Global Community @ SFU

Kickstart your first year by becoming a member of the Global Community @ SFU: make valuable social connections, explore Vancouver and British Columbia, and experience the diverse culture of SFU. 

Join Global Community @ SFU - Fall 2019 Cohort

Start your journey at SFU by building a supportive community around you. This program will give you the opportunity to learn about the culture of SFU and Canada while you meet new friends and explore your new home and what the community has to offer. Go beyond the walls of campus and maximize your time at university by making meaningful connections from the start of your journey. 

This program is open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students in their first year at SFU and who are:

  • Looking for intercultural learning opportunities on campus;
  • Wanting to engage in cultural exchange and build global community at SFU;
  • Looking for diverse connections and friends across campus;
  • Recently or newly arrived students from outside of Canada or from another province;
  • Looking for personalized support in their transition to SFU/Canada

Register by August 30 and get $10 off of your membership fee using promo code EARLYBIRD. 

If you are a graduate student, click to learn about the Global Community Graduate Mentorship Program.

If you are an exchange student coming to SFU, click to learn more about the Exchange Buddy Program.

Our Team:

The program is led by a group of dedicated student volunteers, known as Community Peers. Community Peers collaborate together to host events and meet ups for members registered with the Global Community @ SFU. Together, they host peer-to-peer group discussions with the members sharing tips from their time at SFU and celebrating diversity through intercultural socials. 

You can request one to one mentorship and be matched with a Community Peer who will answer your questions one-on-one, and provide advice on all aspects of life at SFU. 

 

Program-at-a-glance:

Customize, personalize, tailor your program

Global Community @ SFU will offer various events and trips over the course of one term. 

You can choose to attend as many events as you want. At a minimum, attend three Community Meet-ups and one Bite-size Vancouver event to get recognition on your official SFU Co-curricular Record*.

GLOBAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS ONLY EVENTS

Kickoff Party:

Welcome event for the community members

Highlights:
 
  • Meet new friends from faculties across campus 
  • Enjoy music, delicious food, and fun games
  • Celebrate completing your first few weeks at SFU 
  • Engage with our dedicated communtiy peers and staff

Schedule:

  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • West Mall Atrium, SFU Burnaby

Community Meet-ups:

Eat, Talk, and Learn

Highlights:
 
  • As a member you will get exclusive invitations
  • Learn tips on How-to @SFU topics from your peers
  • Enjoy international snacks; all sessions will offer free food including one session with Thanksgiving dinner
  • Experience the diverse culture of SFU, and share your culture through fun activities

Schedule:

  • Events will be scheduled on Thursday late afternoons or Friday afternoons or early evenings throughout September to October. See the Program Schedule. (link)
  • Five sessions offered on and off campus
  • All Community meet-ups are included in your membership fee
  • Topics: campus life hacks, social survival tips, exploring Canadian culture, how to manage stress, and thinking beyond your degree

Bite-size Vancouver:

mini excursions and tours around Metro Vancouver

Highlights:
 
  • As a member you will get exclusive invitations
  • Choose your own "Bite" by picking local destinations and community events you want to attend
  • Explore your new city with your SFU friends

Schedule: 

  • Events will be scheduled evenings and weekends throughout October and November
  • Four excursions/tours around Metro Vancouver
  • Attending Bite-size Vancouver events are free with your membership, however, additional personal costs may apply (e.g. transit cost, meals, etc.)
  • Examples of past events: Granville Island walking tour, Ghost Train in Stanley Park, Bowen Island day trip, Gas town walking tour, and more

CAMPUS-WIDE EVENTS WITH MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Welcome Trip to Whistler:

Highlights:
 
  • Get 50% discounted rate for the trip
  • A free ticket for admission and 1-hour guided tour at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre ($15 value) where you will learn about the local indigenous cultures and history
  • Lunch coupon ($10 value)

Schedule:

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • 8:30am-7:30pm

Holiday Reception:

Highlights:
 
  • Access first phase ticket sales (tickets typically sell out in the first week of sales)
  • Get 50% discounted rate 
  • Join us to celebrate the holiday season with live music, entertainment, and food

Schedule:

  • Date & Time: TBA (late November)
  • Venue: off campus

Why become a member:

  • Experience what your new community has to offer by attending Community Meet-ups and Bite-size Vancouver outings
  • Learn tips and useful resources from your peers in a relaxed, small group environment
  • Personalized support -  community members receive one-on-one or group support from a current SFU student 
  • Meet new friends and make social connections beyond your faculties and cultural background
  • Get discounted rates (up to 50% off) on tickets to the Whistler trip and receive a free ticket for a 1-hour tour at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and lunch coupon
  • Get early access to tickets and receive members-only rate for the Holiday Reception
  • Pick your Bite-size Vancouver events to explore Metro Vancouver
  • Opportunities to share your culture with the SFU community

Additional Benefits:

  • If you attend three Community Meet-ups and one Bite-size Vancouver event, you will get recognition on your official Co-curricular Record* and receive a certificate of completion and program t-shirt.

*The Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record.

  • Get to know students and staff working at International Services for Students, and be the first to hear about upcoming volunteer and employment opportunities!

 

Cost:

There is a $30 membership fee to join the Global Community @ SFU. This fee includes:

  • Members-only events: kick-off party, five Community meet-ups, four Bite-size Vancouver events (You can choose to attend as many events as you want)
  • Campus-wide events: early invitations and discounted rates for Welcome trip to Whistler (with a free ticket to Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and a lunch coupon) and Holiday Reception

Duration: 1 term (Fall 2019)

If you are in financial need and would like assistance with the costs, please contact us at gcmp@sfu.ca.

Register by August 30 and get $10 off of your membership fee using promo code EARLYBIRD. 

How to become a member:

1. Check your eligibility

This program is open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students in their first year at SFU and who are:

  • Looking for intercultural learning opportunities on campus;
  • Wanting to engage in cultural exchange and build global community at SFU;
  • Looking for diverse connections and friends across campus;
  • Recently or newly arrived students from outside of Canada or from another province;
  • Looking for personalized support in their transition to SFU/Canada

2. Go to sfuglobalcommunity.eventbrite.ca and click on "Register"

If you are a graduate student, click to learn about the Global Community Graduate Mentorship Program

If you are an exchange student coming to SFU, click to learn more about the Exchange Buddy Program

Register by August 30 and get $10 off of your membership fee using promo code EARLYBIRD. 

Have questions? Contact us at gcmp@sfu.ca.