International Student Experience – Programs

International Student Experience – Programs

September 10, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Hi everyone! My name is Juno, and I’m a fourth-year
international student from China. In the past few years, several programs offered
by the International Student Experience team have really helped me with the transition
to life here in Canada. Here are some programs that I would like to
highly recommend. The Global Rep program is the program that
I used before I came to Canada. It allowed me to ask questions about life
in Canada with someone from my home country who has already moved to Canada. It’s easy
to find the email list — just go to the website, find a student from
your own home country, and simply email them. The International Peer Mentor program, which
I got involved with in my first year, is the program that pairs new international
students with upper-year students during first year.
This program helps new international students to better adjust
to life in Waterloo. My peer mentor is really helpful. When I was
new here, she showed me where to shop for food and clothes, how to open a bank account.
She also helped me to better understand the Canadian culture norms
and customs, and helped me to make friends here. We’re
still good friends now! We have three great programs to help you improve
your English language skills. The first is the English Conversation Partners
Program where you will meet one-on-one or in a small group. You’ll have the opportunity
to work with a native English speaker, so they can really customize the program to
suit your goals and needs. As well, the program is really flexible, so you’ll
be able to choose a time that works for both you and your partner’s schedule.
The second program we offer is English Hour. Similar to the English Conversation Partners
program, you’ll be working with native English speakers, but this is a little
bit different because you’ll be in a group setting. About 10-15
students. Have a busy term? No problem. English Hour does not require registration
so you can drop in whenever you have the time. Last is the English Conversation Circle. This
is also in a group setting, but where it’s a bit different is that there’s more structure
to this one. We focus on vocabulary for everyday conversations, and talk about what it’s
like to be Canadian. You do have to register for this one, but
don’t worry — sometimes you’ll get snacks. Each of these programs is designed to help
you improve vocabulary and pronunciation, which means you’ll feel
more comfortable speaking English. They’re always in a casual and fun environment
so you’ll probably make some new friends along the way. All you have to
do is pick the program that’s right for you. To learn more about these programs, visit
our website for full details.