Call for Participation: International First 48-Hours in Canada Project

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Are you an incoming international student to the University of Toronto?

Will coming to U of T be the first time you have landed in Canada?

Are you interested in sharing your story and experiences with the community?

What is the First-48 Hours in Canada Project? 

In collaboration with the Office of the Vice-Provost, International Student Experience, the Innovation Hub seeks to collaborate with 8 international students who are willing to document their experiences when they first arrive in the country in video diaries and journals, and who will participate in a series of interviews about their experiences.  

This project will allow the University of Toronto to uncover insights that will better support international students when they first arrive in Canada and in their early days at the university. The project goal is to produce a series of videos and a final report for the U of T community to aid in the design of new ways to support international students at U of T. 

What does Participation Involve? 

If selected to participate in this project, you would be asked to: 

  • Complete 2 interviews, one before you leave your home country and the other after you have arrived in Canada 
  • Record video diaries and take video clips during your first 48 hours in Canada and write journal entries about your experiences 
  • Participate in two group events with other participants (in September 2023 and January 2024) to socialize and discuss your experiences with fellow participants 
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Why Participate in the Project? 

There are several benefits to participating in this project.  

  • Share your unique story as an incoming student to U of T, capturing your journey to Canada 
  • Connect with other students participating in the project 
  • Help the university better understand the needs of international students, which will lead to future benefits to other international students such as improved programs, services, and resources.   
  • Receive a $500 Honorarium as a thank you once the project is complete 
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Important Information About Participation: 

Participating in the project requires video and recorded media consent. Any information in the written report will be treated anonymously. 


How to apply 

If you are interested: 

  1. Please apply by completing the interest form linked below by Sunday, July 16th at 11:59 pm EST.
  2. If shortlisted, we will contact you for an interview 
  3. If selected, we will send you full details about participation requirements 

If you have any questions about the project, email for more information. 

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