Vancouver International Universities Fair

New in 2016! 



The Vancouver International Universities Fair is NACAC's first international fair, co-hosted by International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC).

Join us and learn about universities and colleges from all over the world!

Nancy Cromarty, Director of University Counseling at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, BC, is the Fair Chair for this event. Read a "Behind the Scenes" article about Nancy and International ACAC's involvement with this program.

Join the mailing list for this fair. ​​​​

List of Schools Attending      Students: Register to Attend!      Register to Exhibit


 

 Location & Hours

 
Location 
East Exhibit Hall AB
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V63 0C3
1-866/785-8232

Fair Hours: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Directions and Parking 
Please visit the convention center’s website  for information on parking.

Need more information?
E-mail collegefairs@nacacnet.org or info@nacacnet.org or call: 703/299-6856.

 

 For Exhibitors

 

​Fair Set-up Hours: 
Friday, May 6, 2016
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Estimated Attendance: 4,000

Loading/Unloading: 
If you have more freight than can be brought in by hand car, please use the loading dock.  Exhibitors may drive to the East Truck Route located at the foot of Howe Street where it meets Canada Place. Parking is prohibited in the loading area or truck route. Freight may not be stacked or stored on the truck route or against fire exits, fire pull stations or fire hose cabinets.  

The loading area consists of three loading bays, which can accommodate trailers up to 30' (9.14 m) in length. All three bays have levellers. Loading dock clearance is 13'10" (4.22 m) high, 12' (3.66 m) wide. Exhibit Halls A & C have limited drive-on access through roll-up doors for full-sized trailers.

Exposition Services Provided by: Levy Show Service Inc., 604/277-1726 or operations@levyshow.com
Levy Show Service Inc. is NACAC’s official supplier for Customs, Shipping and Material Handling for the 2016 Vancouver International Universities Fair.  Please contact them directly to obtain shipping and pricing information. 

Shipping Information: 
Authorized Shipping Address:
(Your Name/Institution)
(Booth Number)
NACAC Vancouver International Universities Fair – May 7, 2016
YRC c/o Levy Show Service Inc.
3985 Still Creek Ave.
Burnaby, BC V5C 4E2

Material Handling Charge: 
Please contact Levy Show Service Inc. for shipping and pricing information.  

Shipping Deadline: All materials must be received between Monday, April 4 and Monday, May 2, 2016. Please contact Levy Show Service Inc. to arrange shipping.  

Electrical Service: 
Electrical services are supplied exclusively through the Vancouver Convention Centre Exhibitor Services. Please contact the Vancouver Convention Centre Exhibitor Services Department at 604/647-7206 to place your order.  You may also complete your order online or print off order forms here.

Host Hotel: 
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 2R7
604/683-1234
The Hyatt Regency Vancouver is 6 blocks away from the Vancouver Convention Centre and is 10 miles away from the Vancouver International Airport.  The Hyatt Regency Vancouver is accessible via the Canada Line​ (light rail).  

In order to book your guest room at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, please click here for online reservations.

For guests who wish to make their reservations over the phone, the toll free number is 1/888/421-1442. When speaking to a hotel representative, please reference “Hotel: Hyatt Regency Vancouver” & “Event: NACAC Guestroom Block” for faster service.

Rate: $229 (CAD) Single/ Double
Deadline: Monday, April 18, 2016

Advertising:
The Vancouver Courier is the printer of our onsite guide.  This guide is distributed to their readership community, as well as made available for the attendees at the fair.  If you would like to purchase an ad in this supplement, please contact Tara Lalanne at tlalanne@vancourier.com before April 11, 2016.

Contact Information:
For more information regarding the Vancouver International Universities Fair, email Jason Smith​ or call 703/299-6856.


 

 Workshop Schedule

 
2016 Vancouver International Universities Fair Workshop Schedule
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Vancouver Convention Centre- East Building

Workshop Room 17
Pre-Fair Workshop: The New SAT: What International Students Need to Know
12:30pm – 1:00pm

What International & Canadian Students Should Know When Applying to US Universities
1:15pm – 2:00pm

Who Gets In? The Truths and Myths of How Canadian Universities Make Admission Decisions
2:15pm – 3:00pm

What International & Canadian Students Should Know When Applying to US Universities
3:15pm – 4:00pm

Workshop Room 18
Connecting the Dots: The Relationship Between a Degree and a Career
1:15pm – 2:00pm

How to Write a Winning Essay
2:15pm – 3:00pm

Beyond Academics: How to Navigate NCAA and the Student-Athletic Recruitment Process
3:15pm – 4:00pm

