International Student Support Group

A safe space for students to share and support each other as they navigate everyday complexities of being an international student, including transition, family dynamics, culture, and independence.

Emphasis is placed on making connections and self-care, particularly given the pandemic, while discussing topics that frequently come up for international students. 

Open to FIC and SFU students (undergraduate or graduate) who currently reside in BC. The sessions will be held via Zoom, and participants will be asked to have their video turned on throughout the group.

Participants must be able to self-reflect without becoming easily overwhelmed. Students with pressing mental health concerns should seek alternative help from a mental health professional at HCS. 

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About the Facilitator

Ayumi Sasaki

Ayumi is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and predoctoral intern at HCS. She is aware of her privileges as a younger, able-bodied, educated, cisgender woman, as well as some of the struggles of being an Asian woman previously with an international study visa. In her counselling work, Ayumi strives to establish an emotionally safe and collaborative environment for clients to reflect and explore alternative ways of coping, changing, or perceiving their difficulties. 




Every Thursday

February 11 to March 18


2:00 to 3:30pm


Online via Zoom


To register for this program, please contact Ayumi Sasaki at with your name and email.