Tips for international students in university

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Studying at university is a huge responsibility, especially when you’re away from your country for the first time. At first, you may find it so difficult to find yourself in this big country, but you should know that you are not alone. UNBSJ supports its international students in very convenient ways. Right from the start of orientation day, you may have been introduced to various services offered by the university. Here are some you should look into while at UNBSJ, and other important tips to navigate life in Canada as an international student.

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On-campus student life services

 The Student Representative Council located inside the Thomas J. Condon Student Centre, near the Whitebone Lounge, will be able to answer students’ questions and support them in many ways.  

The Multicultural Association is an appropriate place to start to meet people from your nation. It also offers an opportunity to meet different students from diversified cultural backgrounds.   

Get a mobile phone plan

Make sure you get an appropriate mobile phone plan; while living in Canada mobile phone connection is one of the most important things you should have. It is also important that you have the right mobile plan. Many students complain about their huge monthly mobile bill, but this can be resolved by properly discussing the mobile plan you wish to take with multiple mobile companies. The McAllister Mall offers a good cluster of mobile companies that might be a good place to start your search.  

Get your SIN number

You might have already heard about how important this is while you are staying in Canada. If you have not yet received your official SIN number, go to Service Canada with your study permit, passport, and other official documents as early as you can.  

Have the appropriate clothing for the winter weather

International students who arrive in the winter semester usually arrive in proper winter clothing, but each day varies in temperature. Remember that you are never overdressed in winter because the weather can change at any time.  

Access writing services your academic papers

University is a place where we acquire certain skills like paraphrasing, properly citing the sources, and how to write an academic paper. When you get your assignments, term paper and deadlines don’t be afraid; our campus is blessed with a set of friendly and excellent professors who will help you throughout your academic career. If at any time you feel you need a little more help, feel free to book an appointment at the writing centers which help you with productive tools and ample guidance.  

Utilize the mental health services on-campus

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It’s a huge step in your life managing the academic career and adjusting to a new life in a foreign country. You may have difficulties finding a job, getting a house, managing the timetable, accessing traditional foods from supermarkets, and sometimes emotionally you may find yourself at distress. This is the right moment to book appointments for accessing mental health care. Our campus offers great counseling to students for both personal and academic issues. All counseling services are booked through appointments and are located in the Oland Hall basement floor. Real Campus is a new service offered by the university that is available 24/7 for students and can be accessed by emailing or by calling 1-877-390-7325. This service is handled by professional mental health consultants.  

As international students, remember to enjoy your time here in your new country, and good luck with your new life! 

Emily is in her fourth year of Political Science. She loves studying and academics which follows into her research work. She's a stern black coffee drinker and is a proud Acadienne. When she's not working or doing school work, you can find Emily listening to 70s music on vinyl and watching Parks and Recreation. If you ask her about parliamentary institutions, she won't stop talking.