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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!


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

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

Barrie Orientation
all studentsSept 3
international studentsAug 29 and 30

Download the September orientation schedule

Register for Barrie International Orientation
Owen Sound Orientation
all studentsSept 3
international studentsSept 11
Orillia Orientation
all studentsSept 3
international studentsSept 9
Orangeville Orientation
all studentsSept 3
international studentsSept 10*
South Georgian Bay Orientation
all studentsSept 3
international studentsSept 5*

Orientation for English for Academic Purposes students

If you are registered in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) you must attend the EAP orientation. See below for dates.

Fall 2019Aug. 28 and 29
Oct. 23 and 24
Register for EAP Orientation

College-wide orientation

In addition to international orientation, you must attend the college-wide orientation on September 3, 2019. Details can be found on the main orientation page.

Orientation schedule and registration

Orientation schedules will be posted about one week before orientation.

The registration link will be posted about one to two weeks before orientation.

Both will be found on this page under the orientation dates.


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.

View International Centre events View all Georgian 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


  • 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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students getting involved
students exercising
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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 Modi
Home Country: India
Speaks: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi
Program: Fitness and Health Promotion

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

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!


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

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.


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

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.


Gaby Medina
Home Country: Panama
Speaks: English, Spanish, Mandarin
Program: Aviation Management

 I am a challenge seeker, proud Latina (Panama), and culture advocate. Travelling, trying new cuisines and performing arts is by far my favourite way to spend time. I have been in Canada for almost three years, therefore, if you are looking for help or just have any questions, I might not be an expert but feel free to come see me! I would love to share my experience or find an answer for you.

Orangeville Campus


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

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

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


Kirandeep Kaur
Home Country: India
Speaks: Hindi, Punjabi, English
Program: Child and Youth Care

Hello learners!! My name is Kirandeep Kaur. I belong to a diverse cultural-country India and currently in my second year of Child and Youth Care at the Orillia campus. I am really outgoing and love to be in every age group. My life in India as well as in Canada is fun, and I would be pleased to share my experience with you guys! Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Owen Sound Campus

South Georgian Bay Campus


Madison Roy
Home Country: Canada
Speaks: English
Program: Business General

I am a Business Student who shares a passion for learning and helping those in need. Before deciding to come back to school I was in Punjab, India working at an International College as a teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching in a new country and I am excited to be in my new role as International Student Ambassador. Please visit me in the GCSA office, Owen Sound Campus.

coming soon…

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