Global Connections Program

Start or continue your journey at SFU by building a supportive community around you.

As part of the Global Community at SFU initiative, the Global Connections Program is led by a team of dedicated student staff and volunteers, known as Community Leaders. This is a peer-support program designed to help new students from international pathways including those who transfer from other Canadian post-secondary institutions. This program provides the opportunity to learn about the culture of SFU while making new friends and exploring what the community has to offer. 

Connecting SFU students across the globe during the pandemic.

We understand that you may or may not be physically in British Columbia during the Fall 2020 term. Connecting with your peers and having a supportive community around you will be more important than ever before. To adapt to the current situation, the program will be offered virtually so you can join from anywhere in the world.

How does the program work?

When you join the Global Connections Program, you can request to be matched with a Community Leader to support you and answer your questions one-on-one about all aspects of life at SFU. You will also be meeting other SFU students through various virtual events and socials over the course of one term. As a member, you will receive priority invitations to all the program events and you can choose to attend as many or as few events as you want.

This program is free for SFU undergraduate students.

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Who is it for?

Participating in the Global Connections Program is a strongly recommended step for students from international pathways. This program is open to all SFU undergraduate students and who are:

  • Newly starting at SFU or recently started, including transfer students from FIC and other institutions; and/or
  • Looking for diverse connections and friends across campus; and/or
  • Looking for intercultural learning opportunities; and/or
  • Looking for tips and useful resources from your peers in a relaxed, small group environment while sharing your culture with the SFU community; and/or
  • Looking for personalized support in their transition to SFU

Member Testimonials

What does the program offer?

Social Connection

Members and Community Leaders create a meaningful connection through one-on-one mentorship and group socials which include fun games and activities. 

Intercultural Learning

The program will provide opportunities for students from different pathways to share and learn about other cultures from each other.  

Transition Support to SFU

The Global Connections Program offers informative sessions about the topics that will help our members beyond their academic study. 

1:1 Peer Support

*We have reached our maximum capacity and the registration for one-on-one mentorship is closed. However, you can join the program to enjoy the group mentorship benefits and events.

How can I apply?

Become a Member

Membership Applications for Fall 2020 are now CLOSED. Please email us at if you have any questions about the registration.

Upcoming program events

Additional Program Benefit:

  • If you complete the program requirements (attending five events hosted by the Global Community at SFU initiative), your participation will be recognized on your Co-curricular Record*. You will also 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.

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