NEW International Students Guide Fall 2021 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: Book arrival and quarantine services See Arrival Services Step 1 for details. Step 2: Submit Your Quarantine Plan See Arrival Services Step 2 for details. 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 Fall 2021 opens in July-August 2021. 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: Start Your Quarantine See Arrival Services Step 4 and 5 for details. 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: MyCampus is where you can view and manage all of your student and personal information. Here’s how to access MyCampus: Go to MyCampus login page. 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). If needed, you can reset your MyCampus password here. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 September 6, 2021. 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 “Fall 2021 Home@DC International Student Orientation”. Click on “Register Now”, then “Submit”, “Finish” and “Done”. The “Fall 2021 Home@DC International Student Orientation” course will be there for you. Click into it and get started! ISO Live Session on Zoom All new international students are required to attend at least ONE of the following Live Virtual International Student Orientation. Live Virtual International Student Orientation Session 1 – Registration is now FULL. Time: September 7, 2021 at 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) Place: Zoom – virtual meeting Students are required to “arrive” online by 9:00 AM. No students will be permitted to enter the session after 9:15 AM. Live Virtual International Student Orientation Session 2 – If you have not been able to reserve a seat in the first session, please register for this second session. Time: September 7, 2021 at 12:30 PM (Eastern Time) Place: Zoom – virtual meeting In order for you to participate, you MUST register early here. 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 12:30 PM. No students will be permitted to enter the session after 12:45 PM. Step 8: Attend Program Orientation All new DC students are encouraged to virtually participate in Program Orientation on September 7, 2021! Meet your faculty, fellow classmates, and discover important details about your new program of study! To locate your program’s specific virtual room, visit the Program Orientation page: https://durhamcollege.ca/orientation/program-orientation. Please note room links will not be available until the day of the program orientation. Step 9: Purchase Your Books Due to COVID-19, the Campus Stores are physically closed at the moment, but are open online. If you are in Canada Here's how to purchase your books online inside Canada: Log into MyCampus. Go to “Helpful Links”, “Registration”, and then “Books for Term”. You will be directed to Courses You Are Currently Enrolled in. Ensure these are your correct classes and select “Here”. The books for each course will be listed under the course title. Click on the “Shopping Cart” icon located beneath each book description or book title to add the textbook to your basket. Click “Continue Shopping” to return to your booklist and add more to your basket. Click “Checkout”. Skip down to create a new account and enter all the required information. If you already have an account, simply log in using the information you entered at the time you created your account. Click “Submit Order”. Choose a “Shipping Profile”. Click “Pay Now”. Enter your credit card information and then click “Submit”. 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. Consider our Peer Mentor program. A current DC student is looking forward to an opportunity to connect with you one on one. More information is available HERE. Remember, requests for a peer mentor will open in September. 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 DC Students Inc.: Website: http://dcstudentsinc.ca/ Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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 IMPORTANT DATES FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (FALL 2021) When What How Adhere to payment date in box 25 on your official Letter of Acceptance. First semester payment due for fall 2021 international students (starting a new program) See here July 26 – August 3, 2021 Timetable registration opens for Fall 2021 for Semester 1 students – starting a new program See Step 4 August 23, 2021 Last day to arrive in Canada and start your quarantine See Steps 1 and 2 September 7, 2021 9:00-10:30 AM International Student Orientation live session See Step 7 September 7, 2021 Program Orientation See Step 8 and here September 8, 2021 First day of school Join classes in person or online. Check DC Connect (see Step 6) in advance. September 14, 2021 Last day for program registration See Step 4 September 14, 2021 Last day to add/drop courses (classes) See here September 14, 2021 Last day for program changes* Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and student number. September 14, 2021 Last day to provide proof of study permit application Contact us with your name and student number, and the proof of study permit application. September 21, 2021 Last day to request a deferral Contact us with your name and student number. (For students in online programs that do not wish to study online, and for students in in-person classes who cannot arrive in Canada to begin their classes as scheduled) September 21, 2021 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. November 1, 2021 Last day for students who have applied for their study permit to provide proof of their approval. Contact us with your name and student number, and the proof of study permit approval. Anyone who has not received a study permit approval will need to defer. Only students who provided proof of their study permit application by September 21 are eligible for this extended deadline For more important dates, including Reading Week, 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 Officer and International Finance Officer? You are welcome to attend “International Ask-Us-Anything” online drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the semester. Tuesdays at 9:00 AM Eastern Time Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81383899106?pwd=aExzc2tVRC9nK0p3SExLSk1WNFhKZz09 (Meeting ID: 813 8389 9106, Passcode: 761379) Thursdays at 3:00 PM Eastern Time Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82404049429?pwd=WWNPZzdVSGRpQkl3ekVRR2dWd0d2UT09 (Meeting ID: 824 0404 9429, Passcode: 287993) Information on how to join each session is also shared on our social media 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 of our new international students a great semester ahead!