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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.

Current student? Visit our student portal to stay up to date with all things Georgian!


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 information panel.

Visit the First Year Experience website for all orientation information.

Orientation for English for Academic Purposes students

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) has its own mandatory orientation for all new EAP students.

Visit the First Year Experience website for all orientation information.

College-wide orientation

Welcome to Georgian! Orientation Day is your opportunity to meet some great people including your college president and CEO, your program co-ordinator, as well as some new friends.

This is the day where you get to learn about your new academic environment, along with all the incredible support and services offered, in addition to all the awesome ways to get involved on campus.

Learn more about Orientation Day.


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 – one of the most famous waterfalls in the world
  • Wasaga Beach – the longest freshwater beach in the world
  • Toronto – the big city is only 45 minutes away

Please follow the Segal International Centre on Facebook for a list of all upcoming events.

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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

The GCSA supports many student clubs. You can join one or start your own! Search the list of active 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

Attend college events. Regularly visit the college events calendar and the International Facebook page to learn what is coming up next.

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 and Instagram.

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two male students and two female students getting involved and volunteering at Georgian's First Year Experience
a group of female and male students in the fitness centre exercising on stationary bikes
two female students volunteering at Orientation Day and welcoming new students to Georgian

Student and alumni stories

Georgian College is home to more 4,500 international students from more than 85 countries, speaking more than 110 languages! 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.

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    Daria from Ukraine

    Meet Daria! She is from Odessa, Ukraine and is studying Aviation Management. We asked her to share a little bit about herself…

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    Darshak from India

    Meet Darshak! He is an incredibly accomplished international student from Anand, Gujarat, India. He graduated from the Research Analyst program in…

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    Esther from Uganda

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    Gabriela from Panama

    Panamanian student is filling up her resume Meet Gabriela! Gabriela is an international student from Panama, currently studying Aviation Management. After she…

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    Garima from India

    Meet Garima! My name is Garima Kumar, and I graduated in 2015 from the Early Childhood Education program at the Orillia Campus. I…

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    Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Dr. Salvador Jara Guerrero, Sub Secretary of Higher Education, Mexico, sign an…

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    When Kenta Shirakura first showed up at C building on the Barrie Campus, only days after landing in Canada from Japan in 2011, he wanted to call his mom to let her know he made it safely. He really needed to hear her voice, but it wasn’t a simple process.

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    Georgian ranked among top Ontario colleges in international student satisfaction survey

    Georgian College ranks first in overall international student satisfaction among 11 Ontario colleges and sixth globally among 182 institutions that…

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

Contact information

Segal International Centre
C279, Barrie Campus
705.728.1968, ext. 1218

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