International students make up over a quarter of UBC Vancouver’s student population, so you’re never alone as you adapt to life in Canada. Aside from the new friends you will meet from around the world, here are some resources to help you navigate life as an international student.
International Student Advising (ISA)
ISA is your go-to spot on campus for assistance with immigration and citizenship documents, health insurance, work requirements and general international student advice. The ISA website offers a comprehensive International Student Guide for life before, during and after your time at UBC. You can find the guide at students.ubc.ca/international-stu- dent-guide. If you need in-person assistance, the ISA office is located in Room 1200 of the Life Building. Drop-in appointments are available 9:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. every weekday except for Wednesday, when they run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can also book an appointment through the ISA website.
International Community Update
This is a newsletter created by International Student Development and sent out every Friday. The newsletter contains information about upcoming international student programming like career fairs and support groups, as well as workshops to help you apply for a work permit or to extend your study permit. This is also a great resource to check out if you’re looking for fun cultural events on campus and around Vancouver. Subscribe to the newsletter on the ISA website, students.ubc.ca/about-student-services/ international-student-advising.
Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
IRCC is the federal government agency that grants citizenship and issues travel documents. This is where to go if you need to apply for or extend a study or work permit, apply for citizen- ship or permanent residency and seek asylum.
The international student community
Beyond UBC and government resources, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with the international community on campus. UBC has a variety of clubs with cultural and spiritual focuses if you’re looking to connect with students of similar backgrounds. The Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge & Re- source Centre (located in Marine Drive Building 1) also offers international community program- ming like coffee chats about global issues, gallery exhibitions and screenings, alongside networking and leadership opportunities.