Faculty of Education New International Student Guide

Brock Faculty of Education offers many academic and non-academic resources and services for international students. The links below will take you to the pathway program pages. Keep reading for resources available before and after your arrival.

MEd ISP ONLINE (January 2021 Intake) Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a new Letter of Admission?  At this time we will not issue a new letter of admission. 

How do I submit my transcripts? Your transcripts should be mailed from your university directly to Brock University. See Step #2 on this website page for further instructions. https://brocku.ca/graduate-studies/future-students/next-steps/#step2

The MEd ISP program will begin in January 2021 fully online. A decision about subsequent terms will be based on public health guidelines and possible travel restrictions.

  • First term: January 5, 2021 to April, 2021: Fully online. You will be taking three classes. Schedule to be announced.
  • Second term: April 2021 to June 2021: Decision to be online or in-person is still to be decided
  • Third term: July 2021 to August 2021: Decision to be online or in-person is still to be decided
  • Fourth term: September to December 2021: Decision to be online or in-person is still to be decided. 

Can I come during the first term and take in-person classes?  The program will only be offered online for the first term. Brock is a “covid-ready” school and you will be permitted to travel with an approved study permit and quarantine plan. However, the classes will remain online even if you are able to enter Canada.

If I decide that I do not like this schedule, or only want an in-person program, when is the deadline to request a deferral to July 2021?  If you want to defer your studies to July 2021 you may need to reapply to the program. Your deposit can stay in your student account for future use, or you can request a refund. Please email susan.virtue@brocku.ca immediately if you are considering this.

What time zone will the classes take place in?  Please check back for an update. We are working on a schedule that will be accessible for all. 

How will I get my textbooks?  Whenever possible, digital copies of textbooks and readings will be used. Your instructor will provide details during the first week of class.

What will the schedule be? How many classes per day?  MEd ISP courses are scheduled for 3-hour sessions. Each class is scheduled to meet online once a week over 12 weeks. Classes will consist of a combination of lectures, interactive exercises and independent learning activities. You will be expected to participate online for these courses through a video conference platform that will be provided by the program. You will need to engage in course readings and other independent learning activities throughout the remainder of the week. You will be enrolled in 3 courses in January-April 2021. Classes will have both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (on your own) components.

Will changes to the program delivery format affect my PGWP-eligibility? 

Current regulations say that you will remain PGWP-eligible if you have applied for a study permit BEFORE beginning your January 2021 program. See more at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#pgwp-outside-canada The MEd ISP program committee realizes that remaining PGWP-eligible is important to the majority of our students and will continue to monitor regulations and endeavour to keep the program compliant.

As a four-term graduate program our MEd ISP students in the past have received the 3-year post-graduate work permit.

Are there any groups or clubs available online so that I can get in touch with some of the students online and communicate?  Yes! You can join Brock International’s Global Peers program anytime. We will also be announcing our own pre-arrival information sessions that will help you prepare for the MEd ISP program (including registration instructions). You are not alone, wherever you might be. In the sections below we provide information on Academic Support, Student Life and Immigration in order to help you find the resources that you need on and off campus. If you have a question that is not answered, you are also welcome to email us directly to ask your question or to set up a meeting time: 

Susan Virtue (susan.virtue@brocku.ca): Admissions and immigration 

Clinton Kewley (ckewley@brocku.ca): Campus resources, registration and academic advising 

What software systems will I be using? While your instructors may introduce other software systems as part of their course, you will need to be familiar with the following (we will provide more information during orientation):

  • myBrock System: For class registration and other administrative functions)
  • SAKAI: Online learning system where you will interact with your instructor, find course materials and upload assignments
  • Microsoft TEAMS: Video system where you will attend class.
  • Microsoft Office: As a Brock student you will be given a personal account to the suite of Microsoft products, which you can download to your personal computer. It will include common programs, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint

What are the internet bandwidth requirements for participating in an online course?  

For best results, high-speed broadband internet access (Cable, DSL, LTE) with a minimum bandwidth of 15 Mbps is recommended. At this speed, it would take approximately 2 minutes to download a one-hour video recorded at high quality.  If you are unsure of your connection speed, perform an internet speed test. 

