Contact the Global Engagement Office
Global Engagement Office (GEO)
Please note that our office is only available virtually until February 7th, 2022. See details below on how to access our virtual services.
Location: University Centre 227
International Student Advising
Our advisors are available to assist students with a wide range of concerns. Our staff can also connect students with additional campus and community resources throughout their time at UBC. Book an appointment to speak with an advisor if you have questions about:
- Immigration documentation advising
- Health insurance
- Working in Canada (co-op, PGWP, and SP)
- Career programming (ICDP)
- Degree progression/academic concerns
- General advising and transitional support
- English Foundation Program advising
- Intercultural programming and events
- Not sure where to start? E-mail email@example.com—we are here to help!
Virtual Office Hours
Our online office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PST)
- Appointments (if required, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student number in the subject line) Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PST)
- Drop-in Appointments
- If you require immediate assistance during business hours, please contact our office at email@example.com
- Drop-in advising schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 AM (PST) — 11:00 AM (PST)
- To ensure privacy for our student appointments, the Zoom link and password for drop-in sessions are provided via email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- In preparation for your appointment, we kindly ask that you read the following note as this will help ensure you are able to address specific issues:
- If you have the opportunity to read over the Travel Isolation Guide before-hand, you may have specific questions that can be answered by our advisors
- If you have the opportunity to read over the Travelling to Canada Guide before-hand, you may have specific questions that can be answered by our advisors.
** Please note: Zoom drop-in appointments can take as long as 30-40 minutes. If you are not immediately admitted to the session, please know that we are committed to answering your questions as soon as possible.
Meet the team
As a proud alumnus of UBC’s Okanagan campus I was excited to return from studying and working in the Netherlands to join International Programs & Services at UBCO. Originally from Germany, I grew up moving a lot and have been fortunate to gain experience studying, living, and working internationally. I completed my Bachelors degree at UBCO in Political Science and History after transferring from FPU in California. I received my Master’s degree in International Relations with honours from the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands where I was a Nuffic Huygens scholar. I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Calgary with my dissertation and research focused on the internationalization of higher education and the nexus of government policy, immigration policies/programs, institutional programming, and international student career transitions.
Outside of my role at UBC, I am involved in volunteer community activities focused on topics related to equity/diversity and welcoming newcomers to the Okanagan Valley and an active member of the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership Committee (COLIP). In addition, I am the Co-Chair of the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s Immigration Advisory Committee (IAC) and a consultant/instructor for the CBIE International Students and Immigration Education Program (ISIEP). Before joining UBC, I was at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) with their International and Executive MBA programmes, and prior to that at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands.
The team at the Global Engagement Office is here to support you throughout your studies and I encourage you to stop by our office, hang out and join some of our events and programming. If you aren’t sure where to start with your query, stop by our office and connect with our staff to get you started! I wish you all the best in your studies at UBC.
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 SanFrancisco. 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.
Being a student is an interesting part of your life – it is exciting, it is difficult and it’s a time where you learn so much about who you are. A lot of my understanding of self developed during this time in my life. I am an immigrant and a child of immigrant parents, I identify as South Asian, Canadian, and Muslim (to name a few of my intersecting identities). There are many ways one understands themselves and the world around them. Navigating your educational life can be stressful, confusing, and absolutely wonderful and I’m here as a support through that journey.
I received my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University (SFU). I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor.
I have worked with UBC-V Counselling Services, UBCO Health and Wellness, and Student Assistance Programs where I’ve supported students experiencing a wide range concerns that include anxiety, depression, suicidality, romantic relationships, familial relationships, identity questions, chronic illness, and academic goals/achievements. I have also spent time as a caseworker working with refugees in the Lower Mainland, emotionally supporting them and working with them to navigate Canadian life.
I work from a Relational Cultural Theory approach which is grounded in Person-Centred values and allows for multicultural work. I enjoy getting to know people through their identity, their relationships, and the broader culture they identify with in ways that are meaningful to the core concerns they want to address in our work together. I identify as a Muslim and for clients desiring faith-based sensitivity in their therapeutic work, I can offer a Muslim perspective.
