NEW International Students Guide Fall 2022 Approved for a study permit or already have a valid study permit? Start here: Congratulations, to our new Durham College international students! You have been approved for a study permit or already have a valid study permit, which means you can now travel to Canada for your studies. What do you need to do next? Read the steps below carefully for important information and instructions. BEFORE TRAVELLING TO CANADA STEP 1: UPDATE YOUR STUDY PERMIT STATUS Please fill out the Visa Status Form and submit the form before you travel to Canada. This must be completed before the fifth day of class for the Fall 2022 semester (September 13, 2022). STEP 2: PLAN YOUR ARRIVAL As per the latest press release here, the Government of Canada maintains current border measures for travellers entering Canada. Travellers arriving to Canada from any country who qualify as fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may be randomly selected for arrival testing. Travellers selected will not be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result. Before travelling, you must submit the mandatory information through the ArriveCAN app (required by the federal government). If you fail to provide the required information, you may be denied boarding your plane or denied entry into Canada. See here for more information. You must also complete the departure form using the Durham Assist International App (required by Durham College). For important steps to take while making your travel plan, please read our Arrival Guide. 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 your research early 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 Fall 2022 opens from July 25 to August 2. Check here for the web registration dates. Prior to registering, you MUST pay the full semester fees. You can refer to 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: UPDATE YOUR CANADIAN ADDRESS AND CONTACT NUMBER As soon as you arrive, please update your Canadian address and contact number through MyDC. STEP 6: NAVIGATE IT TOOLS DC Connect is your online class homeroom. This is where you will access the online components of 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 gain a better idea of how to use DC Connect, watch this video: MyDC is a web-based portal for students to access important administrative and academic information as well as to manage their personal information. Through MyDC, you can access your Verification of Program Enrolment letter, unofficial transcripts and more. You can also change your address and contact number using this portal. Here’s how to access MyDC: Go to MyDC login page. Use your student ID number as your username. Your password is the birthdate the college has 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 have trouble logging into any of the above tools, please contact Service Desk immediately by phone: +1 905-721-3333 or chat live with them here. STEP 7: PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION (ISO) International Student Orientation (ISO) consists of two parts: ISO online course and ISO in-person session. ISO online course on DC Connect It is required that you complete the ISO online course by September 6, 2022. Here’s how to access the course: Go to DC Connect. Log in with your student ID number and your network password. The “Fall 2022 Home@DC International Student Orientation” course will be there for you. Click into it and get started! ISO in-person session The ISO in-person session is mandatory to all new international students. Time: September 6, 2022 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time Place: Campus Health and Wellness Centre Gymnasium Students are required to arrive by 8:45 AM. Please register by September 4, 2022 here. STEP 8: ATTEND PROGRAM ORIENTATION All new DC students are highly encouraged to participate in Program Orientation on September 6, 2022. Meet your faculty, fellow classmates, and discover important details about your new program of study! To find your program’s orientation time and location, visit here. STEP 9: PURCHASE YOUR BOOKS If you are in Canada 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, refer to 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 If you are not in Canada, here’s how to purchase books or study materials: Contact your faculty office for information related to shipping books and other study materials (such as lab kits) out of Canada. 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. Reach out to the following offices: Office Service areas International Education Office Contact us Follow Instagram and/or Facebook Immigration Travel/Arrival Housing Health insurance Volunteering Connecta peer mentorship Durham College Student Association (DCSA) Website: https://mydcsa.ca/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Instagram and/or Facebook Engaging 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 Follow Instagram Self-guided, extra-curricular, non-academic certificate program in leadership and personal development More information on how to get involved is available here. STEP 11: ATTEND YOUR CLASSES How do I find my classroom? How do I find a meeting link to attend a 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 professor/instructor on DC Connect. Most importantly, pay attention and ask questions when attending Program Orientation. IMPORTANT ACADEMIC DATES FALL SEMESTER Dates First semester payment due for Fall 2022 international students (starting a new program) * Please adhere to payment date in box 25 on your official Letter of Acceptance. Web registration opens for fall 2022 for semester 1 students – starting a new program July 25 to August 2, 2022 Fall 2022 semester payment due for international students (returning students) August 3, 2022 Web registration opens for fall 2022 for second-year students continuing same program August 3 to 8, 2022 Web registration opens for fall 2022 for third-year students - continuing same program August 9, 2022 Full-time students may process timetable changes through MyDC beginning at 4:00 p.m. August 29, 2022 Registration for part-time students begins August 31, 2022 Labour Day September 5, 2022 Orientation – international students September 6, 2022 Program Orientation – all semester 1 students September 6, 2022 Day 1 - Classes begin for postsecondary students September 7, 2022 Day 5 - Last day for program registration, program changes and course additions September 13, 2022 Day 10 - Last day for full-time students to withdraw (domestic students less $500 non-refundable deposit) or drop to part-time status with a refund of semester fees September 20, 2022 Day 10 - Last day to submit a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) or credit transfer September 20, 2022 Last day for withdrawal from a course with no academic record; courses dropped after this date will be recorded on the academic transcript with a “W” to indicate withdrawal October 3, 2022 Thanksgiving October 10, 2022 Reading week October 24 – 28, 2022 Official midterm grades are available to view electronically on MyDC as of 4:00 p.m. October 25, 2022 Last day to withdraw from a course with a “W”; after this date, all courses will be graded and recorded on the academic transcript November 21, 2022 Last day of classes for most programs December 16, 2022 Official final grades are available to view electronically on MyDC as of 4:00 p.m. December 22, 2022 Holiday break December 24, 2022 – January 2, 2023 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. Want to connect with our International Student Advisors, International Admissions Officers, and International Finance Officers? You are welcome to attend our “International Ask-Us-Anything” online drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the semester. Please refer to the information below for details. Tuesdays at 9:00-10:00 AM Eastern Time Join Zoom Meeting: https://durhamcollege-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcOGrqTIuG9QpwMbHj7-nW6n7w3iIyhWK Thursdays at 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time Join Zoom Meeting: https://durhamcollege-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkcOmrqz8tGtchtXeaXzpM9GWe5ZBQk4RX 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!