Scenarios  Recommended minimum bandwidth 
Peer-to-peer audio calling  30 kbps 
Peer-to-peer audio calling and screen sharing  130 kbps 
Peer-to-peer quality video calling 360p at 30fps  500 kbps 
Peer-to-peer HD quality video calling with resolution of HD 720p at 30fps  1.2 Mbps 
Peer-to-peer HD quality video calling with resolution of HD 1080p at 30fps  1.5 Mbps 
Group Video calling  1 Mbps 
HD Group video calling (540p videos on 1080p screen)  2 Mbps 

If I want to come to Canada earlier than when in-person classes might start will Brock University provide a letter of support for travel? Yes, the Brock International Office will provide a travel support letter. To apply for a travel support letter from Brock see: https://brocku.ca/international/current/international-services/travelrequirements/

Does Brock provide Quarantine Housing? Yes, there are a variety of options available. Email res@brocku.ca for the latest information.

If I come to Canada, what on campus services will be available? You can read more about access to campus and what services are currently available on this website page: https://brocku.ca/coronavirus/faq/#1585943257696-992667b8-f283

What if I am denied a VISA, should I still start (or continue) classes?  Please consult the refund policy below regarding the time frame in which you will receive a refund of your deposit or tuition. If you did not receive approval for a a VISA, we would recommend that reapply for the July 2021 intake, and then obtain the officer’s notes (called an ATIP) to possibly find out more information about why you were denied. With that you can prepare a stronger second application. Email susan.virtue@brocku.ca for more information on our ATIP service. 

Do I need Stage 1 approval (Approval in Principle) to start classes online? No, you do not need any type of visa to start classes online if you are outside of Canada. However, if you want to be PGWP-eligible please see that section above. If you are in Canada then your situation is different, and you should contact susan.virtue@brocku.ca to discuss further. However, you must have submitted your study permit application to be pgwp-eligible.

If I want my deposit refunded, how long does it take? After you have completed the refund request it will take approximately three weeks. Your deposit will be refunded via the same method by which it was paid.  

Will the University provide a discount for tuition or fees? No. Brock does not provide a discount for tuition fees for on-line or remote learning programs. While students may experience additional challenges with on-line or remote learning, Brock is confident that our instructors deliver equivalent, high quality and professional instruction in all modes of delivery.

Does the Faculty of Education provide bursaries? The Dean of Education has introduced a new Dean’s Entrance Bursary for MEd ISP students for the January 2021 cohort. Valued at up to $75 per 0.5 credit course, this bursary will be credited to your student account once you successfully complete each online course (with a minimum grade of 70%). The Dean’s Entrance Bursary will be applied at the end of each term after the successful completion of your course(s). No application is required.

Will I still have to pay for Ancillary fees?  While there will still be some mandatory ancillary fees, they have been reduced by 25% to 40% in many cases, and some have been eliminated. For example, you will not be charged for health insurance until you arrive in Canada. 

What is the new payment plan?  Your first payment will be due January 6, 2021 when classes begin. You can make the payment the same way you sent your deposit. An updated Tuition Installment plan has been emailed to you.

If I don’t get a VISA, will I get a refund?  If you are denied a VISA, then you will need to provide the denial letter from the IRCC. You will receive a full refund of your deposit up until the first day of class. After that you will be subject to the refund policy as stated on Brock’s Student Accounts and Financial Aid website (100% refund until January 15, 2021, 50% refund between January 15 and February 12, 2021, No refund after February 13, 2021).

MPCE ONLINE (January 2021 Intake) Frequently Asked Questions

I have conditional admission offer to the Master of Education, Internationally-educated Student Program (MEd ISP) that begins in September 2021, but this new MPCE schedule does not end until December 2021? We have developed a special cohort of the MEd ISP which will begin in January 2022 and end in December 2022 (4 terms). In recognition of completing the MPCE program, you will be provided with advanced standing in EDUC 5N99 and EDUC 5P99 in the MEd ISP. We will be issuing a new Letter of Admission for your MEd ISP program.

I have an MPCE.Exploratory admission and am interested in the MEd ISP for the intake following completion of the MPCE program. When should I apply?  We will provide a special application period for those MPCE.Exploratory students who began MPCE in January 2021 and wish to continue into the MEd ISP in January 2022. The date and process will be announced during the MPCE program.

Will the entry requirements for the MEd ISP (MPCE Conditional offer) be lowered (currently 80% overall average and IELTS band 7.0) as I will be studying online?  No, the admission conditions to the MEd ISP remain the same. If alternate tests will be accepted, we will make an announcement.

