Getting Started in Canada

Getting started in a new country is always a difficult task. To make things easier, here is a list of 10 things you need to do to successfully transition into living in Canada and studying at Durham College.

1. Apply for your study permit

To be able to study at Durham College you will need a post-secondary study permit. To find out how to apply, visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

2. Apply for your entry visa

Find out if you require an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) and apply online.


3. Get your timetable

Log on to MyCampus, your hub for academic, administrative and extracurricular information, and register for your timetable under the HELPFUL LINKS section. While you’re there, take a look around -- MyCampus will be a key resource for you.

4. Book Arrival Services

Durham College’s International Education office offers free airport pickup and up to two nights of accommodation for everyone who completes the Arrival Services Form.

5. Find housing

Find a place to stay while studying in Canada. Luckily, there are several options available in the Durham Region. Visit our housing webpage for details.

6. Log on to DC Connect

Get a preview of your classmates, professors and course outlines by signing onto your DC Connect. It’s the same login you would use for your MyCampus account.

7. Attend International Orientation

Book your flight in time to arrive for International Student Orientation where you will get the vital information you need to successfully start your year at Durham College.

8. Attend Program Orientation

Go to Program Orientation and meet your classmates and professors! You will also learn what will be expected of you during your studies to ensure you have a successful year.

9. Open a bank account

If you have a GIC you will need to locate the closest branch to set up your account, bring your passport with you. For all other students, you can choose whichever banking institution in Canada you would like. See the helpful information TD Bank offers.

10. Get your Student ID card

Your Student ID card will be used to take the bus around Durham, and for campus services. Make sure to bring your passport and timetable.