International Student Support Group

A support group open to FIC and SFU students (undergraduate or graduate) who are currently residing in BC.

What is International Student Support Group?

International Student Support Group 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.

How does it work?

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

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 Health & Counselling. 

Where does it take place?

The sessions will be held via Zoom, and participants will be asked to have their video turned on throughout the group.

Summer 2021 Schedule


Monday Unavailable
Tuesday Unavailable
Wednesday Unavailable
Thursday Unavailable
Friday Unavailable

We have other resources for international students as well!

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How do I join?

To register for this program, please contact Ayumi Sasaki at with your name and email. You can also email Ayumi for any questions you have regarding this group.

Upcoming Session

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.