How Career Centers Support International Students’ Career Development: A Case Study of A Canadian University



career development, career service, international student, middle-range theory


This study explores how a Canadian university’s career center supports international graduate students’ job applications in the local labor market. The research examines the category of career services and international graduate students’ experience using the services. I analyzed career centers’ websites and interviewed seven international graduate students and two career center staff at a university in southern Ontario. The middle-range theoretical framework is used to discuss the relationships of findings between previous literature and my research. My results indicate that one-on-one career counselling is the most popular service. The center has wide connections with on- and off-campus stakeholders. The service can be accessed via email, website, and social media. International students received comprehensive and fundamental career support and positive feedback from career advisors. However, the services are not customized to all international students, especially those in humanities and social sciences. The research extends findings on services for international students and advises the center to develop more approachable and specialized career services.


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Author Biography

Yilun Jiang, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Yilun Jiang (he/him), Master of Arts Student in Higher Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His research interests include international and comparative higher education, student employability, and sustainable development in higher education. 


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How to Cite

Jiang, Y. (2024). How Career Centers Support International Students’ Career Development: A Case Study of A Canadian University. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 15(5(S). Retrieved from



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