NEW International Students Guide

Spring-Summer 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 Spring-Summer 2021 opens in April 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: servicedesk@dc-uoit.ca.

Step 7: Participate in International Student Orientation (ISO)

ISO consists of two parts: ISO online course and ISO live session.

It is required that you complete the ISO online course by April 28, 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 “Spring-Summer 2021 Home@DC International Student Orientation”.
  • Click on “Register Now”, then “Submit”, “Finish” and “Done”.
  • The “Spring-Summer 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 April 29, 2021 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. It is also mandatory for you to attend. 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.

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 (Spring/summer 2021)

When What How
April 18, 2021 Last day to arrive in Canada and start your quarantine See Steps 1 and 2
April 29, 2021

9:00-10:30 AM

International Student Orientation live session See Step 7
April 29, 2021 Program Orientation See here
May 3, 2021 First day of school Join classes in person or online. Check DC Connect (see Step 6) in advance.
May 7, 2021 Last day for program registration See Step 4
May 7, 2021 Last day for course additions See here
May 7, 2021 Last day for program changes* Email internationalapplications@durhamcollege.ca with your name and student number.
May 14, 2021 Last day to defer a program to a later semester Email intlfinance@durhamcollege.ca with your name and student number.
May 14, 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.

 

*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.

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 our International Student Advisors, International Admissions Officer and International Finance Officer. 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!