I already have MPCE Conditional admission. If I achieve the required English language proficiency scores, may I enter the MEd ISP directly in July 2021 and skip MPCE?  The Admissions Committee reviews all aspects of each application (English proficiency scores, educational and work background, grade point average, references, and statement of intent) when making admission decisionsThe Admissions Committee offered you admission to the MPCE program because they believe it is the best pathway for you at this time. If you would like to apply for direct entry to the MEd ISP for the July 2021 intake, you will need to submit another application and pay the $140 application fee. The application deadline for July 2021 is January 15, 2021. Please be sure to enter your current Brock ID number when prompted in the application system (as noted on your Letter of Admission).  

Do I need a new Letter of Admission?  Yes, we will be providing you with an updated letter that includes the latest information as requested by the IRCC regarding target dates. You will receive the letter after October 1st once you confirm your intention to enrol in the January 2021 intake and pay the program deposit fee. We will also supply an updated Tuition Deposit receipt. 

 My letter of admission says that I should bring my transcripts to orientation. Now what do I do?  We will provide further information about transcripts during the program’s orientation sessions. 

Why did the MPCE program change from two to three terms for the January 2021 intake?  The on-line January intake of the MPCE program has been carefully developed to maximize students’ learning success and language experiences. Students will complete the first half of the program over two terms (January-July 2021) and then complete the second half of the program in-person, on campus (September-December). The decision to extend the MPCE program across three terms was made to enhance students’ academic and social experiences, allow for the gradual introduction to online learning (including the logistical adjustments that may arise due to internet access or technical difficulties), and to allow time for travel and quarantine. 

In short, the MPCE program has been extended over three terms in order to: 1) provide a gradual and supported introduction to on-line instruction; 2) enhance socialization experiences within the program; 3) enhance opportunities for formal and informal language practice; 4) provide sufficient preparation time for travel to Canada including any quarantine requirements; 5) minimize impacts of any technology issues and/or concerns.  

  • First term: January to April 2021: Fully online 
  • Second term: May to August 2021: Online but structured so that you can plan to travel to Canada during this term and, if needed, quarantine upon arrival. 
  • Third term: September to December 2021: Fully in-person on Brock’s campus. 

Can I complete the program within 8months (from January to August) online?  No. The January 2021 MPCE intake is intended to be completed in three terms. The first and second terms will be online, and the third term will be in-person at Brock UniversityIf you want to enrol in the traditional eight-month MPCE program, you can defer to September 2021 to engage in an on-campus, in-person program (participation is contingent upon the travel regulations and VISA processing protocols in place for Fall 2021). 

Can I come before September and take in-person classes?  The program will only be offered online for the first two terms. Also see information on travel restrictions below if you wish to travel to Canada and study online. 

If I decide that I do not like this schedule, or only want an in-person program, when is the deadline to request a deferral to September 2021?  While we would appreciate this decision as soon as possible, you must drop your classes and request a deferral on or before January 15, 2021.  

What time zone will the classes take place in?  MPCE classes will be scheduled in Eastern Time Zone (EST; Ontario, Canada). The MPCE timetable has been carefully and deliberately structured to optimize your learning experience. MPCE on-line classes will normally be scheduled for evening hours (Ontario, Canada), which means that you will likely engage in morning classes in your home country.  

How will I get my textbooks?  Course textbooks and materials are included as part of your tuition fee to the MPCE program. Whenever possible, digital copies of textbooks and readings will be used. The MPCE International Student Services Coordinator will arrange the distribution of course reading materials. You will receive an email outlining how to access your course materials closer to the start of the academic term. 

What will the schedule be? How many classes per day?  MPCE courses are scheduled for 3-hour sessions. Each class is scheduled to meet online once a week over 12 weeks. Classes will consist of a combination of lectures, interactive exercises and independent learning activities. You will be expected to participate online for these courses through a video conference platform that will be provided by the program. You will need to engage in course readings and other independent learning activities throughout the remainder of the week. You will be enrolled in 3 courses in January-April 2021You will be enrolled in additional course(s) in the May 2021-July 2021 with time scheduled in August to complete any outstanding course assignments and travel to Canada (quarantine included). You will be enrolled for the remaining classes in September-December 2021. This final half of the program will be completed in-person, on campus.  

