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Student Surveys

International Student Barometer

What is ISB?

The International Student Barometer (ISB) tracks and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of international students from application to graduation. Your feedback is important to help shape programming, services and resources, and enhance the international student experience at Dalhousie. 

The survey is created by an independent research agency (i-graduate) who collect feedback from over 2.9 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study—which makes the ISB a leading benchmarking tool to track the international student experience.

Questions on the ISB survey cover the following topics:

  • demographics/personal profile
  • academic profile
  • decision-making to attend Dalhousie
  • accommodation and living costs
  • arrival experience & orientation
  • living experience
  • use of and satisfaction with various facilities and services
  • experiences with faculty
  • financing of education and debt
  • future education and employment
  • assessment of the overall university experience
  • Visa satisfaction

Who is eligible to take the survey?

All currently enrolled international students from all years of study: degree-seeking, postgraduate research level, and study abroad and exchange students.

This does not include distance learners or English language preparatory courses

Is the survey confidential? Where will my feedback be used?

Your participation in the survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous. The results of the survey will be reported in aggregate form only, and you will not be identified. The data is used to better understand the needs of our international students and improve services and supports for our students. Your responses are not connected to your individual student profile in any way.

Why is it important that I fill out the survey?

We're committed to improve your Dalhousie student experience. This is your opportunity to tell us what’s working, what’s frustrating and what you think of your university experience so far.

The information collected from the survey helps Dalhousie learn more about our international students and your expectations of, and reactions to, university. The results allow us to compare the experiences of international students at Dal with those of students at other Canadian universities, and internationally. More importantly, they show us what we’re doing right and what we need to improve upon to make the Dalhousie international student experience as rich as possible.

We recognize the significant investment of time and money you have made in your studies and we value your opinion.

As a thank you for your participation, survey respondents have the chance to win the following prizes:

  • A $1,000 cash prize or suggest a $1,000 donation to charity from i-graduate
  • A $500 Visa gift card
  • One of 5 $100 Visa gift cards