We understand that it can be overwhelming to study in another country, and so please check out our answers below to the most common questions about studying in Canada and at Brock!
Visit our Immigration Advising page here.
If you are eligible for SDS stream, to apply under the SDS stream, students need to show proof that they have paid their first-year tuition fees. As long as the amount you have paid matches the figure suggested in your offer letter for estimated one-year tuition fees, it should work for your application.
Once you have successfully made the payment, you can use:
- The transaction receipt you get from the bank for transferring the tuition fees to Brock; PLUS
- A screenshot of your student financial history (my.brocku.ca) to show this amount has been received by Brock.
If you still don’t receive the approval by the time you have to start your term, consider either:
- Taking courses online in the Winter term
- Please note, as per IRCC new policy, 50% of online courses taken outside of Canada between Sep 2022 – Aug 2023 can still count for future Post-Graduate Work Permit. Please contact the academic advisor (UGs) or program coordinator (Grads) in your Faculty to discuss about the online course options. Please keep in mind that you should register for full-time status (see here for information on how many credits is full-time).
- Deferring your program to the next semester
- This option is for those who cannot find enough online courses available to give them full-time status or who simply do not wish to study online.
- If you choose to do this, please contact email@example.com before the semester starts to request a deferral.
You should NOT wait to register for courses – waiting can cause issues with course registration if you do end up getting your study permit late or right before the start of term. Click here to learn about course registration.
If you do not get your study permit by the start of classes, you can simply drop all classes before the deadline to avoid the extra costs. Click here to view Brock’s Important Dates and search for the “Last Day for Registration”.
In line with the IRCC suggestions, it is highly recommended that you attend in-class options when offered. Distance learning may have the following impacts on your Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) and future Permanent Residence applications:
If you are outside of Canada, and your study permit is not approved by the week before classes begin, you will need to consider deferring your start date to the next term. Please email Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in this situation.
Time spent studying online at Brock from outside Canada between Spring 2020 and August 31, 2023 will count toward the length of a PGWP. Time spent studying outside Canada after August 31, 2023 will not count toward the length of a PGWP.
If your courses were moved online due to the pandemic, the time you spend studying online from within Canada still counts towards the length of your PGWP. However, it’s highly recommended that you attend in-class options when offered.
- IRCC does not have a specific end date yet for the temporary policy changes for in-Canada students studying online.
For students who want to apply for OINP-Master Graduates Stream after graduation, please note that this program requires physical residence in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years before applying. If you take online courses outside Canada, that may affect your eligibility to apply for this program immediately after graduation.
For students who are interested in applying for permanent residence through the Express Entry system, please note that distance learning may affect your CRS points. Distance learning does count for education points, but not for bonus points in the application.
Please consider consulting with your academic advisor(UGs) or program coordinator (grad) regarding course selection and delivery mode. As always, please email email@example.com and/or attend our drop-ins should you have immigration-related questions.
We are sorry to hear that your study permit application was rejected! At the moment, there are a few required actions you need to take:
- Make sure to de-register from your registered classes as soon as possible, to avoid being charged for them;
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on a deferral to next available entry point, e.g. Winter 2023;
- Contact Smart Start (Undergrads) or your program coordinator (Grads) for guidance on course registration, should you roll forward to a different intake;
- Accommodation: If you secured an room in Brock’s on-campus residence, please contact them at email@example.com to inform them that you cannot come for the upcoming term due to a study permit rejection
Please note: we cannot do any of the above on behalf of students due to privacy reasons. It is very important that you take action on all of the above points as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary charges.
Please keep in mind that our immigration advising team is here to support you should you decide to re-apply. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional support.
Study Permit Extension
Application Guide Here
- You should apply to extend your study permit before it expires, ideally 4-6 months prior to the expiry date.
- Please note, this application must be submitted from within Canada and the new study permit will be only mailed to a Canadian mailing address.
Renewed Visa Application
- After you receive a new study permit in hand, you can apply for a new visa (or eTA depending on nationality). This application can be submitted from within or outside Canada.
