New FIC award supports international student engagement
By Wan Yee Lok
Exceptional international students at Fraser International College now have a chance to win two new awards valued at $20,000 each. The awards, established in partnership with Simon Fraser University, will be given annually starting in September 2016 to two students who are entering SFU after completing FIC’s Pathway program. The students must also have demonstrated engagement in enhancing intercultural understanding at FIC and SFU. Examples include participation in orientation leadership, peer mentorship and student government.
“SFU is widely known for our commitment to internationalization,” says Tim Rahilly, SFU’s associate vice president, students. “This award will recognize two highly engaged students who, as global citizens within our local community, have made a demonstrable commitment to fostering intercultural understanding.”
Fraser International College, established in 2006, offers Canada's first Pathway program for international students. It integrates intensive English language instruction, academic course content and skills development for students wishing to enter university in B.C. Students receive extensive social and academic support, and the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to succeed in SFU's rigorous environment before enrolling in a degree program.
There are currently more than 2,500 students from over 60 countries enrolled at FIC, making it one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind.