Becoming Part of the Community
Getting involved and integrating into the community helps international students overcome cultural and language barriers, as well adapt to new environments more quickly.
This has also proved effective in international students’ career development. There are numerous ways for international students to become part of the community. For example, improving English language proficiency, attending clubs and organizations, and volunteering on and off campus can help you demonstrate your talents while learning and interacting with other international students and local groups.
Reaching out and integrating into the community will help build valuable contacts that international students need while developing their careers.
Here are some activities that may interest you:
- Memorial English as Second Language (ESL), Association for New Canadians (ANC), Refugee and Immigration Advising Council (RIAC) provide conversation partner programs and free English language courses, where you can meet other newcomers and make new friends beyond the classroom.
- Internationalization Office offers regular coffee club, discussion group, excellent programs such as Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP), the MUN Mentors Program, assistance in on and off campus employment.
- Student Life offers such as the leadership programs, career development services, experiential learning opportunities, etc.
- Volunteering helps international students demonstrate and develop essential skills and gain valuable work experience.