International Transition Coordinators (ITCs) are here to provide specialized support to international students as they adjust to Canada and the Conestoga College community. We assist with housing, settlement, cultural adjustment and helping students access the right resources. We host activities and workshops for international students, listed below. To contact an International Transition Coordinator, email internationaltransition@conestogac.on.ca.

The International Education Department invites you to attend the following workshops/activities to support your international student journey at Conestoga. We are pleased to announce that all of the following opportunities are available online!

Social Insurance Number (SIN) Clinics

We will be hosting SIN Clinics for international students at Conestoga. Your Social Insurance Number is important as it is a confidential number that is required for employment, income reporting purposes, and the use of government services.

Documents to bring to your SIN Clinic

  • Passport
  • Study permit
  • Current Enrolment Letter or Letter of Acceptance

Visit the Government of Canada website for more information about the documents needed.

If you are located at other campuses, or are unable to attend the SIN Clinic at your specific campus, please visit your local Service Canada office to apply for a SIN.

SIN Clinic dates and locations
DateTimeRoomCampus
April 20, 2020
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.Room 104,
Welcome Centre
Kitchener - Doon

International Student Advisor Information Sessions and Workshops

International Student Advisors (ISAs) are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs). International Student Advisors provide professional immigration advice and help you better understand Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) rules and regulations. They offer guidance and support with immigration documents (such as study permit, work permit and visitor record), travel documents (visitor visa and eTA), eligibility to work as an international student, and more. You can learn more by speaking with advisors one-on-one, or by attending one of their workshops.

To contact an International Student Advisor, please email internationaladvisor@conestogac.on.ca.

Information sessions


Study permit information for overseas students

Topics include: study permit application procedure from overseas, pre-arrival documents, IRCC updates
Target audience: Conestoga students currently enrolled in a program and studying from overseas

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (ET)
Tuesday, September 22
8:30 - 10 a.m.
​Tuesday, November 17
​8:30 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, December 10
​8:30 - 10 a.m.

Study permit information for overseas students - Follow-up sessions

Topics include: Question and answer session about previous day's information session
Target audience: Conestoga students currently enrolled in a program and studying from overseas who attended a study permit information session.

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (ET)
Wednesday, September 23
9 - 10 a.m.
​Wednesday, November 18
​9 - 10 a.m.
Friday, December 11
​9 - 10 a.m.

Immigration rules for international students in Canada

Topics include: study permit compliance, work eligibility, IRCC updates
Target audience: Conestoga students currently enrolled in a program from within Canada

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (ET)
​Friday, September 25
​2:30 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 6
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Questions and answers for spouses and children of international students in Canada

Questions related to extending and maintaining family member’s visitor record and open work permit

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (ET)
Friday, October 16
2:30 - 4 p.m.

Permanent residence pathway for international students: Express entry (presented by an IRCC officer)

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (ET)
Wednesday, October 28
2:30 - 4 p.m.


Workshops


Study permit and Co-op work permit: Information and mock application

Target audience: students who need to extend their study permit or apply for a co-op work permit

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (ET)
​Tuesday, September 15
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20
2:30 - 4 p.m.
​Tuesday, November 10
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
​Thursday, December 3
​​​2:30 - 4 p.m.


Post Graduation work permit: Information and mock application

Target audience: graduating students

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (ET)
​Tuesday, November 24
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15
​2:30 - 4 p.m.
​Wednesday, December 16
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Temporary resident visa: Information and mock application

Target audience: students who need to extend their visa

To sign up: you will receive an email with registration information.

DateTime (ET)
​Thursday, November 5
​2:30 - 4 p.m.


International Transition Programs

YOU'RE INVITED to our International Transition Webinars, Online Transition Talks, and International Student Shares, on Zoom. We look forward to seeing you there!

International Transition Webinars are informative! Get the information you need to know and ask questions about topics that are important to you as an international student. Webinars will be live, but also recorded so that you can watch at a time that is convenient for you.

