INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 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.
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Location: Library Building
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 of guard.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.