International Students

International Students

Get Your Study Permit

 "Coming to Canada and studying at UTM is a great adventure. Meeting people from numerous backgrounds enriches one's cultural knowledge." -Denys, UTM student

Applying for a study permit is an important part of coming from abroad to study in Canada. As soon as you accept your offer, you can connect with our International Student Immigration Advisor to get help with your study permit and visa applications at no additional cost! More information about study permits has been included below.

Canadian Post-Secondary Study Permit

To study in Canada at the university level, you must have a valid study permit. You may also need a temporary resident visa. Applying for your study permit early will ensure that you can: 

  • Arrive in Canada before classes begin on September 5, 2019
     
  • Get your TCard upon arrival and access all of the services available to you
     
  • Maintain eligibility for other immigration-related permits and statuses (e.g. post-graduation work permit) 

Applying for Your Study Permit

  1. You will receive your University of Toronto offer letter in a congratulatory email from UofT Enrolment Services. After you receive this email, you will have access to it via PDF on the Join UofT website
  2. As soon as you accept your offer of admission, please apply for your study permit through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website or in person at the Visa Application Centre.
  3. After you apply and are approved, you will receive an introduction letter from the visa office. 
  4. Arrive in Canada with:
    • Passport
    • Your introduction letter from the visa office 
    • Your University of Toronto Mississauga offer letter 
  5. Your study permit will be issued at the border.
    Note: If you apply in Canada, it will be sent to you by mail. 

Before You Arrive

Transportation from the Airport 

Campus Servus offers a unique airport welcome service, along with transportation from Pearson International Airport to the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Campus. The package includes:

  • Assistance prior to leaving your home country
  • Instructions on how to meet your driver after clearing Canadian immigration and collecting your luggage
  • Assistance with notifying your family that you have arrived in Canada safely
  • A professional driver who will drive you from Pearson International Airport directly to the UTM campus
  • Liaising with the housing office to ensure you gain entry into your residence 

This service is available for students during the last couple of weeks of August into September. 

Start Packing 

Aside from packing the essentials – clothing, toiletries, school supplies, etc. – there are some important items to make sure you have packed before you leave for Canada:

  • Money – pack enough Canadian cash for immediate expenses including, but not limited to, food and transportation
  • Seasonal clothing – pack clothing that will be appropriate for the Canadian climate when you get off the plane 
  • Immigration documents – this is very important! Be sure you have paper AND electronic copies of important documents
  • Prescription drugs – if needed
  • Medical records – recommended in case you need them
  • Your UofT offer of admission letter 

When you Arrive

Visit the UofT Welcome Booth

When you land at Toronto Pearson International Airport in August or September, our welcome booth and friendly staff will be there to greet you. After you collect your baggage, visit the UofT welcome booth in either Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 international arrivals. 

Open a Bank Account

There are many banks close to the UTM campus – Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, and Scotia Bank. Once you arrive, research the products and services offered by different banks to determine which bank is right for you. Some things to consider before choosing to open a bank account:

  • What type of accounts do I need? Chequing or savings account?

  • Can I access my banking information online?

  • Am I able to send money to, and receive money from, my home country?

  • Are there monthly fees or service charges? 

  • Do certain banks offer student discounts? 

The Government of Canada provides additional information on opening a bank account

Set up a Cell Phone Plan 

There are a number of various service providers to choose from – Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Wind. In order to determine the plan that best fits your needs, research the service providers and consider the following:
  • Number of minutes needed 
  • Long distance/international calling fees
  • Amount of data 
  • Contract length
  • Cancellation options
  • Hidden fees or overage fees
If you already have a phone you may be able to select a plan, get a new SIM card and continue to use your phone! 

Ontario Photo Card

If you are uncomfortable carrying around your passport as photo identification within Canada, you may wish to apply for an Ontario Photo Card at a Service Ontario Centre. This government-issued identification makes it easier for those that do not have a driver’s license to do things such as open a bank account, and perform any other activities that require official identification.  
 

Get Help

For More Information

This entire website is dedicated to new student topics, all of which are relevant to international students as well. Course enrolment, paying fees, health insurance for international students, and more are located on various pages across the site. Please visit the other pages to ensure that you complete all of the necessary steps before classes begin.

Look for the IEC Logo icon throughout the website, indicating additional information specifically for international students!

The International Education Centre website is another valuable resource for international students that contains essential pre-arrival information and everything you need to know about having a successful year in Canada

Click here to view more Pre-Arrival Information

Getting Your Questions Answered

The International Education Centre is here to help you connect with other students, internationalize your experience, and join a cross-cultural community at the University of Toronto Mississauga. 

Contact us if you have any questions about immigration, UHIP, life in Canada, study abroad, or anything else! 

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