INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SERVICES

SUPPORT SERVICES

Quest is home to students from over 47 countries. We are a global campus that is not only dedicated to building a diverse student body, but also attracts local students interested in other cultures and places.

Quest offers support services to students coming from other countries, including assistance with transportation, medical insurance, health services, and on and off campus employment.

Recent News / International Students

CONTACT US

Student Affairs, Residence Life
Location: Library Building
Phone: 604.898.8104
E-mail: student.affairs@questu.ca

For more information on study permits, Temporary Resident Visas, and life in Canada, visitCitizenship and Immigration Canada.
For general information about your study permit,
click here.

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

All students from outside of Canada are automatically enrolled in a guard.me health insurance plan. If international students already have private health insurance, they may opt out ofguard.me insurance by completing an online form and providing proof of alternate insurance. Students may also opt-out of the annual guard.me plan if they choose to enrol in the Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP), but do require proof of short-term insurance coverage for the three month waiting period before the plan becomes active.

Students will remain enrolled in the guard.me plan for the entirety of their time at Quest, unless they complete the opt out form online.

For more information on the guard.me plan, visit the Student Portal or contact Will Prescott atWill.Prescott@questu.ca.

For more information on BC MSP, visit the Student Portal or the Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP) website.

BRINGING MEDICATIONS INTO CANADA

For the Health Canada regulations around bringing prescription medications to Canada, see Section 6.0, Figure 2 of the following Guidance Document.

OFF-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT

As indicated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as of June 1, 2014, study permits should authorize the holder to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks, without the need to apply for a separate work permit. The conditions relating to your eligibility to work off-campus will be written on your study permit.

For more information, visit the Student Portal or Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

The international student orientation commences two days before general orientation, and allows international students an opportunity to get settled and overcome travel fatigue. The orientation period provides students a time to discuss cultural transitions, visit the campus’ Re-use It Centre, purchase items for their rooms, and visit Squamish and surrounding areas. International students are then joined by incoming and returning students for additional, campus-wide orientation activities.

THE SQUAMISH HOST FAMILY PROGRAM

The Squamish Host Family Program allows Quest students to develop off-campus connections to further enrich their living and learning experiences. Squamish host families share aspects of Squamish living and Canadian culture with students over meals, local hikes and outdoor activities, and community events.

CULTURAL EVENTS

Quest aims to celebrate and integrate the broad spectrum of students’ cultural backgrounds into daily life on campus. From language tables to shared festivals, Quest students have the opportunity to lead and participate in a rich diversity of cultural events on the Quest campus and in the Squamish community.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

TAXES

All students who earn employment income in Canada should file their taxes before April 30 of each year. Workshops are held in March and April to help guide students through this process.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DISCUSSION GROUPS

International students have the opportunity to meet together once a month to discuss their experiences, support each other, build community and plan international events on campus.

IMMIGRATION

Depending on your citizenship or where you live, you will either need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Transit Visa (eTV) to enter Canada. Click here to see if you need a TRV or eTA.

About Quest

Quest’s 60-acre campus is located in the coastal mountain community of Squamish, British Columbia, between Vancouver and Whistler.

Academics

Consisting of arts, humanities, mathematics, and social, life and natural sciences, the liberal arts and sciences form the basis of a well-rounded education.

Life at Quest

Living in a community is an integral part of the Quest experience. As such, students live on campus for all four years of their undergraduate degree.

Admissions

Quest is committed to making its unique education accessible to the best-qualified students, regardless of their country of origin.