Congratulations! You’ve accepted your offer and now it’s time to plan your International Pathway to Success at Brock University.
The Brock International Pathway to Success represents a guide on Brock International’s Sakai site to help international students prepare for their first term at Brock University and in Canada.
Similar to the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum, students are encouraged to complete various steps by either attending an event on ExperienceBU or engaging in other tasks that help students stay on the path to success. The end goal is for students to have a clear path going forward and for there to be less ambiguity with regards to what they must do before, during, and after their time at Brock. There are 4 main stages for students to complete, each allowing them to do so at their own pace while also suggesting the most ideal timeline to complete each Stage:
- Stage 1: After Acceptance
- Stage 2: Pre-Semester Prep
- Stage 3: First Week
- Stage 4: At Brock
Stage 1: After Acceptance
Below are the steps students should complete after they have been accepted to Brock University.
Whether you are travelling to Canada or understanding the conditions of your acceptance, your offer letter is an important key to your education and should be accepted as soon as possible. Once you accept your offer from Brock, don’t forget to save it as a PDF or take a screenshot so you can go back to it; you never know when you will need it!
As you begin your Brock journey, it is imperative that you activate your Brock email; this will ensure that you reach the correct people, have access to all of Brock’s services, and all in all set you up for success! Begin using your Brock email today by contacting Brock International Services at email@example.com to ask any initial questions or just to say hello!
A study permit is a document issued to international students that allow them to study at an approved institution in Canada. It is important that you apply for your permit and/or other required immigration documents as soon as possible and before you travel to Canada so that you allow enough time for approval. Applying does not guarantee approval, therefore we suggest that you learn more about all the required immigration documents on Brock’s Immigration Counseling website and reach out to Brock International for more support, either in a drop-in session, workshop, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is more to immigration documents and studying internationally than simply getting a study permit. From work permits to VISAs to all the important deadlines, you don’t want to miss out on all the essential information for your immigration documents! Attend one of our Immigration Documents 101 for First Year Students sessions to fulfill this requirement.
Microsoft Teams has become the main platform that Brock faculty, staff, & students use to communicate and interact with each other virtually. From attending virtual classes to meeting with your professors to even scheduling appointments with different members of the Brock community, MS Teams is an important tool for your success. Therefore, don’t forget to download the MS Teams app to both your computer and phone!
Sakai is Brock’s learning management system and the main platform for your course content, apart from MS Teams and in-person lectures. Therefore, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with Sakai and all its great features to be as prepared as possible to study with us, whether you are doing so virtually or in-person!
If you are an international student and want to learn more, feel free to check out Brock International’s Sakai site, Brock INTL – Your Pathway to Success, and learn all about Sakai in their Academic Support module.
A huge part of being a Brock student is not just taking classes, but also engaging with the Brock community and experiencing Brock to its fullest! By learning about ExperienceBU and campus life at Brock, you can begin to take full advantage of the Brock experience and make your time at Brock as memorable as possible.
Do you wonder what the academic expectations are in Canada? Do you want to learn about the most essential academic skills you will need to be successful at Brock?
Visit Brock International’s Sakai site and explore the Academic Support tab to learn all that you need to know before you begin your studies.
Stage 2: Pre-Semester Prep
Below are the steps students should complete at least 6 weeks prior to the first day of classes.
Health insurance not only provides you with health services while you study in Canada, but it can also protect you if ever you encounter a health emergency. Therefore, it is important for you familiarize yourself with the health care system in Canada and the health insurance plan that you receive while studying at Brock. To fulfill this requirement, please attend one of Brock International Health Insurance webinars.
When you come to study or work at a university in Ontario, you must have health insurance to pay for basic health care services and medical treatments. Brock University’s University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for all eligible international students. Learn more about UHIP here.
Brock’s SmartStart program gives you exclusive access to content designed to make your transition to Brock a successful one. Led by a team of current students and supported by the broader campus community, this program will provide answers to all of your questions, including areas such as Course registration, finance, residence & off-campus living, and much more!
In addition, Brock International hosts several introductory webinars with international students in mind. From Immigration topics like study permits and Visas, to academic skills topics like online learning platforms and academic expectations in university, these webinars are here to help and guide you!
Once you are eligible to register for classes, it is important that you do so to avoid classes filling up or to address any initial issues with registration. With the help of Brock’s Course Registration page and Brock International’s tip sheet on their Sakai site, you will be all set to register for your classes.
Don’t forget to connect with your program’s Academic Advisor
Though you may not think of it, providing your emergency contact information is very important; it allows us to have a person to contact in case of emergencies and can give you more peace of mind when studying in another country. With the help of Brock International Services’ tip sheet on their Sakai site (i.e. Brock INTL – Your Pathway to Success), please update your emergency contact information on my.brocku.ca.
As you plan to travel to Canada, it can be confusing to identify all that you need to do, especially if you have to quarantine when you arrive or have certain documents ready.
Before booking any travel arrangements and review the International Student Travel Requirements and contact the Brock International Travel Support Team.
Once you receive confirmation that you are free to travel to Canada, the next step is to find your accommodations (where to live). You can learn all about finding accommodations on Brock International’s Sakai site by going to the Pre-Arrival tab and scrolling down to Checklist #2. Once you have found a place to live in Canada, it is important that you update your address on my.brocku.ca.
