Student Resources

Every international student is unique

Though all international students can say that they had to travel to go to university, every student has their own, unique experience, and with that comes unique needs!

Therefore, we want to ensure that all our international students have the resources they need to be successful!

Hover over each colour to see how diverse our Brock students can be!

Available Resources at Brock

Orientation & Into to Brock

Though each faculty generally does their own orientation, there are some resources available to you to help you get introduced to Brock as a whole:

Orientation @ Brock is where you will find many of Brock’s orientation resources and programs, including:

  • SmartStart: a program that is made for you, our Brock students! Lead by a team of current students, you will have a chance to meet other Badgers, learn about the Brock experience!
  • BU101: a free, online academic skills program that you can complete at your own pace before your classes begin, building your technology, scheduling, note-taking, and studying skills.
  • Off-Campus Communities
  • Welcome Week
  • Ongoing Support

BU4U is a website designed to answer all your Brock questions!

From academics to wellness & accessibility, to life at Brock, this site is the place to go for initial questions!

Brock International’s Pathway to Success is an international student’s guide to university success!

From before you arrive to during your studies to graduation, we want you to have all the resources you need to succeed.

Life in Canada

Looking for initial resources to help you adjust to life in Canada? We are here for you!

Brock International has created several resources to help international students in their transition to life in Canada:

International Student Connect (ISC) and Orientation to Ontario (O2O) are wonderful resources when getting to know Canada!

They have recorded and live webinars, tip sheets, and much more to support students as they transition to Canadian life!

Technology

Though technology can make our lives easier, it can also make our lives harder. Take advantage of our resources and ensure that technology isn’t what holds you back from success!

Information Technology Services (ITS) is your go-to place for technology support!

They can be found at various locations on campus, and if you cannot come to campus, you can submit a Help Desk Ticket online!

Brock International Services’s Pathway to Success Sakai site has an entire Technology at Brock Module dedicated to educating students about technology at Brock.

Included content: Introduction to Sakai and Office 365, and practice in using MS Excel and MS Word!

To find the module, click here (log in to Sakai first for the link to work) and then navigate through this path: “Introduction to Studying in Canada” -> (A) Technology Tools at Brock.

Health & Wellness

Our campus has many resources on helping you with your health and wellness! Check out our resources below:

There are two different types of health plans for Brock students in Undergraduate or Graduate programs: UHIP & Student VIP.

  • UHIP is your Primary Health Insurance – It covers eligible medically necessary health services and medical treatments. Essentially, when you see a doctor, go to a hospital, or do a medical test, you use UHIP.

Brock International Services (BIS) can support you with anything related to UHIP concerns. Check our Brock International’s (UHIP) page here to learn more.

There are two different types of health plans for Brock students in Undergraduate or Graduate programs: UHIP & Student VIP.

  • StudentVIP is your Supplementary Health Insurance – It has drug coverage, extended health coverage, vision coverage, dental coverage, etc. Essentially, when you buy medicine, see a dentist, take eye exams, or have to buy glasses, you use your StudentVIP.

To learn about your StudentVIP plan, click here for Undergraduate students and click here for Graduate students.

Brock’s Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (SWAC) has lots of resources for both physical and mental wellness, including:

Brock Human Rights & Equity (HRE) offers resources and support against gender & sexual violence; this is a continuum of non-consensual sexual contact and behaviour which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, indecent exposure, and voyeurism.

To learn more about Sexual Violence, please visit their Learn page. 

Student Life & Engagement

It can feel isolating when starting university, especially if you are in a new country and/or if you don’t know anybody. Check out our resources below to help:

Brock’s Student Life as part of Student Life and Success provides opportunities for everyone in the Brock community to be active and engaged at Brock and within its surrounding communities.

Check out their resources & services below:

ExperienceBU is your gateway to the Brock experience. Find and connect to student clubs and organizations, events, workshops, communities, services and supports, and co-curricular experiences!

In addition, the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) is housed on ExperienceBU, helping you identify and navigate the wide-range of co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences and opportunities available at Brock. Check out the different domains and even earn a Certificate of Engagement by the end of your time at Brock!

Brock International Services also offers student life services! From getting involved and joining campus events, to engaging with one of their programs, they are ready to support all Brock international students in making their Brock experience as best as it can be!

Services available:

  • 1-on-1 appointments
  • Campus events & social media
  • Specialized programs (e.g., Conversation Partner Program)
  • Weekly Newsletter

The Faith and Life Centre provides both religious and secular opportunities for friendships, education, counseling, critical thinking about religion, and personal growth. 

Their services include:

  • Faith-based student groups
  • Events
  • Spaces for faith needs

The Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) represents all Brock undergraduate students.

BUSU is responsible for many businesses on campus and offers programs and opportunities, including:

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) represents the interests of all graduate students at Brock University. At registration all graduate students at Brock become members of the GSA and can access the following resources:

Do you want to experience the world? Add an international edge to your degree through an exchange or international program and broaden your horizons!

Brock’s International Mobility has many options available to Brock students, both Canadians and international students:

  • Exchange Programs
  • Internship Programs
  • Summer Programs
  • Field Courses

Academic & Research Support

Do you want additional support with your academic success? We at Brock have many resources available:

Learning Services offers many services to help students with their academic success. Below is a list of services and programs that they provide:

  • Drop-in Academic Support
  • Academic and Life Skills Workshops
  • Paid Tutoring
  • Online Learning Tools
    • BU101 – free, non-credit, asynchronous online academic skills program for undergraduate and graduate students to build technology, scheduling, notetaking, and studying skills.
    • Academic Zone – online learning tools developed to support you in the fundamental skills necessary for academic success in any discipline such as essay writing, grammar, lab reports, time management, and academic integrity.
  • Academic Integrity Resources
  • Specialized resources for different cohorts (e.g., grad students, transfer students, first generation students, aboriginal students, mature students)

Brock International Services’s Academic Skills Support team provides international students with support in foundational academic skills and knowledge on academic expectations in a Canadian university.

