Getting Started in Canada Checklist

Getting started in a new country is always a difficult task. To make things easier here is a list of things you need to start on the right foot in Canada:

  1. Visa Approval
    • To be able to study at Durham College you will need a Post-Secondary study visa. To find out how to apply visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  2. Register for your timetable
    • Log onto your MyCampus account and register for your timetable under the HELPFUL LINKS section.
  3. Find out if you require an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
    • To find out if you need an ETA then visit the IRCC
  4. Book your Arrival Services
    • Durham College International offers airport pickup and First Night accommodation for all individuals who properly fill out 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.
  6. Log onto 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
    • Make sure you get all the vital information you need to successfully start your year at Durham College.
  8. Attend Program Orientation
    • 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.
    • To all other students; you can choose whichever banking institutions in Canada you would like.
  10. Get your Student ID card
    • Pick up your Student ID card because you will need it to use the Durham region transit system and for Durham College services. Make sure to bring your passport and timetable.
  11. Pick up your Health Insurance card
    • Come visit the International office in room SSB 210. You must show your Student ID card.
  12. Purchase your textbooks
    • Talk to your professors and see what textbooks they want you to purchase for your classes. To purchase your textbooks you can visit the bookstore.