Workshop Room 19
Showing Your Real Motivation in an Admissions Interview
1:15pm – 2:00pm

Navigating the Scholarship Process: Build your Foundation and Maximize Your Scholarship Potential
2:15pm – 3:00pm

Some of the Top Universities on the Planet are in the UK.  Shouldn't You Know More About Studying There?
3:15pm – 4:00pm
 

 Workshop Info

 
Informational workshops will be offered during the Vancouver International Universities Fair.  Topics will include:

1- What International & Canadian Students Should Know When Applying to US Universities
 Dr. Douglas L. Christiansen, Vanderbilt University
Applying to colleges and universities in the United States may seem daunting.  While the Common Application has simplified the process, there are still critical components that need extra attention.  Grades and test scores are important and speak for themselves.  Even more important in the holistic admissions process are the essays, recommendation letters, and extracurricular activities.  This workshop will help students with the application process by clarifying what US institutions are looking for.

2- How to Write a Winning Essay
Simon Nascimento, University of Chicago
A college essay can be a stressful task, and students often feel that choosing a topic is next to impossible.
The reality is that the “what” of an essay is much less important than the “how.” The approach of the writer takes communicates much more about themselves than the general topic itself. This session will include brainstorming for meaningful essay topics, best practices for effective essay writing, and case studies using real essay examples.

3- Navigating the Scholarship Process: Build your Foundation and maximize your Scholarship Potential
Brittany Palmer, Unlock your Future
Students do not need 95% averages or international achievements to win scholarships. Join Brittany as she debunks myths and breaks down the process into a manageable form. Having navigated scholarships as a student, consultant and administrator, Brittany offers a unique perspective and strategic approach to an often-overwhelming process.

4- Beyond Academics: How to Navigate NCAA and the Student-Athletic Recruitment Process
Cory Miller, NACAC’s Student Athletes Advisory Committee
Kelly Weber & Laura Reid, Simon Fraser University
More than any other citizens in the world, Canadian students register with NCAA to become prospective student-athletes in the United States. When embarking upon the college athletic recruitment process, it is important to understand unique terminology, procedures and timelines which go beyond academic admission a US school.  This panel of speakers will provide straightforward information about how to navigate the athletic recruitment process.

5- Connecting the Dots: The Relationship Between a Degree and a Career
Tony Botelho, Simon Fraser University
In this fun and engaging session, the value of traditional career planning approaches in today’s ever changing and complex world will be questioned. Dynamic and flexible approaches to preparing for the future will be argued for as will the need to get students to just do stuff.

6- Some of the top universities on the planet are in the UK.  Shouldn't you know more about studying there?
Ivar Moller, St. Andrew’s University, Scotland
Victoria Isherwood, University of East Anglia, England
Studying in the UK offers students an opportunity to travel abroad and attend some of the world best universities at the same time.  Whatever degree you are interested in studying the UK has something for everyone.  However, applying to a university in the UK can be a daunting experience at first glance and so through this workshop we aim to expel the myths and provide applicants with a robust toolkit to successfully navigate the UCAS application form and hopefully gain admittance to their first choice university!

7- Who gets in? The Truths and Myths of how Canadian Universities make admission decisions
Adam Robertson, Dalhousie University
Andrew Arida, University of British Columbia

Dan Seneker, Bishop’s University
Grade 11 and 12 grades, self-reporting, personal statements, short answer questions, extra-curricular activities, and applicant interviews; there is a great deal of information that can go into admission decisions. This begs a question: how do Canadian universities use all this information to determine who gets in?  This presentation will provide an overview of the rationales and decision-making process Canadian universities often use to make admission decisions. We will also dispel the myths and rumours that often surround the admission process; expect an interactive and lively discussion!

8- Showing Your Real Motivation in an Admissions Interview
Olivier Ruchet, Sciences Po University, France
Top university programs often require applicants to sit for an interview. This session will demystify the process and give you ideas on how best to prepare for this conversation, securing your spot in the degree of your dreams.

Learn more about the presenters.
 

 For Counselors

 

Counselors are encouraged to tell their students about the Vancouver International Universities Fair and invite them to register for and attend the fair. 

Request for Updates and Additional Information

To receive additional information and updates about the Vancouver International Universities Fair, join the mailing list, or email NACAC's International Initiatives Coordinator, Beth Cleary.

 

 For Students

 

Students can register to attend the Vancouver International Universities Fair  ahead of time.

Request for Updates and Additional Information

To receive additional information and updates about the Vancouver International Universities Fair, join the mailing list, or email NACAC's International Initiatives Coordinator, Beth Cleary.

 

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