Online Transition Talks are interactive! This is an opportunity to connect with other international students from all over the world, share tips and converse in a small group setting. Transition Talks are live through Zoom and are offered three times a week.

International Student Shares are student-to-student! Come and interact with your peers! Our International Student Ambassadors are students just like you, and will be leading conversation and fun activities, all centered on the theme of the week. You don’t want to miss it.

Check out our weekly themes below and for details about how you can join.

Transitioning to Online Studies – What International Students NEED to know!

Join us as we discuss what you need to know to support your transition to studying online as an international student. We'll discuss challenges and benefits to studying online as well as beneficial tips, tools, and resources to help increase your chances of online learning success – whether you are studying with us from within Canada or from your home country!

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, September 14
7 a.m. EDT
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Online Transition Talk
DateTime
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Tuesday, September 15
7 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, September 16
11 a.m. EDT
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International Student Share
Date
Time
​Sign up
Thursday, September 17
12:30 p.m. EDT
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Essentials for Daily Life in Canada

Join us as we share essential resources and important tips for a successful transition to living in a Canadian community! We will discuss essential documents, opening a bank account, the transportation system and food resources in the local communities in our campus cities!

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, September 21
9 a.m. EDT
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
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Tuesday, September 22
9 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, September 23
11 a.m. EDT
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International Student Share

Date
Time
​Sign up
Thursday, September 24
12:30 p.m. EDT
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Get to Know Canada: Culture & Community!

A fun and interactive webinar to help you get to know Canada, our exciting local industry, celebrities, delicacies, and more! Hear from the perspective of other international students who have experienced much of what Canada has to offer! BONUS: Canadian social norms that will surprise you!.

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, September 28
9 a.m. EDT
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
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Tuesday, September 29
9 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, September 3011 a.m. EDT
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International Student Share

Date
Time
​Sign up
Thursday, October 1
12:30 p.m. EDT
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What Do You Need to Know about Health Insurance?

Join us in conversation about your StudentCare insurance plan and how to access the Canadian healthcare system. Nobody wants to get sick, but we need to prepare in case it happens - especially when studying abroad! Learn about your health insurance coverage, how to make a claim, family enrolment, helpful apps, and more!

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, October 5
9 a.m. EDT
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
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Tuesday, October 6
9 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, October 7
11 a.m. EDT
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International Student Share

Date
Time
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Thursday, October 8
12:30 p.m. EDT
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Know your Rental Rights & Responsibilities in Canada!

Join us in conversation about off-campus housing and your rights & responsibilities as a tenant in Canada! Learn how to approach challenging conversations with your landlord and roommates and how to access legal supports for housing-related disputes.

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, October 13
9 a.m. EDT
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
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Wednesday, October 14
9 a.m. EDT
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Thursday, October 15
11 a.m. EDT
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International Student Share

Date
Time
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Thursday, October 15
12:30 p.m. EDT
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Stay Safe in Canada! Part 1: Top Security Tips!

What does "safety" mean to you? Join us in conversation with Conestoga's Security Services as we discuss resources from the experts on how to maintain your safety and security in Canada. We will also discuss tips to stay safe in relationships!.

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, October 19
9 a.m. EDT
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
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Tuesday, October 20
9 a.m. EDT
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Wednesday, October 21
11 a.m. EDT
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International Student Share

Date
Time
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Thursday, October 22
12:30 p.m. EDT
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Cultural Exchange: Holidays, Customs and Traditions!

Join us for a cultural exchange as we share about holidays, customs and traditions that are widely celebrated in Canada. We invite you to share about special holidays, customs and traditions from your culture!

Student Success Week Special Event

DateTime
​Sign up
Wednesday, October 28
7 a.m. EDT
​Coming soon
Thursday, October 29
​1 p.m. EDT
​Coming soon
Stay Safe in Canada! Part 2: Avoiding Scams!

