Your school is a big place - but there's
a place just for you! Get involved!
There are plenty of ways to get involved at your university or college, and doing so is the best way to make the most of your experience. There’s a saying that goes, “No deposit, no return.” In other words, if you don’t invest into something, you won’t get anything out of it! If you want to have the best possible time at your university or college, then make sure to get out there and get involved!

For just about all of you, your school’s international student centre will be your first point of contact for all things campus-related. They’re there to help you with the issues that international students typically face, such as improving your language skills, learning more about Canada, or finding cultural events on campus. These centres will also be full of opportunities for you to volunteer and meet other newcomers!

For more information on your school’s international student center, including address and contact information, check out the links to their websites below.

Humber College
Sheridan College
Seneca College
George Brown College
Centennial College
Ontario College of Art & Design
Michener College
Ryerson University
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
University of Toronto
McMaster University
York University
Queen's University

If you’re the type who likes to make changes for the better, or if you like the idea of having a voice that will be heard by your university on behalf of all students, then getting involved in your school’s student union is a good way to start. Just like the name suggests, the student union is there for you – they’re there to listen to your concerns and voice them to the faculty. Never hesitate to contact them if you have any concerns!

Humber College – Humber Student Federation
Sheridan College – Sheridan Student Union Inc.
Seneca College – Seneca Student Federation
Centennial – Centennial College Student Association Inc.
Michener – Michener Student Council
Ryerson – Ryerson Student Union
UOIT – UOIT Student Association
University of Toronto – University of Toronto Student Union
McMaster – McMaster Student Union
York – York University Student Union

Keep in mind that many schools have smaller student unions, too, specifically for the program you're studying. For example, as a student in the Arts & Science faculty at U of T, I am also represented by ASSU, the Arts & Science Student Union. Most schools will even have unions for students studying health science, psychology, history, and so on; as a student taking Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) courses, I was represented by EEBU, the EEB Student Union. These unions will be specifically tailored to your needs as a student of that program, so be sure to get in touch with them and see what they can offer you!

Undoubtedly the best way to get involved, though, is to find a club at your school where students gather with interests similar to yours. Maybe there’s a movie club, or a sports team, or an instrumental club; whatever your interests, you should see if your school has a club for it! And if not? Well, that’s easy – talk to your student union about setting one up yourself! Whatever interests you might have, you can be guaranteed that there are others on campus who share those interests.

There are far too many clubs and activities to possibly list them all here, even for one school, let alone all of them. But never fear! Visit the student union websites listed above for your school, and you should be able to find all the information you need, including a list of all the registered clubs at your school. Be on the lookout for the following types of clubs which might interest you:

  • Cultural clubs are associations of students with a particular background. They might be associated with the country you come from or the religion you practice, for example, and will organize special events tailored to that to make you feel right at home. Students from other backgrounds are usually welcome at these events too, so it’s a great way to share your culture and meet new people!

  • Interest clubs are for students who share a similar interest. It might be watching movies, or getting together in a band to play music, or even a card game that they like playing with others. This is not only a great way to meet people who share interests with you, but also excellent for discovering new interests.

  • Sports clubs are teams of students who get together and play just that – sports! You’d be surprised at the variety you can find on campus. From traditional sports like soccer and baseball to wackier ones like Ultimate Frisbee, you’re sure to find something that interests you. Teams might be intramural, where students within the university compete with each other, or varsity, where your university’s official team competes with other universities. Even if you’re not playing on a varsity team, be sure to check out their games and give them your support, and don’t hesitate to try out for your favourite intramural!