Before You Arrive

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What You Must Do

Admissions

1. Enable your JOINid at the University of Toronto admissions website. You will need:

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  • Your U of T Applicant Number found in your email acknowledgement;

  • Your date of birth;

  • Your ten-digit OUAC Reference Number, beginning with 2015.

2. Accept your offer of admission on the OUAC site http://www.ouac.on.ca/.

►You must accept the offer by the deadline specified on your admission letter;

►Register for the ACE@UTM program if required on your conditional offer of admission. 


Immigration

1. Apply for a post secondary study permit;

  • Apply for a Study Permit;Get a passport

Insight - exchange and visiting students for less than six months do not need a study permit

Insight - students from the United States can apply for a Study Permit at the Canadian border

  • Ensure your study permit is valid to study at a post secondry institution; 
  • Make sure you have a valid passport. 

2. Apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) – if applicable;

3. Apply for visas and any other required immigration documents for accompanying family.


Accommodation

1. Decide on the type of housing that best fits your needs.

Application

  • On campus housing;​You will be required to request permission and pay an additional fee to stay in Residence during the winter break closure taking place between the end of the Fall term and the beginning of the Winter term.   

 Almost half of the students living in Residence are international students.

  • Temporary housing options prior to move-in day (if applicable).

Book in advance as July-September are considered peak season.


Registration

1. Select your courses;

  • Review the Course Calendar to identify courses of interest;
  • Make a note of the registration dates found on the Registration Guide;
  • Sign on to ACORN to enroll in classes and view your fees.

2. Pay your fees.


Important Documents

1. Make copies of all your important documents and keep them in a safe place;

2. Have the following documents readily available: Leave a copy of documents with a family member

  • Passport;
  • Letter of introduction;
  • Temporary resident visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)(if required);
  • UofT offer of admission letter;
  • Proof of sufficient funds;
  • Health records;
  • Address of where you will be staying and important phone numbers (contact for your landlord or residence office to obtain the details).

3. Set a reminder on your calendar with the expiry dates of each document to avoid finding yourself in an unfortunate situation with expired documents.


Get Your Plane Tickets

Classes start on September 8, 2015. It is important that you attend your classes from the beginning of the term. Make sure to include additional days in your travel plans so you can attend the various Orientation events that usually start a week prior to the start of classes. See the Orientation section on this page for more details.

Plan Ahead

Transportation from the AirportBook Your Taxi

Decide on the type of transportation service that best suits your needs

  • Airport pickup; 
    • Campus Servus provides an option for you to book a taxi in advance. They will pick you up from the airport and take you to your final destination. 
    • Available from August 21st to September 10th between 8:00am and 10:00pm

Bus fare

  • Taxi services – approximately 25 minutes, minimum $45 plus fuel surcharge;
  • Mississauga Transit (not recommended if you have luggage) – approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, $3.50. 

*Please note that the time estimates are based on travel time without traffic and the costs vary depending on the taxi service.


Orientation

Research and sign up for the multiple orientation events;

  • International Student Orientation - brought to you by the International Education Centre, this three day event will provide you with a great opportunity to meet other international students and get connected to the various resources on campus;
  • Eagles Take Off - the official welcome to UTM provides new students with an introduction to academic and social life on campus to help with their transition;
  • Residence Orientation - only open to students living in on campus housing as a way to introduce them to their community;
  • UTMSU Orientation Week  - first year student orientation brought to you by the University of Toronto Mississauga Student Union;
  • Family Orientation - for parents and families, a special session for parents of international students will be offered.

What to pack

Money – make sure to pack enough cash for immediate expenses including but not limited to food and transportation;

Seasonal clothing – Mississauga experiences cold temperatures generally between the months of October and April making winter clothing important. You can bring appropriate clothing from your home country or buy it in Canada after you arrive;

Prescription drugs (if needed);

Medical records (recommended in case you need them);

Your UofT offer of admission letter.