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College Essentials

Choose Your Timetable and Enroll in Your Classes

Using NICOLE, you can select your timetable and enroll in your classes. Space is limited, so select your timetable and electives early. Visit niagaracollege.ca/mync/help/select-timetable-block/
IMPORTANT: You must pay your fees before you can select a timetable. Provide your most current study permit status to avoid delays in registration. intlapply@niagaracollege.ca

Get Your Student Card

The NC Student Card is your pass to College services including the athletic and fitness centers, use of the libraries’ learning resources, photocopying and printing services, computer lab services, student health benefits and your Regional bus pass. You can submit a photo for your student card after paying your fees and enrolling in classes. More information

International Orientation

International Orientation details can be found by visiting the orientation page.

Mandatory Health Insurance

All NC International Students are automatically registered with StudentGuard Health Insurance. If you are sick, the insurance will cover your urgent medical care. If your condition is non-urgent, your costs may not be covered. Check with the insurance provider for more details about your coverage. Your coverage includes:

  • prescription drugs
  • dental care
  • extended health
  • vision care
  • accidental benefits

You will receive your insurance card in your NC email within one month of classes starting. If you do not receive your card, contact your International Student Advisor. Along with your card, you will be provided a copy of the policy that is available in several languages. For an outline of covered services and more information regarding health care, visit the health care page.
IMPORTANT: StudentGuard insurance is mandatory and cannot be cancelled.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I get a bank account?

    You may want a Canadian bank account while studying in Canada. Some Canadian banks have offices in your country or you can open an account after you arrive.

    You will need your passport and student ID to open an account. There is no fee. The process is easy and takes less than one hour.

  • What documentation does Canadian Border Services need?

    When arriving at Canada Customs and Immigration you will need to present your Study Permit Authorization Letter along with your passport. You should also carry your Letter of Acceptance and Invoice receipt with you. If your program has a work component, present your offer letter to border services.

  • How do I apply for a Student Visa?

    Information on preparing a Student Visa can be found at cic.gc.ca

  • Can I work in Canada?

    The Government of Canada allows the following work options for International Students

    » co-operative education (co-op)
    » internship/practicum
    » on-campus/off-campus work
    » post-graduate work

    For more information, visit cic.gc.ca

  • Do I need to buy textbooks?

    Most courses require you to buy textbooks. The cost can vary from $500-$2000. Textbooks must be purchased during the first week of class at your campus bookstore.

  • Do I need my own computer?

    Laptop computers are mandatory in all semesters of the following programs:

    » Mechanical Engineering Technology
    » Mechanical Engineering Technician
    » Civil Engineering Technician
    » Construction Engineering Technology

    There are over 1,000 computers between both campuses for you to use free of charge. Computer labs are open early and remain open late so you can complete work after your classes. Each lab is equipped with pay- per-use printers and high speed internet access.

    You may find it more convenient to purchase your own laptop to use. There is wireless and wired network access in all campuses.

Key Dates

Student Checklist for Success

We suggest you complete this checklist before the start of your first semester. Not everything will pertain to you.

Pre-Arrival
  • I have submitted any outstanding documents requested by Niagara College International Admissions
  • I have chosen my timetable
  • I have set up my computer account
  • I have made a copy of my passport that includes: my personal information page; all stamped pages; visas and permits
  • I have arranged for transport from Pearson Airport to the College
Arrival
  • I checked in at the International Office
  • I have my Student ID Card
  • I contacted my family to tell them I arrived safely
Housing and Accommodation
  • I have read the information at international.niagaracollege.ca/housing
  • I have arranged for accommodation at a hotel of my choice for my arrival
  • I have updated my address in BlackBoard so that I receive my mail
  • I have read the Homestay Guide
  • I have read about Ontario Landlord Tenant laws
  • I am aware of the rules and restrictions for the property where I reside
Phones, Cable, Internet, Email, Mail
  • I have investigated the costs of landline phones versus cell phones and purchased one or both
  • I have investigated bundling of communication services and compared prices and plans
  • I have looked up the post offices and gured out which is closest and most convenient to me
Currency, Banking and Cheques
  • I have opened a bank account
  • I have spoken with someone about the currency system in Canada
  • I have spoken with someone about how to use cheques
  • I have spoken with someone about how to use an ATM
Immigration
  • I have reviewed the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website’s information on study permits
  • I have applied for any required immigration documents
  • I have made a copy of my passport that includes my personal information page, all stamped pages, visas and permits
Spouse and Family
  • I have investigated the resources available to my spouse and/or children
  • I have applied for any required immigration documents
Transportation
  • I have picked up my U-Pass from the Student Administrative Council (SAC) office (available during Orientation)
  • I understand how to use the bus
  • I have bought a bike lock and helmet
  • I have reviewed Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling (including Cycling and the Law)
  • I have read the Driver’s Handbook and am familiar with the rules concerning driving in Ontario
  • I have read information about getting an Ontario Driver’s License
  • I have read information on how to get a NC parking pass
Health and Wellbeing
  • I have read the information about Health Services at Niagara College
  • I have received via email, saved and printed my Guard Me Health Card (your Guard Me Health Card will not be sent to you until the 10th day of classes)
  • I have read about what Guard Me covers
  • I know how to submit a claim online or by paper
  • I have updated my local contact information on my Student Records, including emergency contact information
  • I know where walk-in clinics are in my city and the hospital for emergencies
  • I read about Student Counselling services in case I ever need to book an appointment with them
  • I have visited the Athletics and Recreation centres and know about activities offered
  • I know about the Dental Clinic services at the Welland Campus
  • I have the Community Emergency Contacts card
  • I am familiar with the different types of stores located in my city for food, household items, clothes, etc.
Work
  • I have a Co-op Work Permit if I have a co-op/internship/field placement job in my program
  • I have visited the NC Career Office on my Campus
  • I know how to look for an On-Campus Job
  • If I have a co-op or internship, I have met with my Co-op/Internship Consultant
  • I have received my Social Insurance Number (SIN Card)
Student Life
  • I attended Orientation
  • I have taken a campus tour
  • I signed up for an International Peer Mentor
  • I have received my Student ID Card
  • I have visited the Student Administrative Council (SAC) Office and know about their services and activities
  • I regularly visit the International Homeroom BlackBoard to learn about important updates and social activities
  • I am aware of Campus Security Services, such as Campus Watch
  • I know what do to if I need a locker
Academic Success
  • I have met with my International Student Advisor
  • I attended my Program Information Session during Orientation
  • I have introduced myself to all my professors and the Chair of my program
  • I know the office hours of my professors and how to contact them by email / phone
  • I have my timetable and know where all my classes are
  • I have reviewed my Academic Advisement and know the plan of study for my program
  • I have reviewed the Course Information Sheets for all my courses
  • I know when my assignments are due and tests are scheduled
  • I have read the document about Classroom Expectations
  • I have purchased my textbooks for this term
  • I have looked at the Study Resources on the NC website and found resources I can use
  • I have read key policies concerning student rights and responsibilities
  • I have reviewed the Academic Misconduct Policy
  • I have reviewed information and sought help as needed regarding plagiarism and citations
  • I know where to request or become a peer tutor
  • I have taken a library tour
  • I am aware of the free Math, ESL, Research Skills and Writing tutorials in the Library
  • I have explored the types of information technology support available on campus
  • I know to call extension 7642 for BlackBoard / Computing help
  • I have signed up for the Co-Curricular Record
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