Preparing to take in an International Student

Preparing to Take in an International Student

It is important to take the time and get to know your student. You should ask general questions prior to their arrival then get to know them more once they have settled in.

Once a student has been confirmed, you can start the introduction process. You can email or Skype your students to introduce yourself and your family and ask for some general information about themselves and their family. Asking questions and showing interest in your student helps to create a bond that will provide an easier transition when they arrive.

General Questions to Ask an International Student

  • Have you ever travelled on your own before? If yes, where and when?
  • Does your family take vacations, if so where?
  • Do you have cousins, uncles, aunts or grandparents in your home city?
  • Do you have siblings? Younger/older, brother/sister?
  • Do you have any pets? What kind?
  • What do your parents do for a living?
  • Do you attend Church, if so what faith? How often do you go?
  • What kind of traditions do you have at home?
  • Do you have your own bedroom? How big is your house?
  • What time do you have to get up for school? What time is school done? What do you do at school?
  • What time do you go to bed on school nights?
  • Do you plan any sports or musical instruments?
  • What are your interests?
  • Do you like music? What kind? What artists?
  • Do you like watching movies? What kind?
  • Do you like professional sports? Which team is your favourite?
  • Do you like skiing or snowboarding?
  • Do you like playing video or computer games?
  • What do you do on weekends?
  • What time do you get up on weekends and what time do you go to bed?
  • What is a typical breakfast/lunch/dinner in your home?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • What kind of food do you really like and what kinds do you not like?
  • Do you have a girlfriend or boyfriend? How do they like that you have come to Canada for school?
  • What do you want to do when you graduate?


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