Helpful Websites and Travel Guides

Canadian International Education Websites & Transfer Guides

•    BCCAT (BC Council on Admissions and Transfer)

•    BCCIE (BC Council for International Education)

•    CBIE (Canadian Bureau for International Education)

 

Passport Information & Foreign Representatives

•    Canadian Embassies and Consulates Abroad Directory is a comprehensive list of Government of Canada diplomatic & consular missions overseas

•    Canadian Passport Application Online

•    Foreign Representatives in Canada List

 

Health & Safety

•    Centre for Disease Control provides health information for students studying abroad

•    Health Canada website has travel alerts and immunization information.

•    Transitions Abroad Magazine is a resource for finding meaningful experiential work abroad, study abroad, cultural travel overseas, and international living.

 

History & Statistics

•    CIA World Factbook

•    Countryreports.org

•    DFAIT – cultural do’s and don’ts

•    Infoplease.com/countries

 

Travel Guides

•    Access-able Travel Source

•    Lets Go Travel Guide

•    Lonely Planet

•    Mobility International empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development

•    NAFSA Rainbow SIG has links and resources for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered international student community and study abroad students

•    Time Out Guide to 33 Cities Around the World

•    World Travel Guide has Information for travellers with special needs

•    Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide

 

 

Passport, Study Permits & Visas

Passports

In order to enter your destination country and to apply for a student visa, you will need to have a valid passport. 

Gathering all the documents required for a passport application can take a significant amount of time. Passport processing times can also be quite lengthy so please ensure that you apply for your passport as soon as possible. If you are a Canadian citizen, you can apply online at the Passport Canada.

If you already have a passport, it must be valid for at least 6 months after your expected return date to Canada in order to facilitate entry into your destination country.

Study Permits/Visas

In order to spend an extended amount of time studying in a different country, you may be required to get a study permit or visa before entering your destination country. Each country's requirements are different. To find out what the requirements are for your destination country contact your destination country's visa office in Canada.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate documents to enter and stay in your destination country for the duration of your exchange. Processing times for visa applications can be quite lengthy. Please apply for any required documents at least 3 months before your departure date.

 

Why Study Abroad?

The decision to Study Abroad is a major one. Students report that going overseas or to a foreign country to study forever changes their lives – in a fantastic way. They learn new language skills, make new friends and connections, and most importantly challenge their perspectives. When returning home, many find that these new skills increase their employability and inspire them for years to come.

Although it’s never easy to adapt to a new culture – especially when it’s your first time travelling abroad - with careful planning and preparation, this can be one of the best parts of your academic experience.

Today’s world is interconnected. To be successful, you must become a global thinker. Students who are flexible and open minded to new ideas, languages, and ways of life, will have an advantage both professionally and personally. Some experts even say international experiences make you more creative. You’ll be able to challenge traditional ideas and draw on your unique experiences from international living.