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          ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

          Last updated: May 22, 2020

          In addition to the information on this page, please refer to the SFU COVID-19 resources for students website for a full list of resources for SFU students.

          View Frequently Asked Questions for:

          Financial support and food

          Social and cultural support

          Mental health and well-being

          Resources for LGBTQIA2S+ students from international pathways

          FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND FOOD

          Where can I find information about financial support available to international students at SFU during COVID-19?

          Please refer to the following resources:

          You may be eligible for some of these credits and benefits that the Government of Canada has introduced:

          If you need assistance or would like to speak with someone about financial support options at SFU, please contact SFU Financial Aid and Awards.

          Are international students eligible for any assistance from the Canadian government, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)? Where can I find information about government support?

          International students can qualify for the CERB as well as certain other supports from the Canadian government if they meet all the eligibility requirements.

          For more information, please refer to the following resources:

          Are international students eligible for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)? Where can I find information about this?

          Most international students are not eligible for the CESB.

          You may be eligible if you are a protected person in Canada (i.e. if you are recognized by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a person in need of protection) and if you meet the other eligibility requirements.

          Visit the CESB website for full eligibility details.

          Are international students eligible for the BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS)? Where can I find information about this?

          According to the FAQs available on the BC Housing website, international students are eligible for the BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) if they meet all the eligibility requirements. Please see the BC-TRS website for more information.

          How can I get help to meet my day-to-day needs, such as food?

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          • Undergraduate students: visit the SFSS website for information about their food bank program, as well as links to other community resources.
          • Graduate students: visit the GSS website for information about their emergency grocery card program and other supports.

          How can I get support with finding employment?

          Visit SFU Career Services' Employment and Career Support Summer 2020 page for an overview of available resources, including information on how to book a phone or Zoom appointment with an SFU Career Educator.

          SOCIAL AND CULTURAL SUPPORT

          How can I connect socially with other students while physical distancing or self-isolating?

          ISS is offering a number of online events and opportunities to help you safely connect with your peers. See our Events and Programs page for information.

          You can also visit SFU's Community Connection page for other events being offered by the SFU community.

          I'm a new international undergraduate student at SFU. How can I meet people and make friends?

          Here are a few suggestions:

          I'm a new international graduate student at SFU. How can I start connecting with my peers?

          Here are a few suggestions:

          Students with families:    

          MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

          The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting my mental health. How can I access support?

          What online resources are available to help me cope with stress?

          SFU's Health and Counselling Services (HCS) unit has put together a list of Strategies to Manage Stress. You can also find many helpful resources on the HCS website.

          RESOURCES FOR LGBTQS+ STUDENTS FROM INTERNATIONAL PATHWAYS

          Are there any support and resources available for LGBTQIA2S+ students from international pathways?

          Please refer to the following resources:

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