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Adjusting and fitting in

During your stay, you will certainly appreciate the differences between Quebec culture and your own. Some of these differences may be obvious as soon as you arrive – for example, weather, food, urban structures – while others may become apparent only over time. Differences may include the way in which people communicate and interact, social values, and notions of time. At ÉTS, you will find  a range of services and activities designed to accompany you during your stay in Quebec.

Cultural adjustment

Certain unwritten rules about social networking or success in your studies may differ from one culture to another. For example:

  • Is it appropriate to ask questions during a professor’s lecture? If so, how is this done?
  • If a professor says he doesn’t know the answer to a question, how should this be interpreted?
  • How do you go about making new friends?

You may face multiple challenges associated with cultural adjustment, ranging from adjusting to a new school and developing a social network to shopping for food and dealing with homesickness.

To succeed, you may have to learn new ways of doing things, which might be uncomfortable.

If you experience difficulties or have questions relating to the issue of adjustment, feel free to call on a counselor at the Student Services Office who can provide support and share tips for success.

Check the calendar of activities to find out the dates for activities designed to help you adjust to your new environment, including workshops on cultural adaptation and communication skills.

Also, we encourage you to find out about the OR Pair assistance and support program.

Buddy program for international students

One of the best ways to fit in is to get involved in the community, including the ÉTS community and the wider community.

Before your arrival, you may have requested to be matched with a student as part of the ÉTS  buddy program. If you'd like to volunteer as a buddy for new students, please get in touch with the Student Services Office!

Sharing your experience

Activities that promote intercultural exchange are held on campus throughout the year. These include International Education Week and “testimonial” evenings where students share their experience and advice.

If you would like to play an active role as part of these activities, please contact the Student Services Office.

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) organizes an annual photo and video contest to promote international education. Tell your story in pictures and share what you have learned as a student in Canada for a chance to a win a prize!

You’ll find all the information you need here: CBIE.