International Students and Immigration Education Program (ISIEP)

CBIE’s 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).

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Meet our Lead Instructors

Victor Jimenez, EdD, RCIC
Team Lead, International Admissions & Records
SAIT
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Victor’s has 13+ years of experience in the international education and Canadian Immigration fields. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science, an honors MBA with an International Business concentration and a Doctorate of Education – Leadership, from the University of Western Ontario. Victor has worked in the field of immigration law for more than 9 years and is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. He is currently the only RCIC at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and has been providing immigration advice to international students and staff in the last 5 years. Victor also worked at two Canadian Business Immigration Law Firms in Calgary, Alberta. His passions are International Education, intercultural communication, organizational culture and Leadership.

Brianna Carney, RCIC
Immigration Consultant, HR Immigration
University of Calgary
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Bree has been working in the field of international education for close to a decade. Bree’s experience involves a unique array of having been an international exchange student herself during her degree, providing support and guidance on study abroad programming, aiding international students in navigating the complex world of student immigration, and now working for human resources in bringing foreign academics, researchers, and support staff onto the university campus. This experience has allowed Bree to gain a holistic understanding of the complexities surrounding international education in Canada, and in particular, the challenges post-secondary’s face with trying to navigate Canadian Immigration policies and regulations in the face of ever changing curricula and internal university policies.

Matthew McDonald, RCIC
Matthew McDonald, RCIC
Assistant Director, Recruitment & Admissions
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
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Matthew spends his days in graduate recruitment and admissions at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; on evenings and weekends, he works as an independent immigration consultant. He first became an RCIC while working as an international student advisor at Humber College. Previously, he worked in international education both in Canada (Manitoba, Ontario) and abroad (France, Macedonia). His roles have included college admissions counselling, teaching, student life/advising, and marketing.

Anna Choudhury, RISIA
Manager of International Student Integration
Algonquin College
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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.

Erin Wordie, RISIA
International Student Immigration Advisor
SAIT
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Erin has a Bachelor of International Relations from the University of Calgary and participated in a study abroad opportunity to Ghana, which sparked her interest in international education. She has worked in the field for five years in various roles supporting international students as well as agents and pathway partners. Currently, she is the International Student Immigration Advisor for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and provides immigration advice and assistance to international students and their families. Erin became a RISIA in 2017 after completing the ISIEP program.

Marisa Norona, RISIA
Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor
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Marisa Norona has over 10 years of experience working in International Education in Post-Secondary Education. She has worked extensively with student exchange programs and International student advising where she has supported students in gaining international experience and competencies both in Canada and abroad, guided students through cultural transitions in their adjustment to Canada, prepared students for safety and experiential learning abroad and enhanced international students’ immigration literacy through comprehensive immigration advising and programming.  Marisa became an RISIA in December of 2017.

Rohene Bouajram, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
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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.

Justin Kerr, RCIC
International Student Immigration Advisor
Brock University
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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 served as a 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 Reichert, RCIC
Manager of International Programs & Services
UBC’s Okanagan Campus
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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to take the ISIEP?

The ISIEP eligibility criteria are as follow:

  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma
  • Employed at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.  Note that all primary and secondary schools in Canada are DLI.
  • Professional working in the education sector, whose responsibilities include international student advising.
  • Enroll in ISIEP for the purpose of skills upgrade in the current institutional role.

How is the ISIEP structured?

The ISIEP comprises:

  • Module-based learning over a span of 12 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
  • Students are expect to spend an average of 20-25 hours per week on the ISIEP to successfully pass the course.

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. 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 much does the ISIEP cost?

The program fee includes all course materials.

  • $2,800 for CBIE Members
  • $2,950 for Non-members.

Whom can I contact for more information?