Brock University is set to welcome a fresh group of Badgers for a new semester focused on online learning.
International students electing to start this May for Spring/Summer programming will begin their degree in countries across the world.
“It’s a unqiue situation,” said Sandra Gruosso, Associate Director, Brock International Services. “The positive side is that students are able to begin their dream of a Canadian university education from the comforts of home, wherever home may be.”
It also means that no study permits or visas are required until students have to physically enter Canada to further their studies, which is often a complicated process to navigate.
Brock International Services has migrated their student support online including academic and language support, immigration consulting, and student engagement opportunities.
“We want to ensure students continue to receive the high level of satisfaction that the University has built its reputation upon,” said Gruosso.
The department has also developed a number of new, innovative programs to help students thrive in their new setting.
It all starts with welcome week activities, where students select one of two online Orientation sessions. To accommodate varying timezones, the first is on Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m. EDT and the second is on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. EDT.
Brock’s Academic and Language Specialists will introduce new undergraduate students to university life with a suite of new programming, including managing your transition to Brock and online learning on Monday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. EDT, and several more academic support workshops planned through the spring and summer.
Brock International Services also has a number of fun and interactive virtual events planned to keep students engaged outside of the classroom. A full list of workshops and activities planned by Brock International can be found on ExperienceBU.
Students are also invited to an international community group on Microsoft Teams, creating a direct line of communication with their student support staff and an immediate connection to their fellow classmates from around the world.
English Language programs also continues online, with English as a Second Language (ESL) at all levels, along with the eight-week Accelerated English Language Program (AELP) from either May 4 to June 26 or July 6 to August 28. Graduates of AELP will meet the English proficiency requirements for Brock programs that require an IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 88.
Students are encouraged to check the status of their application in their my.brocku.ca portal and confirm their status immediately if they’re opting to start in May. Prospective students can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about their academic status at Brock, while current students can email email@example.com to learn more about available support services.