Visit Accommodations in Niagara for information about residence, off-campus living and homestay options.
Visit Living in Niagara for more information about the Niagara Region.
BU101 is a free online academic skills program that you can complete at your own pace before your classes begin. Build your technology, scheduling, note-taking, and studying skills.
Learn all about BU101 and consider signing up by checking out their website.
Brock International’s Academic Coach program is designed solely for your academic success; from weekly 1-on-1 meetings to ongoing support via email, you can discuss the essential academic and language skills that YOU specifically want to develop. If you are a new international student at Brock, be sure to check your email for the sign-up form and sign up to fulfill this requirement.
Welcome Day is an event hosted by Brock International Services, in which you can engage in fun activities virtually to learn more about Brock and the different ways that Brock International can support you as you study. This includes information about online learning platforms (e.g., Sakai, MS Teams, website navigation), immigration & travel, Brock fun facts, engagement opportunities, and much more!
Not sure what to expect when living in Canada? Brock International’s Sakai site has various resources on life in Canada, Ontario, and as a student at Brock! Feel free to check them out and best prepare yourself for your time in Canada!
Academic Integrity must be understood and abided by in order to be a successful student at Brock. Visit Brock International’s Sakai site and explore the Academic Support tab to learn about Academic Integrity at Brock before you begin your studies.
Stage 3: First Week
Below are the steps students should complete once they begin classes at Brock University.
Your student ID card is essential, especially if you intend to live on campus or utilize the public transit system. From paying for food at various locations on campus to traveling around St. Catharines and the Niagara region with the U-PASS, getting your student ID card is a must. Check out Brock’s Get your Student ID website for detailed instructions on how to get your card without needing to do so in person.
Every class will have different requirements when it comes to the textbooks you need. Some might require more than one while others may not require any; regardless, it is important to use the Campus Store’s textbook search feature and ensure that you have the textbooks you need to succeed in your courses. Check out Brock International’s tip sheet on their Sakai site for additional guidance!
Health care through Brock not only provides you with health services while you study in Canada, but it can also provide eligible accompanying family members with health care services. Therefore, it is important to enroll any eligible family members in Brock’s health care plan. Visit Brock International’s health care page for details
We take your safety very seriously at Brock and you should too! It is very important that you learn about the role of the police in Canada, how they can help you, and what to do should you need to reach out to the police while here. Therefore, please watch the following video and learn all about police and safety in Canada!
Getting a Canadian cell phone plan is one of those tasks that may seem easy, but once you begin looking, it can seem overwhelming. You can gain tips on getting a cell phone plan in Canada on Brock International’s Sakai site.
Opening a Canadian bank account will not only make your life easier when making purchases, but it can also facilitate getting paid should you decide to work in Canada. You can learn all about getting a bank account in Canada on Brock International’s Sakai site.
If you plan to work while studying in Canada, you need to apply for a Social Insurance Number first! Please see Brock International Services’ Immigration Counselling webpage for more details on how to do so.
Do you feel that you lack personal interaction in your online courses? Do you want to meet people in your class who you can study with? We understand that it can be difficult to meet new people in virtual courses and even more challenging when you are an undergraduate beginning your first year at Brock. Therefore, Brock International’s Study Partner Program matches new undergraduate international students with other international students in their classes with the sole purposes of connecting with others and sharing in the learning experience virtually!
Stage 4: At Brock
Below is the next step for current students once they have completed Stage 3 and have begun their studies at Brock.
As you study, it is important to keep meeting with your Academic Advisor to plan for your future semesters. Sometimes, our initial plans change, or we may need additional advice going forward, and so your Academic Advisor is a great person to consistently meet with each semester!
Do I really need academic skills support? Can’t I just learn the information given to me in courses and then figure it out?
You could do that, but one thing we notice with students is that they often enter university without all the academic skills they need to do well in their classes (e.g., writing, reading, time management, study strategies, citing/referencing, etc.). You need academic skills in order to do your assignments and assessments, and so it can be said that if you do not have strong academic skills, then you will have a hard time succeeding in your courses.
If you want to develop a strong foundation in academic skills, check out Brock International’s Academic Support!
Additionally, if you want to build on that strong foundation or if you want to pay for tutoring, check out A-Z Learning!
Did you know that Brock University students have access to services provided by the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC) as part of their ancillary fees paid annually?
From personal counselling to crisis resources, to even a Wellness HUB where students can drop in to chat with a Peer Health Educator about ways to improve their overall health and wellness, there is lots available to help you throughout your studies!
What else can the Brock Library provide you other than access to books and articles? A lot! Our James A. Gibson Library has MANY services available to you, including:
- Research Consultations with Liaison Librarians
- Research Help on Demand
- Library Workshops (e.g., Intro to Research, Library Yoga, etc.)
- And much more!
Click here to start learning about the many services just waiting to be explored!
Brock Human Rights and Equity works with many other departments and services on campus to prevent harassment and discrimination from occurring and to quickly address incidents as they arise. If you witness or experience harassment/discrimination and would like support from experienced staff, Brock Human Rights & Equity is here to support you!
There is nothing worse than experiencing fraud or scams while studying as a student. Take action to protect yourself from these experiences by learning more about frauds and scams in Canada, either by attending a workshop or by accessing all the resources on the Brock INTL – Your Pathway to Success Sakai site!