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Canada to Introduce New Rules Around Off-campus Work Hours for International Students

April 29, 2024—Ottawa—International students enrich Canada’s social, cultural and economic fabric. That is why, in recent months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has introduced reforms to the International Student Program, to ensure system integrity while protecting students from fraud and financial vulnerability. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today that […]

IRCC: Revised requirements to better protect international students

On December 7, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced: Temporary measures to allow some students to work off-campus more than 20 hours a week will be extended from Dec 31, 2023, to April 30, 2024. This will apply to students already in Canada and those who submitted a study permit application on or before […]

Here2Talk Provides Mental-health Support for Students this Fall

Free mental-health supports are available 24 hours a day for B.C. post-secondary students who may be coping with anxiety, depression and other concerns. Here2Talk is a virtual counselling service that provides immediate mental-health support to students via the Here2Talk app, over the phone or through online chat. Here2Talk supports overall well-being and mental health by […]

Real student stories

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Navigating a New Beginning

Moving to a new place, especially a culturally diverse and vibrant one like British Columbia, is both exhilarating and challenging.…
by Shuolei HuangChina, Adler University

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A feeling of belonging in a foreign land: Self-awareness and self-acceptance

It has been three years since I came to Vancouver to pursue my Bachelor’s degree. As I write this blog, I find myself in a comfortable…
by Ziyun (Alina) ZengChina, University of British Columbia

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The power of community

The word "community" means people who work together and engage with each other for the common good. Active involvement in community…
by Amanzhan DuisekKazakhstan, British Columbia Institute of Technology

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