Bio (Sandra Schinnerl)

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Sandra Schinnerl

Sandra Schinnerl


Associate Faculty


Education and Technology


Sandra Schinnerl is interested in the intersections between education and immigration policy. She particularly focuses on the mobility and migration pathways of international students and the role and responsibilities of higher education institutions in their learning, cultural and career transitions. Schinnerl‘s current work looks at how higher education institutions and their organizations have influenced immigration policy in Canada over the last 25 years and the laws, regulations. She also studies the policy instruments used by national and sub-national governments to attract and encourage international students to remain in-country after completion of their studies and what that means for the nations that receive them.


Schinnerl has worked as a practitioner and senior administrator in international education for 25 years. She spent 14 years at the University of British Columbia in various international education roles, including work in study abroad, international student recruitment, international student support and international development. In 2008 Schinnerl joined Kwantlen Polytechnic University, first as the director of international programs and subsequently as the director of international students and scholars, a position she held for eight years.   Schinnerl is currently a public scholar and doctoral fellow at the Institute for European Studies at UBC, where she is a doctoral candidate in interdisciplinary studies.


Schinnerl holds a Bachelor of Commerce f (1992) and a Master of Education, Higher Education Studies (2007) from the University of British Columbia. She is a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia. In 2012, Schinnerl received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.