Is there a chance Brock may decide to return to “oncampus” classes for MPCE in January 2021? Brock University announced on September 18, 2020 that it is committed to providing on-line learning for the Winter 2021 term. There are no indications that travel restrictions and/or VISA processing will accommodate the delivery of a face-to-face MPCE program in January 2021. At this point, we plan to have all students arrive in Canada for September 2021 to complete the remaining half of their MPCE program in-person and on-campus. The MPCE Program Committee will continue to monitor global events related to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure responsive and responsible program delivery that is compliant with international travel and VISA regulations. 

Will changes to the program delivery format affect my PGWP-eligibility? 

While the MPCE program will be extended over three academic terms, it is still considered a twoterm program (8 months). Under non-pandemic circumstances, graduates of the MPCE program are eligible for a one-year post-graduate work permit if studies are entirely completed in-person and in Canada. 

On August 26, the IRCC announced a temporary regulation that states an eight-month program is eligible for the PGWP if it is completed fully online (ithe program began in 2020 and the student applied for their study permit before September 15, 2020)The IRCC has not made any further announcements regarding PGWP-eligibility for programs beginning in 2021. 

Most of our MPCE students do not apply for the PGWP after completion of the MPCE programas it only qualifies graduates to apply for a 1-year work permit. Instead, most students continue to study in a graduate or college program to become eligible for a three-year work permitIf you decide to start your PGWP application, we will issue a supporting letter explaining the extraordinary circumstances of the January 2021 MPCE intake, should immigration officials request more information at that time. 

Are there any groups or clubs available online so that I can get in touch with some of the students online and communicate?  Yes! You can join Brock International’s Global Peers program anytime. We will also be announcing our own pre-arrival information sessions that will help you prepare for the MPCE program (including registration instructions). You are not alone, wherever you might be. In the sections below we provide information on Academic Support, Student Life and Immigration in order to help you find the resources that you need on and off campus. If you have a question that is not answered, you are also welcome to email us directly to ask your question or to set up a meeting time: 

Susan Virtue (susan.virtue@brocku.ca): Admissions and immigration 

Clinton Kewley (ckewley@brocku.ca): Campus resources, registration and academic advising 

What software systems will I be using? While your instructors may introduce other software systems as part of their course, you will need to be familiar with the following (we will provide more information during orientation):

  • myBrock System: For class registration and other administrative functions)
  • SAKAI: Online learning system where you will interact with your instructor, find course materials and upload assignments
  • Microsoft TEAMS: Video system where you will attend class.
  • Microsoft Office: As a Brock student you will be given a personal account to the suite of Microsoft products, which you can download to your personal computer. It will include common programs, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint

What are the internet bandwidth requirements for participating in an online course?  

For best results, high-speed broadband internet access (Cable, DSL, LTE) with a minimum bandwidth of 15 Mbps is recommended. At this speed, it would take approximately 2 minutes to download a one-hour video recorded at high quality.  If you are unsure of your connection speed, perform an internet speed test. 

Scenarios  Recommended minimum bandwidth 
Peer-to-peer audio calling  30 kbps 
Peer-to-peer audio calling and screen sharing  130 kbps 
Peer-to-peer quality video calling 360p at 30fps  500 kbps 
Peer-to-peer HD quality video calling with resolution of HD 720p at 30fps  1.2 Mbps 
Peer-to-peer HD quality video calling with resolution of HD 1080p at 30fps  1.5 Mbps 
Group Video calling  1 Mbps 
HD Group video calling (540p videos on 1080p screen)  2 Mbps 

If I want to come to Canada earlier than September 2021, will Brock University provide a letter of support for essential travel? Yes, the Brock International Office will provide a travel support letter. To read more about travel restriction changes for international students see https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#exemptions To apply for a travel support letter from Brock see: https://brocku.ca/international/current/international-services/travelrequirements/

Does Brock provide Quarantine Housing? Yes, there are a variety of options available. Email res@brocku.ca for the latest information.

If I come to Canada, what on campus services will be available? You can read more about access to campus and what services are currently available on this website page: https://brocku.ca/coronavirus/faq/#1585943257696-992667b8-f283

What if I am denied a VISA, should I still start (or continue) classes?  Please consult the refund policy below regarding the time frame in which you will receive a refund of your deposit or tuition. If you did not receive approval for a a VISA, we would recommend that you defer your admission to the September 2021 term, and then obtain the officer’s notes (called an ATIP) to possibly find out more information about why you were denied. With that you can prepare a stronger second application. Email susan.virtue@brocku.ca for more information on our ATIP service. 

