Hello! My name is Chia (Shane) Liu. Welcome to my project, Internationality. This project encompasses the stories of International Students attending Ryerson University and how they came to understand their identity as people who had come from different countries—Albania, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, China and Nigeria—to live and study in Toronto.

The project itself is comprised of one-on-one interviews with a number of international students, and consists of responses to questions such as what they believe ‘home’ to be and how moving to Toronto has affected them. In the end, this project aims to understand the pressures that international students face, as well as the changes they undergo as a result of the Toronto experience.

I hope you enjoy this reflection on international student life and listening to the first-hand experiences of those who leave their home countries to become international students.