There are a lot of things to consider before traveling so that you don’t encounter any issues. Generally, you will need to do the following:
- Gather all required documents
- Prepare for your travels (at least 3 days before departure)
For more details on the suggested steps to take, we highly encourage you to review ALL the information provided on our International Student Travel Requirements page, including the Resources Upon Arrival section.
Confirmation of Enrollment letters may only be requested for academic sessions where registration exists. You can request your Confirmation of Enrollment letter directly on your my.brocku.ca portal. Please click here for more details and instructions!
For Graduate Students: You can also find other student forms here.
You may be able to re-enter Canada as an international student if you meet all the following:
- You have a valid passport or travel document.
- You have a valid study permit, or have been approved for a study permit or study permit extension.
- You’re attending a DLI on the list of DLIs.
- You have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA), depending on which document you need.
- You meet all the other requirements for entering Canada
Read more here about international students travelling outside Canada.
It is also recommended that you bring following documents:
Go to your Brock student portal and download:
- Your school transcript/course schedule showing you have been actively pursuing study in the past semesters
- Confirmation of Enrollment/Courses schedule showing you are registered full time
- You could also use your letter of employment if you’ll be in Co-op program
- Tuition fee payment confirmation
- Bank statement
There are two health plans for Brock students in Undergraduate or Graduate programs:
- UHIP: Covers eligible medically necessary health services and medical treatments. Essentially, when you see a doctor, go to a hospital, or do a medical test, you use UHIP.
- BUSU/GSA Health & Dental (Student VIP plans): Has drug coverage, extended health coverage, vision coverage, dental coverage, etc. Essentially, when you buy medicine, see a dentist, take eye exams, or have to buy glasses, you use your StudentVIP.
Check out our University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) Page for more details!
Once registered for courses, newly admitted students are automatically enrolled for UHIP coverage. To ensure coverage is available for new students arriving to Canada, students are provided an additional 20 days of coverage at no extra cost before the start of the coverage period.
- If you cannot find your UHIP card or do not have it when you seek medical help, keep the receipt and you should be able to submit a claim to get reimbursed for any fees that are covered in your UHIP plan.
Students are generally enrolled automatically at the beginning of the term, based on registration information.
To find your UHIP card, please check your Brock student email (including the junk inbox) to find a message from Cowan with the subject “Welcome to the University Health Insurance Plan”. If you have not seen that email by the beginning of the term, please check your “Junk Mail” folder.
- You will not receive a physical card, but if you want a physical one, we suggest you print it out and have it laminated to avoid water damage!
It is recommended to visit a Preferred Provider who will bill the insurer directly for payment and you can avoid out-of-pocket expenses. Preferred Providers – Clinics/ Hospitals/ Labs/ Student Health Services in St. Catharines.
- It is preferable to have a printed copy of a UHIP card with you, clinics and hospitals may not accept an electronic copy on your phone.
- If you can’t show your printed UHIP card or the clinic is not a prefered provider, you can still go there. But you may be billed that day, or later, for the services provided and will have to file your claim for reimbursements.
Presenting your UHIP card is not a mandatory requirement when you arrive at the border. If you don’t receive your card prior to your departure, you can show the Brock UHIP website in case the Canadian Border Services Officer asks.
To best prepare for your upcoming travel, please refer to our Travel Requirements website to learn more.
UHIP can over dependents, but only if they are eligible. To be eligible, a dependent must be:
- A legal, common-law spouse who is living with the eligible student. Your common-law relationship must have existed for at least 12 months.
- A dependent child as defined by UHIP.
If members of your family are considered dependents, please see our website for more details on how to enroll them.
You may be able to terminate your UHIP early and get a refund if one of the following applies to you & you request for a refund by contacting email@example.com before March 1st:
- You withdraw from your program
- You complete your program early
- You leave Canada for an uncertain period
- You become eligible for OHIP coverage
- You get a UHIP exemption
You cannot get a refund for:
- Scheduled breaks between terms, if this is the only period you’re applying for a refund.
- After March 1 of each academic year (except if you have OHIP or you are approved for an exemption).
Physical & Mental Health
If it is a life-threatening emergency call 9-1-1. If not life threatening, and between 9:00am-4:00pm, call 905-688-5550 x3243 for an urgent same day medical appointment.
