International student support

Your academic success is important to us. You are a business student first, but you also have international student needs, such as visas, study permits, housing and even guidance on how Canadians do things slightly differently. We’re here to assist you however we can:

Your international student adviser is your primary support for issues related to living and studying in Canada. Specifically, your academic adviser is happy to assist you in these areas:

  • Adjusting to Canadian culture, including culture shock and homesickness
  • Housing advice, on or off campus
  • Your health and wellness, including health insurance
  • Immigration documents, including visas, study permits and work permits
  • Personal advising and counselling referals

3rd year BCom direct entry international students


If you are entering the 3rd year of BCom directly from your home country, you attend a week-long direct-entry orientation before the general BCom orientation week. The overall goals of this orientation are to get you ready for life in Canada and the intense demands of the BCom program. Sessions for the week include:

  • Homestay and housing advising
  • Adjusting to Canadian culture and life in Victoria
  • Immigration and health insurance advising
  • Communication skills
  • Writing and study skills
  • Cover letter and resume writing skills
  • Interview skills

All 3rd year BCom international students


During the general BCom orientation, you and your fellow international students meet with your international student adviser for a short session to cover the following areas:

  • Immigration
  • Health insurance
  • Writing adviser support
  • Canadian culture workshops

During your first term, you meet with your fellow international students and Dr. A.R. (Elango) Elangovan, Director of International Programs, for what we call our fireside chat. The fireside chat is a relaxed, social event for everyone to 'chat' about their challenges as an international student. Dr. Elangovan – once an international student himself – offers his feedback, advice and strategies for success.

A separate fireside chat is scheduled for BCom and MBA students.