International and Intercultural Community Centre

NAIT’s International and Intercultural Community Centre (IICC) is open to all students and staff and is the hub for international and intercultural community-building, capacity development, outreach, and connection. The IICC serves as a “home away from home” for international students and a safe space on campus where all students can find community. The Centre hosts events, activities, and programs, including international peer groups and workshops on intercultural competence.    

Students can also access the International Academic Advisors through the IICC. These trained immigration professionals (RISIAs and RCICs) support students by answering questions about study permits, working permissions, getting settled in Canada, and bringing family to Canada.

Community-Building

The IICC is a safe and welcoming space for all students. We offer programs and activities to foster connection amongst people and create a sense of belonging across diverse groups.

International Peer Mentors

International Peer Mentor Program

Students who are new to studying in Canada can signup as mentees and join the International Peer Groups to meet other peers. The groups are led by International Peer Mentors who are senior students at NAIT. The mentors will share their NAIT and Edmonton experience with mentees and provide support for their cultural transition.

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International Engagement Events

NAIT offers a variety of fun student events through the year to support international and newcomer students in building community as they transition to NAIT and to Canada.

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International Academic Advising

One on one advising

Academic Advisors provide support and can assist you in many areas; whether you are making an education plan, extending a study permit or looking to transition into the Canadian labour force, our advisors can help!  International Academic Advisors are certified Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) who can provide immigration and settlement advice.

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Online videos and Resources

Do you have questions about extending your study permit, working permissions, inviting family to Canada or post-graduation work permits?  NAIT’s International Academic Advisors want you to have easy access to useful and informative immigration information.

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Immigration Workshops

Our International Academic Advisors host workshops that cover many topics – studying, working as an international student, and pathways to permanent residency. 

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Connection and Outreach

The IICC connects students to NAIT services to support their success based on their unique needs. We also support international students in their cultural and social transition to Canada and to NAIT.

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Culture and Transition Program 

Are you new to studying in Canada? Take part in NAIT’s Culture and Transition program to build confidence and connections, and ensure you are ready to start your academic journey at NAIT.  

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International and Intercultural Community Centre Newsletter

Stay connected and hear the updates from us by subscribing to the weekly International  Centre newsletter!

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Services for current international students

NAIT offers many services for International students, to support their academic success and overall well-being. The following services are available. Please note, these services are not offered through the International and Intercultural Community Centre. 

Student Counselling

Did you know the International Centre has a registered mental health counsellor embedded to support students in their transition to NAIT? From general support to specific difficulties, we offer a safe, supportive environment where you can get the help you need. To support the COVID-19 response, appointments are online or by phone until further notice.

To request help for personal or mental health concerns, please email counselling@nait.ca and mention you are an international student.

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Learning Services

Learning Services offers a variety of supports to help you develop your learning skills and achieve your full potential. Check out their website to access the Nimbus Learning tutor registry; learning modules on math, writing, study skills, assistive technology; and more. 

Students with disabilities can connect with learning strategists, access assistive technology, exam services, alternate formatted materials, captioning and sign language interpreters. 

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Chaplaincy

NAIT offers mentorship, guidance, and the chance to ask questions of our nine faith leaders from a variety of denominations, regardless of one's own religious commitment. Students are welcome to inquire about off-campus opportunities but chaplains will not attempt to recruit or convert you. LGBTQ2+ inquiries welcome.

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Life at NAIT

Learn about the programs and services NAIT offers to support you in your educational success, making industry and employer connections, having fun, meeting new people, and exploring your future.

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