Coming to BizTech preparing for study and work in Canada: vital FAQ’s & Do-Not-Forgets!
(the fee is non-refundable and applied directly to their program tuition).
Your Study Permit
Citizenship and Immigration Canada processing times link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/index.asp
Tuition Fees and Costs
- registration and tuition;
- books and software;
- lab and placement fees;
- certification or professional exam fees (*Certification/or professional exam fees ensure graduates are fully able to qualify for field entry while here).
International students must plan for their everyday living: accommodations, food, clothing and laundry, travel/transit, entertainment and shopping; applicants must take a careful inventory of their own needs and prepare, considering the full length of their program (two (2) years or more).
*there is a financial planning Q & A available within this web page for review*
ESL Testing, Previous Education, Pre-requisites and Training internships
PLEASE NOTE: applicants are required to produce ESL testing results; for those from ESL required countries, the Canadian government WILL NOT issue a study permit .
* the college offers in-house employment services to help students find a job while they study*
Settlement in Canada
Looking to get involved in your community, you can volunteer at the campus or, the college is pleased to facilitate opening doors for you!
- The type of accommodation sought: a room (bed-sit), shared quarters, apartment or house;
- Do you plan to bring family with you?
- Do you have family/friends already here to assist?
- Do you plan to travel outside the local community, the Toronto area, or Ontario?
Applicants are encouraged to begin a working comparison of what their resources are vs. their expenses, creating a budget, such as you see:
Rent/lease $400 - $2,000/m.
Utilities & Cable $60/m.
*for a single individual. (It is recommended for each additional family member to add $1500 – $2000 per month);
**for rooms and apartments: utilities, cable and internet may be included as part of the monthly rent/lease cost;
***Landlords can require a first and last deposit payment up front, this is two (2) monthly rent/lease payments together;
• Money you make while working in Canada IS subject to taxes, this helpful link offers great information:
• Social Insurance Number (S.I.N.): A MUST - for everyone working/seeking work in Canada. ONLY full-time students are eligible; if a student breaks from their studies, they cannot work but may retain their number.
Take a look: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp
- To apply for a SIN number: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sin/apply/proof.shtml
- Submitting a SIN application, at a local Service Canada office:
• These original documents are needed when making an application:
- valid passport
- a Canadian study permit needs to show: ‘may accept employment’ or, ‘may work’ in order to complete a SIN application
(*school officials are happy to advise through this process)
** any change to your status and the government has to be notified; students who graduate need to change to a ‘work permit’, **remembering to allow time for processing** http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/index-featured-can.asp
- SIN numbers must be extended, if a study permit is extended
- SIN numbers are associated with personal information and should NEVER be shared unless required by law, PROTECT IT!
*Applicants and students are encouraged to make copies of all their official documents and applications
with accompanying English translations as needed
Click this helpful Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) ‘frequently-asked-questions’ (FAQ) link:
Temperatures normally vary from -5 to +15 degrees Celsius; water-repellant outerwear with umbrellas and sweaters are often required as snow changes to rain!
Summer: (June – September)
Temperatures can range from +20 to +35 degrees Celsius; t-shirts, shorts, sandals and sunscreen are very appropriate!
Autumn/Fall: (September – December)
Temperatures average from +10 to -15 degrees Celsius; daylight is considerably shorter; increasing rainfall and wind means warmer clothing and outerwear, sweaters, coats, hats and light gloves may be needed. With a sight few see around the world, enjoy the trees as their leaves change from green to beautiful reds, golds and browns, expect snow as we move into December and winter.
Winter: (December – March)
Temperatures are normally 0 to -15 degrees, however, wind-chill can make this feel colder… don’t worry, the school can advise how to manage. Let it snow! Available daylight comes to its shortest interval, weather at this time of year requires preparedness with larger, warmer coats, boots, gloves, hats and scarves!
OTHER FYI’s and Don’t Forgets!
- All your identification, medical/immunization should be available, with an English translation if necessary*
- Do you intend to drive while here? https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/documents/international-driving-permit
- Reference letters from previous employers are a good idea to help gain work. Translated copies are a great idea!
- Don’t Forget: to plan for your international credit card(s), and mobile phone plans
- USE THE WEB - Banking in Canada: financial institutions offer students full-service, tailored solutions to suit their needs while here
Budget… Budget… Budget!
It is all about planning your budget right!
It’s important for international and out-of-town students to consider other living expenses while planning their education. This sample provides a good general overview of what you can expect:
(*NOTE: This is a template. Based on students preferences, he or she can calculate the budget by adding other costs that he or she may incur during the course of studying at BizTech)
You will need a
Before and while you are at BizTech, here are some things you would like to add to your college-to-do list:
If you are planning to pursue studies and even a career abroad, there can be fewer attractive destinations than Canada. With something everyone, respecting culture and nationality, this is a land of possibilities!
- Know what you need and purchase those items to ensure that you are comfortable while you are here.
- Know your financial situation
- Plan your college budget carefully, don’t leave this to the last minute!
- While you are at campus, make sure you attend orientations and workshops related to your program
- Do not miss classes and maintain the discipline of the campus
- Establish a strong academic management system to ensure that nothing in your private life compromises your smooth academic progress
- Engage those around you, teachers, colleagues and make friends! Get to know where you live, become involved with your community.