International Student Development

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

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About International Student Development

International Student Development is a hub where all students on campus can pursue their globally-focused passions and connect with like-minded people.

  • If you’re interested in building your international network and improving your intercultural fluency, International Student Development can connect you to leadership and volunteer opportunities.
  • If you’re passionate about global issues, the Dr. Simon K Y Lee Global Lounge is open to you to stage events, collaborate with fellow students, and access staff support.

  • Access funding through the Global Fund to help you pursue your globally-focused endeavors.

International Student Advisors

International Student Advisors are all Regulated Citizenship and Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) and can help with your questions about life as an international student.

International House

History of I.House

Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt officially opened UBC International House in 1959? 

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Harry Edmonds founds the first International House in New York City as a place where international students can go to feel welcome. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. provides the funding and support.

The success of I. House New York prompts Edmonds and Rockefeller to extend the idea to the rest of the United States.


Having visited the New York I. House, Frena Ginwali from East Africa starts the International Students Club in a hut on the UBC campus.

The newly established BC chapter of the International House Association works toward creating an I. House on or near the UBC campus.

The Vancouver Rotary Club invites Dr. Herrick B. Young, then Executive Director of the New York I. House, to speak about the work done by I. Houses around the world.


The Vancouver Rotary Club and UBC partner up to build an I. House on campus.


The Vancouver Rotary Club spends four years raising the necessary capital funds, and it inspires other organizations and individuals to contribute: the Zonta Club, Marpole Rotary Club, I. House Association, International Students Club, and Consular Corps are just a few.

UBC provides the land and covers the cost of landscaping, ongoing maintenance, and staff salaries.

Professor Frederic Lasserre, Director of the School of Architecture, donates his time to design the building and agrees to oversee its construction.


On November 20, President Reg Rose of the Vancouver Rotary Club presents a cheque for $150,000 to UBC President Norman Mackenzie.

The first sod for the new building is turned.


On March 4, the UBC I. House is officially opened by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Dr. Margaret Mead leads a lecture and discussion symposium called "Can Brotherhood Prevail in the Space Age?" and student members put on a concert. There is also a banquet and candle-lighting ceremony, in which students pledge their determination to bring I. House fellowship to the world.


On May 1, the Rotary International Plaza, located in front of I. House, is dedicated by the Honourable Bhichai Rattakul, President of Rotary International, in a ceremony attended by students, staff, and Rotary members.

UBC formally recognizes the longstanding connection between Rotarians and UBC with the unveiling of a monument at the Rotary International Plaza on December 1.


International House celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of alumni events and a panel presentation including UBC President Stephen J. Toope.

International House is honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UBC Alumni Association.


I. House continues to be a meeting place for Canadian students, international students, and scholars, faculty, staff, and community members, offering a programs, activities, and services that promote international and intercultural learning.

There are International Houses around the world, helping international students feel welcomed wherever they venture.

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Talk to an advisor

International Student Advisors are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) who can help.

When emailing us, include the following information in the email:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your name
  3. Your citizenship(s)
  4. All permit and visa expiration dates (if applicable)
  5. Currently in Canada (YES or NO)
  6. If you request specific assistance, please provide detailed information including applicable documents, such as a rejection letter
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