If it is after 4:00pm and before 9:00am and it is not urgent, leave Brock Health Services a message on the same extension. You can also go to the nearest walk in clinic open or call Telehealth 1 866-797-0000 (Ontario only).
Counselling is a conversation with a purpose. Counsellors strive to understand your difficulties so that they can assist you help yourself by:
- putting things into perspective;
- getting you to try new things out in order to improve your situation;
- getting commitment from you to work at implementing new coping strategies; or
- challenging yourself in order to grow and learn new ways of improving your life.
Want to know what to expect? Click here.
As part of the Ancillary fees you pay automatically, there is no additional cost nor any restrictions to the number of appointments you may have with a counselor. Therefore, if you would like help with any of the above, or you simply want someone to talk to, Brock’s Personal Counselling Services is here for you!
Vaccinations & COVID
With COVID-19 cases trending downwards across the province and 93 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 years and older fully vaccinated, Brock University paused its COVID-19 vaccination requirement on July 4. All members of the Brock community are still strongly encouraged to become vaccinated against COVID-19 and to keep up to date on boosters.
Technology At Brock
Visit Brock’s Information Technology Services page here.
Your campus ID/Brock ID is different from your student ID.
- Your Campus/Brock ID is the 2 letters, 2 numbers, and 2 letters (e.g., kl17td)
- Your student ID is the 7-digit ID (ex. 7035678)
Your campus ID is the one that is usually used for anything you need to login to with Brock credentials (Sakai, email, ExperienceBU, etc.).
Most likely, this is an issue with two-factor authentication, and so the best people to reach out to for help would be our ITS department. We suggest you first view this guide to see if you can change your settings on your own.
If that doesn’t work, then you should contact ITS or to submit a Help Desk Ticket (under something broken), describing your situation and that you need MFA reset for you. Just be sure to include an alternate email (e.g., personal email) so that ITS will have a way to contact you.
First, you need to make sure you registered for classes. Though many students might have had their schedules made for them at other institutions, at Brock it is up to you to choose your own classes and register. Once you have done that,
- Log on to the student self-serve portal.
- Go to “Student Self-Serve”
- Select “Student Schedule”
Note: if you have any online, asynchronous classes, they will not show up in this particular schedule as there isn’t a schedule time. However, they will be listed at the bottom of the schedule just to show you what you are taking in the selected time frame.
Course Registration & Withdrawals
Undergraduate students: 3.0 or more credits over the Fall/Winter semester to be considered full-time, with at least 1.5 credits in the Fall term and at least 1.5 credits in the Winter term.*
*If you start your program in Winter semester, you will need to be registered in at least 1.5 credits for the first Winter term to be full-time; if you start your program in Spring semester, you will need to be registered in at least 1.5 credits for the Spring term and 0.5 credits for the Summer term to be full-time, totalling 2.0 credits for the Spring/Summer semesters.
Please see Undergraduate Calendar for the definition of Full and Part-Time Studies.
Graduate students: full-time/part-time status is not defined by credits, instead, graduate students’ status is defined according to the academic regulations.
There are a few steps to registering for courses! For detailed instructions, check out Brock’s websites for undergraduate students and graduate students. You can also check out the Registrar’s Course Registration FAQ page!
Once you have all your courses chosen and you are ready to register:
- Log onto my.brocku.ca and click “Register” on the self-serve menu.
- Simply type in the course code you are looking to enroll in and select the option that works best for your schedule.
- Selecting “Add” will automatically enroll you in the course.
Yes, you can make changes (add or drop courses) up until the final day that the registration system is open; this is generally in the second or third week of each term, but the times can vary!
Therefore, please check Brock’s Important Dates website to ensure you know when the last day to register for classes is for the specific term you want. If it has past the last day to register, then you will need to withdraw from the course (see below).
NOTE: be aware that if you drop or withdraw from some courses, that may change your status to part-time, which could have an impact on your eligibility for certain immigration documents (e.g., work permits, PGWPs)
After the registration system is closed for a class’s specific duration (D1, D2, D3, etc.), students can withdraw from a course (with financial penalty) up to a certain date in the semester (to avoid academic penalty).
