Contact International Programs & Services

International Programs & Services

Location: University Centre 227
Email: ips.ubco@ubc.ca

Our office is open from Monday to Friday.
Appointment days:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Walk-in advising days:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Our international student advisors are available to assist students with a wide range of concerns. Come see 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? Come and see us—we are here to help!

Our staff can also connect students with additional campus and community resources throughout their time at UBC.

Meet the team

Phill Reichert, profile

I have worked with International Programs & Services at UBC’s Okanagan campus since 2012 and have experience studying, living, and working internationally in a variety of roles and have attended educational institutions in Canada, Netherlands, USA, and Germany. Before joining UBC, I was employed at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) with their International and Executive MBA programmes, and worked prior to that at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands. I received the Nuffic Huygens scholarship in the Netherlands and completed a Master’s degree with honours in International Relations from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

I am currently a doctoral candidate, with my research focusing on the internationalization of higher education and the nexus of government policy, institutional programming, and international student career transitions. In addition to my role at UBC, I am a consultant for the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s (CBIE) International Students and Immigration Education Program (ISIEP), as well as a member of the CBIE Immigration Advisory Committee (IAC).

I wish you all the best in your studies at UBC and I hope you stop by our office with any questions you may have or just for a chat.

I have a Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from Carleton University with a specialization in migration policy and diaspora identities. I am currently working to publish my extensive research on Afghan diaspora and cultural hybrid identities. In the past, I have worked in human rights and policy research, and I have over six years of experience studying and working in the field of migration. I also completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Victoria.

I lead 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 am also an advisory board member of the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and an associate member 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.

Danai Belanger, profileI have completed a Master’s of Education (Diversity) from UBC Okanagan and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English from Memorial University. I am also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

I have spent almost a decade working with international students across the country in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia. As a former international student to Canada, I appreciate the unique experiences that intentional students face. I enjoy interacting with students and learning about new cultures. I hope you have a fantastic time living and learning in Canada and wish you success in your academic journey at UBC Okanagan.

Quin, profileI 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.

I discovered my passion for guiding international students as a lawyer in Toronto, ON. I was amazed by the caliber of international students I met throughout the course of my practice while advocating for students all across the globe. Naturally, I decided to shift my career towards an advisory role.

I am a proud UBC Alumnus; I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree at the Vancouver campus. I then continued on to law school at the University of Windsor and achieved my Juris Doctor Degree. I focused my courses and social justice endeavors on immigration and refugee issues during law school. After being called to the bar I practiced at several prominent immigration firms in Toronto.

I am actively involved in the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Immigration Executive in addition to various philanthropic initiatives in the community. My formative experiences in student programs at UBC were instrumental in paving the path to a successful career.

I hope to help you achieve your goals and have a memorable experience here at UBC-O. Please reach out to me with any questions or if you need an ear!

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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!

Sebastian, profileI am a recent graduate of UBC Okanagan’s International Relations program. Throughout my time at UBC, I have worked with international students through my involvement with both the English Foundation Program and the International Student Initiative.

As an international student myself, I pursued political science at the Paris Institute of Political Studies as a participant in the 2016/2017 Go Global exchange program. I have an affinity for language acquisition, and am fluent in French and proficient in Spanish. I am passionate about travelling and athletics, and am eager to learn about culture wherever possible. I welcome you to come visit me at any time and I hope you have a successful experience at UBC.

Amber McLeod grew up in Northern BC, then moved to the beautiful Okanagan where she began her professional career  and has followed it back to Kelowna and family. She has been a post secondary instructor for over 15 years having taught in  Mexico, UBC (both campuses), BCIT, and Okanagan College.  She also worked in Guatemala as an administrator for an international School.

Amber has her Masters in Education from UBCO and is a certified Professional Life Coach. Her passion for helping students and fellow colleagues has presented her with many opportunities to work with different cultures  and develop ESL curriculum both online and in the classroom. As well, she is an active board member for the non profit organization called Sonido Del Movimiento whose mission is to use music and dance in equipping children with resiliency, expression and community building.  In her free time, Amber enjoys exercising, movies, and latin dancing. She is excited to be part of the IPS team and looks forward to working and collaborating with other professionals to further student and instructional success at UBCO.

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.