International Graduate Students

Now that you have arrived in Vancouver, you may have a lot of questions about where to find the appropriate resources to meet your needs. This page has information that will help you settle into your new life as an international graduate student at SFU. Find tips and resources about acquiring a social insurance number, extending your study permit, applying for scholarships, awards, and more.

Connect with us!

Get the information you need or connect with other international students going through the same experience.

Want to speak to someone?

Speak with Sarah, our International Graduate Student Coordinator:

gradintl@sfu.ca
778.782.9284
MBC 1500

Looking for immigration advice?

For advising on immigration-related issues such as study permits or bringing family to Canada, you can head to International Services for Students (ISS).

Check out the ISS website →
Speak to an international advisor at ISS →

Additional Resources

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International Services for Students

Get advice on study permits, health insurance, housing, support for your family and other topics. You can also attend events and day trips, participate in workshops and join their mentorship program.

If you are interested in an exchange or field school abroad, check out their list of graduate exchange destinations.

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See their Welcome Guide for after arrival information →

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.

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Health & Counselling for International Students

Studying in a new country has many challenges. You can meet with a Transition Case Manager for one-to-one support whether you're managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents or Canadian services, or other concerns.

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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. Free drop-ins!

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Newsletter for International Students

All international students receive a newsletter from International Services for Students.

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Guides for Intercultural Communication

These guides can provide you with strategies for connecting with people across different cultures:

Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students →
Western Guide to Mentoring Graduate Students Across Cultures →

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.

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MOSAIC

Access free services and resources including but not limited to: English language training, employment support, legal assistance, interpretation and translation, counselling and youth programs.

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SUCCESS

Access free services and resources including but not limited to: English language training, employment support, legal assistance, interpretation and translation, counselling and youth programs.

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