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International Student Stories

The International Student Stories series provides an opportunity for new and current UCalgary international students to learn from the lived experiences of upper-year international students.

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What is International Student Stories?

International Student Stories is a series for new and current international students to learn and connect with others remotely. Each month ISS welcomes an upper-year student to share their experiences adapting to life at UCalgary, and in Calgary and Canada. We gain their insights through a brief interview with an ISS team member. You’ll have a chance to submit questions in advance or during the event.

Series events are posted through the ISS events page. If you can't attend the live event, an audio version will be available on the ISS website for future listening.

Upcoming Events

International Student Stories

Past Series

February 2022

Title: Student Health and Mental Wellness

Guest Speaker: Anna Gullacher

Date: Thursday, Feb. 24

Time: 1:30 - 2 p.m. MST

Listen to the audio recording here.

November 2021

Title: Sports in Calgary

Guest Speakers: Montana Leonard

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 23

Time: 10 - 10:40 a.m. MST

Listen to the audio recording here.

October 2021

Title: Time management while working on/off campus

Guest Speakers: Demilade Odusola & Sandile Mtambo

Date: Thursday, Oct. 21

Time: 11 - 11:40 a.m. MDT

Did you miss this event? Listen to the audio recording here.

January 2021

Title: Finding the support you need on and off-campus

Guest Speaker: Steven Arcus

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. MST

Listen to the audio recording here.

February 2021

Title: Managing time and finances as an international student

Guest Speaker: Pedro D’avila

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. MST

Listen to the audio recording here.


March 2021

Title: Employment Experiences as an International Student in Canada

Guest Speakers: Liliana Gonzalez, Madelyn Lim, Tarun Arya and Jingfeng Wu

Date: Thursday, March 25

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. MDT

Listen to the audio recording here.



October 2020

Title: Navigating my Transition to UCalgary

Guest Speaker: Zareena Basha Hussain

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29

Time: 12 - 12:30 MDT

Listen to the audio recording here.


November 2020

Title: Building my connections at UCalgary

Guest Speaker: Goundo Diarra

Date: Thursday, Nov. 26

Time: 1 - 2 p.m. MST

Listen to the audio recording here.