Step 1

Check the program delivery type

Click here to check program delivery for Winter 2021

Step 2

Setup your MyNC account and download our Be NC Ready App

  • Click hereto set up your MyNC account
  • Having troubles with your MyNC account? Click here for help
  • Download our Be NC Ready App available by searching the App Store or Google Play for “Be NC Ready”. Winter 2021 specific information will be released on the app in November. Stay tuned!

Step 3

Whether students are in Canada OR outside of Canada and would like to request a travel time block, they must complete the required form as soon as possible.

If you have not already done so, click here to complete this information form now!

On November 3rd, Niagara College was added to the list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan and is able to support international students travel to Canada, subject to Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada guidelines.

Students only need to submit the form once. If students receive an update on their visa status after submitting the form, they can now re-submit the form to update their information.

With this in mind, we ask that you please request your travel block as soon as possible as we plan for your arrival. Make sure you check your NC student email for updates and next steps.

***Due to the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario requirements placed on colleges and universities, if students do not respond to this form by November 16th, 2020 to identify whether or not they are in Canada or if they are outside Canada, they may lose the seat allocated to them in their program***

Niagara College’s Quarantine Plan is designed to keep you safe and provide you with the best experience possible.

*Note: students that already reside in Canada must also complete this form to confirm their status as “in Canada”.  Completion of this form is required by ALL students studying in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 term, regardless of status in Canada or outside of Canada, or visa application status.

For specific questions related to your Quarantine Plan, please email [email protected].

Here is what you get:

  • Pre-arranged transportation from Toronto Pearson International Airport to your Niagara College quarantine location
  • 14 nights/15 days of quarantine as mandated by the Government of Canada and a condition of your entry to Canada
  • Three healthy meals a day
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Daily check-ins from Niagara College Quarantine Team
  • A COVID-19 test within seven days of your arrival (no additional charge)
  • A subsidy of $1,000 toward your quarantine cost

Quarantine plan cost $2,000 CAD
Niagara College is providing a limited time $1,000 CAD subsidy to all students participating in the Niagara College Mandatory Quarantine Plan.

$1,000 CAD will be automatically charged to your NC student account.

Quarantine Fee:

As outlined in your quarantine package, a fee of $1,000.00 will be charged to your student account to cover the cost of your quarantine fees.  You can view this fee within your MyNC Portal, My Financials Section, under Summary for All Terms.  The fee will be listed as “Quarantine Expense”.

*You will have until the end of the term to ensure this fee is paid in full.

Request your preferred Quarantine Travel Block

To request a Quarantine Travel Block you must:

  1. Have a scanned copy of your confirmation of study approval and the first two pages of your passport as you will be required to upload those documents upon submission. (Preferably in one PDF or image document).
  1. You will be required to enter your student identification (ID) number upon registration. Your student ID is:


Upon the completion of submission for preferred travel block dates, you will be supplied a link to complete the quarantine registration form. Qualified students will then receive a letter to support non-discretionary/essential travel (Travel Support Letter/TSL) to enter Canada 2 days prior to your confirmed travel date and a copy of the Niagara College quarantine plan.

The comprehensive quarantine plan provided by the Niagara College Quarantine Team, 2 days prior to your departure date, will be required to present to both the airline upon departure and within the ArriveCAN app from your home country. You will also be asked to show this plan to the Canadian immigration officers upon arrival to Canada.

The Niagara College comprehensive quarantine plan meets all requirements as per the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act.

Self-isolation plans are not being approved or endorsed by Niagara College. Therefore, you are not to proceed in making any arrangements to quarantine outside of the packaged provided by Niagara College.


All students planning to travel to Canada are required to meet the Government of Canada’s requirements. As these requirements are subject to frequent change, 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.

Anticipated travel timeline to Canada

  • All current students studying in the Fall 2020 term – anticipated arrival to Canada and mandatory quarantine throughout the month of November and into February, subject to IRCC travel guidelines
  • All students- current and new- studying in programs that have in-class components for the Winter 2021 term or who have additional program requirements such as a medical check or police check– anticipated arrival to Canada and mandatory quarantine begins in late November into December 2020, subject to IRCC travel guidelines. The last day of arrival to Canada to complete quarantine before classes start is December 26th.

All students – current and new- studying in fully online programs for the Winter 2021 term – anticipated arrival to Canada and mandatory quarantine during or before the month of in January 2021, subject to IRCC travel guidelines.

Step 4

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 and must have been received before the NC Quarantine Team will work on your quarantine request. Failure to pay by the due date may result in your offer being rescinded).

