Arriving in Canada
If your program begins in the fall, we suggest that you arrive in Canada by mid-August. If your program begins in the winter, we suggest that you arrive in Canada by the last week in December.
DUC is closed for the Christmas Holidays for two weeks, from the end of the examination period until the beginning of the new semester. If you want to stay at DUC when you arrive while securing your off-campus housing, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a room for 2-6 days ($60/night, meals included).
PLEASE NOTE: After you arrive at the airport, you need to meet an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to present your passport and documents to validate yourself as an international student.
Cell Phone/Calling Card Info
Banking in Canada can be done online or in-person. Most banks have no-fee student bank accounts. President’s Choice financial does not charge fees. The following are a list of banks situated close to DUC:
Working in Canada
It is recommended that you arrive in Canada with enough money to support yourself throughout your studies without working. In some cases, it is possible to work while studying.
The following links will direct you to information regarding eligibility criteria and conditions that need to be met for students who want to work in Canada:
- Working on campus
- Working off campus
- Work as a co-op or intern
- Stay in Canada after graduation
- Help your spouse or common-law partner find work
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
In order to work in Canada, you MUST also have a SIN. In order to apply for a SIN, you must provide either:
- a study permit that indicates the permit holder “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada; or
- a study permit and a “confirmation to work off campus” letter issued by CIC.
Note: Your SIN will carry a maturity date corresponding to the expiry date of your study permit. You will need an extension if you want to stay in Canada longer and continue working.
Life in Canada
Cultural diversity and multiculturalism are strong Canadian values. Internationally, Canada is recognized for welcoming foreigners for short stays, for study experiences, or on more permanently. For more information on multiculturalism and cultural diversity, please visit the Canadian Heritage website.
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of expression, opinion and association are recognized in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Various cultures develop community initiatives and freely practice their religion within our city.
In Canada, our goal is that the entire population be equally respected. Women are entitled to assume the same responsibilities as men and can hold positions of importance. Mothers often work outside the home and share family tasks with fathers. The student-teacher relationship may be more informal than you are you used to. For more information about Canada, please visit: