Get SFU-Ready: New International Student Q & As

ABOUT THIS Q & A SERIES

Are you ready to be an SFU student in September? How prepared are you for your transition?

As a new international student for Fall 2020, you will be starting your SFU journey at an unprecedented time. In addition to preparing for a new academic environment, you are navigating the complexities of Canadian immigration regulations, medical insurance requirements, and more -- and you may even be doing it without leaving home. No matter where you are in the world, or in your academic career, we are excited to welcome you to our SFU community and support you in your transition. 

Our goal is to ensure you have what you need to make informed decisions about your studies in Canada and at SFU even before they begin, and to give you an opportunity to get your questions answered.

We hope you will join us for this Q&A series, where in each session an International Student Advisor will provide a brief overview of the selected topics for international students and give you a chance to ask any questions you still have.

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS SERIES

We are offering multiple sessions for different student groups to cover the must-know topics for new international students.

  • Immigration and enrollment requirements
  • Travel considerations
  • Medical insurance and supports

Additional topics will be added as they are confirmed.

CONNECTING VIRTUALLY

These live sessions will be offered in an online space to connect with students across the globe. 

To participate in this session, you will need to register, have access to internet, and a working computer. Registered participants will be provided a link in advance via email to access the online space.

These live sessions will be offered via the online platform Zoom. Please note that while this is intended for the SFU community, by nature of this being on a public website, others may end up joining in and we cannot assure privacy. By clicking on the link and joining, you acknowledge that you are participating in a public online event. Upon entering the online space, please mute your microphone and turn off your camera. You may choose to turn these on during the Q&A portion of the session.

For any questions regarding these sessions, please contact intl_advising@sfu.ca.

Cannot attend live sessions?

Not to worry. We are recording the presentation portion of these sessions and you can access them below.

For any case-specific enquiries, please do not hesitate to connect with us via LiveChat, email, phone, or book a virtual appointment.  

SESSION SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION

FAMILIES OF NEW INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Live Q & A for Families of New International Undergraduate Students

Parents and families play an important role in supporting your success at SFU. International Services for Students (ISS) office is inviting all families of new international undergraduate students to join us for an online live Q&A session to learn how you can best support your student's transition and journey at SFU during an unprecedented time.

By attending this online session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about:

  • Canadian immigration regulations
  • Travel restrictions and other COVID-19 related updates
  • Medical insurance and services (e.g. primary and secondary medical insurance)
  • Student success and transition support
  • Wellness support and services

We are offering a live sessions on Friday, August 14:

Time: 7 - 8 AM (PDT)

REGISTER NOW

In preparation for this live Q&A session, we strongly encourage you to review the following resources:

In collaboration with Fraser International College(FIC), the pre-recorded Family Orientation presentation will provide you with an overview of how to support your students, various services and resources available to ease their transition to SFU and FIC.

INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Medical Insurance and Supports for New Undergraduate Students

This session is for all new international undergraduate students including students transferring to SFU from FIC or another Canadian post-secondary institution.

Topics:

  • Medical insurance overview
  • Opting out
  • Medical services and supports at SFU

Date: Wednesday, August 12

Time: 3-4:30 pm PDT

REGISTER NOW

Travel Considerations

This session has already taken place. See below for a link to the recording.

Topics: 

  • current travel restrictions and exemptions
  • considerations when deciding whether and when to travel to Canada
  • documents to carry
  • other updates for international students

Date: Friday, August 7

Time: 4-5:30pm PDT

VIEW RECORDING

Immigration and Enrollment Requirements* for New International Undergraduate Students 

This session has already taken place. See below for a link to the recording.

Topics:

  • study permit application/extension tips
  • immigration implications of starting your studies online, from inside or outside Canada
  • enrollment requirements for on- and off-campus work and post-graduation work permit eligibility
  • travel restrictions and other COVID-19 updates for new students

Date: Thursday, July 16

Time: 5:30-7pm PDT

VIEW RECORDING

*Note: this session will not cover course planning/enrollment information except as it impacts study permit conditions and work eligibility

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM CANADIAN INSTITUTIONS (INCLUDING FIC)

Medical Insurance and Supports for New Undergraduate Students

This session is for all new international undergraduate students including students transferring to SFU from FIC or another Canadian post-secondary institution.

Topics:

  • Medical insurance overview
  • Opting out
  • Medical services and supports at SFU

Date: Wednesday, August 12

Time: 3-4:30 pm PDT

REGISTER NOW

Travel Considerations

This session has already taken place. See below for a link to the recording.

Topics: 

  • current travel restrictions and exemptions
  • considerations when deciding whether and when to travel to Canada
  • documents to carry
  • other updates for international students

Date: Friday, August 7

Time: 4-5:30pm PDT

VIEW RECORDING

Immigration and Enrollment Requirements* for New International Transfer Students

This session has already taken place. See below for a link to the recording.

Topics:

  • study permit application/extension tips
  • how to notify IRCC of the change to your institution
  • immigration implications of starting your studies online, from inside or outside Canada
  • enrollment requirements for on- and off-campus work and post-graduation work permit eligibility
  • travel restrictions and other COVID-19 updates

Date: Friday, July 17

Time: 12:30-2pm PDT

VIEW RECORDING

*Note: this session will not cover course planning/enrollment information except as it impacts study permit conditions and work eligibility

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS

Travel Considerations

This session has already taken place. See below for a link to the recording.

Topics: 

  • current travel restrictions and exemptions
  • considerations when deciding whether and when to travel to Canada
  • documents to carry
  • other updates for international students

Date: Friday, August 7

Time: 4-5:30pm PDT

VIEW RECORDING

Medical Insurance and Supports for New Graduate Students

This session has already taken place. See below for a link to the recording.

Topics:

  • Medical insurance overview
  • Opting out
  • Medical services and supports at SFU

Date: Thursday, July 30

Time: 3-4:30pm PDT

VIEW RECORDING

 

Immigration and Enrollment Requirements* for New International Graduate Students

This session has already taken place. See below for a link to the recording.

Topics:

  • study permit application/extension tips
  • immigration implications of starting your studies online, from inside or outside Canada
  • enrollment requirements for on- and off-campus work and post-graduation work permit eligibility
  • travel restrictions and other COVID-19 updates for new students

Date: Thursday, July 23

Time: 4-5:30pm PDT

VIEW RECORDING

*Note: this session will not cover course planning/enrollment information except as it impacts study permit conditions and work eligibility