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.
- New Student Checklist
- Travel Insurance
- Airport Pickup
- Upon Arrival
- Attending Orientation
- Welcome Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach International Student Services by phone at 416.491.5050 ext. 22367.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.