International students pay significantly higher tuitions than domestic students, but don't have access to the same pandemic benefits.
International student enrolment is an especially big question mark because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Canada has 11 federally designated quarantine sites, and some universities have their own facilities for students.
International students make big contributions to Canadian universities and colleges, and the economy.
The exam is a requirement to apply to residency in Canada in 2021.
Accessing health care is one of the many challenges international students face amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are more than 400,000 international students in Canada, and no one is building housing for them.
And it starts with treating them fairly.
At last count, there were 266,620 enrolled across the country, according to Statistics Canada.
Following Trump's executive order banning travellers from seven "Muslim-majority" countries, Canadian colleges and universities penned statements touting themselves as welcoming, inclusive and open. I for one am holding back my applause. This is an opportunistic marketing ploy to recruit international students as a source of revenue.
For those not counting, there have been eight B.C. trade missions to China alone in the last 18 months. Forests minister Steve Thomson is set to leave on a ninth mission this Friday. Trade missions aren't cheap, they set the B.C. government back $767,000 in 2014 and that doesn't include the bill for local governments, universities and other agencies.
Students who've come from around the world to study in Canada are missing their moms thousands of kilometres away. To help
If Canada is to double its number of international students by 2022, as the government proposes, we need to consider the human factors that will make that successful. The first year of college abroad is a litmus test for many students. If they have a positive experience in the first year, they will stay. If they have a negative one, they will leave. Their initial arrival, and experience in the first few months, will determine whether they make a long-term contribution to Canada's culture and economy or head back home to where education is familiar. It is often quite overwhelming.
Nearly 27,000 Canadian students studied at higher education institutions in the United States during the 2011/12 academic year. The truth is Canadian students looking to gain admission to selective U.S. colleges are vying against an extremely competitive global applicant pool for limited spots. But there are steps Canadian students can take to set themselves apart when applying to schools south of the border.