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 international students get all the information they need as they adjust to life in a different country. The program also addresses student concerns and supports international students during their first few weeks in Canada.

International Student Orientation
Part I

Fall term - August 30 2018, 3:30 p.m., room N101
Winter term - January 7, 2019, 2 - 4 p.m., room N201

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 the following:

  • 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

Fall term - Sept. 4 2018, 4:30 p.m. | Meet at 601
Winter term - Jan. 8 2019, 4:30 p.m. | 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

Please contact the coordinator of international student program to make an arrangement.

We'll go 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