Click here for Payment Portal

If you have already made a payment, your payment receipt will be emailed to your student email 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.

Click here to access your payment receipt via MyNC Student Portal.

Step 5

Make sure any outstanding documents have been submitted:

  • Outlined in the “Conditions of Acceptance” section of your Acceptance Package
  • Submit by emailing [email protected]

Step 6

If you have not already, apply for a study permit.

  • Make sure you have received your study permit approval prior to starting your academic program.

To obtain up to date information on applying for a study permit for Canada and processing, visit these helpful IRCC webpages:
Studying in Canada as an international student
Study permit program delivery

Step 7

Submit your Student Identification (ID) photo through your MyNC portal

Click here to log into your MyNC portal

Step 8

  • 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.

Step 9

Check the technology requirements for your program

Click here for the list of requirements

Step 10

Make sure you check your NC student email regularly.

  1. You will receive important information on obtaining your non-discretionary travel letter (if applicable), how-to sign-up for Orientationselect your timetable and other key details.
  2. HINT: Check out your MyNC portal to log in to your email

All Niagara College official communications will be sent to your NC student email.

Step 11

Review your Winter 2021 Registration Guide:

  • Click here to read your Winter 2021 Registration Guide
  • Click here to view Winter 2021 Important Dates

Step 12

Register for International Student Orientation

  • Remote International Post-secondary and Graduate Orientation (Winter 2021) on January 7-8, 2021
  • Remote English for Academic Preparation Orientation (Winter 2021):
    • Monday, December 21st – Testing
    • Tuesday, December 22nd – Testing
    • Friday, January 8th – Information Sessions and Class Meetings

Click here to visit the International Student Orientation page

Step 13

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.

Click here to see all modules and those that are essential. Make sure you complete the Be NC Quarantine module before you travel as this is a mandatory requirement for your quarantine approval.

Step 14

Visit the “College Essentials” page to review the new student checklist by clicking here.

Step 15

Select your timetable

Timetable selection schedules are released prior to each term and are announced on the MyNC homepage under “Announcements”. Schedules are available in PDF format. Students in each program will complete their online timetable selection at a specific date and time, so be sure to check the schedule. Log into your MyNC account and select timetable.

*Timetable selection does not apply to English for Academic Preparation (EAP) students.

Click here for timetable selection instructions.

Step 16

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.

It is also important to review 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.

Step 17 International Insurance for the Winter 2021 term

Every international student in Canada requires insurance to cover their emergency medical needs.  Your policy provides emergency health insurance benefits for new emergencies such as illnesses or injuries. Niagara College orders 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.

The Winter 2021 term (January to April 2021) at Niagara College is different this year due to COVID.  Some programs are on campus and some are fully online.  If you have not checked yet to know your program delivery, check now: If you are studying online outside of Canada for the Winter 2021 term, you may be able to opt-out of your insurance.  For more information, please continue to monitor your Niagara College email for next step requirements from

Quarantine Insurance:

Every international student in Canada requires insurance to cover their emergency medical needs.  As such, all students arriving through our Quarantine Program will be covered however, depending on your enrolment options will vary:

  • Current Student
    • As a current student, you should already have an active policy in place from your enrolment and therefore do not require additional quarantine insurance coverage.  Login to your account to download your policy card details:
    • If you opted out of the fall term and did not receive a policy, a quarantine policy will be ordered for you from date of arrival until December 31st (at no cost to you).  After that date, your standard insurance policy will come into effect as part of your NC enrolment, which is charged within your tuition fees.
  • New Student
    • A quarantine policy will be ordered for you from date of arrival until December 31st (at no cost to you).  After that date, your standard insurance policy will come into effect as part of your NC enrolment.


By opting out, you will not be covered for insurance if you arrive in Canada at any time between now and April 30th, 2021.  If you successfully opt-out, a credit of $280 will be placed on your student account by February 2021 and will be applied to your future terms of study.

The window to opt-out for postsecondary and graduate students is December 1st, 2020 – January 22nd, 2021. To view the visual guide for the opt-out process for postsecondary and graduate students, click here.

The window to opt-out for English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program students is December 15th, 2020 – January 22nd, 2021. To view the visual guide for the opt-out process for English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program students, click here.

If you have questions about Niagara College and your program delivery, email [email protected]. If you have questions about the opt-out process, please contact at [email protected].

Step 18

Start classes on January 11, 2021

Click here to check out other important dates this term

Step 19

Get support from International Student Services

Click here to download your guide on how to access International Student Service support online