Do I need Stage 1 approval (Approval in Principle) to start classes online? No, you do not need any type of visa to start classes online if you are outside of Canada. However, if you want to be PGWP-eligible please see that section above. If you are in Canada then your situation is different, and you should contact susan.virtue@brocku.ca to discuss further. 

Can I have more time for the deposit?  No. Documentation that the deposit is being processed is due by October 1, 2020. You may email your transaction receipt to susan.virtue@brocku.ca. 

If I defer until September 2021, when is the deposit due?  Deposit deadline for the September 2021 intake to the MPCE program is July 1, 2021. 

If I want my deposit refunded, how long does it take? After you have completed the refund request it will take approximately three weeks. Your deposit will be refunded via the same method by which it was paid.  

What will the tuition be for the 3-term program?  To be advised. Check back for updates.

Will the University provide a discount for tuition or fees? No. Brock does not provide a discount for tuition fees for on-line or remote learning programs. While students may experience additional challenges with on-line or remote learning, Brock is confident that our instructors deliver equivalent, high quality and professional instruction in all modes of delivery.

Does the Faculty of Education provide bursaries? The Dean of Education has introduced a new Dean’s Entrance Bursary for MPCE students for the January 2021 cohort. Valued at up to $75 per 0.5 credit course, this bursary will be credited to your student account once you successfully complete each online course (with a minimum grade of 70%). The Dean’s Entrance Bursary will be applied at the end of each term after the successful completion of your course(s). No application is required.

Will I still have to pay for Ancillary fees?  While there will still be some mandatory ancillary fees, they have been reduced by 25% to 40% in many cases, and some have been eliminated. For example, you will not be charged for health insurance until you arrive in Canada. 

What is the new payment plan?  Your first payment will be due January 6, 2021 when classes begin. You can make the payment the same way you sent your deposit. An updated Tuition Installment plan will be mailed with your new Letter of Admission. 

If I don’t get a VISA, will I get a refund?  If you are denied a VISA, then you will need to provide the denial letter from the IRCC. You will receive a full refund of your deposit up until the first day of class. After that you will be subject to the refund policy as stated on Brock’s Student Accounts and Financial Aid website. Note that the MPCE program follows the undergraduate regulations: (100% refund until January 15, 2021, 50% refund between January 15 and February 12, 2021, No refund after February 13, 2021).

The following sections apply to in-person arrival, orientations and studies:

ACADEMIC SUPPORTS

MPCE or the MEd ISP do not not assign a specific academic advisor. You have the following support:

  • Speak with your instructor or the Academic Education Tutor
  • Clinton Kewley, the International Student Services Coordinator
  • A-Z Learning Center, also named as Student Success Centre
  • International Center, provides workshops and 1 on 1 appointments for language support and academic support
  • Dr. Vera Woloshyn, Professor and MPCE Program Director
  • Dr. Catherine Hands, Professor and MEd Program Director

For MPCE, keep documents in sealed envelopes, bring them with you to hand in at Orientation.

For MEd ISP, keep documents in sealed envelopes, and then bring them with you to hand in at Orientation, when a Faculty of Graduate Studies representative will collect them from you.

If you are not able to obtain documents before arrival, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will usually allow you to register for one term. After that your registration may be blocked.

See heading for “Transcripts

Academic documents become property of the university and cannot be returned.

  • If you only have one original set, bring them with you along with certified copies (or we can certify copies here for you).
  • If you are mailing your documents, note your Student ID (found on your Letter of Admission) on all correspondence and mail to:

Brock University
Faculty of Education International Programs
Attention: Susan Virtue, WH 9E
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, Ontario CANADA, L2S 3A1

 

Academic Education Tutors are assigned to each class

Aid in understanding course requirements, writing papers and preparing for presentations.

Both MPCE and MEd ISP students have many resources on campus and online to access information.

  • The main library includes study spaces and printing services.
  • Instructional Resource Center is housed in the Faculty of Education, providing materials specifically for educators.
  • RACER is the online mechanism for obtaining materials from other universities across Ontario.
  • A Liaison Librarian will be assigned assist you in your research.
  • James A. Gibson Library
  • Instructional Resource Centre
  • RACER
  • Education Liaison Librarian (Jennifer Theissen)

All students will have free access to the online learning platform that provides tutorials on thousands of software applications and educational tools with online certificates once accomplishing the tutorials.

