International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation - Winter 2018

International Orientation

International Student Orientation at IZUNA is a great chance for international students to meet helpful staff and new friends while learning about all the facilities and 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, life in Canada, and much more. Please note that this orientation is separate and in addition to your program orientation. 

Our Winter 2018 International Student Orientation is for all new international students beginning a full time program at Burnaby or Downtown Campus in January (including exchange and study abroad students). 

Further details will be sent to all of the incoming international students. 

Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

 2:30pm - 4:30pm 

 Town Square D (Burnaby Campus, SE2 Building, Room 214)

For any questions relating to International Student Orientation at IZUNA, please contact: [email protected].

We look forward to welcoming you to IZUNA soon! In the meantime, please see our tips below for preparing to come to Canada to start your program at IZUNA.

Seven ways to prepare yourself before traveling to 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 and covered by International Insurance five days before their program start date. For example, if you are a full-time international student and your program begins on January 8th, then you will have medical insurance coverage from January 3rd. 

  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 if you will need to use it

  7. Register for International Student Orientation (by Friday, December 22nd)

Nine things to do to make a smoother transition once 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 International Student Orientation at IZUNA

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

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

  5. Set up a Canadian bank account

  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. Be open to meeting new people and having new experiences!