International Student Services

We embrace our multiculturalism

With nearly 1,000 students from more than 40 countries, CBU is proud to say 30 per cent of its student body is populated with international students. Last year, CBU launched its Multiversity Festival — an annual outdoor multicultural festival celebrating the many cultures here. Multiversity acts as a friendly introduction for both new and returning international students. Because of initiatives like this, CBU is well on its way to becoming one of Canada’s most culturally diverse and inclusive campuses.

At CBU, you will have no problem fitting in as an international student. Not only is the campus atmosphere inclusive and accepting, the communities that surround CBU are just as welcoming, so making friends off-campus is just as easy as making friends in class.

The International Student And Study Abroad Centre

The main role of the International Student and Study Abroad Centre is to advise international students when they arrive on campus and help them with any issues that may come up during the year. CBU’s International Student Advisors help international students with integration into the local community. They are responsible for orientation, non-academic advising, registration for medical coverage and coordination of special events for international students.

Our advisors — including a Certified Immigration Consultant — assist students with immigration concerns such as study permit applications and citizenship. Their offices are located in the International Student and Study Abroad Centre, and they are available to answer your questions.

International Centre For English Academic Preparation

CBU is here to help you succeed. That is the reason we partnered with the International Centre for English Academic Preparation (ICEAP). It is designed to offer English Academic Preparation (EAP) courses to international students who want to go to CBU but have not yet achieved the required TOEFL/IELTS test scores.

ICEAP allows students to familiarize themselves with the academic atmosphere of CBU, so they can quickly fit into campus life, make friends with other students and be better prepared for their academic studies while also taking the ICEAP language enhancement program. Once the EAP program has been successfully completed, qualified students can enter the undergraduate or graduate programs to which they have been conditionally accepted at CBU without writing a language test or needing to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

We are here to support you

CBU prides itself on the many services and support systems available to those who need them. If you have accessibility issues, a disability, health concerns or need academic help in the classroom, we are here for you. Knowing about our services can help you make the most out of your learning experience.

Learning Commons and Student Life Centre

The Learning Commons and Student Life Centre is an open and comforting space that provides a number of student services. If you have a simple question or a major concern, you will find answers here. This is also where you will find CBU’s Writing Centre, Math and Science Help Centre, academic advisors as well as tutoring and counseling services. Stop by to relax, catch up on your studies or meet other students.

Academic Success Coaching

You can meet one-on-one to speak with an academic coach if you ever start to feel unsure of how to reach your career goals while at CBU. During these sessions, you will learn how to be a successful student by learning new ways to study and how to improve your time management skills.

Career Services

Career Development Services will help you prepare for a successful career. Its services include individual career counselling, resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews with feedback, graduate information, labour market information and more. Make an appointment with a counsellor to find out how you can better prepare for the job market.

Jennifer Keeping Accessibility Centre (JKAC)

This centre provides support and services to students with disabilities and offers equal access to educational resources, facilities and opportunities. The JKAC removes educational and environmental barriers that prevent students with disabilities from achieving their goals. Our friendly staff are here to help you stay on the path to success.

CBU Library

The newly renovated CBU library has a collection of more than half a million books, articles and documents. The knowledgeable and friendly staff at our library are always on hand to help you find an academic article, locate a book or reserve a quiet and peaceful study room. Our digital resources provide you with many borrowing options.

Max Bell Health Centre

The Max Bell Health Centre promotes health and well-being. Here, you will find a campus physician, physiotherapist and nurse who offer a wide range of health services to the university community.

Meet our International Student Advisors- They’re there to help

Our International Student Advisors are here to help you:

  • transition to life in Canada as a student and worker
  • apply for immigration documents like study and work permits
  • navigate the Canadian healthcare system and MSI
  • help students integrate into campus and local community

The international student advisors are located in the:

International Student and Study Abroad Centre

Marvin Harvey Building Office B117
Phone: +1-902-563-1278, +1-902-563-1826 or +1-902-563-1219

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