International students experience greater anxiety and isolation than domestic students, while having access to less social support, writes Ezgi Ozyonum, a public scholar at Concordia University.

International students experience greater anxiety and isolation than domestic students, while having access to less social support, writes Ezgi Ozyonum, a public scholar at Concordia University. PHOTO BY DAVE SIDAWAY /Montreal Gazette

International students will need additional support as campuses reopen, writes Ezgi Ozyonum, as they have faced physical, financial, and emotional challenges to studying in Canada during the pandemic. Ozyonum says her research has shown that international students face more isolation and anxiety than domestic students, and that postsecondary institutions should promote support for students in anticipation of this. The author also highlights unique barriers for international students, such as needing to self-isolate on arrival, having unrecognized vaccinations, and not having access to health insurance. Finally, Ozyonum encourages governments and institutions to work together to remove financial barriers for international students.

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