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Archive for December, 2010

Competition Launch: Seeking Canada’s 2011 International Student of the Year

Friday, December 17th, 2010

OTTAWA, December 15, 2010 – The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2011 competition for the prestigious “Elizabeth Paterson International Student of the Year Award”.  CBIE invites international students at our 150 member institutions to share their experience studying in Canada by participating in this creative writing competition. 

The competition invites students to describe their academic, personal and social experience in Canada by writing an original letter (maximum 500 words) which expresses their insights in a creative and dynamic manner. The letter can be written in either of Canada’s two official languages (French or English) and should be addressed to a relative, friend or mentor in their home country. The letter can include up to two photos to help illustrate the message.

“CBIE is committed to helping international students get the most out of their experience,” said Karen McBride, CBIE President. “We believe that encouraging international students to express their views helps Canadian educators, student services professionals and the public offer a warmer welcome which in turn enhances recognition of Canadian education throughout the world.”

The International Student of the Year Award was created in 2004 as a memorial to Elizabeth Paterson, Director of the International Student Centre at the University of Toronto for 25 years, who guided and encouraged thousands of young people from numerous countries though their international learning journey.  Elizabeth’s influence on the growing world of international education extended across Canada through her mentoring of newcomers to the international education sector, her research and reports, and her service on the Board of Directors of CBIE.

To submit an application to the “Elizabeth Paterson International Student of the Year Award”, please visit http://cbie.ca/paterson/paterson_e.html

The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, February 7, 2011 at 16:00 EST.

Winners will be selected by a national committee and will be announced in March 2011.  The chosen “International Student of the Year” will receive a $500 cash award.  In addition, a silver honourable mention will receive a $200 cash prize and a bronze honourable mention will receive a $100 cash prize.

For more information on the “Elizabeth Paterson International Student of the Year Award” please contact:

Kristy Clarke
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Tel: 613-237-4820 (x245)  Email:  paterson@cbie.ca


The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is a national, bilingual, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to the promotion of Canada’s international relations through international education: the free movement of ideas and learners across national boundaries. CBIE’s membership comprises 150 colleges, universities, school boards and associates.

Ordinary Taiwan Passport Holders: New Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) Exemption

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that holders of ordinary Taiwan passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number no longer require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada.  Students re-entering Canada should still hold a valid study permit and it is always a good idea to carry a current SFU Confirmation of Enrollment letter.  

Who is not eligible for the visa waiver?
Holders of travel documents that do not contain a personal identification number and/or are not issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan such as “Compatriot Passports” or return certificates still require a valid TRV to enter Canada.

Further information on the new visa waiver may be found at: http://www.canada.org.tw/taiwan/index.aspx?lang=eng

Graduate Language Circle Holiday Party – Monday December 13th

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Want to learn or have a refresher on German language and culture? Interested in meeting new people? Need a break from your busy schedule? Mark your calendars for the Graduate Language Circle’s inaugural holiday party!

Date: Monday, December 13th, 2010
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: James Douglas Safe Study Area (West AQ, opposite the International Student Lounge and Simon C’s)

Activities include: Introduction to basic German conversational phrases and related cultural activities. Light dinner and refreshments will be provided, as well as prizes for participants!

This event is open to all graduate students. If you are interested in attending, or if you are a native German speaker and are interested in participating as a language specialist at this event, please contact Beth at jier@sfu.ca  by  Saturday, December 11th, before 10pm.