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.