Getting Ready


Starting Your Studies in 2021 as an International Student?

If you have received your Letter of Acceptance from Seneca for the January 2021 term or May 2021 term, please review the checklists and resources below. These documents will help you prepare to start your studies as a Seneca international student.

Prepare to study with Seneca

New Student Checklist

Anyone who is planning to study in Canada for longer than six months is required to have a study permit. After you have paid your tuition fees, you must apply for a Canadian study permit. If your program includes co-op/work placement, you should apply for a co-op work permit together with your study permit application.

You are advised to plan ahead to apply for your study permit as the processing time varies for each country. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to apply for your Study Permit.

Depending on your preferences, you can choose on and off-campus housing options.

Set up your Seneca email account and learn how to access our online services. For activation instructions visit

As a new student at Seneca, you may be required to write the Skills Assessment, even if you have already written a pre-admissions test. The Skills Assessment is a tool to determine your academic placement in mathematics. We use the results of this assessment to prepare your timetable. Students accepted into a graduate certificate program do not need to complete this assessment. While there is no assessment fee, if you do not write the assessment on time, you may be charged a $30 late fee. Learn more about Skills Assessments and how to book and find practice assessments, workshop schedules and study guides.

Transfer Credits are granted for courses taken at another accredited postsecondary institution which are deemed as equivalent to a course at Seneca. If you have a college or university level course that’s similar to a Seneca course, you may be eligible to apply for Transfer Credit at Seneca. Eligibility information and steps for how to apply can be found on the Transfer Credit web page.

After paying your fees, you must confirm your Intent to Enrol by following these instructions (PDF) and logging into Student Home.

Select your class schedule and enrol in courses when enrolment opens for your term. For more information please visit Selecting Your Class Schedule.

If you have forgotten your Student Home login information, please visit MyID Self Service.

Seneca requires all international students to enter the information found on their study permit into Student Home. Once completed, students are required to upload a copy of their study permit. Log into Student Home and select your “Tasks” tile to begin.

Review instructions for entering your study permit information.

All international students have mandatory health insurance covered through their tuition fee.   

Transportation options, parking and shuttle bus services available at Seneca will make the commute to your campus easy and comfortable.

Refer the Packing Checklist to learn about what you need to pack for your arrival in Toronto.

Stay connected with us and download our Seneca App on your mobile devices.

Travel Insurance

All international students have mandatory health insurance coverage while studying at Seneca. The coverage will be active for the current academic year (September 1 to August 31), depending on your program start date. It is highly recommended that you buy travel insurance when you purchase your airline ticket. Contact your local travel agent for information on travel insurance.

Airport Pickup

Seneca is providing airport pickup services at no cost for international students arriving in Toronto. Transportation from the airport to your quarantine location is provided by private taxi.  

To arrange transportation, download the Seneca International Arrivals (iCent) app and submit your airport booking through the “Start Here – Mandatory Forms” icon. Once your request is received, you will receive an email with further instructions and to confirm your pickup.

If you have any questions regarding your arrangements, please email the International Services Co-ordinator at You can also reach International Student Services by phone at 416.491.5050 ext. 22367.

Upon Arrival

After you have arrived in Toronto, you must visit your Seneca campus and confirm your arrival and complete other important procedures.

Submit your Study Permit

You must submit a copy of your Study Permit to the International Admissions Office upon your arrival at Seneca. You may submit online by scanning and emailing a copy to or in person to the Registration Office of your campus.

Submit an Address in Canada Form

You must submit an Address in Canada Form to the International Admissions Office. Seneca requires your new address in Ontario to reach you during the year. Seneca should always have your current local Ontario address on file.


Attending Orientation

Whether you are a professional program student or an English Language Institute (ELI) student coming to Seneca for the first time, you must attend our international student orientation. 

Learn more about our international student orientation and our ELI student orientation (PDF).

Welcome Events

To help you get off to a great start at the College, we encourage you to attend one of our virtual events for international students.

Each week, International Student Services hosts a virtual international student hangout to have your questions answered, participate in activities and connect with other international students.

It is every Wednesday, from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

Join Virtual International Student Hangout

The Student Life Calendar, has many activities that you can join from wherever you are.