International Student Advising
Hours of Service
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm (PT)
Note: the office is closed from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for our daily lunch break.
University Centre (UNC) 227
Pre-booked or in-person drop-in appointments
Monday to Thursday
9:00 am to 11:00 am (PT)
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.
To access in-person drop-in advising, please visit the GEO front desk at UNC 227.
Zoom drop-in appointments
Monday & Wednesday
9:00 am to 11:00 am (PT)
Tuesday & Thursday
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (PT)
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.
Note: The 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Come see an advisor if you have questions about:
- General advising and transitional support
- Intercultural programming and events
- Not sure where to start? E-mail email@example.com—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.
I am a dedicated immigration professional and community leader with a passion for supporting individuals and families in their journey to find a new home in Canada. Since 2015, I have made a significant impact in the field of immigration through my work in refugee resettlement, immigration consulting, and community development initiatives.
With a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the UBCO and a post-graduate certificate in immigration consulting, I possess a strong academic foundation and practical knowledge in the complex field of immigration.
My career began in refugee resettlement, where I worked to provide support and assistance to displaced individuals and families. My compassionate and empathetic approach played a vital role in helping refugees successfully integrate into Canadian society and rebuild their lives.
Recognizing the need for professional guidance in immigration matters, I became a regulated immigration consultant. Through my consulting practice, I have provided expert advice and assistance to numerous individuals, families, and businesses, helping them understand the intricacies of immigration laws, navigate the application process, and achieve their immigration goals.
One of my most significant accomplishments is my involvement in developing the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot for Moose Jaw, SK. Recognizing the economic and social benefits of attracting newcomers to smaller communities, I worked diligently to help create an immigration program that would facilitate the successful integration and retention of newcomers while meeting the specific needs of rural and northern areas.
I am excited to bring my dedication, expertise, and leadership home to UBCO as our RCIC – International Student Career Advisor.
Looking for peer support? Contact an International Peer Mentor.