International Student KICKSTART

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Preparing students for Canadian academic success

Are you new to studying in Canada? Take part in NAIT’s International Student KICKSTART program to build confidence, connect with other students, and kickstart your cultural transition and academic journey at NAIT.   

New students from different countries and educational backgrounds may encounter barriers and challenges when studying at a Canadian educational institution. The International Student KICKSTART program aims to ease international and newcomer students’ academic and cultural adjustment through a full day of workshops and learning sessions. Participants will also have lots of opportunities to connect with each other during the program.

Please note that this program is different from the NAIT Student Orientation.  

Who is the program for?

This program is designed for new students at NAIT from different cultural and educational backgrounds and provides them with tools to enhance their academic experience!  

Why participate in the program? 

  • Make new friends and build your network in Canada
  • Learn about NAIT classroom expectations, essential academic skills and job search skills 
  • Develop your intercultural awareness

Program details


  • Saturday, January 6, 2024  


  • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST  


Registration fee (lunch included): 

  • Early bird rate: CAD $20 + 5% GST/student (expires after December 17, 2023)
  • Regular rate: CAD $25 + 5% GST/student (registration closes after January 2, 2024)

Learn more about the program and register 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the International Student KICKSTART the same as the NAIT Student Orientation?

No, they are two different programs, and we strongly recommend that students new to studying in Canada attend both. The International Student KICKSTART program aims to ease international and newcomer students’ academic and cultural adjustment process. 

Who is eligible to participate in ISK?

International students or students new to Canada who will begin their studies at NAIT in the Winter 2024 semester or are current NAIT students who have not attended ISK previously. 

If you start your studies at NAIT after the Winter 2024 semester, please stay tuned for upcoming sessions of ISK. We will email future students regarding ISK offerings in upcoming semesters.  

Payment methods

The International Student KICKSTART program registration fee must be paid with a valid credit card (Mastercard, VISA Credit Card, or American Express®) via the program registration page. International payments are subject to your local bank or credit card account allowance. 

Is this a mandatory program? Do I have to participate in the entire program?

While the ISK program is optional, we encourage new international and newcomer students to take advantage of this opportunity for enriching learning and community building alongside fellow participants. By fully embracing this experience, you will build valuable connections, gain important knowledge, and embark on a transformative journey that sets the stage for your success at NAIT.  

Don't miss out on this incredible chance to thrive and make lasting memories! 


What do I need to bring on the day of the program?

  • Water or a water bottle (there are water fountains on campus to fill up your bottle). 

  • Stationaries or devices for your learning and notetaking, e.g., pens, notebooks, electronic devices, etc.  

  • Other personal items you may need throughout the day.  


Is there an option to participate online?

The ISK program is currently offered in person only.

If you have concerns about transitioning and settling into Canada and/or studying at NAIT but cannot participate in ISK due to time conflicts, please contact us to discuss how to support your academic journey at NAIT.  

Our contact information: 

Will this program be offered again?

This program is offered before the start of Fall and Winter semesters.

Will I meet my program instructors at ISK?

Program instructors will not be present at ISK.  

If you have any Program Orientation specific questions, please contact your program office to inquire. Program contact information can be found on your "My Courses" page in your MyNAIT Portal.

If you are starting your studies in Winter 2024, please visit the NSO page after late-November for orientation registration links.

Will I receive any certificates or recognition for completing the program?

Students who attended all sessions of ISK will receive a letter of completion from the International & Intercultural Community Centre.  

What is your refund policy?

Refund request deadline: January 2, 2024

A CAD $5 cancellation fee will be applied to each refund transaction. Please allow 5 to 7 business days for a refund request to be processed.

Request a refund directly from your Eventbrite account: 

  1. Log in to Eventbrite. 

  1. Go to Tickets. 

  1. Find the order you want refunded, then select Request a refund. 

  1. Enter your details and submit your request. The organizer should respond within five business days. 

Please email John Tejerero at if you have further questions about the International Student KICKSTART program. 

For all other inquiries for the International & Intercultural Community Centre, please email

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