International Student Advising
Hours of Service
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm (PT)
University Centre (UNC) 227
In-person drop-in appointments
To access in-person drop-in advising, please visit the GEO front desk at UNC 227.
Monday to Friday
9:30 am to 11:30 am (PT)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (PT)
Zoom drop-in appointments
To access Zoom drop-in advising, please email email@example.com with your student number in the subject line and specific inquiries in the email message.
Drop-in appointment hours
Monday & Wednesday 9:00 am to 11:00 am (PT)
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (PT)
To book an appointment, please visit the GEO front desk at UNC 227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student number in the subject line, your specific inquiry in the content of the email, as well as dates and times that you may be available to meet with an advisor.
Pre-booked appointment hours
Monday to Friday
9:00 am to 4:00 pm (PT)
Note that Zoom drop-in appointments can take as long as 30-40 minutes. If you are not immediately admitted to a session, please know that we are committed to answering your questions as soon as possible.
Before your appointment
In preparation for your appointment, please review our Travelling to Canada Guide and the Travel Isolation Guide. These resources may contain answers to some of your questions, so you can make the most of your one-on-one advising session.
How we can help
Our International Student Advisors are available to assist students with a wide range of concerns. Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (PT). If you require immediate assistance during business hours, please contact our office at email@example.com
Come see an advisor if you have questions about:
- Immigration documentation advising
- Health insurance
- Working in Canada (co-op, PGWP and SP)
- Career programming
- General advising and transitional support
- Intercultural programming and events
- Not sure where to start? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org—we are here to help!
Meet the teaM
I have a Masters of Arts from Carleton University with a specialization in Women’s and Gender studies (migration and diaspora). I have over 6 years of experience working in the field of human rights and migration policy. I have also completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Victoria. I manage the Intercultural Development Program at UBCO to provide intercultural training to students and staff on topics related to mental health, cross-cultural communication, social justice, and professional development.
I also work as an Intercultural Consultant across campus and within the broader Okanagan community to provide strategic direction on equity and diversity projects and publications. I am also a volunteer advisory board member of the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and an Associate Lead of the International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders (INTL) of the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE).
I am passionate about meeting and interacting with students from all over the world. I hope you have a successful academic year and I look forward to meeting you.
I completed a Master’s of Education at UBC’s Okanagan campus and a Bachelor of Law at Northwest University in China. I have over six years experience working with international students in both secondary and post secondary schools.
I am familiar with the cultural adjustment process for international students, and have extensive experience providing international student services, such as settlement support, personal issue support, health care advising, and connecting students with cultural activities and supports within the community.
From a very young age I have been moving and travelling around the world. I was born in Iran but left as a young child. My family moved to Scotland, then to Canada. As a young adult my travelling spirit continued to spur me on. I started my undergraduate degree at Okanagan College in Kelowna (before there was a UBCO), but then completed it at Sonoma State University in San Francisco. I travelled to China as part of my undergrad program. My student experience was so incredible there, that I returned to China, after I was married, and we lived, worked and raised a family there for the next 19 years.
After returning to Canada in 2012, I began a position as an International Student Specialist at the University of Alberta. I became a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant in 2014 and have been working to support international students through their journeys ever since. I am a keen advocate for international students. My passion is to see international students thrive!
I am so pleased to be part of the UBCO Global Engagement Office and bring my expertise in supporting the international graduate students and their families.
Looking for peer support? Contact an International Peer Mentor.
Not sure where to start?
Email us at email@example.com — we are here to help!
Our staff can also connect students with additional campus and community resources throughout your time at UBC.