic in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  The research focused on how international students viewed the COVID-19 pandemic, their personal, social, economic, health and hygiene, and schooling experiences.   A validated and reliable researchers-made questionnaire was used.  Weighted means and Fisher’s Exact Hypothesis Testing on Association were used to analyze the responses of the international students. The researchers used Fisher’s exact test since they wanted to know whether the proportions for one variable were different among values of the other variable. Foreign students had a solid grasp of the potential risks COVID-19 posed and accepted the associated lockdown requirements. The survey results indicated that the students’ nationality played a vital role in their perception of their financial health and well-being. Students were insecure with their accommodation, expenses, and scheduling.  Lastly, they also felt alone, and economically challenged.


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Author Biographies

Ajay Garg, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Master in Administrative Science

School of Public and Global Affairs

Raymundo Rosada, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Lecturer, Master in Administrative Science

School of Public and Global Affairs

Jay Ariken, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Lecturer, Master in Administrative Science

School of Public and Global Affairs


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How to Cite

Garg, A., Rosada, R., & Ariken, J. (2023). COVID-19 Experiences of International Students in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 15(3), 109–125.



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