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Webinar Recording – Blending Together Immigration and Academic Advising Practices (Part I)

October 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Cost: Members: $99 | Non-Members: $125 Purchase Recording

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 hours of CPD. 

This presentation offers international student advisors (ISA) in higher education a view of what is happening in “blended” academic and immigration advising. It reviews practice and research in planning the blending of immigration and academic advising and explores the range of issues that advisors will need to consider to be effective in their field. This presentation draws on MacEwan International immigration advising model to offer an understanding of the importance of blending immigration and academic practices and implementing them in the advising. These practices are key components of ISA’s advising portfolio enabling them to support students to integrate successfully to Canadian academic and social culture.

Session Learning Objectives

The participants will learn:

  • how to blend academic and immigration advising practices by applying Schlossberg’s theory and advising approach based on the MacEwan International immigration advising model.
  • Immigration laws that mostly impact international students.
  • Ethical dilemmas and legal issues in blended advising practices.


Nataliya Oliferchuk
International Immigration Academic Advisor, BA., M.Ed., RCIC

Nataliya Oliferchuk is an international academic and immigration advisor. In 2008, she began working at MacEwan University, and has held multiple roles focusing on international education and international students.  The culmination of all her work in international education has led to her current role of what she now calls “blended academic and immigration advising”. In 2017, Nataliya received her Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) designation and began advising on immigration matters, including academics, settlement, cultural integration, counselling, and career opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lviv National State University and a Masters of Education in Policy Studies, Administrative major, from University of Alberta. She loves working with students and her personal advising philosophy is “Be there for the student.”

Monika Cox
International Immigration Academic Advisor, MScM, RCIC

Monika Cox is an international academic and immigration advisor at MacEwan University. She became a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in 2016, when she first started to advise on immigration related issues. She came to Canada as an exchange student in 2006, and since then has been interested in issues faced by immigrants and cross-

cultural research in management. Monika worked as a sessional instructor at the University of Lethbridge and volunteered in settlement organizations in Edmonton and Lethbridge.  Monika holds a Master of Science in Management from the Poznan University of Economics. She enjoys working with students and is passionate about her work.



October 2, 2019
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