The bustling Thompson Rivers University World building told the tale on Friday — Canadian embassy worker strikes haven’t severely impeded international students’ arrival to Kamloops.
Just a few weeks ago, university administrators feared that delays in student visa processing due to strikes could lead to needlessly empty classroom seats.
By Friday, Adrian Conradi associate director of international student services, was feeling much more positive about the anticipated 500 students’ arrival.
“We’re actually in really good shape,” he said.
In fact, he said, the so-called conversion number — foreign student applications to boots on campus — is as high as it’s ever been at 76 per cent.
Conradi attributed the success rate to the TRU world marketing team’s improved training of agents around the globe.
“There’s more of a concerted effort . . . to better ensure that student applications are complete and therefore more likely to be accepted at the Canadian embassies,” said Conradi. “The marketing team has also put emphasis on attracting better quality applicants with higher marks who are also therefore more likely to have their visas accepted.”
TRU also communicated directly with embassies around the world, which Conradi believes helped fast track some visa processing.
Students who receive visas too late to attend this term are automatically accepted into January’s term.
Those whose visa applications are rejected are refunded in full, said Conradi.