NEW International Students Guide

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

Through our partner Maple Assist, DC will arrange an airport pickup and your first two nights of your quarantine for free. For the rest of your quarantine at the same location, we are able to secure low rates. We can also arrange quarantine at the same location for any immediate family members arriving with you.

For those who need financial assistance to help with the cost of quarantine, you may be eligible for a bursary. Contact isa@durhamcollege.ca for more information.

Book your arrival and quarantine services here.

Note:

  • According to a recent update from IRCC, you can travel within 3 weeks prior to the start of the winter semester. In other words, you SHOULD ONLY travel after December 16, 2020.
  • You MUST quarantine for 14 days immediately upon arrival in Canada and will be required to do a COVID-19 test at the end of your quarantine. More information about this can be found here.
Step 2: Submit Your Quarantine Plan

Before you travel to Canada, you MUST send your quarantine plan to isa@durhamcollege.ca for approval. Here’s a checklist of what MUST be included in your quarantine plan.

Book your arrival and quarantine services here.

If you would like to arrange your own quarantine, in addition to submitting your quarantine plan, you MUST also:

  • Complete the Quarantine Plan form.
  • Quarantine in the Durham Region.
  • Use pickup transportation by Durham College Arrival Services to travel from the airport to your quarantine address (Contact Maple Assist for the pickup only service).

Students MUST let us know if they have family member(s) travelling with them by filling in the information in the Quarantine Plan form. Their family member(s) will be using Durham College Arrival Services pickup along with them.

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 winter 2021 opens in December 2020. Check here for the online (web) registration dates.

Prior to registering, you MUST pay the full semester fees.

Here’s how to register for your courses:

  1. Go to MyCampus. 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 space). If needed, you can reset your MyCampus password here.
  2. Select “Timetable Selections” under the “Helpful Links” tab.
  3. Select the semester that you are registering for and click “Submit”. A Registration Page will appear.
  4. Click “Agree” if the information is correct; otherwise click “I do not agree” and contact Enrolment Services by phone at +1-905-721-3000 or via email at oshawaenrolmentservices@durhamcollege.ca.
  5. If you clicked “Agree”, a Course Selection Page will appear. Each line in the clear box next to Subject Block Codes box represents a different timetable. The block code(s) that correspond to your program will be displayed. Select a block of courses by clicking on it. To preview the timetable, click on the “Show Me the Schedule” button. You may print each timetable from the preview page.
  6. If you have a choice of more than one timetable and want to see what the other timetable(s) look like, click on the “Back” button at the bottom of the page. Previewing the schedules does not mean that you have registered.
  7. Once you have decided on the timetable that you want, select it again by clicking on it. Then click on the “Register” button.
  8. A pop-up window requires you to confirm your choice. If you have selected the wrong block, click on “Cancel” and select the bottom of the page.
  9. A pop-up box will show you what Course Reference Numbers (CRNs) you have successfully registered for. If you do not see this screen, then you have not successfully registered.
  10. By scrolling down the page, you will be able to see if any errors occurred. If there is an error, then you have not been registered. By clicking on the error message under “Status”, you will get a detailed description of what the error message means. Please call +1-905-721-3000 or email oshawaenrolmentservices@durhamcollege.ca to correct these errors.

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

Your 14-day quarantine starts from the day you arrive in Canada. Throughout your quarantine, you MUST:

  • Stick to your quarantine plan;
  • Complete and submit the daily health check questionnaire that will be sent to your DC Mail;
  • Follow our instructions to get tested for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms;
  • Follow all the other items on the checklist under “During the 14-day quarantine”.
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.
Step 7: Participate in International Student Orientation (ISO)

ISO consists of two parts: ISO Online and ISO Live.

It is required that you complete the ISO Online course by January 5, 2021. Here’s how to access ISO Online:

  • 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 “Winter 2021 Home@DC International Student Orientation”.
  • Click on “Register Now”, then “Submit”, “Finish” and “Done”.
  • The “Winter 2021 Home@DC International Student Orientation” course will be there for you. Click into it and get started!

The ISO Live session will be held on January 5, 2021 at 10:00-11:30am Eastern Time. It is also mandatory for you to attend. In order for you to participate, you MUST register here. An email about how to join the session will be sent to the account you have used when registering.

Step 8: Purchase Your Books

Due to COVID-19, the Campus Stores are physically closed at the moment, but are open online.

Here’s how to purchase your books online:

  • 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.

Important Dates for New International Students (Winter 2021)

 

When What How
December 30, 2020 Last day to arrive in Canada and start your quarantine See Steps 1 and 2
January 5, 2021 Live International Student Orientation, 10:00am Eastern Time See Step 7
January 5, 2021 Program Orientation See here
January 6, 2021 First day of school! Join your classes in person or online. Check DC Connect (see Step 6) to see if your first class will be in person or online.
January 12, 2021 Last day for program registration See Step 4
January 12, 2021 Last day for timetable changes (add/drop courses) See here
January 12, 2021 Last day to change a program* Email internationalapplications@durhamcollege.ca with your name and student number
January 19, 2021 Last day to defer a program to a later semester Email intlfinance@durhamcollege.ca with your name and student number

 

Allow 10-15 business days to process and you will receive a reply with next steps

January 19, 2021 Last day to withdraw from a program with a refund* Email intlfinance@durhamcollege.ca  with your name and student number

 

Allow 10-15 business days to process and you will receive a reply with next steps

 

*We 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.

You can follow “durhamcollegeinternational” on Instagram or Facebook, where we provide updates including events and activities. You are welcome to attend “International Ask-Us-Anything” online drop-in sessions and connect with International Student Advisors. The sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the semester. Information on how to join each session will be shared on Instagram and Facebook.

We wish all of our new international students a great semester ahead!