  • SAKAI (aka Isaak) is the online program used to manage course content and materials.
  • Almost all professors will use it as a communication tool for your course.
  • You will have access after registration of your classes.
  • SAKAI: https://lms.brocku.ca/

MPCE & ISP tuitions include a textbook stipend.

At the beginning of each term, pick up from the bookstore.

Before arrival, we suggest you familiarize yourself with APA style of writing and formatting papers.

APA Basics

Med IPS students, click Confirmation of Enrollment:

  • Choose: the first box for “Confirmation of Enrollment”
  • Pay: $25 fee at Brock Central

MCPE students:

  • Login to your mybrock Account
  • Go to Student Forms and Service Requests
  • Pay: $15 fee

Transcript Requests, official or nonofficial, are issued by the Registrar’s office at $15 or $20.

  • The university course calendar lists all courses.
  • It acts as the official document that dictates the policies and regulations in place.
  • For example, you are beginning in September 2020, so the 2020-21 calendar will become your guideline.

For MCPE, registration instructions will be emailed to you about 10 days before your program begins.

  • $5000 deposit will allow you to register for your first term of classes.
  • registration for subsequent terms if there is a balance owing

For MEd ISP, the programs are based on a “cohort” model to create the ideal learning experience

  • Registration instructions will be emailed to you about 10 days before your program begins.
  • Faculty members assign you to class and section based on creating the ideal learning experience both for you and your classmates.
  • Do not register before you have received this email (and you may ignore any emails regarding registration that are sent out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies).
  • Your $5000 deposit will allow you to register for your first term of classes.
  • You will not be allowed to register for subsequent terms if there is a balance owing on your account.

Registration Guide: https://brocku.ca/registrar/guides-and-timetable/graduate-students/legend

All applicants to the MPCE program are automatically considered for entrance awards;

  • No additional application is required
  • Notices will go out before the beginning of the program
  • A Graduate Achievement Award is given for high GPAs and faculty recommendation (no application required).
  • In all cases the awards range from $1000 to $2000.

All applicants to the MEd ISP program are automatically considered for entrance awards;

  • No additional application is required and notices will go out before the beginning of the program.
  • A Leadership Award, for those who are involved on campus or in the community, is available midway (application will be emailed at that time).
  • A Graduate Achievement Award is given for high GPAs and faculty recommendation (no application required).
  • In all cases the awards range from $1000 to $3000.

If we are aware of any awards that an MEd ISP student is eligible for, that information is emailed out periodically.

Note: MEd ISP students are not eligible for international Ambassadors Award.

The Brock University Student Union coordinates the Bus pass, as well as providing services (such as the Grocery Shuttle).

STUDENT LIFE

Most international students arrive at the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). From arrivals at Toronto Pearson go to the ground level and then check in at the Out-of-town bus service near doors “S”. Use the following Brock University address for GPS or driver instructions: 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1.

Closest intersection is Glenridge Avenue and St. David’s Road.

Brock’s Student Union provides a shuttle on limited dates; check the link below for updated information closer to September.

  • For MPCE, orientation will take place on September 8, 2020 and classes begin the next day.
  • For MED ISP, because your first term is at an accelerated pace, late arrivals should be avoided at all costs. Orientation will take place on July 3, 2020 and classes begin the following Monday.

Note: You should plan to arrive at least 3-4 days before that to acclimate yourself to the area and get over any jet lag.

There is a branch of the Scotiabank on campus as well as ATMs that access all banks.

All major banks in Canada (RBC, BMO, TD, Scotiabank) are government-regulated, have special programs for international students and branches within a bus ride of campus.

You cannot open a bank account until you are in Canada. Our recommendation is that:

  • You wait until you arrive, open an account, and have money transferred from your home country
  • As long as your first installment is paid before the end September, you will not incur any interest charges.

For bill pay banking from a Canadian account:

  • Search for “Brock” in your bank’s online system
  • Choose “Brock Tuition and Residence.”
  • Use your Student ID# as the account number
  • It will take a couple of days for your money to get from your bank to Brock.

Brock University Student Association (BUSA) arranges for a discounted bus pass:

  • mandatory fee, regardless of whether you use the bus or not.
  • runs from September to April.

During the summer (May to August) you may purchase:

  • single fare for $3 (No exchange), OR
  • 10-ride pass for $26 (available on campus or the St. Transit APP), OR
  • monthly pass for $92 (available at the Transit office, or the St. Transit APP)

The Faculty of Education is in Welch Hall, although your classes can be held across campus.