To withdraw, you can go directly on your my.brocku.ca registration system and choose the specific course you would like to withdraw from. It is important that you remember that you are only able to do this up to the final withdrawal date listed here.
Note: ALL withdrawals have financial penalties, but it is possible to avoid academic penalty if you submit your withdrawal request before the final withdrawal date.
Classes at Brock
There are different class acronyms that you will see next to the description of your courses. These will tell you if your course will take place in-person or online:
- LEC – Lecture. This means that your course will be in lecture-style, hosted completely in-person.
- BLD – Blended. This means that your course will include both in-person AND online components.
- HYF – Hyflex. This means that your course could be in-person OR online. On-campus and online students will be integrated through online interactions and engagement with synchronous learning opportunities. On-campus registration will be limited and online student will not be required to attend campus for any component of the course, including assessment.
- ASY – Asynchronous. This means that your course will be fully online, with no scheduled meeting times. There will be a start and end date, as well as scheduled assignments and exams, but no real-time components.
- SYN – Synchronous. This means that your course will be fully online, BUT will have scheduled meeting times via web or video conferencing. You are still expected to “attend” the class, but attendance will be online.
- ONM – Blended – Online Mixed. This means that your course could have both asynchronous and synchronous components, but it is fully online.
Electives are simply courses that are not a part of the required courses for a student in a particular program. These courses are usually interest-based since the student has some choice as to what they would like to take. While there is not a specific “list” of electives, you can peruse courses that are of interest to you that are open to non-majors and are not part of your program requirements.
Context Credits are mandatory courses intended to provide you with a broad educational background. All students must complete at least one full credit from each of the following Faculties at Brock:
- Mathematics and Science
- Social Sciences
Click here for a full list of context credits. Just be sure to consult with your academic advisor to ensure that you are eligible to take certain courses.
A lecture is the main class where you will go over topics and lessons with the Professor. This can be given in-person or virtually, depending on the type of course you are in.
Seminars/Labs/Tutorials are smaller groups of students (about 25) from the lecture that generally meet once a week.
- Seminars – A small-group learning activity that allows for the discussion and application of course concepts.
- Labs – Students observe, test and apply course concepts in a controlled setting, specialized for small-group learning (typically affiliated with a specific technology and/or facility).
- Tutorials – A small-group learning activity that allows for application of course concepts.
Textbooks can be found at the Campus Store here. The books are found by searching for each of your classes by term. Just note that some texbooks may be ebooks (digital), some may be physical ones, and there may even not be textbooks listed.
If you have any questions about the textbook requirements for your courses, it is best to contact the instructor of your course directly.
As a Brock student, you have access to various academic supports across campus! Please check out the different services below and make use of all that available to you:
Brock International Academic Supports
- 1-on-1 Meetings*
- International Student Pathway to Success Brightspace Site*, including:
- Academic Tip Sheets & Resources
- Academic Integrity Survey – How much do you know?
- Library Research Resources
- Workshop Video Hub
Learning Services* offers skills workshops and resources, drop-in academic support, and tutoring—for students by students—with additional opportunities for students who may have faced challenges getting to university.
- Academic & Life Skills Workshops
- Resources and/or Tip Sheets
- Drop-In Sessions (e.g., support in math, science, research, studying, etc.)
- Tutoring ($)
- Additional Academic Integrity Resources
The FITA Program
From Intention to Action (FITA)* is a counselling program run by Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre. FITA is a structured intervention that is geared towards assisting students to improve their mental health, cope with academic stress, develop better learning strategies, and maintain a healthy life balance.
Grad Studies Academic Writing Supports
The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers dedicated writing support* to assist graduate students at all levels of study. They offer:
- One-on-one sessions
- A Drop-In Writing Café
- Graduate Writing Workshops
Everyday Life in Canada
We are happy to refer you to the online resources below, which are very helpful and can also be found on our Pathway to Success Brightspace site:
Tax clinics are hosted at Brock during typical tax season (Feb-Apr) and some volunteers help students file taxes. Please search Brock Tax Clinics on ExperienceBU to see if there are any upcoming clinics!
ID Cards & Transportation
Information on how to obtain your Brock card can be found here. Follow the steps outlined and keep a lookout for conformation/update emails sent to your Brock email address.
