Congratulations! You’ve accepted your offer and now it’s time to plan your start at Brock.
Below, you will find important information to help you prepare for your virtual arrival.
Our Spring and Summer Terms will take place primarily online, but we expect to offer an increased number of on-campus courses, including labs and courses with experiential components. In doing so, Brock will continue to respect all public health guidelines in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of its community. The course schedule for the Spring and Summer Terms will be available in mid-February. Registration opens at the beginning of March.
International students can complete 100% of their studies online from outside Canada. All the time studying online outside Canada between spring 2020 and December 31, 2021, counts toward the length of a PGWP. These measures apply to all international students who:
- are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program
- began, or will begin, a program in any semester from spring 2020 to fall 2021, or whose program was already in progress in March 2020
- have a study permit or approval for a study permit, or applied for a study permit prior to starting their program and are eventually approved
- meet all other PGWP criteria
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Brock University’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the Province of Ontario and Brock University is on the list of approved DLI’s able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada. Learn more on our travel requirements webpage.
Here are the steps you need to take before you start your Journey at Brock:
1. Start the process to apply for a study permit in order to come to Canada (when travel restrictions are removed);
Our Study permit and visa webpage provides you with general information on essential immigration documents.
- Applying for a study permit
- Applying for a co-op work permit alongside the study permit application, if you are admitted into a co-op program
- Require document for study permit application
- Confirm whether you are exempt from obtaining a study permit, if so:
- A study permit is not required to take online courses from outside of Canada. Students can start taking online courses without a study permit
- Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to accept applications during the COVID-19 responses.
- Visa offices and Visa Application Centres (VACs) may be closed in your region. Applying online as soon as you have the necessary documents is highly recommended as estimated processing times are likely to be extended.
- For further inquiries, please email email@example.com
2. Apply to live on or off campus
(If you are able to travel to Canada)
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.
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.
If you plan on bringing electrical appliances, keep in mind that electricity in Canada is 110-120 volts, 60Hz.
3. Register for our live chat and webinar session
Check out our webinar series to learn about various resources and build on important skills essential for future success.
Meet our Brock International staff, ask questions and learn more about Brock through our live chat option! This chat will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.
Do you have more questions? You can set up a virtual appointment to ask questions about course registration, immigration, future plans and engagement opportunities for the Spring.
*Please note that these appointments are reserved for students who are starting at Brock in May 2021.
You can also email Brock International Services and one of our dedicated, student-support staff will be happy to assist you.
4. Register for our orientation
It is very important that you, as a new student, attend the International Student Orientation to help you transition smoothly into Brock University. It is a great way to meet new people and maximize your Brock experience!
There will be three orientation sessions, and students can attend any time slot that works best for them.
5. Sign up for our Global Peers program
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.
6. Visit our Sakai website
Sakai is Brock’s internal resources website for students.
All incoming Brock students will be added to a Sakai site, Spring International Student Orientation. This is a resource site where you will find additional information about our office, other Brock departments, the Niagara region and more. More information will be sent to your Brock email on how to access this page.
7. Register for courses and connect with your Academic Advisor
Brock has many resources to help guide you through the course registration process. Course Registration for the Spring and Summer terms is now open.
Brock University offers academic advising for all students. To connect with your program’s academic advisor, follow the link below.
To assist with the transition to online learning, all Incoming Brock students will be assigned an Academic coach. This coach will meet with you and assess your specific needs. An email will be sent to your Brock email with further information once you have been matched with an Academic coach.