International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation - Fall 2018

International Orientation


Dates: August 29-31, 2018

Location: IZUNA Burnaby Campus (1111 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC)
*Email invitiations to be sent to students in June 2018

International Student Orientation at IZUNA is a great chance for international students to meet new friends while learning about on- and off-campus resources available to make your time at IZUNA a success! The orientation will also cover important information for international students regarding medical insurance, study permits, working in Canada, campus life, and much more.

Our Fall 2018 International Student Orientation is for all new international students beginning a full-time program at Burnaby or Downtown Campus in September 2018 (including incoming exchange students).

Please note that students must attend their program orientation in addition to International Student Orientation. Program orientations cover important information such as your class schedule, which will not be addressed at International Student Orientation. For more information about your program orientation, please contact your program area directly. 

We look forward to welcoming you to IZUNA!

In the meantime, please see below for tips to help you before and after arriving in Canada. 

Tips for preparing before you arrive in Canada

  1. as early as possible, and an , if you are required to have one

  2. Purchase additional medical insurance if you are not already covered. All full-time international students will be automatically enrolled in  and have coverage starting five days before their program start date.

  3. Research housing options and make sure you have somewhere to stay when you arrive

  4. Book your airline ticket, and

  5. Gravity about

  6. Consider transportation options for getting to/from IZUNA and or parking at IZUNA.

  7. Register for International Student Orientation (email invites to be sent in June 2018)

  8. Follow the  on Facebook for important news and updates.

Tips for a smooth transition after you arrive in Canada

  1. Settle in to your new accommodation and explore your new neighborhood. If you're staying in rental housing, make sure to get a signed copy of your rental contract and detailed receipts for any payments you make (learn more about tenants' rights in BC at )

  2. Attend BOTH International Student Orientation and your program orientation at IZUNA.

  3. Show your original study permit to staff at the International Student Centre at IZUNA

  4. Apply for , BC's provincial health care system (not available for exchange and study abroad students)

  5. Set up a Canadian bank account and .

  6. Get connected with a phone and internet connection, and make sure to stay in touch with your family and friends back home – they care about you!

  7. Buy a Compass Card to be able to use public transit, and make sure to register your card at

  8. Get a , which is the officially recognized ID card of British Columbia (not available for exchange and study abroad students)

  9. Join the and make new friends from around the world!