Services include:

  • 1-on-1 appointments
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Academic Skills workshops
  • Academic Support Module on Pathway to Success Sakai site
  • Academic Coach Program (additional first-year student support in academic skills)

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre’s From Intention to Action Program (FITA) is a counselling program dedicated to help students:

  • improve their mental health,
  • cope with academic stress,
  • develop better learning strategies, and
  • maintain a healthy life balance

Brock’s library is a place where students and scholars come together to learn, share, and develop ideas across the boundaries of academic departments and disciplines. They have services in:

What are you waiting for? Discover your library today!

Research Ethics with both human and animal participants is crucial to ensure responsible conduct in research. Brock has services to help students maintain ethical research and adhere to ethical principles:

Safety & Accessibility

Brock Campus Security Services

Want to learn more about our campus safety and/or accessibility services? Check out our resources below:

Brock’s Campus Security Services is comprised of peace officers and contracted security guards that work in close partnership with the Niagara Regional Police Service.

They have resources on:

Brock’s Student Accessibility Services, as part of the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC) strives to support, advocate for, and foster independence in students with accessibility needs.

Their resources & services include:

NOTE: Being an student who speaks English as a second or subsequent language does not automatically mean that you can ask for language accommodations; you must have documentation of a disability.

If you need additional support with language skills (e.g., reading, writing, speaking listening), please reach out to Brock International Services’s Academic Skills Support team.

Information Technology Services (ITS) and Student Accessibility Services (SWAC) have ensured that all computer labs have workstations with accessibility features and specialized software installed.

To learn more, click here.

Brock Human Rights & Equity (HRE) act as a liaison for students interested in the IDeA, Innovate Designs for Accessibility competition!

It is a student competition that encourages all university students (Canadian AND international) to develop creative, cost-effective, innovative, and practical solutions to accessibility barriers for people with disabilities. Interested? Check out the competition guidelines here.

Brock Human Rights & Equity (HRE) provide many additional resources on accessibility, including information on:

  • How to make documents accessible
  • Service dog etiquette
  • Accessible features of campus (e.g., washrooms, parking, classrooms, etc)

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

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Brock is committed to fostering a equitable culture of inclusivity, reconciliation, and decolonization, with many resources available on campus for not only faculty and staff, but students too!

Brock’s Human Rights & Equity (HRE) work to build inclusivity and equity through understanding and respect for diverse identities. They offer many opportunities to support and educate about anti-racism at Brock, including:

Brock Human Rights & Equity (HRE) also support the Brock community in the form of Intercultural Education.

The Intercultural Department is dedicated to increasing the capacity of the Brock community to work well across difference, fostering and developing a culturally inclusive, diverse and safe Brock campus for all students, staff and faculty.

Their resources include:

Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services is focused on providing a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment for Aboriginal students and visitors to our campus, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit.

Their services & resources include:

Brock’s Office of the Ombudsperson is a confidential, independent, and impartial service for students, advocating for fair policies, procedures, practices and decision-making on campus.

They can provide resources and advice, facilitate communication, assist with informal problem solving, assist with appeal procedures, and investigate concerns. When appropriate, the Ombudsperson may also make recommendations on changes to University policies or procedures.

Check out the following links for more information:

Finances & Taxes

It can be a challenge managing your finances or even dealing with taxes! Please see our resources below to help.

Brock’s Student Accounts & Financial Aid (SAFA) offers numerous awards, scholarships, and bursaries to help with your finances.

You can apply to the vast majority of these awards through the Brock University OneApp. In addition to the awards available through the OneApp, there are automatic admission awards, prestige awards, and awards for incoming student athletes. To learn all about awards and bursaries, click here.

Budgeting your finances isn’t always easy, and so Brock’s Student Accounts & Financial Aid has a few resources available to help!

If you are in Canada as an international student, it is important that you understand what your rights, entitlements, and obligations are under Canada’s tax system.

It is your responsibility to determine your income tax status, and make sure to pay your required amount of taxes for each year according to the law. To learn more, check out Brock International Services’s Tax Information page

Career & Employment

Check out all our campus resources on career and employment support!

Brock’s Career Education team specializes in building connections between students and employers, campus and industry, and education and work.

They help students navigate career opportunities and develop career goals while supporting employers with their campus hiring strategies and building a pipeline of talent for their organizations. Services include:

  • CareerZone – online portal with job postings, career resources, and online workshops and events.
  • 1-on-1 appointments
    • Resume, CV, and cover letter feedback
    • Interview preparation
    • LinkedIn profile review & social media review
    • Statement of Intent feedback
    • And much more!
  • Virtual Q & A Drop-Ins
  • CareerZone Cafés
  • Support via email career@brocku.ca

Brock International Services offers career & settlement support to all international students.

This includes support & resources in:

  • Work Authorization
  • Career Planning
  • Transition & Settlement in Canada

Brock International Services offers immigration consulting, which includes resources on working in Canada! Visit their webpage and learn about:

  • Work that does not require a work permit
  • Work that does require a work permit
  • How to obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • What to do if you aren’t eligible for a SIN

Brock and Niagara have many volunteer opportunities to help students gain experience and skills! Check out the different volunteer opportunities below: