Winter In-person Preparation for International Students
On this page you will find a summary of key information for international students as you prepare for the winter term as well as resources to stay in the know of campus regulations, travel restrictions, know what to bring to Canada for winter, and get assistance with finding a place to live. Please continue to check the UTM Together page and the Office of the Vice-Provost Students website for latest updates.
If you have any further questions, please register for one of the sessions below:
Sessions: Winter In-person Preparation for International Students:
- November 11th from 9-10am EST
- November 15th from 10-11am EST
- November 26th from 9-10am EST
- December 13th from 9-10am EST
Are you travelling to Canada for the Winter 2022 session?
Beginning November 30, 2021, the federal government is expanding their list of accepted vaccines. Please visit this page for more information.
As a new or returning UTM student, you should have the following documents when entering Canada:
- A valid study permit or a Letter of Introduction confirming that your study permit has been approved by IRCC
- A valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- A valid passport
- A current Fall/Winter 2021/2022 Confirmation of Enrollment letter (Apply for your letter ASAP)
- UTM Letter of Acceptance (first year students only or students who have never entered Canada before)
- Proof of funds
- Proof of valid immigration medical examination (if required)
- COVID-19 pre-entry molecular test result
- Documentation related to your quarantine plan
- Submit ArriveCAN receipt before boarding your plane
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (if applicable)
- Complete government travel checklist COVID-19: Entering Canada requirements checklist – Travel restrictions in Canada – Travel.gc.ca
Please ensure the documents you carry are as current as possible.Resources:
- COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders
- Entering Canada requirements checklist
- IRCC: Travel restrictions and exemptions for international students
- UofT Quarantine Plans
Make sure to check updated travel regulations for your country of destination. Most countries will require a negative Covid-19 test and/or proof of vaccination.
Before travelling overseas, ensure:
- Your study permit is valid.
- You have a valid Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to re-enter Canada.
- Stay up-to-date on Canada's entry requirements as well as UofT quarantine information.
- You have a quarantine plan even if you are fully vaccinated as required by the Government of Canada.
- To request a Confirmation of Enrolment Letter as soon as possible and have it with you when entering Canada.
If you are currently in Ontario and need a Covid-19 test, you can find a testing facility using COVID-19 testing locations. Please call your chosen facility in advance to book an appointment and ensure they provide the test you require. Results generally come out within 1-3 days, so arrange everything in advance.
Are you an international student, permanent resident, new immigrant, or exchange student looking to make connections with upper-year students on campus and meet new people from around the world?
The International Student Mentorship (ISMP) program is for you! You can sign up and learn more here
- On-campus or Off-campus Housing - Haven’t found a place to stay yet? Check out UTM residence to get help with finding your new home in Canada!
- Campus regulations - Proof of vaccination and daily completion of UCheck must be approved before coming to campus. Masks are required in all indoor spaces.
For further information on campus regulations visit:
- Get your T-card - Follow these steps and book an appointment to get your T-card on campus.
- Get your U-pass - U-Pass is a student transit card allowing unlimited fare-free rides on MiWay, Mississauga's transit system. Read through this page to schedule a time to pick up your U-pass.
Feeling lonely or don’t know where to make friends? Participating in various Events and Activities is one of the easiest ways to meet new people and engage with like-minded students.
Winter in Canada can be very cold with average temperature falling between -5C to -15C. Therefore make sure you check the weather and your bus schedule daily so that you don’t wait outside for longer than necessary. To keep yourself warm, remember:
- To cover up in layers that can be easily taken on and off since all public transit and indoor spaces will have heating.
- To invest in good winter boots & jacket
- To tuck-in your pants into your boots and sleeves into your gloves
- Mittens are better than gloves to keep you warm
- Scarfs and beanies are a must
Finally, eat well, sleep well and don’t forget to bring your Vitamin D since we only have a few hours of sunlight during winter!
If you still have more questions, we are here for you! Please Contact Us.