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Update: Ryerson University’s readiness plan to welcome international students

As was announced by the federal government earlier this fall, all post secondary institutions must have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their provincial government to be able to welcome international students.  Effective November 17th, Ryerson's readiness plan has been approved by the federal and provincial governments.

In addition to Ryerson University’s approved COVID-19 readiness plan, international students must be eligible to enter Canada through possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For more information related to travel to Canada please visit this webpage, external link. If you are unclear about your eligibility to enter Canada, please contact International Student Support at

Date: November 17, 2020

Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections is an intercultural understanding program that provides students with the opportunity to connect across differences and similarities. This program promotes acceptance and appreciation of different cultures and the capacity to function interdependently with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Through Cultural Connections, you will enrich your ideas on appreciation, empathy toward different cultural backgrounds, and self-reflect. The Cultural Connections program will generate motivation and inspiration to create culturally conscious individuals with the potential to bring positive changes in the community they live, work and play.

The Cultural Connections offerings are “choose your own adventure” style, meaning that you take part in as much or as little as you would like to! Check out the opportunities that are most meaningful to you. 

International and domestic students are all invited and encouraged to participate and celebrate diverse perspectives through Cultural Connections.

  • To enrich ideas on acceptance, appreciation, empathy of diverse others
  • To appraise their own cultural values and that of others
  • To enjoy learning about the experience of diverse others
  • To become more aware and understand your own perspective better
  • Increase intercultural awareness for a competitive advantage in the global workforce

As a result of participating in the Cultural Connections program students will:

  • Recognize their own cultural values and biases and how this contributes the perspective they bring to their communities
  • Recognize their own strengths and challenges when interacting with cultural differences and similarities
  • Recognize how one is part of a global community
  • Share their learning through reflection and how they have developed as a result
  • Be able to apply their learning to accomplish their personal, professional, and academic goals.

An introspective and self-reflective workbook for students to apply and practice their intercultural learning. Download the PDF and use it as a companion to the modules, or on it’s own! Take notes in the workbook to track your learning and identity exploration.

Fall 2021 Schedule:

Event #1: Global Thanksgiving Celebrations

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT 

Join us on Zoom for an engaging event to learn about the history of Thanksgiving celebrations in Canada and the connections to Indigenous Peoples. You will be encouraged to share about Thanksgiving practices in your home country and engage in a gratitude sharing activity. 

There will be fun activities and a special giveaway! 

Register on ConnectRU! 

Event #2: Sharing Culture Speaker Series (Who AM I?) 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT 

Join us on Zoom to hear our inspiring speakers to share aspects of their culture to create spaces for the voices, cultures, histories, and experiences through their storytelling. This also provides an opportunity to learn about themselves and each other through the diversity in the community. 

There will be fun activities and a special giveaway! 

Register on ConnectRU! 

Cultural Connections Sharing Circles are a fun opportunity for students to join live conversations with Cultural Ambassadors to share their experiences and reflections on intercultural topics. 

Completion of the modules and/or workbook is not required to attend the sharing circles - all are welcome to share and listen! Both domestic and international students are invited to join. 

Fall 2021 Schedule:

Sharing Circle #1

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT

Topics explored in this session:

  • Intercultural Competency
  • Social Contact & Social Conversation

Register on ConnectRU! 

Sharing Circle #2

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT

Topics explored in this session:

  • Setting Boundaries in an Intercultural Context
  • Asking for Help through Intercultural Understanding

Register on ConnectRU! 

Are you a member or a leader of a cultural-based student group at Ryerson? 

Cultural Ambassadors would love to provide consultations with your group leaders on how to… 

  • Incorporate intercultural learning into your activities
  • Connect international and domestic students
  • Lead an intercultural reflection activity during on of you meetings or events
  • Share how your members can get involved in the Cultural Connections activities

Email ISS at to be connected to a Cultural Ambassador. Please include the “Cultural Connections” in your subject and specify which student group you are emailing on behalf of.

For more information about Cultural Connections, please contact the ISS Office at