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Student life

The Segal International Centre is here to help you settle in and provide the tools you need to reach and exceed your potential. With small classes, lots of student resources, friendly staff, volunteer and work opportunities, dynamic varsity teams, clubs and campus events, you’ll find your favourite way to plug into student life.

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These events are a great opportunity to get the information you need to succeed at Georgian. It’s also a good time to make friends and get familiar with the spaces and services you’ll be using while you’re a student.

What to bring with you

  • passport
  • study permit
  • acceptance letter
  • official test score: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC (for EAP students)

If you arrive at Georgian before the dates listed below, please visit the Segal International Centre on the second floor of the Student Services Centre (C building) at the Barrie Campus.

Important dates for international postsecondary students

If you are in a certificate, diploma, graduate certificate or degree program you must virtually attend the college-wide orientation, and the international info panel. See below for dates.

All campuses
Pre-OrientationMay 11
Orientationstarting May 19

Visit the First Year Experience website for all orientation information.

Orientation for English for Academic Purposes students

EAP orientation is a two-day mandatory orientation for all new EAP students. You must attend both days. See below for dates.

Summer part A 2020May 11 to 13
Summer part B 2020May 11 to 13

Visit the First Year Experience website for all orientation information.

College-wide orientation

Details can be found on the main orientation page.


The Segal International Centre plans many events to show you the best of Georgian and the best of Ontario. Examples of day trips include:

  • Canada’s Wonderland – Canada’s premier amusement park
  • Niagara Falls
  • Wasaga Beach – the longest freshwater beach in the world
  • Toronto – the big city is only 45 minutes away

Please follow the international centre on Facebook for a list of all upcoming events.

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a group of female and male international students kayaking on a lake

Get involved

Getting involved on campus will not only help you make new friends from around the world, but it will also help you get the most out of your time here, by immersing yourself in Canadian and Georgian culture.

Here are some of our suggestions for getting involved on campus:


  • There are always opportunities to volunteer at Georgian and in the community. Most positions are posted on TandemPark. Create an account to find new opportunities.


  • GCSA is the Georgian College Students’ Association. It is a group of elected students who represent the student body. There are many different ways to be a part of the GCSA. If you are interested, visit them in A162 at the Barrie Campus.

Student clubs


  • Join a varsity or intramural sports team. You can also attend a fitness class, exercise in the fitness centre or gym, or attend one of the Varisty team home games. There are also various tournaments held throughout the year. Visit the Georgian Grizzlies for more information.

Chat Club

  • This is a great way for international students to sit down with each other and practice their English skills in a relaxed environment. Check out the current schedule in Room C275 at the Barrie Campus.

Global Talkafé

  • Global Talkafé facilitates informal conversations/information sessions several times a month. They help provide more information on important topics related to international students such as awards, working in Canada, and resumé building. Follow us on Facebook to view upcoming events.

In class

  • Make friends with Canadian classmates, ask them questions about their background and what they like to do for fun. When asked to work in groups, try to partner up with students from different countries.

Attend events

Stay connected online

  • The easiest way to stay up to date is through Facebook. We post regular updates on everything that is happening at Georgian College that applies to international students. We also post to Twitter.
students getting involved at georgian college
students getting involved
a group of female and male students on stationary bikes exercising
two female students volunteering at Georgian's Orientation for new students

Student and alumni stories

Georgian College is home to more 2,500 international students from more than 60 countries. Each student travels here to experience Georgian in their own, unique way. Hear what our students have to say about life at Georgian and how our alumni are using their Georgian skills and connections around the world.

Want to learn more about studying at Georgian as an international student?

Georgian Canada

Georgian’s international team is here to help you find a program that is right for you and help you settle in to your new home at one of our seven campuses in Ontario.

Contact information

International Centre
705.728.1968, ext. 1218

All international contact information