International Student Integration into the Canadian University: A Post-World War Two Historical Case Study


  • James D. Cameron St. Francis Xavier University


HIC, 2006, James D. Cameron


This study claims that the scholars of both Canadian immigration and the social history of student life have neglected to examine the international student presence in Canada, increasingly important at its universities since 1945. Using a historical case study approach and based on a corpus of sources such as student, staff and faculty interviews, student publications, and university documentary and statistical records, this article, as an initial exploration, traces and analyzes the experiences of international students who studied at St. Francis Xavier University in Atlantic Canada since World War II.

Author Biography

James D. Cameron, St. Francis Xavier University

James D. Cameron is an associate professor of history at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. In addition to undergraduate teaching duties, he also researches and publishes in the areas of Canadian immigration, ethnicity, multiculturalism, and higher education. Earlier publications include For the People: A History of St. Francis Xavier University (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1996), “And Martha Served”: A History of the Sisters of St. Martha, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (Halifax: Nimbus, 2000), as well as articles on Canadian university life, ethnicity, immigration, and religion in Atlantic Canada.