All universities and colleges in Canada have an international centre or office where you can go for inquiries and concerns about being an international student in Canada. In fact, whether you have any questions or not, it is always a good idea to go visit the office and make your acquaintance. While studying in Canada it is always nice to go to a warm, welcoming environment where you will be met with a smile.
Also, the International Centres have many programs that can help you get adjusted to Canadian life and also they have some just fun events. Everyone needs to play; you can’t always be working while studying in Canada.
The International Centre at the University of Alberta has two main events that every incoming international student will want to participate in; one is especially geared to undergraduate students and the other one is for everyone.
U of A +: This program runs the last 2 weeks of August and gives international undergraduate students an orientation on what to expect from their professors and the teaching methods used at the University of Alberta. The university is well aware that international students come from different learning methods, such as the rote-learning system found in Pakistan or India.
Transitions: This is a 3 day event at the end of August and is an orientation to Edmonton and the University. It is a fun-filled event and is open to both graduate and undergraduate, new students or returning students. All are welcome.
It is not that other universities and colleges don’t have programs for international centres they do. For example, Georgian College has their own orientation program.
So, when you are considering a good college or university where you can study in Canada, you will also want to look at their International Services to see what they offer international students. Studying in Canada is a holistic experience not just left to studying and exams.