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Adjusting to life in university can be overwhelming, especially if you’re moving to a new country. Brock International’s goal is to make that transition a bit easier. 

Each year, Brock welcomes students from all over the world, and Brock International offers programs and services to help International students  adjust to university life in Canada. This year may look different with COVID-19 restrictions in place, but the staff at Brock International are there to guide incoming students through this process.

“The most important aspect of our services is to help our students during these difficult times. On a daily basis we work tirelessly to assist our students coming to Canada safely,” said Jesse Barraza, Manager of International Learning Programs at Brock International.

Brock has been put on the Designated Learning Institution list (DLI) which allows for eligible and approved international students to study in Canada. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and quarantine requirements may still be required. For more information on this, please contact Brock International or visit the international student travel requirements page.

Brock International follows the same COVID-19 protocols set by the university and hopes to return to in-person events when it is safe to do so. Currently, they are working with the Orientation Planning Committee to ensure all events are inclusive to both international and domestic students.

All events run by Brock International are open to every Brock student, with the aim of connecting domestic and international students. For example, the Culturefest is an event where students represent their country, culture and food. According to Barraza, this also serves as a chance for domestic students who are looking to travel abroad as a Brock Ambassador to make connections and learn about other cultures.

The CultureFest is usually a part of Brock’s International week, which is hosted once per semester to showcase and celebrate Brock’s diversity. This year, International Week will take place during the third week of November. The list of events has not been released yet, but keep an eye out and stay up to date via their website to join in on the events and meet fellow Badgers from all across the world.

Another program that connects students at Brock is the Conversation Partner Program, which pairs an international student with a domestic student who wants to help them practice their English or just to make connections. The program will be running this fall and the pairings depend on the number of students that apply. Volunteer hours are tracked and can be used towards an Experience Plus certificate.

Similarly, the Global Peers Program connects international students with upper year students who can introduce incoming students to university life virtually. Brock’s Engagement Communities program also connects incoming students to other like minded students and is a great place to create friendships and receive support from a Peer Mentor during the first six weeks of the fall semester. 

Currently, Brock International is hosting online webinars and live chats to help prepare incoming first-year students. These webinars cover topics including immigration documents, health insurance information and developing academic skills for university. For more information visit the services page.

Other academic services that Brock International provides are 1-on-1 appointments, which focus on topics such as grammar support and time management skills. Similarly, academic coaches are available for first-year international students who seek guidance and more personalized help throughout the year. Additionally, they offer drop-in sessions, a study partner program and workshops to help students meet their academic requirements at Brock.

“Overall, we are excited to have our students back safely, as our main goal is to promote internationalization on-campus and to assist all Brock students to become global citizens,” said Barraza.

International students are integral to the community at Brock and the team at Brock International is ready to help incoming students, so do not hesitate to reach out to them for any of their services.