Once your card is approved, you can pick it up from the Brock card office located in Thistle corridor, Room TH221A, open from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
This depends on if you have a driver’s licence or not.
No Driver’s License
If you don’t have a driver’s license, you can apply for an Ontario Photo Card; an Ontario Photo Card is a wallet sized card that provides government-issued identification to those Ontarians who do not have a driver’s licence, making it easier to do things such as open a bank account and any other activities that require official identification.
You can apply for an Ontario Photo Card in-person at a Service Ontario location near you. Check here to find a location near you.
Yes, Driver’s License (International)
If you do have a driver’s license from another country, unfortunately you cannot get an Ontario Photo Card. In addition, many places do not accept international driver’s licenses as forms of ID, and so, unless you intend to stay in Canada permanently, you cannot get a driver’s license here and hold you current one at the same time.
According to Ontario’s policy, after 60 days, you need to switch to an Ontario driver’s license in order to drive legally and have that as a form of ID. We do not recommend doing this until you are sure that you intend to stay in Canada and drive here, as Service Ontario will take your international one in exchange for the Ontario one, unless you fall under the categories listed here.
It is NOT an official form of ID (please see our tab above for legal identification information), but it is free to graduate students and can be used to get deals in shopping, travel, museums, and much more. Click here to get your card or apply for a free one if you are a graduate student at Brock!
Just remember that with your U-Pass, you can not only use St. Catharines’ public transit, but you also have access to Niagara Regional Transit! Should you have any additional questions about your bus pass, please reach out to BUSU at firstname.lastname@example.org
Technically, without the ID card and bus sticker, you cannot ride for free because there is no official proof that you are a current student and that you have paid the bus pass fee. However, St. Catharines Transit bus drivers tend to be sympathetic with students, especially at the beginning of term.
If it is the beginning of term, we suggest you print out your student schedule for term and have a printed copy of your offer letter that specifies when you will start at Brock. Then, when you go to ride the bus, you can explain that you are a new Brock student who hasn’t yet received their ID card. Be sure to ask nicely if you can ride for free; the worst is that they say no and you must pay $3. Just to be safe, we do recommend you have some cash on you to pay and remember: they do not give change back and so it is best to have $3 exactly.
If you plan to be in Ontario for less than 3 months, then you can drive with your international license! Please read the following information to learn more.
Finances & Fees
Questions can be directed to email@example.com
It depends! Brock University charges tuition on a per-term basis and depends on:
- If you are an undergraduate or graduate student
- First and continuing year of study
- “Arts, science and other programs” and “professional undergraduate programs” (business and computer science)
- Domestic and international (visa) students
Along with your tuition, Brock University may charge you for the following:
- Ancillary Fees: These are assessed on a per credit and sessional basis. Most ancillary fees administered by Brock University are mandatory and governed by an Ancillary Fee Protocol established between the university and the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) for undergraduate students and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) for graduate students.
- Program-specific fees: Typical program fees can include co-op administration, placement and/or practicum fees for undergraduate students, and internship and work placement fees for graduate students.
- Miscellaneous and administrative fees: these are fees for service and may be incurred by a student as a result of a request or action.
- Course specific fees: These may be charged by Brock University for the reasonable cost of such things as field trips, learning material and clothing retained by the student. Please consult course descriptions to identify if course specific fees apply.
- Residence and meal plan fees: these vary depending on the residence assigned and type of room. Meal plans are mandatory for certain residence facilities. For details consult the Residence Services website.
Most ancillary fees are mandatory and are governed by an Ancillary Fee Protocol established between Brock University and the Brock University Student’s Union (BUSU). Please visit the Brock BUSU website for full details: https://www.brockbusu.ca/fees/.
Most ancillary fees administered by Brock University are mandatory and governed by an Ancillary Fee Protocol established between the university and the students’ union. Ancillary fees are assessed on a per credit and sessional basis. The fees administered by the Graduate Students Association are established in accordance with their constitution.
Health & Dental Insurance Plan
UHIP offers basic health care for eligible international non-residents studying or working at a participating Ontario university. It is mandatory for all international students in Canada. If you have additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
Your Student Financial History will reflect all of your payments with due dates for each term that academic year. Please see below for an explanation of sample statements you may see:
[semester]$ Due as of _____: This number reflects your total amount for whichever semester is specified that is due on the date specified. Please note, once paid in full, the number will remain here for the academic year.
Due Now: This is what you need to pay for tuition by the date specified.
*If you do not have a credit/scholarship/award/bursary that has already been applied to your account, the amount at Due Now should match the balance at [semester]$ Due as of ______. Please note, after you have paid this amount in full and it is reflected on your student account, the amount at Due Now should be $0.
Total Amount Due: This number reflects what is left to pay for the term. If you have paid all of your tuition for the previous term (e.g., Fall), this number should then match what is outstanding for your Winter$ Due as of the date specified.
For an overview of how to read your student account, please click here.
Please see Student Accounts and Financial Aid’s website here on how to make a payment. If you still have questions, please reach out to email@example.com!
Just note: your tuition fees may not automatically show up after you register, and so sometimes students need to wait a little bit until they can see the amount they owe for tuition. For tuition due dates and more information, please check out the following webpage.
The Student Accounts and Financial Aid Office will have Brock Scholars Awards posted to student accounts by the end of August. If your scholarship is not posted on your Student Financial History by the beginning of the Fall term,
For undergraduates: please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For graduates: please email email@example.com
Note: if you are starting in a different term than the Fall (e.g., Winter, Spring/Summer), please also reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you do not see it by the beginning of term.
We are sorry to hear that you are facing financial hardships! Brock is committed to supporting students in several ways.
- If you haven’t already done so, please complete the OneApp This allows you to apply to hundreds of scholarships at once. You can also apply for International Awards!
- Within the OneApp, you can indicate your financial need for the Emergency Bursary.
- You can review the status of your application anytime online through your Brock portal.
- Questions and updates about your application can be directed to Brock Central firstname.lastname@example.org
- For undergrads, your student union (BUSU) offers an Emergency student loan. To learn more and to apply, click here.
- For grads, you can visit the Grad Studies Awards and Scholarships page and check out the Grad Studies Bursary Funds page.
- If you are experiencing food insecurity, please apply for the Food First program which provides assistance with food to students in need
Housing in Canada
Brock has many resources, for both On and Off-Campus:
Residence (On-Campus) Resources – https://brocku.ca/residence/
- Building information & Amenities – https://brocku.ca/residence/buildings-and-amenities/
Off-Campus Living Resources – https://brockocl.ca/resources/students/im-looking-for-a-place-to-live/
If you are experiencing a housing crisis and need somewhere to stay, please visit https://www.niagararegion.ca/housing-homelessness/emergency-shelters.aspx.
If you require urgent assistance with a landlord related concern, please contact the Rental Housing Enforcement Unit at https://www.ontario.ca/page/solve-disagreement-your-landlord-or-tenant
If you have an emergency in Canada, call 911
Brock mailing addresses can only be used for students who live in one of Brock’s Residences.
Canada Post offers a few options that might be helpful for those who need a Canadian address for delivery:
- FlexDelivery: pickup at the post office | Personal | Canada Post (canadapost-postescanada.ca)
- Rent a post office box | Personal | Canada Post (canadapost-postescanada.ca)
Please note that the options above might not apply for some government applications, such as SIN and IRCC forms. For those, your Canadian residential address might be needed.
Working in Canada
Learn all about Career & Settlement here
International Students in Canada can work without a work permit, if they meet the eligibility requirements:
- They have a valid study permit;
- Their study permit has proper conditions allowing them to work on OR/AND off campus;
- They have a SIN;
- They are full-time, studying in their academic term. For a definition of full-time, please see here.
- If they maintained full-time enrollment before and after a scheduled break, they can work full-time off-campus during the scheduled break.
- Brock students can use Brock important dates to determine when their scheduled breaks start and end;
A few notes:
- Taking courses in a scheduled break won’t affect students’ eligibility to work full-time during the break, if they meet the requirements to do so;
- As long as students maintain full-time enrollment,
- There is no limitation about hours for on-campus jobs.
- They can work up to 20 hours per week for off-campus employers during an academic term