A growing number of students from international pathways (SFIP) are coming to study at Canadian post-secondary institutions. These students often participate in work-integrated learning programs. In this study, the researchers explored perceptions held by employers regarding the hiring of these students.

Four distinct worldviews reflecting differing beliefs and practices were found. While each worldview agreed that international students can make valuable contributions to Canadian workplaces, three of the four worldviews were less supportive with respect to hiring these due to the challenges they associated with the process (e.g. managing language and cultural differences, conducting international reference checks, finding the resources to ensure a good “fit”).

This research provides insights to help ensure successful work-integrated relationships for students from international pathways, the organizations that hire them, and the institutions that support these programs.