Congratulations! You’ve accepted your offer and now it’s time to plan your International Pathway to Success at Brock University.
There are four (4) main stages for you to complete at your own pace:
- Stage 1: After Acceptance
- Stage 2: Prior to Semester Start
- Stage 3: After Arrival
- Stage 4: Path to Success
Learn more about the steps to complete within each stage below:
International Pathway to Success Prize Draw
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Stage 1: After Acceptance
Below are the steps to complete after you have been accepted to Brock University.
Whether you are travelling to Canada or understanding the conditions of your acceptance, your offer letter is an important key to your education and should be accepted as soon as possible. Once you accept your offer from Brock, don’t forget to save it as a PDF or take a screenshot so you can go back to it; you never know when you will need it!
As you begin your Brock journey, it is imperative that you activate your Brock email; this will ensure that you reach the correct people, have access to all of Brock’s services, and all in all set you up for success! Begin using your Brock email today by contacting Brock International Services at email@example.com to ask any initial questions or just to say hello!
A study permit is a document issued to international students that allow them to study at an approved institution in Canada. It is important that you apply for your permit and/or other required immigration documents as soon as possible and before you travel to Canada so that you allow enough time for approval. Applying does not guarantee approval, therefore we suggest that you learn more about all the required immigration documents on Brock’s Immigration Counseling website and reach out to Brock International for more support, either in a drop-in session, workshop, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is more to immigration documents and studying internationally than simply getting a study permit. From work permits to VISAs to all the important deadlines, you don’t want to miss out on all the essential information for your immigration documents! Attend one of our Immigration Documents 101 for First Year Students sessions to fulfill this requirement.
Microsoft Teams has become the main platform that Brock faculty, staff, & students use to communicate and interact with each other virtually. From attending virtual classes to meeting with your professors to even scheduling appointments with different members of the Brock community, MS Teams is an important tool for your success. Therefore, don’t forget to download the MS Teams app to both your computer and phone!
Sakai is Brock’s learning management system and the main platform for your course content, apart from MS Teams and in-person lectures. Therefore, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with Sakai and all its great features to be as prepared as possible to study with us, whether you are doing so virtually or in-person!
If you are an international student and want to learn more, feel free to check out Brock International’s Sakai site, Brock INTL – Your Pathway to Success, and learn all about Sakai in our Academic Support: Technology Tools at Brock Module.
A huge part of being a Brock student is not just taking classes, but also engaging with the Brock community and experiencing Brock to its fullest! By learning about Student Life at Brock and ExperienceBU, you can begin to take full advantage of the Brock experience and make your time at Brock as memorable as possible.
Do you wonder what the academic expectations are in Canada? Do you want to learn about the most essential academic skills you will need to be successful at Brock?
Visit Brock International’s Sakai site and explore the Academic Support tab and learn all that you need to know before you begin your studies.
Stage 2: Prior to Semester Start
Below are the steps to complete at least 6 weeks prior to the first day of classes.
Health care not only provides you with health services while you study in Canada, but it can also protect you if ever you encounter a health emergency. Therefore, it is important for you familiarize yourself with the health care system in Canada and the health care plan that you receive while studying at Brock. To fulfill this requirement, please attend one of Brock International Health Care webinars.
When you come to study or work at a university in Ontario, you must have health insurance to pay for basic health care services and medical treatments. Brock University’s University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for all eligible international students. Learn more about UHIP here.
Once you are eligible to register for classes, it is important that you do so to avoid classes filling up or to address any initial issues with registration. With the help of Brock’s Course Registration page and Brock International’s tip sheet on their Sakai site, you will be all set to register for your classes.
Don’t forget to connect with your program’s Academic Advisor
Though you may not think of it, providing your emergency contact information is very important; it allows us to have a person to contact in case of emergencies and can give you more peace of mind when studying in another country. With the help of Brock International Services’ tip sheet on their Sakai site (i.e. Brock INTL – Your Pathway to Success), please update your emergency contact information on my.brocku.ca.
As you plan to travel to Canada, it can be confusing to identify all that you need to do, especially if you have to quarantine when you arrive or have certain documents ready.
Before booking any travel arrangements and review the International Student Travel Requirements and contact the Brock International Travel Support Team.
After registering for classes, you should confirm that you paid for your deposit and any other fees associated with your account. This is to ensure that you didn’t forget to do so and that you don’t have any late fees. You can learn more about paying your fees on Brock International Services’ Sakai site by going to the Pre-Arrival tab and scrolling down to Checklist #2.
Once you receive confirmation that you are free to travel to Canada, the next step is to find your accommodations (where to live). You can learn all about finding accommodations on Brock International’s Sakai site by going to the Pre-Arrival tab and scrolling down to Checklist #2. Once you have found a place to live in Canada, it is important that you update your address on my.brocku.ca.
