NEW International Students Guide Spring / Summer 2022 Approved for a study permit or already have a valid study permit? Start here: Congratulations, new Durham College international students! You have been approved for a study permit or already have a valid study permit, so you can travel to Canada for your studies. What do you need to do next? Read the steps below carefully for important information. BEFORE TRAVELLING TO CANADA Step 1: Submit your study permit and visa approval Please fill up the visa status form here: Visa Status Form to submit your study permit update before you travel to Canada. This must be completed before the fifth day of class for the Spring-Summer Semester (May 6, 2022). Step 2: PLAN YOUR ARRIVAL AND SUBMIT YOUR DEPARTURE PLAN See Arrival Guide. Please note: Fully vaccinated travelers eligible to enter Canada will not be required to quarantine for 14 days OR while awaiting their test results. However, all travelers must still provide a pre-departure form through the Durham Assist International App and upload the proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN application. Please note that failure to download ArriveCAN may result in ineligibility from the quarantine exemption. For more information, please read the press release here. Step 3: Find a long-term place to live You can choose to live on or off campus during your studies at DC. It is recommended that you start to research and look for housing before you travel to Canada. On-campus residence DC residences are located on the Oshawa and Whitby campuses, and are open to all students. For what’s included in a room, pricing and more information, see here. Apply early here. Visit our Housing webpage for more information. Off-campus residence These residences are run by private companies, are available only to students and are located near the Oshawa campus. For the list of residences, see here. In addition, there are a variety of options for homestay and other off-campus living. Visit our Housing webpage for more information. Step 4: Register for Your Courses Registration for Spring 2022 opens in April 2022. Check here for the web registration dates. Prior to registering, you MUST pay the full semester fees. See this step-by-step guide on How to Select a Timetable. Please note that depending on when you arrive, Step 4 can also be completed after you travel to Canada. AFTER ARRIVING IN CANADA Step 5: ARE YOU DC READY? If you are not eligible for quarantine exemption, and were asked to quarantine at the airport, please see the Arrival Guide. Step 6: Navigate IT Tools DC Connect is your online class homeroom. This is where you will access each of your courses, including your course material such as course outlines, lectures, assignments, grades and other content shared by your professors. Here’s how to access DC Connect: Go to DC Connect login page. Use your student ID number as your username and network password to log into your account. For information on logging into the student network account (e.g. DC Mail, DC Connect) for the first time, see here. If needed, your network password can be reset here. To have a better idea of how to use DC Connect, watch this video: MyDC is where you can access the same important administrative and academic information that MyCampus offered, but with a new mobile-friendly redesign that makes it easier to find the information you need. Self-service options are available through the upper right-hand corner. Visit MyDC page here: www.durhamcollege.ca/mydc From MyDC page, you can login using your MyCampus credentials: Use your student ID number as your username. Your password is the birthdate the college as on record for you in MMDDYY format. If the college does not have your birthdate on file, your postal code will then be used (input with all capital letters and no spaces). DC Mail is your official email address that will be used by DC to communicate with you. Here’s how to access DC Mail: Go to DC Mail login page. Use your student ID number as your username and network password to log into your account. For information on logging into the student network account (e.g. DC Mail, DC Connect) for the first time, see here. If needed, your network password can be reset here. If you still have trouble logging into any of the above tools, please contact Service Desk immediately: Phone: +1 905-721-3333 or Email: email@example.com. Step 7: Participate in International Student Orientation (ISO) International Student Orientation (ISO) consists of two parts: ISO online course and ISO virtual live session. ISO Online Course on DC Connect It is required that you complete the ISO online course by April 29, 2022. Here’s how to access the course: Go to DC Connect. Log in with your student ID number and your network password. Click on “Self-Registration” on the top left, and find the course “Spring/Summer 2022 Home@DC International Student Orientation”. Click on “Register Now”, then “Submit”, “Finish” and “Done”. The “Spring/Summer 2022 Home@DC International Student Orientation” course will be there for you. Click into it and get started! ISO Live Session on Zoom The ISO virtual live session is mandatory to all new international students. Time: April 29, 2022 at 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) Place: Zoom – virtual meeting In order for you to participate, you MUST register early An email about how to join the session will be sent to the account you have used when registering. Students are required to “arrive” online by 9:00 AM. No students will be permitted to enter the session after 9:15 AM. Step 8: Attend Program Orientation All new DC students are encouraged to participate in Program Orientation on April 29, 2022! Meet your faculty, fellow classmates, and discover important details about your new program of study! To locate your program’s specific orientation location, visit the Program Orientation page: https://durhamcollege.ca/orientation/program-orientation. Step 9: Purchase Your Books If you are in Canada Here's how to purchase your books on campus: Navigate to “BOOKS FOR TERM” on MyDC. Select Term using drop down list. Click “Go to the Bookstore” For further steps please refer Online Ordering. It is recommended that you wait until you have attended the first day of each class before removing the wrapping from your textbooks. Course textbooks cannot be returned once they have been opened. There are options for purchasing e-textbooks. For more information, please see here. If you are NOT in Canada Here’s how to purchase books/study materials if you are currently outside Canada: Please contact your academic school office for more information related to shipping books and other study materials (such as lab kits) out of Canada. You can find your Student Advisor (Academic) and contact your school office here: https://durhamcollege.ca/student-life/student-services/student-advisors Step 10: Get Involved Taking part in co-curricular programs, clubs, events, activities or sports enhances your learning experience. Durham College offers many fun opportunities to get involved and make new friends regardless of your program delivery method. To volunteer with the International Education Office, please contact us using this form. Reach out to the following offices: Office Inquiries DC International Education Office Contact us Follow our Instagram Instagram and/or Facebook Facebook Immigration Travel/Quarantine Housing Health Insurance International Student Volunteers Peer Mentor Program Durham College Student Association (DCSA): Website: https://mydcsa.ca/. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Instagram Instagram and/or Facebook Facebook Engage in college life for both domestic and international students StudentVIP – added benefits health insurance for international students Institute of Student Leadership: Website: https://durhamcollege.ca/student-life/get-involved/institute-of-student-leadership-isl Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Instagram Instagram Self-guided, extra-curricular, non-academic certificate program in Leadership and personal development *More information is available here: https://durhamcollege.ca/info-for/international/new-and-current-students/getting-involved Step 11: Attend your classes How do I know if my class is in-person or online? How do I find my class room? Or How do I find a meeting link to attend the class? Here is what you should do: Check “Student Schedule by Day and Time” on MyDC BEFORE the first day of school It shows the room of the class, name of your instructor, and the length of the class. Check DC Connect BEFORE the first day of school Professors/instructors usually post announcements on DC Connect before the first class. Read carefully. If you can’t find the information, send an email to your instructor on DC Connect. Most importantly, pay attention and ask questions when attending Program Orientation. IMPORTANT DATES FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (Spring/Summer 2022) When What How Adhere to payment date in box 25 on your official Letter of Acceptance. First semester payment due for Spring 2022 international students (starting a new program) See here April 4, 2022 Timetable registration (Web registration) opens for Spring/Summer 2022 for Semester 1 students – starting a new program See Step 4 April 27, 2022 Full-time students may process timetable changes through MyDC beginning at 4:00 PM. See MyDC - Timetable Options – Add/Drop Classes. April 29, 2022 9:00-10:00 AM International Student Orientation live session See Step 7 April 29, 2022 Program Orientation See Step 8 and here May 2, 2022 First day of school Join classes in person or online, depending on your course structure. Check DC Connect (see Step 6) in advance. May 6, 2022 Last day for program registration See Step 4 May 6, 2022 Last day to arrive in Canada and submit your arrival information See Steps 1 and 2 May 6, 2022 Last day to add/or courses (classes) See here May 6, 2022 Last day for program changes* Email email@example.com with your name and student number. May 13, 2022 Last day to request a deferral to a later semester Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and student number. May 13, 2022 Last day to withdraw from a program with a refund** Students requesting a withdrawal/refund are required to meet with an international student advisor first to ensure that international students are complying with study permit conditions/regulations. Meeting requests must be made by filling out our online request form. For more important dates, including Reading Week and scheduled breaks, please visit: https://durhamcollege.ca/info-for/current-students/important-dates *We strongly advise students not to wait until the last day to request a program change, as program changes are subject to seat availability. **Refunds are subject to eligibility. More information can be found here. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to receive updates including events and activities. Want to connect with our International Student Advisors, International Admissions Officers, and International Finance Officers? You are welcome to attend “International Ask-Us-Anything” online drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the semester. Tuesdays at 9:00-9:45 AM Eastern Time Join Zoom Meeting: Thursdays at 3:00-3:45 PM Eastern Time Join Zoom Meeting: Remember, answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on our website. At Durham College we care about your wellbeing and success. There are a variety of supports available to assist students, from academic support (SALS) to health and wellness. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We wish all our new international students a great semester ahead!