Study Less than Six Months: If you are planning to study in Canada for less than six months, you may enter the country as a visitor but it is recommended that you obtain a study permit as a precaution. Visitors from some countries will need a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada.
Study More than Six Months: If you are not sure but you think you may want to extend your studies to more than six months after you arrive in Canada, it is a good idea to apply for a study permit anyway. You cannot change your status from visitor (Temporary Resident) to student from within Canada. Please consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada web site for more information about Canadian visa requirements.
Study With Internship: If you are participating in a program that includes an internship component, you are REQUIRED to obtain a study and work permit from the Canadian Embassy in your home country. For additional information, click here.
After your application form, non-refundable application fee and program deposit have been processed, you will be notified of your acceptance into the program by email or post. As part of your study or work permit application, you will require a Letter of Acceptance to take to your nearest Canadian Embassy office. In some countries, a medical examination is also required. For more specific details on how to receive a Letter of Acceptance, contact the applicable program office.
For open registration courses and programs, UBC Continuing Studies does not issue a Letter of Acceptance.
Please do not arrive in Vancouver with large amounts of cash, or carry large amounts of cash around with you once you are here! Currency exchange services are available at the Vancouver Airport and at any of the major banks or credit union banks in the city. Travellers cheques or credit cards are a safer way to pay for your purchases because they can usually be replaced if they get lost or stolen. Many banks are open on Saturdays and most stores accept direct debit using bank cards. ATM bank machines are widely available throughout Vancouver.
If you need assistance opening a Canadian bank account when you arrive, please contact your program coordinator. The following banks are located on or near campus:
If you want to arrange to transfer funds before you arrive in Canada, there are several ways to do this:
If you are staying in homestay, you may pay your homestay fees to your family with traveller's cheques. Please ask the English Language Institute homestay staff or your homestay family about the best ways to pay your housing fees to avoid carrying large amounts of cash.