International Student Guide

International Student Advising is here to support you throughout your entire journey.

If you're travelling to Canada

Before making travel plans, check when to travel, prepare documents you'll need, and know what to do upon arrival at the airport or border.

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COVID-19 FAQ for international students

Find out how COVID-19 impacts immigration, work eligibility, and health insurance.

Before you start at UBC

Your guide to resources while you're at UBC

Immigration resources

Learn about the immigration documents and information you may need during your studies.

Working while studying

Whether you're hoping to get a part-time job or work after graduation, there are important things to know.

    Planning ahead

    There are important things to consider before you make any major decisions during your degree.

    Taxes

    Understand how taxes work in Canada and get a SIN for awards and scholarships, or to work.

    Information for your family

    See what you need to prepare if your family is planning to visit or join you.

    Immigration document support

    Step-by-step tutorials

    Browse the complete list of tutorials for  instructions on a range of topics, such as applying for or amending your study permit, BC Medical Services Plan, and more.

    View the list

    Application review courses

    Before applying, enrol in a Canvas application review course for step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your study permit extension, Temporary Resident Visa, co-op work permit, or Post-Graduation Work Permit application.

    View Canvas links

    Get immigration reminders

    Add your document expiry dates to the confidential UBC Reminder System and get notifications for when you need to extend your documents. 

    Learn more

    If you still have questions

    International Student Advising

    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.

    Connect with an advisor

    Other UBC support and resources

    UBC staff are here for you throughout your studies. See resources and services for help with academics, money, health, and more.