Scams do exist, and scammers often target international students. Learn about the most common scams and how you can avoid falling victim to one.

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, November 2
9 a.m. EST
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
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Tuesday, November 3
9 a.m. EST
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Wednesday, November 4
11 a.m. EST
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International Student Share

Date
Time
​Sign up
Thursday, November 5
12:30 p.m. EST
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Get Hired! Job Search in Canada

Want to learn about finding a job in Canada? We will focus on student job opportunities and what's involved in the process to search for a job in Canada. Learn how to prepare a "Canadian-style" application package with a resume and cover letter, as well as how to prepare for interviews with Canadian employers.

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, November 9
9 a.m. EST
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
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Tuesday, November 10
9 a.m. EST
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Wednesday, November 11
11 a.m. EST
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International Student Share

Date
Time
​Sign up
Thursday, November 12
12:30 p.m. EST
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Working in Canada: What to Expect & How to Prepare!

Want to learn about finding a job in Canada? We will focus on student job opportunities and what's involved in the process to search for a job in Canada. Learn how to prepare a "Canadian-style" application package with a resume and cover letter, as well as how to prepare for interviews with Canadian employers.

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, November 16
9 a.m. EST
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, November 17
9 a.m. EST
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Wednesday, November 18
11 a.m. EST
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International Student Share

Date
Time
​Sign up
Thursday, November 19
12:30 p.m. EST
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Let's Celebrate Diversity in Canada!

Time to CELEBRATE! We are proud to be a part of a diverse college and country. Meet members of your Conestoga International Office, as well as fellow students, and learn about their diverse backgrounds and stories.

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, November 23
9 a.m. EST
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Online Transition Talk

Date
Time
​Sign up
Tuesday, November 24
9 a.m. EST
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Wednesday, November 25
11 a.m. EST
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International Student Share

Date
Time
​Sign up
Thursday, November 26
12:30 p.m. EST
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Embracing the Great Canadian Winter!

Join us as we discuss the great Canadian winter experience! We will share tips to prepare for winter weather, as well as talk about how to stay healthy and connected during this ‘chilly’ time of the year! Come learn the "inside scoop" on various winter activities to keep the fun alive in winter.

International Transition Webinar

DateTime
​Sign up
Monday, November 30
9 a.m. EST
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Online Transition Talk

DateTime
​Sign up
Tuesday, December 1
9 a.m. EST
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Wednesday, December 2
11 a.m. EST
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International Student Share

Date
Time
​Sign up
Thursday, December 3
12:30 p.m. EST
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International Support Sessions support your wellness! These sessions provide an opportunity for international students to share experiences around adjusting to a new culture, receive support as well as strategies for working through culture stress and transitioning to life in Canada and Conestoga College.

Culture Stress is not fake news!

Moving to a new country to study is exciting, but it can also be a challenging experience mentally and emotionally. Culture Stress is not fake news! Join us to talk about your experience and receive support and strategies for transitioning to life in Canada and Conestoga College.

Transition Support Session

DateTime
​Sign up
Friday, October 9
11 a.m. EDT
Coming soon
​Friday, October 29
​11 a.m. EDT
​Coming soon

Student Engagement and Opportunities to Get Involved

If you are looking for additional ways to get involved at the college, make sure to connect with Student Engagement. Student Engagement connects students with meaningful opportunities so that you can enhance your classroom experience, apply your learning, explore your potential, develop personally and professional, and shape a holistic college experience. Participate in virtual programming such as Orientation, Connect Leadership Workshops, Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities, and English Conversation Programs.

Access the Co-Curricular Portal

Log on to the Co-Curricular Portal (CCP) to access all opportunities available to you throughout the college. Submit a reflection on your learnings through the portal after attending an eligible event and, once approved, receive recognition on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) - an official document signed by the college president and the vice president of Student Affairs. Visit the CCP to explore how to get involved.

If you have additional questions, email Student Engagement at studentengagement@conestogac.on.ca or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @conestogastudentengagement.