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Last Updated: July 23, 2020

Online Events and Workshops

Travel Considerations Q&A for All New International Students | August 7 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm
If you're planning to or considering travel to Canada, learn about current travel restrictions, required documents to carry, and other travel information from an Immigration Specialist. Register on Eventbrite.

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Receive expert feedback on your cover letter and resume, and engage in activities that are relevant in today's diverse workplace.

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Effective Intercultural Communication
This free, self-paced online course can give you tips for understanding and navigating cultural differences at school and at work. You can also learn about the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous cultures in Canada.

Interviewing 101
Interviewing for a job requires a lot of preparation. Learn how to succeed in a Canadian workplace interview through videos, infographics and other online course materials. Find resources on what to do before, during, and after an interview and where you can get additional support on campus. The Canvas course is non-facilitated; you can join at any point through the semester and the course is open to you until the semester ends.

Resources & Information

Resources

COVID-19 Self-Isolation Guide for Incoming International Graduate Students
Information on the 14-day mandatory quarantine for people arriving in Canada, including how to self-isolate at home and who to contact for support.

Register now for the International Teaching Assistants Program
The International Graduate Teaching Assistants Program is specially designed for teaching assistants and graduate students who speak English as an additional language and helps with their academic communication and teaching skills. It is available as a 3-session or 10-session program. Plan ahead and register. Check out what past participants say about the program!

Support for your partner & family
If your spouse/partner would like to participate in the Tandem language exchange, keep an eye on the next registration period. Stay tuned about upcoming events for graduate students with partners and families and join our SFU-Families Facebook group.

International Graduate Student Coordinator
Need help and don’t know where to start? Connect with the International Graduate Student Coordinator from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies CAPE Office (MBC 1500). Drop-ins welcome! You can also connect via e-mail at gradintl@sfu.ca or at 778-782-9284.

CERIC Graduate Student Engagement Program
CERIC encourages the engagement of Canada’s full-time graduate students whose academic focus is in career development and/or related fields through the Graduate Student Engagement Program (GSEP).

EAL Support Services for Graduate Students
If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your proficiency, we have put together a roundup of free support services available at SFU.

Connected Globally & Adjusting Locally
The Connected Globally & Adjusting Locally group provides students from international pathways with practical skills that will support their growth and success during their time at SFU. Drop-in; no registration required!

Health & Counselling for International Students
Studying in a new country has many challenges. Whether you're looking for assistance with managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents or Canadian services, the Transition Case Manager is available for one-to-one support. Learn how to make an appointment.

Interfaith Centre
The Centre provides a space and numerous events, workshops, and discussion groups for students to live their faith, and to increase the understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices.

Information

Phone and email scam - protect your information 
If you get a suspicious phone call or email, do not give out your personal information or payment details. You should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to report it immediately. If you do not feel comfortable reporting this yourself, you can contact International Student AdvisorLearn more. 

Passport Stamp Update
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) no longer stamps all passports at airports with Primary Inspection Kiosks, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR). If you require a stamp, you will need to request one.

Islamophobia Hotline
Call the Islamophobia Hotline for free confidential legal advice if you feel that you have been discriminated against, harassed, or faced violence because you are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim.

Protect yourself from fraud
Protect yourself from fraud by finding out how to prevent fraud and how to report those who commit it.

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Services

LiveChat with an International Student Advisor
Ask an International Student Advisor, Immigration Specialist through LiveChat. Topics discussed include Canadian immigration documents and regulations, medical insurance and the Canadian healthcare system, and intercultural transition support and referrals. The Spring 2020 term hours are Monday & Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Visit the ISAP website to access the LiveChat.

International Student Advising
International Services for Students offers in-person advising on all three campuses. You can also contact them by phone or e-mail or Live Chat.

SFU International's Bi-weekly Newsletter
All international students receive a bi-weekly newsletter from International Services for Students.

SFU ISS Resources
Handouts available to answer your questions around study permits, health insurance, and housing: Resources for New Graduate Students and Medical Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions. See all of their Resources and Handouts.

Global Community Mentorship Program
The Global Community Mentorship Program (GCMP) is a student-led volunteer program that connects new students with current SFU students. Their mission is to provide students with enriching cultural experiences, support their transition to Canadian life and introduce them to the SFU community.

International Postdoctoral Fellows

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a number of Permanent Resident (PR) programs for international graduates who wish to remain in Canada permanently. These programs include:

If you have any immigration related questions, please email Alina Roman, Postdoctoral Fellow Coordinator and Immigration Consultant, at postdoc@sfu.ca. Alina is also available to meet you at the Burnaby campus.