(Currently on leave)
I completed a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle, and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Psychology from De Montfort University in England.
I have over a decade of experience working as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in a variety of different settings, with people of all ages from all around the world. I appreciate that sometimes in our lives, particularly as a student, we may experience a diverse range of challenges, which can transform our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This has the ability to create a sense of uncertainty, leading us to believe that life is unchangeable. I provide compassion and establish a positive therapeutic relationship with all students, to help overcome these challenges. My approach to supporting students is based upon creating a safe, trusting, collaborative relationship, regardless of age, culture, or religious background. Students will be supported and provided with strategies to overcome any difficulties that may be interfering with their academic success.
I invite you to come speak with me to learn more about counselling services. I welcome you to UBC and hope you have a successful academic fun-filled experience!
I have been serving UBCO’s international student community since 2017 through a variety of positions within the realm of international education. I hold a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in International Relations from UBCO, and have recently completed UBC’s certificate program in Immigration Law & Policy. During my time as a UBCO student, I had the opportunity to pursue an international exchange at Sciences Po (Paris), where I gained firsthand insights into the experience of international students.
I am also fluent in French, have an intermediate proficiency in Spanish, and am working towards reclaiming my mother language (Brazilian Portuguese). I have a history of international travel and volunteering across five continents, and enjoy connecting with and supporting students in any way possible throughout their academic journey. I look forward to meeting you and learning with you during your time at UBC.
Originally from Ecuador, I moved to Canada in 2017 to pursue my studies at UBC Okanagan. Currently, I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in sociology and minoring in political science. Throughout my time at UBC Okanagan, I have worked closely with international and domestic students as an orientation leader, a teaching assistant, and a student representative in the UBC Okanagan Students´ Union. I have also worked with International Programs & Services as one of the coordinators of the Intercultural Development Program, facilitating workshops that foster intercultural dialogues and promote diversity and inclusion.
Moreover, I have volunteered as co-cultural coordinator of the Latin American Students´ Organization, planning events to share part of the Latin American culture and reduce stereotypes and discrimination. In addition, as the former external vice-president of Age-Link, I planned and facilitated interactive events with students, professors, and elders from Kelowna, bridging the intergenerational and intercultural gaps between these communities. I hope you have a successful and enjoyable academic year, and I am looking forward to meet you.
My name is Stephen Kimanzi. I am from Mombasa in Kenya. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at UBC Okanagan in the Heart Valve Performance Lab under Dr. Mohammadi. I work with IPS as the CELPIP Test Centre Coordinator.
Meet Our student StafF
Intercultural Development Program
IDP Program Lead – Saher Ahmed
My name is Zoia and I am currently in my third-year in the International Relations program. Having a Circassian background and being born and raised in Syria, I have learned the importance of developing a sense of cultural identity at a young age. However, my experience in an International school in Armenia has shown me that overcoming one’s biases about race, religion, and gender is a never-ending process. Although my future aspirations involve working with Syrian refugees, I am passionate about international development and all the themes it encompasses. As a part of this wonderful team, I hope to promote an inclusive environment in the UBCO community, where we could all learn and ‘unlearn’ together.
My name is Fatema and I’m a third year student, working to complete my Arts degree in Cultural Studies and Sociology. I’ve lived in a total of four countries throughout my life, which allowed me to bring to Canada and this university a culturally diverse international lens. Other than being a full time student, I am committed to the Muslim Student Club at UBC Okanagan and volunteer in teaching children weekly at the Islamic Centre. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and listening to music!
Off-Campus Self-Isolation Ambassador (OCSIA) Program Staff
Hi, I am Dilara and I am very excited to be one of your Off-Campus Self-Isolation Student Ambassadors!