 

During term:

  • Off campus: 20 hours per week;
  • On campus: unlimited hours

During scheduled breaks, you can work more hours.

MEd ISP students are prescribed to limit employment hour to 10 hours per week during course session.

  • Social Insurance Number is needed for employment in Canada
  • The Citizen Services Specialist from Citizen Services Branch, Service Canada will be on campus to issue on the spot SIN cards for students on specific
  • Job fairs will be held on campus and opportunities are listed on CareerZone.
  • Teaching and Research assistant positions may be unionized and therefore more difficult to obtain.

Career Services:

After graduation:

  • Most ISP graduates seek positions in Canada in private K-12 schools, tutoring or educational centres, colleges, universities, non-profit or community organizations.
  • Others have started their own businesses or obtained employment in the banking, insurance, tourism or retail industries.
  • The Master of Education degree does not provide the license to teach in public schools (K-12) in the province of Ontario.

 

Much of the housing information is geared towards single students. If you are looking for larger apartments or houses also consider checking on Kijiji.ca or Skyline. Note that Kijiji is a place for individuals to advertise, so use caution and do not go alone to view listings.

For MED ISP, during the month of July you are in a one-month intensive session, with two full time classes. Then you have about 4 weeks off in August until classes begin again in September. You may want to consider coming on your own in July and staying in temporary housing on campus. This will give you the opportunity to focus on your classes and look for housing more suitable for a family.

If you are a full-time university student in a degree program your minor children may attend public K-12 schools at no additional charge. There are also private and Montessori-style schools in the area. Daycare is available on Brock’s campus and private individuals or church programs may advertise on Kijiji.

Canada recognizes legal marriages between partners of the same or opposite sex, as well as common-law partnerships. Your spouse or partner may come on a visitor visa first, then apply for an Open Work Permit when in Canada, or apply for an Open Work Permit while still in your home country.

The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is a mandatory fee.

  • Family members can be included by notifying the UHIP office (by August 1st otherwise a $500 penalty is assessed).
  • Ask for the UHIP coordinator at the International Center, 2nd floor reception desk (Building GLN).
  • MEd ISP students begin the program in the Summer term are not automatically charged by the university for the GSA Health and Dental plan.
  • You must MANUALLY OPT-IN if you want to have coverage for July and August and this fee has not been covered in your tuition.
  • Your student account will then be billed in September for the entire year (September to August).

For fees information, please click here.

The St. Catharines community has a variety of housing options for graduate students. The Glenridge, Downtown and Thorold neighbourhoods require only one bus to reach campus (note that while Thorold looks close on the map, because of the highway system surrounding it, it is difficult to walk from). Limited bus service is available from Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland. Commuting from cities outside of the Niagara Region is difficult because of limited public transportation options and traffic.

Tip: Arrange to live on campus in Brock Suites, or the Lofts, during the month of July when you will have your first intensive month of classes. In August you will have about 4 weeks off during which time you can make longer term housing arrangements.

July housing for MEd ISP (2020)
Move in July 1

Move out August 4

$19.16/night billed to student account with Brock University

Apply through this link:

https://kxbnb.brocku.ca/international.bnb 

*Off-campus Foundry Lofts within walking distance: https://myfoundrylofts.ca/

*Off-campus housing downtown: Regent Student Living: https://regentstudents.com/

*Not affiliated with Brock University

MEd ISP: July 3, 2020

MPCE: September 8, 2020

More information will be sent out closer to the date. Orientations are mandatory and last for whole day.

September 7, 2020 (Labor day): Brock International offers a general orientation for new international students. This is not a mandatory orientation, but very helpful.

  • Check their link closer to September to register
  • You are suggested to activate your student account and Brock email using your Student ID# (found on your Letter of Admission) as soon as possible.
  • Obtain Student ID Card during Orientation (bring your passport and Letter of Admission). Before orientation, we will correspond with you via the personal email provided in your application materials.
  • If you are not able to gain access, it could be that your password has expired.
  • From your mybrock account you will see your class schedule (after registration has been completed) and view your financial history.
  • Login Screen (need your Student ID#)
  • Instructions for Account Activation
  • Reset password

Brock Safety: to ensure the health and safety, physically, mentally, in emergency

Google Calendar: time management and scheduling service with smart reminders

Outlook: connect all you email accounts (Brock email, Gmail, calendar…) in one spot.

