CBIE’s International Students and Immigration Education Program (ISIEP) is an online education program addressing advising needs vis-à-vis immigration policy and practice. It is designed for International Student Advisers (ISAs) and other professionals working in the education sector in Canada whose responsibilities include offering immigration advice to students. The program will prepare ISAs working at educational institutions across Canada for the entry-to-practice exam to become Regulated International Student Immigration Advisers (RISIAs).
Applicants will begin to receive notice of acceptance at the end of June 2018.
The application fee must be included in your registration (the application fee is waived for individuals from CBIE member and associate member institutions). Details regarding the program fee will follow once your application is accepted.
Meet the Instructors
Rohene Bouajram is the Manager of International Student Advising and an RCIC at the University of British Columbia
Rohene is a passionate proponent of international education and has over a decade of experience in the leadership and delivery of immigration advisory services, international and domestic recruitment, policy evaluation, risk management, program development, intercultural and transition support, crisis intervention and coaching. Her MA thesis in Intercultural and International Communication focused on the post-graduation experiences of international students; thereby allowing her to compliment her professional work with research.
As an avid volunteer, she sat on the Executive Board of the Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) in BC and coordinated the first Congress program in June 2014 on ‘Shaping Identity: Land, People, Systems’ in Vancouver and on Sts’ailes First Nations territory. Rohene’s passion for building a community of inclusive excellence and active participation often leads her to dive headfirst into opportunities to engage ethically and authentically in intercultural settings.
Anna Done Choudhury is the Manager of International Student Integration at Algonquin College
Previously Anna worked at Laurier International for over seven years where she focused on developing retention and success programming for international students. Anna completed an MA in Intercultural and International Communications from Royal Roads University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Immigration at Seneca College. Anna worked as a certified immigration consultant in Toronto for many years before focusing on international education. Anna has been a student in five different countries, including Cuba and as a result, enjoys the challenges of intercultural development as a way to deconstruct that which divides.
Brianna Huene is an RCIC and International Student Immigration Specialist at the University of Calgary
Brianna has been a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) since 2015. She has been involved in international education for the past 8 years, from studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, to advising students on group study abroad programming, to working with international students as both an advisor and coordinator of support programming. In addition to her current role providing immigration support to international students, Brianna’s initiatives led to the implementation of University-wide policies to address the specific needs of visiting student researchers, organized international student orientations, provided supervision to student staff and volunteers, and is currently working on collaborative projects to increase awareness of support services available to international students.
Justin Kerr is an RCIC and Immigration Communication Advisor at the University of Toronto, St. George campus
Justin has worked in international education for over 12 years following studies at Trent University and participation in an exchange through Canada World Youth. During his time in the field, he focused on Canadian immigration issues as they impact students and their families. He is co-champion of CBIE’s Student Services Professional Learning Community and was a member of CBIE’s Immigration Advisory Committee from November 2012 to January 2016.
Philipp is an RCIC and Manager of International Programs and Services at UBC’s Okanagan campus
Philipp has over a decade of experience studying and working internationally in numerous capacities. Before joining UBC, Philipp was employed at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) with their International and Executive MBA programmes, and worked prior to that at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands.
In 2016, he was recognized for his contributions to international education in Canada with the CBIE North Star Award for Emerging Leader in International Education. He is a Nuffic Huygens scholar and received his Master’s degree with honours in International Relations from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Philipp has also attended educational institutions in Canada, USA, and Germany. Currently he is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Calgary, with his research focusing on the internationalization of higher education and the nexus of government policy, institutional programming, and international student career transitions.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I apply for the ISIEP?
- Registration is now open for ISIEP fall 2018. Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis.
Am I eligible to take the ISIEP?
- Applicants to the ISIEP must be employed at a designated learning institution (DLI) who are taking this professional development program to upgrade their skills in immigration advising in their current institutional role.
Am I eligible to write the RISIA entry-to-practice exam and become a certified RISIA?
- The RISIA designation is designed for in-service International Student Advisers (ISAs) and other professionals working in the education sector in Canada whose responsibilities include offering immigration advice to students. If you are unsure whether your current employment makes you eligible, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful completion of the ISIEP is a prerequisite for ISAs/working professionals who wish to take ICCRC’s entry-to-practice exam to become RISIAs. Please note that ISAs/working professionals who meet certain criteria set out by ICCRC may be able to challenge the entry-to-practice exam without completing the ISIEP. For more information on who is eligible to challenge ICCRC’s entry-to-practice exam and obtain the RISIA designation, please visit the ICCRC website.
How is the ISIEP structured?
- The ISIEP comprises:
Four courses over a span of 13 weeks
About 140 hours of instructional time
Online recorded lectures, discussion boards, assignments, quizzes and exams
- The program is based exclusively on reference materials that will be made available online, and is available in English and French (the French course is delivered in the fall only).
- Students can expect to spend an average of 20-25 hours per week on the ISIEP.
How much does the ISIEP cost?
- The program fee for the ISIEP is $2,800. The program fee includes all course materials. There is a $100 application fee, which is waived for individuals at CBIE member institutions.
Whom can I contact for more information?
- Please contact Melissa Payne or Alexandra McAllister at email@example.com.
Can RISIAs contact the firstname.lastname@example.org account for inquiries?
- Yes. IRCC has confirmed that both RCICs and RISIAs have the option of contacting this email account.