Moving to another country to pursue higher education can be challenging and adventurous. And that’s why you must be thoroughly prepared before coming to Canada.
Here’s a checklist for International Students before studying in the Canada.
1) Acceptance Letter
Make sure you have a print of your acceptance letter. When you apply for a study permit, you will need to show Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) the “proof of acceptance”, i.e. your acceptance letter. You will also need to include your application form.
2) A Government ID
Your passport is not the only form of Government ID, that you’ll need to bring with you. You should also bring other proof of identification like a driver’s license or insurance card from your home country.
3) Funds for Living Expenses
When it comes to finances, it’s essential that you have money that is safe and accessible for the duration of your studies. In order to be approved for your student visa, you need to present a statement to prove financial support, which are basically documents that prove you can support yourself while living in Canada.
4) Funds for Tuition
In comparison to many countries, studying in Canada is pretty affordable. While costs vary depending on the institution, program, and location, you will likely need between $10,000 to $30,000 annually to cover your tuition.
To study in Canada for longer than 6 months, you must get a Canadian study permit. This would be your Visa for the concerned duration. Depending on your nationality, you may also need to obtain a temporary residence permit, which can be processed at the same time as your study permit application.
6) Medical Records and Prescriptions
Depending on where you’re moving from, you might be required to pass a medical examination before studying and living in Canada. Make sure to bring the medical documents requested by your university/college. You should also visit your doctor and get a complete medical check-up prior to leaving. Also ensure that you have all the necessary shots.
Lastly, you’d want to stock up your medications. Foreign prescriptions are not always honored in Canada, so you must collect all your medications for a safer side.
7) Gadgets and Tech Supplies
Yes, it’s quite obvious for students to use a laptop and a smartphone for a lot of reasons. If you’re bringing supplies from home, make sure they’re in good condition and compatible with Canadian outlets and voltages. You might also want to buy a local SIM card and a data plan, so you don’t have to deal with roaming charges.
8) Housing and Accommodations
As an international student, you have lots of options when it comes to finding accommodation.
Staying on campus is an obvious choice, as it offers the easiest access to the university. However, if you’re looking for a more budget-conscious option, home stays can offer a home-like experience while also keeping costs low.
It might seem like an unnecessary cost, but, in reality, travel insurance can be a literal lifesaver for international students. For a small, one-off payment, travel insurance will cover you if anything happens to you during your studies, whether it be illness, injury or theft.
Additionally, all international students in Canada must have health insurance. Medical coverage available to international students varies from province to province. So you might need to shell out some extra funds to arrange private health insurance coverage.
10) Winter Clothes
If you’re planning to study in Canada, get ready for a really cold weather to live in, for several months. You will need to pack sweaters, jackets, gloves, beanie hats, mufflers etc. If you will be living in southern British Colombia, you may be able to get away without any winter clothes as this region doesn’t get that cold as the rest of the country.