The Increasing Reliance on International Students at UOIT

Doug Ford has changed some aspects of higher education, namely reducing domestic tuition costs by ten per cent.

These changes will affect all students in Ontario but will likely have the largest impact on international students in the province.

In response to these changes, some universities are likely to attempt to increase international student enrolment and tuition fees in order to compensate for the expected loss in revenue after Ford's adjustments come into effect.

With the aim of showing current trends in international and domestic student tuition and enrolment at the UOIT, we compiled the data from 2006-2017 to find meaningful insights to share with UOIT students.

We hope that this report will help to better understand what has been happening when it comes to tuition and enrolment at UOIT but also what is to be expected in the years to come.

Our summary concludes that UOIT has effectively favored increasing tuition fees and enrolment for international students over domestic students.

See the analysis below.

*When a year is stated, it is the beginning of that academic year. (ie. 2006 refers to the 2006-2007 academic year)

*Data was collected mainly from CUDO (Common University Data Ontario) by the Council of Ontario Universities, school documents such as tuition fee schedules and school-specific CUDO data.

*Tuition fee data was based on the tuition cost for an average undergraduate arts and science full-time degree as this is the metric CUDO uses as a common metric among all Ontario universities.

*The tuition fees stated below refer to the tuition cost for the first-year of studies.

UOIT Tuition Fees

International Tuition Increased by 1.7x and 2.2x More than Domestic Tuition and the Inflation Rate, Respectively, in the Same Period

UOIT's international tuition fees increased more than domestic tuition fees and the inflation rate from 2006-2017 by a drastic amount.

The international tuition increase almost doubled compared to the domestic tuition increase rate, from 2006-2017.

First-year domestic tuition costs of a full-time undergraduate arts and science degree at UOIT increased by about 24.84 per cent from $5,221 in 2006 (in 2017 dollars) to $6,517 in 2017.

On the other hand, international tuition for the same degree increased from $13,792 in 2006 (2017 dollars) to $19,550 in 2017, an increase of 41.75 per cent.

The increase in international tuition exceeded the increase in domestic tuition and the inflation rate by 1.7x and 2.2x, respectively.

International Tuition Quadrupled Compared to Domestic Tuition Each Year

international tuition at UOIT has increased by four times the amount of domestic tuition on average from 2006 to 2017

International tuition has increased by more than four times the average amount of domestic tuition each year.

From 2006 to 2017, the average annual increase in domestic tuition was only $120, while the average annual increase in international tuition was $497.

This means that international tuition increased by more than four times the amount of domestic tuition each year in terms of dollar values.

international tuition at UOIT has been steadily increasing while domestic tuition has almost flatlined.

Adjusted for inflation: numbers shown are in 2017 dollars. Tuition data for 2011 was unavailable.

From 2006 to 2017, international tuition increased $5,758 while domestic tuition increased only $1,296.

On an annual basis, it is evident that there has been a substantial rise in international tuition, compared to the small rise in domestic tuition.

The annual financial contrast in tuition increases demonstrates the intention of UOIT to capitalize further on incoming international students.

*International Student Fees NOTE:

One important thing to note is that the fees being used to calculate international fees do not include ancillary fees, UHIP, Ontario's International Recovery Fee, etc.

Although ancillary fees are typically equal for both domestic and international students, extra fees such as UHIP and Ontario's International Recovery Fee could add an additional $1000-$2000 to an international student's yearly fees.

Which would further widen the gap between total international and domestic fees.

*Enrolment data is based on both full time and part time students for all levels of degrees including Bachelor’s and 1st Professional Degrees, Master’s Degrees, and Doctoral Degrees.

UOIT Enrolment

International Enrolment Increased by 1.6x More Than Domestic Enrolment

UOIT international enrolment has increased at a higher rate relative to domestic enrolment from 2006 to 2017

The rise in international student enrolment surpassed domestic enrolment from 2006 to 2017.

The amount of international students enrolled at UOIT has tripled from 204 international students in 2006 to 632 in 2017.

However, UOIT's domestic student population grew at a lower rate from 4,095 domestic students in 2006 to 9,352 in 2017.

UOIT Student Enrolment Breakdown

UOIT international student enrolment has been steadily increasing each year

Since 2006, international student enrolment has steadily increased.
UOIT domestic student enrolment has also increased over the years but has stagnated from 2013 and on.

Domestic student enrolment has also increased over time, but has stagnated since 2013.

Although enrolment for both student groups has been increasing year over year, the rates at which the enrolments have been increasing differs from international to domestic students.

UOIT's focus on international students can be seen in the difference in annual increase rates in enrolment below.

On Average, International Enrolment Increased by 50 Per Cent more Annually Than Domestic Enrolment

UOIT international enrolment increased at a higher rate each year compared to domestic enrolment

International enrolment has continuously increased around 1.5x more on average per year than domestic enrolment.

The average annual increase in international student enrolment was 11.64 per cent while domestic enrolment rose by just under eight per cent per year.

This indicates that on average, international enrolment rose 1.5x more than domestic enrolment each year.

UOIT international enrolment grew at much higher rates than domestic enrolment for most years from 2006 to 2015

International enrolment grew at rates that were substantially higher than domestic enrolment year-over-year for most academic years between 2006 and 2017.

Although international enrolment decreased from 2015-2017, it has historically outpaced domestic enrolment increases year over year.

For instance, the change in enrolled international students in the years 2011-2012 was more than 4.5x greater than the increase in domestic students.

In 2017, UOIT Had 36 Per Cent More International Students Than in 2006

proportion of international students at UOIT increased 1.4x in 12 years.

In 2017, UOIT's student population included more international students than in 2006.

In 2017, UOIT welcomed 1.4x more international students compared to 2006, showing the increased attention from UOIT on attracting more international students than domestic.

With this analysis, it has been shown that UOIT has increased its dependence on international student enrolment and higher tuition costs over the past 12 years.

Ontario universities have taken advantage of their high international demand to increase their international tuition fees and enrolment without major implications due to the quality and accessibility of their schools, as well as a cheap Canadian dollar relative to competing countries.

Current and prospective students should know that a further or more substantial increase in international tuition and enrolment is very likely to occur when Ford's changes come into effect and that this trend of dependence on international students will most likely continue on.


*Ancillary fees, Incidental fees, UHIP, Ontario’s International Recovery fee, and any other fees were excluded from calculations; only tuition fees were included.

*Enrolment data was collected from CUDO by the Council of Ontario Universities.

*See here for a similar analysis but on Ontario as a whole:
Ontario Universities' Increasing Reliance on International Students



CUDO Tool by the Council of Ontario Universities

CUDO Archives


Ontario Universities' Increasing Reliance on International Students

Students Say Ford's Performance-Based Funding is Misguided

Queen’s University by the Numbers: An Intuitive Financial Analysis For Students

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Author: daniel @ oneclass . com


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