International Students Need to be Heard

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Going to a new country can be scary, but we want international students to know you still have a right to speak up and fight for what is right. Read what international students are doing to share their voices around the world.

This week we read two news stories that inspired us to write this article. The goal of International Student Voice Magazine is to provide a way for international students and study abroad students to have their voices heard. Sometimes it’s hard to speak up and stand for what is right. But we hope after you read this you gain a little bit more courage to share your thoughts and stories with us.

International Student Cleaners Exploited

In Australia, international students make up about half of the cleaning workforce and according to a new report released this week, they are subjected to bullying, racism, and sexual harassment. Just like in the United States, international students are only allowed to work 20 hours a week. This report said students are forced to work much longer hours without the additional pay. These students can’t quit because they need the money, so they are forced to deal with the abuse.

This video shows one international student speaking up, please watch:

Today it was announced the Fair Work Ombudsman in Melbourne is now investigating these claims by international students.

International Students Win Class-Action Lawsuit Against George Brown College

About 120 International students came to George Brown College in Canada for an eight-month international business management program. The college said in the course calendar that this program would provide “the opportunity to complete three industry designations/certifications” in addition to the school’s graduate degree.

The international students were only interested in the certifications. They already had a college degree. They simply came to George Brown to earn these certifications.

But George Brown didn’t offer these certifications just on their own. You had to be enrolled in a degree program and if students wanted to earn these certifications, it was at an extra cost to them.

This confusion in communication cost each of the international students about $11,000 in tuition. This doesn’t even include travel and living expenses.

The lawyers for George Brown said that a “reasonable student” who did the research would know these certifications were not available separate from a degree program.

But the judge did not agree with George Brown. The judge ruled in favor of the international students and found the school guilty of negligent misrepresentation. The amount George Brown must pay to these students will be determined at a later court hearing.

Share Your Story With International Student Voice Magazine

You may not experience situations like these international students, but we want you to share your story with us. We want to hear the good, the bad, the successes, and the challenges. Just because the United States isn’t your home country, we are a country built on the foundation of freedom of speech. We want to share with other students and the world what it’s like being an international student in America.

If you have a story you would like to share with us, you can get started by clicking here. Or you can email Carrie, our Editor in Chief at

We hope to hear from you soon.


3 thoughts on “International Students Need to be Heard

  1. This is really sad! However, it is true. International students do get exploited. The example of George Brown in College is very common in other universities as well. The truth of the matter is that many universities want to keep International Students as long as they can on their campus to get more money out of them, therefore they add extra courses and push them to get other minors or programs that would not be beneficial to them. The fact of the matter is that International Students are a very easy target and they are often taken advantage.

  2. I can’t believe what’s happening. They are students and not slaves. I can’t believe this is happening in Australia. Shame on George Brown College in Canada for taking advantage of International Students and tricking them to taking more classes and charging them a lot of money. However, I am glad to see that the judge did the right thing in this case to find George Brown guilty of negligent misrepresentation.

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