Preparing to study at Niagara College
Check The Program Delivery Type
If your program is identified as “Fully Online”:
- As your fall 2020 term will be delivered fully online, you can complete the courses from the comforts of your own country as there is no on-campus requirement for you to be in Canada at this time. We strongly advise you to remain in your home country and do not plan to travel to Canada as the Government of Canada has restricted travel to only those who:
- Have study permits approved prior to March 18th, 2020
- Have an essential or non-discretionary need to come to Canada. ‘Fully Online’ studies do not meet the requirement for essential or non-discretionary travel.
- If you are already in Canada, you may study online from any location in Canada but be aware that you will be expected to be in Niagara to attend on-campus when your program resumes on-campus delivery. Please click here for more information on term updates for Winter 2021.
- Please ensure you maintain valid status in Canada by applying to extend your study permit if required. If you require assistance, a member of NC’s International Student Advisor (ISA) team would be happy to assist you and can be reached by emailing: [email protected]
- Note: Studying online in-Canada does not affect Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility. For more information, please visit: Study in Canada
If your program is identified as having some of your classes “On-Campus”:
- This means that you are required to be in Canada for your Fall 2020 term.
- The Government of Canada has restricted travel to Canada to those who have study permits approved prior to March 18, 2020, along with other requirements. Please ensure you review all details here: Travel Restrictions
If you have not already paid at least your first semester fees (full-year fees are recommended) please pay by the due date listed on your most recent invoice (note: fee payment is required to confirm your seat. Failure to pay by the due date may result in your offer being rescinded).
If you have already made a payment, your payment receipt will be emailed to your student email account within 10 business days.
If you paid using the CIBC portal, your receipt will be available within 5 -10 business days after your payment is made.
If you would like to access your payment receipt, visit your MyNC portal and click here.
Click Here to access your payment receipt vi MyNC Student Portal
If you haven’t already, apply for a study permit.
- Make sure you have received your study permit approval prior to starting your academic program.
Niagara College strongly recommends that all students, planning to start in the Fall 2020 term with On-Campus and Fully Online programs, have received an official approval for a study permit prior to starting their programs.
- If you are unable to obtain all of your official documents (banking information, transcripts etc), include a letter in your application stating why you are currently unable to obtain these documents. IRCC has implemented a 90-day grace period to submit final documentation if applicants are unable to obtain official documents due to closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – Study In Canada
- Make sure you keep up-to-date on the latest news on College operations and measures by clicking here on a regular basis.
- For on-campus access and safety measures, click here.
Monitor NC’s dedicated website for the latest on institutional updates and college-wide Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by clicking here and visit NC International’s dedicated website for messaging translations and FAQs specific to international students by clicking here.
If your program is delivered On-Campus…..
…..and if you are already in Canada, you are required to advise us by clicking here.
If you are currently NOT in Canada, you are required to register for Niagara College’s Comprehensive Quarantine Plan which meets the quarantine requirements mandated by the Government of Canada upon arrival.
Students with “On-Campus” classes or activities that are required to be in Canada will receive an email to register for their quarantine plan. If you are studying on campus and have not yet received your email to register for your quarantine plan, please contact [email protected].
- Upon the completion of the registration form, qualified students will receive a letter to support non-discretionary/essential travel to Canada and a copy of the Niagara College quarantine plan that you will be required to present to both the airline upon departure from your home country and to Canadian immigration officers upon arrival to Canada. These documents are required for you to enter Canada.
$775 CAD* = Full cost of your all-inclusive NC Mandatory Comprehensive Quarantine Plan, which covers a special airport pickup service from the Toronto Pearson Airport in Toronto, Ontario in Canada and accommodations at our Niagara Residences and food for 14 days during your quarantine period
*this cost will automatically be charged to your student account. Any alternate quarantine plans will only be considered on an exceptional basis.
Book your flight – Arrive by August 15th to accommodate current government travel requirements for a 14-day quarantine period. Students arriving before the two-week quarantine period may need to provide additional information to Canadian Immigration Officials upon arrival, and may be denied entry if there is a non-discretionary need to arrive early. All students planning to travel are required to meet the Government of Canada’s requirements to travel to Canada. As these requirements may change frequently, students should review the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website prior to travelling. For more information from IRCC around travelling to Canada, click here and here.
Make sure you check your NC student email regularly
- You will receive important information on obtaining your non-discretionary travel letter (if applicable), how-to sign-up for Orientation, select your timetable and other key details.
- HINT: Check out MyNC portal to log in to your email
All Niagara College official communications will be sent to your NC student email.
Register for International Student Orientation
- Remote English for Academic Preparation Orientation (Fall 2020) on September 3 – 4, 2020.
- Remote International Post-secondary and Graduate Studies Orientation (Fall 2020) on September 4-5, 2020.
Be NC Ready!
- Complete the Be NC Ready modules
- There are 10 modules that Niagara College strongly advises students to complete prior to the start of class. Additional modules are also available. These modules are free and take approximately 5 minutes to complete each one.
- Download our Be NC Ready App available by searching the App Store or Google Play for “Be NC Ready”.
Review your courses on Blackboard:
- This is where you will find details about each course, announcements and contact information from your professors. Review the various tabs available when you click on each course.
- Also important to review is the course information (also called Teaching and Learning Plan/TLP) found in each of the courses as well. Once available, you will be able to check the delivery schedule of your courses, including scheduled assessments and due dates; review your textbook list in order to purchase required textbooks; and other details specific to each course as outlined by the professor.
Note: Some courses and TLPs may not be available until the start of class.
Remember to check your MyNC portal and NC student email account regularly for important updates.
Guard.me International Insurance for the Fall 2020 term
Every international student in Canada requires insurance to cover their emergency medical needs. Your guard.me policy provides emergency health insurance benefits for new emergencies such as illnesses or injuries. Niagara College orders guard.me insurance for every international student every term to be sure you stay healthy and safe. The charge is included in the international student tuition fees.
If you are studying online outside of Canada for the Fall 2020 term and want to opt-out of your guard.me insurance, you complete the out of Canada waiver form. To access the form, please visit us at www.guard.me/niagaracollege and click on Opt-out page from the sidebar By opting out, you will not be covered for insurance if you arrive in Canada at any time between now and December 31, 2020. If you successfully opt-out, a credit of $280 will be placed on your student account by October 2020 and will be applied to your future terms of study.
If you are unable to travel, have not received confirmation of a study permit approval or approval in principle or are choosing to defer to a later term due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact [email protected] so we can assist you with deferral or refund options.