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 Transition Programs

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.

YOU'RE INVITED to our upcoming programs and events on Zoom. Find detailed information and register to attend on the Co-curricular Portal (CCP). 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 centred on the theme of the week. You don’t want to miss it.

International Support Sessions aim to 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.

Housing Hubs address your specific housing questions. These are informal, question and answer-style gatherings where International Transition Coordinators answer questions you have about your housing search, the Residential Tenancies Act, landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, and more.

How do you sign up for one of the programs above?
Please visit the CCP and register. A Zoom link will be sent to your Conestoga email account closer to the date the program will be held.

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 connect with one of the International Student Advisors, please email:

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.

Time (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.


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 of what you've learned 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.