International Students Orientation

The International Student Orientation program is specially designed for international students and anyone previously living overseas. Starting on the first day of classes, this two-part program ensures that students receive extensive coverage on issues unique to them as they adjust to life in a different country. The program also addresses student concerns and acts as a pillar of support for international students during their first few weeks in Canada.

International Student Orientation
Part I

Date and time to be assigned
Connect with other new international students and meet returning international students. Get to know the International Student Assistant you've been paired up with! Don't miss out on this orientation where you will learn about:

  • Canadian fun facts, culture, and practices
  • The International Students' program and getting involved
  • Health care
  • Transportation
  • Banking and the Canadian currency
  • Working in Canada
  • Personal goal setting and expectations in Canada
  • Cultural adaptation and dealing with homesickness

International Student Orientation Part II: Welcome (back) dinner

Date and time to be assigned | Meet at 601
Get to know other new international students and meet returning students. Any dietary restrictions? Email Regina, Coordinator of Intercultural Student Programs at 

International Student Orientation Part III: Field trip

Date and t ime to be assigned | Meet at A129 (Coordinator of International Student Program's office)
We'll be going on an off-campus field trip to apply for your Alberta Health Care card. Then we will get SIM cards and/or cellphones at Capilano Mall. Explore what's available close to campus!

International Student Orientation Part IV: CISP chat

By appointment l A129
Lastly, the Coordinator of CISP will sit down with you for a one-on-one chat to understand the academic culture that you came from and provide personalized advice on adjusting to the Canadian academic environment. This relaxed setting lets you ask whatever questions you need to and lessens the culture shock of studying at a Canadian university. Here are a few possible topics. 

  • Academic adjustments
  • Classroom etiquette
  • Group work
  • Time management