International Student Resources

Zubair Hirji
Zubair Hirji

“Meet people! And push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s scary, but it’s so worth it.”

— Ioana David

Being far from home in a country that you might not be familiar with can take some adjusting to. On top of being in an unfamiliar environment, learning how to live on your own can make this transition even harder. These resources can help make the transition a little easier.

International Student Advising

You can make an appointment or drop in to meet with advisors on topics such as visas, academics and student life. International Student Advising is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and is located in room 1200 in the Life Building. In light of COVID-19, students can schedule an advising call via Zoom during business hours or email isa@students.ubc.ca with your student number.

International Student Development

International Student Development is a group of advisors with expertise in issues pertaining to international students. This team works alongside regulated Canadian immigration consultants on immigration, health insurance and more. Additionally, International Student Development runs the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge & Resource Centre which is a space for those who are interested in international issues and is home to many globally focused UBC clubs and initiatives.

Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

To get a job, whether on or off campus, you will need to apply for a social insurance number (SIN). As an international student, the hours you’re able to work are limited and dependent on the visa you have. Be sure to check that your visa or study permit allows you to have a part-time job before applying for a SIN. If you need more information on the correct documentation needed, study permits and updating your visas, this is the place to go!

“Meet people! And push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s scary, but it’s so worth it.”

— Ioana David
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