Prepare to study in Canada

Coming to study in Canada is a big adventure: use the resources below to help you prepare.

1

Provide UFV with all your official documents

Before we can send you an official letter of acceptance, we need to receive all your documents, as outlined in your preliminary letter of acceptance. 

If you wish to receive transfer credits, please send an official school transcript six to eight weeks before the application deadline. This will allow us to apply your credits in time to plan your course of study for your first semester. 

Have your transcript sent to UFV Admissions in a sealed university envelope. Transcripts must bear the official institution seal or authorizing signature.

View more transfer credit information.

2

Pay your fees

Pay your fee deposit in full, as detailed in your preliminary letter of acceptance, to secure your seat in courses at UFV. Courses fill up quickly: delaying payment will affect your course selection.
Your fees include tuition, ancillary fees to cover the cost of providing student services and activities, and medical insurance, which is mandatory for all people in Canada, including international students.

View more information about fees and methods of payment.

3

Apply for permits and visas

When your fees are paid and we’ve received and evaluated your documents, you will receive an official letter of acceptance. Once you have this letter, you are ready to go to the nearest Canadian embassy or high commission to get your study permit and visa, if required.

Allow at least 4 to 12 weeks for processing. Check processing time for your country on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Processing may be faster for Indian and Chinese students who apply and meet the requirements under the Student Partners Program.

Learn more about permits and visas to come study in Canada.

What happens if I cannot come?

If you’ve been refused a study permit by the Canadian embassy or are unable to attend UFV for medical reasons, you can transfer your fees and defer your studies to the next semester. Or if you prefer, you can receive a full refund, less your $150 application fee and $100 administration fee. You must notify UFV in writing with supporting documents before classes start.

If you choose not to attend for other reasons and want a refund, please review UFV’s refund policy.

4

Get medical insurance

As an International student, you need to have health insurance for the whole time you are in Canada. UFV International’s staff will help you sign up for medical insurance when you first arrive. 

Learn more about medical insurance in Canada.

5

Prepare for your trip to Canada

Before you leave your country, read UFV’s pre-arrival guide, to help you pack and prepare to come study in Canada. This useful guide will tell you all you need to know about immigration, housing, transportation, medical insurance and more.

6

Arrange for housing

If you plan to live in residence, reserve your spot now before space is no longer available. Follow application and payment procedures at UFV residence. For other accommodation options, check the pre-arrival guide.

7

Arrange for airport pickup, if required

UFV International can arrange to have you picked up at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR); and taken to your accommodation by the Language Limousine Transportation service. UFV requires receipt of your completed airport reception form and $160 fee, a minimum of 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.

To arrange for pickup, contact us at international@ufv.ca, by phone at 1-604-854-4544 or fax at 1-604-855-7153.

8

Check in at UFV International

When you arrive at UFV, staff and student leaders will be there to help you find your way.

Come to the international office in building B room 223 to check in. Staff will verify that all your documents are in order. They will also activate your student account online and provide you with important information.

We recommend that you participate in UFV International’s student orientation, which takes place the week before classes start. Orientation helps you meet friends, and learn more about resources and services on campus. We will email you detailed information about orientation closer to your arrival date.

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