International Teaching Assistants Program

Who takes the seminar?

Since the beginning of the seminar in 1993, participants have come from over 30 countries:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burma
  • Bylorus
  • China
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Rumania
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Yugoslavia
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

Participants have also represented over 20 departments at SFU, including the following:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science 
  • Criminology 
  • Economics 
  • Education 
  • Engineering 
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Kinesiology 
  • Institute for Business and Innovation Studies 
  • Institute of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
  • Interactive Arts and Technology
  • Linguistics 
  • Mathematics and Statistics 
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology
  • Resource and Environmental Management

“Foreign students, just like me, need to learn many things before we can orient ourselves into a new culture. It was very good for me to have someone like you to ask simple questions about a different culture right after I came here. We need time to adapt ourselves into a new world. I like SFU now. It is mainly because of the ITA seminar.”


“My English is too poor to communicate with my supervisor and other researchers very well. I am sometimes really frustrated because I could not find a perfect word to explain. Thus I have to use long sentences to explain while a native speaker can explain with a single word.”


Contact us

Email: ita@sfu.ca

Phone: 778-782-5224