Student Videos

Transitions and Surprises

The initial days and weeks in a new educational system can be very demanding for international students. Not only are they adjusting to a new country, they are also learning a number of new skills that are required to succeed in the Canadian university environment. Sometimes, things that instructors take for granted are quite new and challenging for students.

In the video below, students share what was most surprising to them in their first weeks at university.

For reflection

  • Which of the students’ challenges in transition was most unexpected to you?
  • What strategies would you use to help students learn these key skills in their first weeks at university?

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Getting to Know Your International Students (2nd Edition) by Kwantlen Polytechnic University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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