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Archive for March, 2011

About SFU International Student Services

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

SFU International Student Services is the central coordinating body for most of the university’s international activities. We believe that the quality of education grows when a classroom is filled with students from around the world, when discussions include cross-cultural perspectives, when faculty and staff grow their skills internationally, and when students can study and work abroad. 

We provide advising and programs for the international community at SFU, and are available to assist students through:

  •   - Orientation for international, exchange and study abroad students
  •   - Workshops, social events and support programs
  •   – Advising: Study and work permits, visas, health insurance, cultural adjustment
  •   - Other non-academic questions or concerns


  All international, exchange and study abroad students, visiting scholars, faculty, independent visiting students, new citizens, permanent residents, family members are encouraged to contact us. For more information about resources that are available, please visit or contact SFU International.

  •    Maggie Benston Student Services Centre  (Room 1200) 
  •     Phone:                    +1.778.782.4232
  •     Fax:                         +1.778.782.5880
  •     Web:         www.sfu.ca/international
  •     Email:      sfu_international@sfu.ca 



International Mentorship Program Easter Egg Decorating and Movie Night! – April 7 – All students welcome to attend!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Easter movie

Join the SFU International Mentorship Program for egg decorating and a movie!

All students welcome to attend!

When:  Thursday April 7th, 2011, 5:00-8:00PM

Where: 5:00 PM Easter Egg Decorating in the James C. Douglas Safe Study Area

             6:00 PM Movie in AQ 2013

How do we register: Please RSVP Here

*Last day to register is Wednesday April 6.

Please email sfu.imp.events@gmail.com if you have questions about this event.

Working off-campus in Summer 2011: Eligibility and opportunities for full-time work

Thursday, March 24th, 2011


Are you interested in applying for the off-campus work permit for Summer 2011?  You may be eligible even if you are enrolled part-time or not registered during the Summer 2011 term, if you meet the following requirements: 

• You have been enrolled full-time* in a degree, diploma or certificate program at SFU during the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 terms,

• Have a valid study permit,

• Have maintained satisfactory academic standing in your program of study (as defined by SFU – CGPA of over 2.0),

• You are eligible for enrollment for the Fall 2011 term and plan on being enrolled full-time during the coming Fall 2011 term (unless the Fall 2011 term will be your final term of studies, in which case you may plan on being enrolled part-time)

*At SFU, full-time for undergraduate students means being registered in at least 9 credits or a Co-Op course. For Graduate (Masters; PhD) students, full-time means being registered in 6 credits, a thesis course, a project course or as defined by your program.

Please consult with an Academic Advisor or Graduate Program should you require clarification on your specific program requirements for the Summer term.

 Opportunities for full-time work

Do you have an off-campus work permit? Are you interested in working more than 20 hours this Summer 2011 term?

The off-campus work permit authorizes you to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks. You  may only work full-time during the summer term if you are not registered in any courses. If you are registered as a part-time or full-time student during the summer, you may only work a maximum of 20 hours per week off-campus.

Please review the CIC website for more information. 

If you have any questions, please contact our International Student Advisors via intl_advising@sfu.ca or drop-in advising, Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.

Group Advising Workshops – Post-Grad Work Permits and Inviting Relatives/Friends to Visit Canada

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Are you in your last term of studies at SFU or close to your last term? In these group advising workshops, learn more about how and when to apply for your post-graduation work permit. Also, if you are interested in inviting family and friends to visit you in Canada or attend your convocation ceremony, find out about the type of documentation you may provide to support their visa application.

Choose from the following two sessions:

Date: Monday, April 4th
Time: 4:30pm – 5:20pm  


Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 11:30am – 12:20pm

Location: AQ 2013 (next to Simon C’s Convenience Store), Burnaby Campus

Free Workshops; registration is not required.

Telephone and cable service to Japan

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Shaw Cable is offering free long-distance telephone service to Japan this week, and free access to TV Japan on cable at channel 514 to its customers until March 31, 2011. For more information, please refer to their website.