Visit Accommodations in Niagara for information about residence, off-campus living and homestay options.
Visit Living in Niagara for more information about the Niagara Region.
BU101 is a free online academic skills program that you can complete at your own pace before your classes begin. Build your technology, scheduling, note-taking, and studying skills.
Learn all about BU101 and consider signing up by checking out their website.
As you begin your dream of studying at a Canadian university from the comforts of home, your fellow Badgers want to ensure your success, both in and outside of the classroom. The Global Peers Program unites international students with current, upper-year students at Brock and creates a virtual community for all to enjoy! Learn more about the program on our website and to sign up and fulfill this requirement.
Brock International’s Academic Coach program is designed solely for your academic success; from weekly 1-on-1 meetings to ongoing support via email, you can discuss the essential academic and language skills that YOU specifically want to develop. If you are a new international student at Brock, be sure to check your email for the sign-up form and sign up to fulfill this requirement.
Welcome Day is an event hosted by Brock International Services, in which you can engage in fun activities virtually to learn more about Brock and the different ways that Brock International can support you as you study. This includes information about online learning platforms (e.g., Sakai, MS Teams, website navigation), immigration & travel, Brock fun facts, engagement opportunities, and much more!
Not sure what to expect when living in Canada? Brock International’s Sakai site, Brock INTL – Your Pathway to Success, has various resources on life in Canada, Ontario, and as a student at Brock! Feel free to check them out and best prepare yourself for your time in Canada!
A few helpful tips to get you started:
Driving & Transportation in Canada
If you intend to drive in Canada, you should obtain an international driver’s licence in your country before coming to Canada. It will be valid for 90 days. After that, you will have to apply for an Ontario driver’s licence. Learn more about getting an Ontario driver’s licence here. You can also learn all about public transit with this helpful tip sheet!
If you plan on bringing electrical appliances, keep in mind that electricity in Canada is 110-120 volts, 60Hz.
Academic Integrity must be understood and abided by in order to be a successful student at Brock. Visit Brock International’s Sakai site and explore the Academic Support tab to learn about Academic Integrity at Brock before you begin your studies.
Stage 3: After Arrival
Below are the steps to complete once you begin classes at Brock University.
Your student ID card is essential, especially if you intend to live on campus or utilize the public transit system. From paying for food at various locations on campus to traveling around St. Catharines and the Niagara region with the U-PASS, getting your student ID card is a must. Check out Brock’s Get your Student ID website for detailed instructions on how to get your card without needing to do so in person.
Do you feel unfamiliar with St. Catharines or need some guidance from someone who has already been living in Canada? Join Brock International’s International Ambassadors at the beginning of the semester as they provide a tour of St. Catharines and give you all their tips and tricks to living in Canada!
Every class will have different requirements when it comes to the textbooks you need. Some might require more than one while others may not require any; regardless, it is important to use the Campus Store’s textbook search feature and ensure that you have the textbooks you need to succeed in your courses. Check out Brock International’s tip sheet on their Sakai site in the First Week/Life in Canada tab and order your textbooks.
Health care through Brock not only provides you with health services while you study in Canada, but it can also provide eligible accompanying family members with health care services. Therefore, it is important to enroll any eligible family members in Brock’s health care plan. Visit Brock International’s health care page for details
We take your safety very seriously at Brock and you should too! It is very important that you learn about the role of the police in Canada, how they can help you, and what to do should you need to reach out to the police while here. Therefore, please watch the following video and learn all about police and safety in Canada!
Getting a Canadian cell phone plan is one of those tasks that may seem easy, but once you begin looking, it can seem overwhelming. You can learn all about getting a cell phone plan in Canada on Brock International’s Sakai site by going to the First Week tab and scrolling down to Checklist #3.
Opening a Canadian bank account will not only make your life easier when making purchases, but it can also facilitate getting paid should you decide to work in Canada. You can learn all about getting a bank account in Canada on Brock International’s Sakai site by going to the First Week tab and scrolling down to Checklist #3.
If you plan to work while studying in Canada, you need to apply for a Social Insurance Number first! Please see Brock International Services’ Immigration Counselling webpage for more details on how to do so.
Do you feel that you lack personal interaction in your online courses? Do you want to meet people in your class who you can study with? We understand that it can be difficult to meet new people in virtual courses and even more challenging when you are an undergraduate beginning your first year at Brock. Therefore, Brock International’s Study Partner Program matches new undergraduate international students with other international students in their classes with the sole purposes of connecting with others and sharing in the learning experience virtually!
Brock offers students intercultural workshops and even an Intercultural Certificate through Human Rights and Equity; this foundational workshop certification series will equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help increase capacity to work well with culturally different people. To learn more, visit the Human Rights and Equity website.
Stage 4: Path to Success
Below is your last step! We encourage you to continue with Brock’s Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC).