Humber International Centre helps students adjust

Liban Abdi


International students at Humber College often come to rely on the services of the International Centre and the help of student advisors, said Matthew Keefe, International Centre Advisor.

“On a day-to-day basis we help our students with things such as permits and immigration status,” said Keefe. “We also provide them with experiences such as trips in order for them to enjoy their stay here.”

These services are crucial for these students in order for them to be able to focus on their studies, Keefe believes.

“It means a lot to me for them to be helping me with all of my issues. They do their best to make sure you can focus on your studies, ” said 22-year-old accounting student Miguel Vazquez.

The Centre was created in order to help international students here at Humber adjust to their new home environments.

“Having worked here for five years now I know how the programs such as the Connect Buddy program, which pairs a new international student with a returning student, can help students adjust,” said Keefe.

“We do all these things to make the transition as easy as possible. That’s our main goal, ” he said

Students who have used the services at the Centre say they understand the staff there care about their success.

“I know that they have my best interest in mind. They do everything they can in order for me to be successful, ” said 21-year-old nursing student Zainib Mohamed.