Welcome new international students! As you begin your program, be sure to complete the following steps to success at Conestoga:

  1. Safe Arrival & Quarantine Plan

    For students travelling to Canada, you must read, understand, and follow the Safe Arrival & Quarantine Plan as you prepare to come to Canada. Each section contains critical information and mandatory steps you must complete prior to and after travelling to Canada.

  2. Complete registration

    The following steps are required to register and access your timetable on the Student Portal. To see the steps in video format, watch Registration Checklist - Winter 2022 Intake.

    • Provide proof of visa approval on the Admissions Portal. If you have already submitted your visa information through email or OCAS, you are still required to complete this step.
      • If you are currently in Canada:
        • Upload a copy of your Study Permit that you received at the Canadian border when you arrived.
      • If you are outside of Canada but will arrive before the start of classes:
        • Upload a copy of your Passport Request Letter (PPR), Letter or Introduction (LOI), or visa issued by Immigration Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
        • Enter the UCI number listed on your approval document - should begin with 11-xxxx-xxxx.
        • Enter the expiry date indicated on your approval document.
        • Read and complete the declaration.

      Note: A valid study permit is the only document accepted and is required to start your program. If you have uploaded one of the following visa documents – Passport Request (PPR), Visa, or Letter of Introduction (LOI) to complete registration, your study permit MUST be uploaded to the portal as soon as you arrive but NO LATER than the first day of class.

    • Update your current address in the Student Portal.
      • If you are outside of Canada, do not update your address to a Canadian address until you have arrived in Canada
      • If you are in Canada, update your “Local” address with your Canadian address. If you do not have a Social Insurance Number (SIN), please be sure to check the box that says “I do not have a SIN". You won’t be able to save your address if you do not check this box.
    • Ensure your tuition payment has been received by the college. You will know it has been received if you can see it in the Student Portal under “Financial". If required, pay any outstanding tuition fees online.
    • Confirm your invoice. For a tutorial, watch How to: Confirm your Conestoga invoice.
    • Upload your ONE Card student photo: Your ONE Card serves as your student identification card. Upload your photo and learn more about receiving your card.

  3. Note:
    If you have completed all of these steps and still can’t see your timetable within 24 hours, please email internationaladmissions@conestogac.on.ca.

    *If your program is a course-based registration program, you will be required to build your own timetable. Visit Course-based registration for instructions.

  4. Submit proof of vaccination. Proof of vaccination can be uploaded online or through the Conestoga Mobile Safety App. Visit vaccines for more information.

  5. Confirm a reliable Internet connection to fully participate in your hybrid program

  6. Confirm reliable access to a computer that meets the specifications required for your program

  7. Log in to your online Conestoga accounts. This includes:

  8. Participate in your online Program Orientation

    Program Orientation dates are specific to your program of study. See the college Orientation Schedule for details.

  9. Participate in your online International Welcome

    See International Orientation for details.

  10. Complete Conestoga 101 (CON0101)

    An online mandatory course, available on eConestoga. Conestoga 101 is an overview of the supports, services, and opportunities available to you throughout your time at Conestoga.

  11. Read and understand Conestoga's Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy

Important information for students studying within Canada:

  1. Secure housing

    Our housing web page and YouTube videos are great resources. You can also connect with an International Transition Coordinator for housing support.

  2. Understand your health insurance plan and coverage

    Detailed information is available on the StudentCare website.

  3. Read our cost of living, local transportation, and safety and security web pages to help support your transition to Canada.

Pre-departure Checklist
Packing Checklist
  • Conestoga Letter of Acceptance
  • Passport (ensure it is valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date)
  • Study Permit, Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), Work Permit, as applicable
  • Canadian currency (about $500 is suggested for any immediate expenses) and credit or debit cards
  • Mobile phone and/or SIM card with charger and outlet converter
  • Laptop computer with charger and outlet converter
  • Housing information (address and contact information)
  • Medications (in original containers) and copies of prescriptions or doctor’s notes
  • Prescription eye glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Clothing suitable for all seasons
Arrival Checklist
  • Pay tuition fees online and confirm your invoice.
  • Complete your registration on campus in person, show your Study Permit, Co-op Work Permit (if applicable), and access your timetable.
  • Attend International Start Smart/Registration for information on housing, immigration and transition services.
  • Open a Canadian bank account
  • Activate your student accounts, including email, Student Portal,MyConestoga and eConestoga
  • Update your local (Canadian) address and cell phone number on your Student Portal as soon as I have it. Remember to change this every time you move!
  • Upload your photo for my Conestoga ONE Card student ID and pick up during Registration
  • Purchase your bus pass online through the ONE Card Portal
  • Select a locker through MyConestoga
  • Purchase your textbooks from the Bookstore
  • Pick up your CSI extended Health & Dental Plan Card from the CSI Office and check your student email for your College International Health Insurance Plan card 4-6 weeks after the start of the semester
  • Complete the Conestoga 101 (CON0101) mandatory online course which is available on eConestoga. This course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete, and focuses on introducing you to the supports, services, and opportunities available at the college.
  • Read and understand Conestoga's Student Code of Conduct Policy in the Conestoga Student Guide

Before you begin

First week