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Welcome to the International Study Centre at Royal Roads University.

My name is Sarah Mosher-Mandel, and I'm the Student Success Manager in the ISC.

Our programs are designed to help teach you the necessary English language

skills that are required to progress through an undergraduate or graduate

degree level program. The ISC has a very supportive and friendly environment

which gives you the opportunity to adjust to your new life in Canada,

get used to a new culture, explore your surroundings, and make new friends.

Our campus is located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. The campus is extremely

large and filled with walking trails, lovely gardens, over 40 peacocks, and the

historic Hatley Castle. When you arrive in Vancouver you will still have to

travel a little farther to Vancouver Island. You can do this by taking a short

flight to the Victoria Airport or by taking a ferry. Victoria has a bus

transit system that runs seven days a week throughout the Greater Victoria region.

You can purchase a five dollar day pass directly from the bus driver so

that you can have all day access throughout Victoria. During orientation

week you will receive your student ID card which you can also use as a bus

pass to take the bus. Royal Roads does not currently offer full-time on-campus

housing to students. Many students will search for private housing in the areas

of Colwood or Langford as these are the closest municipalities to the university,

and they are the most accessible by walking, cycling or with public transportation.

If you prefer to live with the Canadian homestay family

Royal Roads has also partnered with the Canada homestay network and their supportive

coordinators will help you find a suitable Canadian host family to live with.

It is important that as you prepare for your arrival to Victoria that you

make note of the following items to bring with you: number one, your passport;

number two, your study permit; number three, your official documents,

this includes graduation certificate, transcripts, reference letters, this is if

you have not already sent them to us; number four, your emergency contact

information; and number five, most importantly, a smile and a positive attitude.

Once you arrive to campus for orientation week there will be an

English language assessment which all students are required to take.

The assessment is a way for us to verify your English level and make sure that

you have been placed in the program that is best suited to your level.

The class sizes are generally small so this will give you ample opportunity to work

closely with your instructor and receive lots of feedback. It is also a great way

for you to connect with the other students in your class and begin to get

a better sense of the cohort model that is used across all programs at Royal Roads.

When you get here please feel free to come by and visit us in the grant

building room 131. We are very excited to help you get started on your journey as

a student here at Royal Roads University.

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