Google Map: Find the ways easily

OneDrive: Get, Edit & Send your files on the go.

Brock Sports: the most up-to-date of sports information

SC Transit: real-time transit information in St. Catharines.

Wayfinding: interactive indoor maps, find points of interest inside Brock

Brock University: student-focused app to provide convenient access to resources

The Brock University Student Union coordinates the Bus pass, as well as providing services (such as the Grocery Shuttle).

IMMIGRATION-RELATED AND OTHERS

Brock International Services provides helpful information and links to resources. If you are going to hire someone to help you file your study permit application, make sure that they are licensed with the Immigration Consultants of Canada.

Susan Virtue, the Manager in the Faculty of Education’s International Programs office, is a licensed immigration consultant (R#518747) and thereby is authorized to provide this information.

A brief description of definitions:

  • You will be applying for a study permit. After your successful application at your local Canadian High Commission or consulate, they will issue a Letter of Introduction which will include an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or adhere a visitor visa inside your passport (depending on your country). This letter approves you to travel to Canada and request permission to enter on a study permit.
  • If the border officer (whether on land or at the airport) approves your entry, you will be given a paper copy of the study permit. It is this document that you will upload to your mybrock portal as proof of your immigration status.

Attached to your Letter of Admission is the “Student Information Form” which you should use to apply for or renew your study permit. For clarification, the MPCE program is considered a 2-term (1 year) post-graduate academic certificate program. The tuition of $14,648 is for the entire program.

If you are from China, India, the Philippines or Vietnam –and have an IELTS band scores of 6.0 (or higher) in each subscore) you may want to consider the Study Direct Stream Program (SDS) which speeds up processing times by the purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from the Scotiabank. MPCE Use the figure of $14,648 as your one-year tuition amount.

Make sure that you list all of family members on the Family Information form (IMM5645), even if they are not accompanying you. Neglecting to do this could create problems in the future and is considered fraudulent.

International Programs Office in the Faculty of Education provides support for the MEd ISP program.

Formally the office reports to the Associate Dean, Graduate Student Services, Research and International.

  • Susan Vietue, Manager, International Programs: admissions, career development, immigration, health and housing
  • Clinton Kewley, International Student Services Coordinator: academics, mental health, placements and police checks

Brock University is in the city of St. Catharines in the Niagara Region, which is located in the “Golden Horseshoe” part of southern Ontario.

You will be living within driving distance of local wineries, world-famous Niagara Falls, Toronto and New York. We hope you take the time from your studies to explore.

All students receive a free account to Office 365, which provides a suite of programs and applications.

Download this product to your laptop or use it online.

MPCE Tuition includes all courses, textbooks and some extra-curricular events.

  • Tuition is billed on an installment basis as noted in the schedule below.
  • Unpaid balances will be charged an interest rate of 1.5% per month, and registration will be not permitted
  • Ancillary fees are mandatory (2020 estimate is $1500)
  • include bus passes, health insurance and other fees as arranged by the Brock University Student Union.

MPCE students please refer to Student Accounts & Financial Aid office (SAFA) for administration fee

During your studies we strongly encourage you to get involved in a school or community organization.

This provides language-improvement, greater cultural understanding and networking opportunities.

  • If you will be working with those in a “vulnerable sector” (children and the elderly), a police check may be required.
  • Clinton Kewley, the International Student Services Coordinator, will assist with finding a placement and securing a police check.

During orientation you will indicate whether your picture can be used in Brock’s print or online publications.

St. Catharines usually experiences milder temperatures than the rest of Southern Ontario.

  • In September the weather will be mild, with temperatures from 13º to 23º C.
  • By mid-October it will begin to cool.
  • By January there should be some snow, with temperatures ranging from -8º C to 0º C. 
  • Wind can lower the temperature considerably (this is called ‘wind chill’).For more information about the weather and seasons in London, visit our page on Weather in Canada.

Tip: If you are coming from a warmer climate, plan to purchase your cold-weather clothing here instead of back home, where the construction of the coat might not be designed to really keep you warm.

The Faculty of Education is located in R.S. Robert Welch Hall (Welch Hall or WH in short form), where many of your classes will be held.

  • You are available for a meeting room (WH309) and a computer lab (WH 76).
  • To gain access to the rooms, permission is needed by completing the form at the link and use your Student ID Card to gain access.
  • Proximity Card Access Form