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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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Orientation


International Orientation is a great opportunity to get 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 orientation, please visit the Segal International Centre on the second floor of the Student Services Centre (C building) at the Barrie Campus.

Orientation for international postsecondary students

IntakeDates
Fall 2018Aug. 30 and 31
Winter 2019Jan. 3 and 4
Summer 2019May 2 and 3
Register for postsecondary orientation

In addition to the above dates at the Barrie Campus, there will be international orientation at our other campuses on the dates below. Please click your campus to see the schedule:

Orangeville: Sept. 11
South Georgian Bay (Collingwood): Sept. 13
Orillia: Sept. 14
Owen Sound: Sept. 14

Orientation for English for Academic Purposes students

IntakeDates
Fall 2018Aug. 29 and 30
Oct. 24 and 25
Winter 2019Jan. 3 and 4
Feb. 27 and 28
Fall 2019Aug. 28 and 29
Oct. 23 and 24
Register for EAP orientation

Orientation is mandatory for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students. Please book flights accordingly and arrange to be on campus for orientation.

College-wide orientation

In addition to international orientation, you can attend the college-wide orientation. Details can be found on the main orientation page.

Need help registering for orientation?

You can email the international centre.

For questions about courses and timetables please email the Office of the Registrar.

Events


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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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:

Volunteer

  • 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

  • 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

Athletics

  • 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.
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Student ambassadors


Once you’ve been accepted to Georgian, feel free to reach out to one of our student ambassadors. They will be happy to answer your questions about preparing to move to Canada and how to settle in once you arrive.

Barrie Campus

Chandani

Chandani Modi
Home Country: India
Speaks: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi
Program: Fitness and Health Promotion
Email

I can’t wait to share my journey with you to help you transition from your home country to Canada. I am also a part of Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) as the Georgian Food Locker (student food bank) ambassador. Feel free to stop by at the office. I would love to speak with you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have questions about Georgian, Barrie and Canada.

Yoon

Yoon Chan Choi
Home Country: South Korea
Speaks: Korean, English
Program: Aviation Management
Email

If you have any questions about our school life or getting adapted in Canada (or anything), please feel free to ask me. We are here to help!

Evan

Evan Soenarto
Home Country: Indonesia
Speaks: Indonesian, English
Program: Business
Email

I arrived here one year ago to start my course, which I have had a lot of experience that I am ready to share with you all. Make sure to say hi when you see me on campus, after all, I am friendly! Do not be afraid to ask me any questions you may have about life here in Canada, and also about Georgian.

Monil

Monil Agarwal
Home Country: India
Speaks: English, Hindi
Program: Aviation Management
Email

I am in my last year of my studies. So far my experience includes working on- and off-campus and volunteering in many college and outside events. This all gives me a good knowledge to help you all when you arrive here or even before you arrive. I would just like you all to remember after you come here that “In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity.” I am always here to help you anytime.

Antonia

Antonina Bezsmertna
Home Country: Ukraine
Speaks: Russian, Ukrainian, English, Chinese
Program: Acupuncture
Email

I would be very happy to help you with all your questions or concerns that you might have about Georgian College, Barrie and Canada in general. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will share all the information and experience I got during my stay in Canada.

Orangeville Campus

Alica

Pei-Ching (Alice) Shih
Home Country: Taiwan
Speaks: Mandarin, English
Program: Practical Nursing
Email

I was an international student before, and I cannot wait to share the experience and information I have with you. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about Canada, Orangeville and school.

Sabrina

Sabrina Young
Home Country: Canada
Speaks: English
Program: Registered Practical Nursing
Email

I am a proud graduate of the Personal Support Worker program and am now in my second semester of the Register Practical Nursing program. I am excited to get to know everyone. I am so thrilled to connect with all of you on this wonderful journey you have started. Please send any questions you may have I am here to assist you, throughout this awesome adventure.

Orillia Campus

Caroline

Caroline Rodrigues
Home Country: India
Speaks: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada and Sign language
Program: Child and Youth Worker
Email

I am a travel enthusiast, passionate about art and extremely chatty. Always ready to share my experiences about life in Orillia and Canada! Please feel free to ask me anything regarding student life and life outside of campus.

Esther

Esther Bayiga
Home Country: Uganda
Speaks: English
Program: Child and Youth Care Worker
Email

I enjoy interacting with people, and giving my support whenever I can. I am very willing and ready to share my knowledge and experience with fellow students at the college.

Owen Sound Campus

South Georgian Bay Campus

Amritpal

Amritpal Kaur
Home Country: India
Speaks: Punjabi, Hindi, English
Program: Power Engineering Technology
Email

I’m proud to be in my final year of study. I’m ready to share with you all the experience I have had since I arrived in Canada. Don’t hesitate to contact me for any questions you may have about Canada, Owen Sound, your program and Georgian! Feel free to email me anytime.

Augusta

Augusta Bentil
Home Country: Ghana
Speaks: English
Program: Social Service Worker
Email

I am excited to provide you with an authentic representation of the Georgian experience. I am all set to share my wonderful experience here with you. I look forward to meeting you and don’t hesitate to ask anything. I wish you a very happy, healthy and productive period of study!

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
international@georgiancollege.ca

All international contact information