Thompson Rivers University
TRU is one of the leading institutions in Canada for international students. For 45 years TRU has taken pride in providing an excellent education to every student from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, at various stages of the learning journey. They empower students to reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment.
They introduced iCent mobile app for international students on iPhone and Android that is free to download and use. iCent is helping prepare students from the moment they are accepted into TRU throughout their school year with pre-arrival, orientation information, checklists, contact information, news, events, workshops and so much more. Also, quick and easy accesses to checklists, maps, push notifications, social information and event guides that will help make students' academic and social lives in Canada easier.
Thompson Rivers University - App Usage Report
|New Student Checklist||880||5,483|
|Workshops & Events||691||2,782|
|Transportation & Parking||623||2,177|
|Social Life & Working||549||2,197|
|Before You Leave Home||423||871|
|Health & Wellness||371||983|
|Work while Studying||340||556|
KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
KPU established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has five campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. Kwantlen Polytechnic University currently offers a range of credentials, many of which are completely unique, to successfully meet the evolving needs of regional and global employment markets.
KPU International and iCent have developed an app that is dedicated to serving incoming international students. It assists students in acclimatizing to life studying overseas, helps them navigate their new environments, and guides students through the process of coming to Canada and KPU.
KPU International’s iCent App has many useful features, such as, pre-departure checklist, arrival checklist, Transportation, Campus Services, student services, documents upload and many more
Kwantlen Polytechnic University- App Usage Report
|List of User Notifications||1,094||7,745|
|Student Life & Careers||684||2,863|
|Campuses & Locations||573||1,917|
|Check Your KPU Email||544||1,094|
Sheridan with its multiple campuses is located in the Greater Toronto Area. One of the largest community colleges with high international population Sheridan is the first beneficiary of iCent app.
iCent was rolled out at Sheridan College during the Fall of 2015 to help international students better prepare for a new academic and social life in Canada. The app serves as a 24/ 7 virtual international office delivering information to students right on their smartphones.
Sheridan notes: "iCent app guides international students through every step of the process – uploading their study permits, providing a pre-departure checklist, airport arrival assistance, providing a registration checklist, and collecting emergency contact information. Other features are geared at assisting students to settle, helping with needs such as residency, grocery shopping, banking, telecom and places of worship once they arrive in Canada. The app also provides students with details about campus maps, security info, health insurance, immigration compliance, driver’s licenses, parking rules, and much more to keep students engaged throughout the academic life cycle with appointment booking, workshops, push notifications, career services and counselling."
Sheridan College - App Usage Report
Sheridan App Dashboard
Current Students Services
Submit Study Permit Submissions
Emergency Contact Updates
The International Office promotes iCent app during pre-departure orientations multiple times during the year. To date, the app has been downloaded over 6000 times from the Apple app store and the Google Play store.
iCent Featured at Sheridan
iCent was recently featured at Sheridan`s d3 - Digital Discovery Day. D3 Day is a one-day conference meant to foster curiosity, educate, and engage faculty about educational technology and all that Sheridan has to offer.
Rama Ishak speaks at the Digital Discovery event about the usage, insights and technology edge of iCent app at Sheridan College, Canada.
Note: The video has been modified from its original version to showcase only iCent part. | Original video credits to Sheridan College.