During International Week at VIU we attended a panel discussion of international students reflecting on the process of their learning organized by The Faculty of International Education and the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL).  The students provided such valuable insights in their reflections that we decided to try and get them back to share their insights on video.

We interviewed four  international VIU students from China, France and Kenya asking them to reflect on the differences they found at VIU, positive experiences they have had, challenges they’ve faced and how instructors can help.  We are pleased to be able to share the results with you!

Student Introductions


What was new/different/exciting when you first began classes at VIU?


What is different in your experience from studying in your home country?


Tell us about your favourite class: Why was it your favourite? What made it a positive experience?


What have been some challenges in general? How did you overcome these challenges? What remains challenging?


What suggestions do you have for instructors to help students be successful? What can instructors do to help?


How do you connect with students and instructors on campus?

What Helps Me Learn: Reflections from International Students Video Project

CC BY 4.0 What Helps Me Learn: Reflections from International Students Video Project by Michael Paskevicius is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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