If you are interested in local efforts pertaining to the recent events in Japan, you can find more information here

Relief and aid organizations in Canada and worldwide

Friday, March 18th, 2011

We have had a number of students ask about aid organizations in Canada and worldwide. The organizations listed below provide relief, emergency and/or evacuation response efforts to citizens and/or countries that require assistance.

Canadian Red Cross                                                           Doctors Without Borders                           

Government of Canada                                                        International Committee of the Red Cross

International Federation of the Red Cross                       International Organization for Migration

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees        United Nations World Food Programme

World Vision                                                                           International Development and Relief Foundation

Humanitarian Coalition (CareCanada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec and Save the Children Canada)

Engaging Diaspora in Development: Improving Global Health – March 16

Friday, March 11th, 2011


Improving global health is the focus for the second public dialogue in the Engaging Diaspora series, presented by the International Development unit and the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at SFU.

This dialogue will focus on the many ways diaspora leaders and partners are improving health through innovations in research, health services, and community-based health practices in the Global South.

When: Wednesday, March 16th, 6:30-9:00pm

Where: SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 W. Hastings St., Vancouver)

How do we register: PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Dialogue speakers include:

- Ajay Puri, Coordinator, Ethno-Cultural Research Network and Dialogue Co-Moderator.

- Shafique Pirani, M.D., Royal Columbian Hospital.

- Jerry Spiegel, Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues and the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.

- Steven Pi, President, Hands Across the World.

- Marj Ratel, Founder, Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF).

- Derek Agyapong-Poku, President, Excellence in Africa Neuroscience and Health and the Canada-Ghana LiaisonVice President, KBNF.

- Mohammad Zaman, Social Safeguard/Resettlement Specialist and Executive Director, Society for Bangladesh Climate Justice.

- Lyren Chiu, Founder and President of the Canadian Research Institute of Spirituality and Healing.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT https://www.sfu.ca/diasporas/

Canadian Permanent Residence Workshop – Presentation available online

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The Spring 2011 CIC presentation is now available on the SFU International website at: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Note that information provided in the presentation is subject to change; always check http://www.cic.gc.ca/ for the most up-to-date information 

For details on the various categories offered through the BC Provincial Nominee Program, please visit the BC PNP website.

You may also get information from the BC PNP office over the telephone at 604-775-2227, via email to pnpinfo@gov.bc.ca or in-person (Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.)    

International Student Advisors are also available throughout your time at the University to provide you with the most updated information and assist you with planning for post-graduation options. For general information on the different categories of Permanent Residency and eligibility requirements, please meet with an International Student Advisor during drop-in advising hours (Monday – Friday, 1 – 4pm, MBC 1200).

Group Advising Workshop – Post-Grad Work Permits and Inviting Relatives/Friends to Visit Canada

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Are you in your last term of studies at SFU or close to your last term? In this group advising workshop, learn more about how and when to apply for your post-graduation work permit. Also, if you are interested in inviting family and friends to visit you in Canada or attend your convocation ceremony, find out about the type of documentation you may provide to support their visa application.

Date: Monday, March 21st, 2011

Time: 11:30am – 12:20pm

Location: AQ 2013 (next to Simon C’s Convenience Store), Burnaby Campus

Free Workshop; registration is not required.

Eat, Talk, Dance! Graduate social with snacks, Latin salsa dancing and music

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Calling all graduate students, friends and family!  Spring term is almost over!  Take a break from your end-of-term stress and join the SFU Graduate International Community Program (Grad-ICP) for an afternoon of friendly conversations, snacks and some Latin music and dance!

Come and stay for as little or as long as you’d like… Eat as little or as much… Dance as much or even none at all, as you are comfortable! (Although we’re confident that once you come, you won’t want to leave!)

Date: March 23, 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: Snacks and mingling throughout from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Brief salsa lesson and demonstration at 5:00 pm
Location: AQ 2013 (next to Simon C’s Convenience Store), SFU Burnaby
Cost: Free

Space is limited! To ensure adequate refreshments, please RSVP to intl_community@sfu.ca by March 21, 2011 (Monday).  Please include your full name and number of attendees.

Questions? Concerns? Please feel free to contact the Grad-ICP Coordinator, Mari Ng Mizobe, at intl_community@sfu.ca. We can’t wait to see you there!