International Student Advising

If you have questions about life as an international student, International Student Advising is here to help.

What International Student Advising can help with

International Student Advisors are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) who can help support you in your experience as a UBC international student.

Top reasons to contact International Student Advising

International Student Guide

Find answers to your questions on studying and working in Canada, health insurance, as well as step-by-step tutorials to prepare your immigration application and more.

View the guide

COVID-19 FAQs for international students

Read more about the impact of COVID-19 on immigration and health insurance for international students.

See FAQ

Online application review courses

Before applying, sign up for our new Canvas application review courses to go over step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a study permit extension, Temporary Resident Visa, co-op work permit, or Post-Graduation Work Permit to ensure you understand how to prepare your application and avoid common mistakes.

View Canvas links

What International Student Advising cannot help with

Get immigration reminders

Add your document expiry dates to the confidential  UBC Reminder System and receive notifications for when you need to extend your documents. You can also get helpful tips on how to prepare your application. 

Hear about jobs, news, and events

Contact us

Submit a question

Leave a message for an International Student Advisor to get advice.

Submit a question

In-person advising

Visit the International Student Advising office in the UBC Life Building (Room 1200), located on the main floor across from Starbucks.

  • Monday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Check the wait times

The International Student Advising Virtual Line shows the service wait time during open hours. You have two options to sign up:

  1. Sign in to the virtual line to get into the queue before arriving to the office.
  2. Drop by the office and use the tablet to sign into the virtual line.

Zoom advising

International student advisors are available to meet virtually on Zoom. Find step-by-step instructions on how to use Zoom.

Zoom advising hours are as follows:

  • Monday: 9:30 - 11:30 am, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30 - 11:30 am, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 11:30 am, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 am, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 am, 1:00 - 2:30 pm