Student Services provides ongoing support and services throughout the year to international students and international exchange students. The office provides information and assistance to students in the areas of immigration (study permits, off-campus work permits, post-graduation employment), medical insurance, living in Vancouver, finding off-campus housing, the student exchange program and ongoing international student advising. Coming to Emily Carr means an opportunity to meet people and share your culture and ideas with others, so the International office coordinates the Emily Carr Ambassadors program for newly arriving students, regularly hosts social events, celebrates International Week each November and offers welcome receptions in September and January with orientation to the University.
An international student living and studying in Canada must possess a valid Study Permit, which is issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). International students may also be eligible to work. Visit the CIC website at cic.gc.ca.
All international students must have adequate health insurance in Canada. The International Education Office provides information on private health insurance and on the B.C. Medical Services Plan, both of which provide basic medical insurance (not extended health benefits). An additional extended health plan is provided by the Students’ Union (see Health + Dental Insurance). All international students should enrol in the B.C. Medical plan upon arrival in British Columbia. Applications for B.C. Medical are distributed at Orientation. There is a three-month waiting/residency period so newly arriving international students will be enrolled in private health insurance coverage through StudentGuard. This plan is intended to insure international students before they are eligible to receive coverage under the BC provincial MSP. For details on the policy coverage, see the StudentGuard web site at guard.me.
The International Education Office also coordinates the University’s international exchange program. (see international exchange program)