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The partners and families are a vital part of SFU's graduate student and postdoctoral fellow community. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies helps you and your family members navigate life at SFU and in Greater Vancouver.

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Welcome & Welcome Back Reception Spring 2019

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies welcomes you as new or returning graduate student or postdoctoral fellow with spouse/partner or family. This reception is held in collaboration with International Services for Students

Join for some arts and crafts with your kids from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, and/or connect with your peers at the reception starting at 4:30 PM. A light dinner and refreshments will be served from 4:30 PM onward.

We are also happy to answer your questions around practicing English, searching for employment and making the Lower Mainland your home. SFU staff and the settlement agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will be at the information fair portion of this event. See schedule for more details. 

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 3:30 - 6:30 PM

Location: James Douglas Study Area, Academic Quadrangle (AQ) 2009.2
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Please register for the Welcome & Welcome Back Reception of International Services for Students. Tickets are free, but limited.

Contact Tomke:


3:30 - 4:30 PM: Kids Arts and Crafts

4:30 - 6:30 PM: Reception and Information Fair

Tandem Language Exchange

Spouses/partners of graduate students are eligible to participate in the Tandem Language Exchange program at the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching and Research (CELLTR)

“Tandem” is a method of language learning that pairs up two people who want to learn each others’ languages. Let’s say you want to learn French and can teach Spanish, or you want to improve your English and help someone improve their Mandarin. This program pairs you up with someone on campus and facilitates casual language learning and conversation sessions.

It's free, and runs through a period of 8 weeks, typically starting at the end of the first month of the new term (i.e. end of January, May, and September).

Registration is required. If you are a spouse/partner of a graduate student, please get in touch with Tomke ( prior to registration.

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