I am half Romanian, half Turkish and I am currently in my fourth year majoring in International Relations and minoring in Politics. Besides passionately reading and engaging in international organizations, advocacy, war/conflict studies, and diplomacy, in my free time, I really enjoy baking, playing tennis, reading, traveling, and learning languages! I can fluently speak Romanian, English, Turkish, French, and German (kind of forgetting this one slowly) and I am currently learning Arabic and Spanish! So please never hesitate to talk to me in any of these so I can practice a little. I enjoy meeting new people and especially getting involved in the UBC student body and I can’t wait to get to know some of you and help you in any way that I can!
My name is Laavanya and I’m currently a 4th year BA Art History major, and Visual Arts minor.
I’m heavily involved in research into colonialism and post-colonial theories and am an avid book reader! I also cannot survive without music and is something that I need at absolutely all hours of the day. I love working out, and I spend nearly 2-3 hours in the gym, without a doubt. If I’m not busy in the gym or studying, I can often be found in the CCS darkroom developing film photographs because I’m also a photographer. I also love spending my time in downtown Kelowna at Pulp Fiction Coffee House drinking some of their amazing brews and catching up on research and reading. As an international student, I truly appreciate the home away from home that UBC Okanagan has provided me with, fostering a sense of community and diversity, and the friendships and family I built here at the University is one of the most fruitful experiences that I’ve ever had!
Hi, I’m Martin and I’m going to be your off-campus ambassador!
I will be heading into my final year of Bachelor of Human Kinetics with a focus on clinical exercise physiology. For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed sports and human movements but I believe kinesiology is so much more than that. Kinesiology has taught me the effects of exercising and has prepared me to help educate individuals on how to delay the onset of age-related diseases, secondary aging. Aside from pursuing my undergrad, I love to go on hikes and the gym. But I do have cheat days where I play Call of Duty and binge-watch movies with my girlfriend. If you ever need movie recommendations, I’m your guy. University marks a new chapter in everyone’s life, so I am thrilled to be your off-campus ambassador as I’ll be able to assist you in your new chapter.
International Project Team — Learning Resources
I’m Muskaan and I’m a 4th-year student majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. I’m an international student from New Delhi, India! I’m part of the Society of Scholars group here at UBCO, and it has been incredible so far! I currently work as a research intern with the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO). It is an organization that regulates the world’s securities and futures markets. Additionally, I have worked an array of part-time jobs as a UBC peer staff member. I have been a Jumpstart & Create orientation leader, Destination orientation leader, Statistics Teaching Assistant and an Online Learning Coach. I have been a part of various clubs at UBCO like Relay for Life, Pre-Law, Peer Support Network, and Project Literacy! Apart from all this, I love trying new restaurants with my friends! To compensate for my love for food, I recently started running (it’s been so hard so far)! I also have a blog where I write articles about the plaguing issues in the world to express my opinions unapologetically. And, somehow even with a busy schedule, I always find time for Netflix!
Students can e-mail Muskaan for peer learning support, and can schedule an appointment during one of the timeslots below:
Mondays: 10 AM (PDT) -11 AM (PDT) (in-person or virtual options)
Thursdays and Fridays: 4.30 PM (PDT) -5.30 PM (PDT) (virtual only)
Appointments can be scheduled through QReserve
Hello friends, welcome to UBCO! I am Zainab Mohammad, a third-year student completing my Bachelor of Science, and I am majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since I aspire to pursue medicine. I was born in Pakistan, but I moved to Canada with my family at a young age, initially to Vancouver but eventually we found ourselves in Kelowna, which I now call my hometown. Exploring Kelowna is one of my favourite pastimes! Also, I enjoy cooking various cuisines, attending to my little garden in my backyard, and photography. At UBCO, I am actively involved in the Chemistry Course Union as a tutor, and am a part of the Biochemistry Course Union executive team as well. I look forward to getting to know you, and to help enhance your experience at UBCO as you ease into this exciting new chapter of your life!
Students can e-mail Zainab for peer learning support, and can schedule an appointment during one of the timeslots below:
Wednesdays: 1 PM (PDT) -2 PM (PDT) (in-person or virtual options)
Appointments can be scheduled through QReserve