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International Student Orientation

Events and Field Trips

International Student Orientation covers important immigration, health insurance, and ice breakers sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all new international students. 

This program will give you the chance to learn important information for your studies, as well as to meet your new classmates. Please note that attendance is mandatory to the first day of orientation unless you have made prior arrangements.

Sunday, September 1, 2019


Dining Hall - 9:45 a.m.
As you enter the dining hall, check-in with us, so we know you have arrived safely in Newfoundland. We will use this opportunity to ask you a couple of questions, provide some information about the rest of the day, and give you a name tag. If you are unsure where to go and are not able to find the signage, look for volunteers wearing a Grenfell Campus t-shirt around campus.

Traditional Newfoundland Brunch

Dining Hall - 10:00 a.m. 

Enjoy Newfoundland toutons made by staff members along with fruit and other snacks. Please advise of any dietary restrictions via email or at registration.

The Ins and Outs of Grenfell Campus: Student Panel

AS 378 & AS 375 - 10:45 a.m. 

Learn about outside of the classroom learning opportunities and social events going on throughout the semester.

Ice Breakers

2nd floor of the AS Atrium - 11:15 a.m. 

Play team-building games with other international students.

International Student Health Insurance and Immigration Compliance

AS 378 & AS 375 - 11:45 a.m. 

Learn more about your health insurance coverage and start the application process for the Medical Care Plan (MCP) if you are eligible. We will also go over important immigration compliance information. The presentations will be followed by a game with prizes, so make sure you pay attention!

Overview of Online Resources

AS 378 & AS 375 - 12:15 p.m. 

Learn how to use valuable resources and access key information online using Grenfell International Services Online Learning (Brightspace) and other tools.


GCSU Lounge - 12:30 p.m. 

Un-Scavenger Hunt

GCSU Lounge - 1:30 p.m. 

Discover your new surroundings. Work in teams with returning students and try to locate where pictures were taken on campus. The winners will be awarded a prize. When you are done, join us in the airport lounge and enjoy coffee and snacks.

Discover Newfoundland (optional)

Airport Lounge - 3:30 p.m. 

Learn more about places you can explore within the region and beyond while you are studying with us through short presentations and picture displays on the top tourist spots of the province. You will also be introduced to over 10 short travel guides we compiled about some of the most popular tourist destinations and also some of the hidden gems of our province. New international students will get the opportunity to reserve spots on select scheduled field trips and excursions (fees will apply). Finally, an online tool to find travel partners at Grenfell Campus will be introduced. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Corner Brook Walking Tour (optional)

Airport Lounge - 4:00 p.m. 

Take a walking tour of the city to see some of the local stores and shopping areas. The tour will end at Coleman’s Grocery Store where you can pick up some groceries and a free shuttle service will be offered to return to campus with your groceries.

Free time

Use this free time to have dinner at the Grove (Dining Hall), explore Corner Brook, get some rest in your room, use the Library, etc.

Welcome to Student Housing

AS Atrium - 6:00 p.m. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Banking in Canada

AS AS 2034 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

One of the first things you need to do when you get to Canada is open a bank account for your everyday needs. All banks will be closed on Sunday and on Monday. In order to make your life easier, we will have representatives from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) on campus to open bank accounts for international students. This way, you will not have to physically go to a branch. We have other banks in Corner Brook and you can open an account with any of those. Opening a bank account in Canada is optional.

There will be a group presentation at 3:30 p.m. about banking in Canada. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you don't open an account with a Canadian bank but you have questions.

Getting a Canadian Social Insurance Number

AS 275 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

If you plan to work in Canada during your studies or when you graduate, you will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN). A Canadian government employee will come to campus to create SIN for new international students. You will be able to sign up for appointments online on a first come first serve basis. If there are remaining slots open, you will have an opportunity to sign up in person during orientation. Getting a SIN is optional.

There will be a group presentation at 4:00 p.m. about federal government services to which international students are entitled. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you don't plan on working in Canada.

Friday, September 6, 2019

WelcomeNL Picnic

Margaret Bowater Park - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WelcomeNL is inviting all newcomers to Corner Brook to join us for a community picnic at Margaret Bowater Park. Get to know your new neighbours who have recently arrived in Corner Brook from other parts of the province, Canada, and around the world. Grenfell students can meet at the Grove for the short trail-walk to the park at 3:45pm. Picnic-style dinner will be provided. Returning students and community members are also invited to attend to help us welcome new faces.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Steady Brook Falls Hike

AS Atrium - 3:30 p.m.

If weather permits, we will head to this beautiful trail to kick off the semester and allow new students to get a glimpse of the breathtaking scenery our region has to offer. Registration is required.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

"5 à 7" for Francophones and francophiles

GCSU Backlot - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Coin franco, the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador, the Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, and Grenfell International Services is hosting a short presentation on the history of the Francophonie in the province followed by the launch of the schedule of activities for the fall and a reception. Finger food and light refreshments will be served. French speakers from all countries, levels, and backgrounds, as well as people interested in learning French are welcome.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Presentation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

AS 2011  12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Outreach and Governance team promotes and serves as an access point for up-to-date information and guidance on economic immigration. Outreach Officers across the country deliver presentations and engage with key stakeholders such as universities and colleges. 

Michael Frenette, who is responsible for the Atlantic region, will deliver a presentation to international students on the various pathways to permanent residence. There is no cost to attend the session, but you must register prior to the event.

The general orientation schedule for Grenfell Campus is available online

International Student Services

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS 271
Phone: (709) 639-6525
Email: international@grenfell.mun.ca

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