Congratulations on being accepted into the George Brown College family.
You're one step closer to joining us in Toronto and we couldn't be more excited! Please take a moment to review this section and find out what the next steps are in your academic journey, including things to do BEFORE and AFTER you arrive in Toronto.
First, you should identify and remember any upcoming important dates and deadlines for your program. Visit the Important Dates page to see what is upcoming and make to visit the page often to see any new updates.
- 1 Pay Fees & Accept Offer
- 2 Apply for Study/Work Permit
- 3 Register for your Courses
- 4 Activate your Email
- 5 Arrange Placement Tests
- 6 Plan your Arrival
Pay Fees & Accept Offer
Apply for Study/Work Permit
After receiving a letter of acceptance, you must apply for a study permit. Please note that Study Permits are not issued inside Canada. You must apply online or at the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Official information on requirements can be obtained from an IRCC (formerly CIC) office in Canada, a Canadian Embassy or Consulate overseas and/or the IRCC (formerly CIC) website.
Note: Protected Persons, Refugee Claimants, or Convention Refugees are required to obtain a study permit for engaging in education or training that is more than 6 months in duration. Students must have a valid study permit in order to begin studying at George Brown College if the program is more than 6 months and/or their intention is to study longer than 6 months. Details can be found by visiting Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
Study permit applicants must record the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) Number on their study permit applications. George Brown College Designated Learning Institution (DLI) Number: O19283850612
If your program includes a co-op position or any kind of field education (co-op, externship, practicum, clinical, etc.), regardless of length, you must apply for a co-op work permit as well as a study permit. You can learn more about how to apply for a co-op work permit on the IRCC (formerly CIC) website.
For information on other types of work permits, whether or not you will need one and how to apply, please visit this Study and working in Canada as an international student webpage.
Note: A small number of programs may not be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit due to the percentage of online delivery in the program. Please check with the IRCC (formerly CIC) to confirm eligibility.
Register for your Courses
The first step to registering for your courses is to reset your password.You are required to reset your password immediately upon receipt of your letter of acceptance. To do so, you will need to log in to service.georgebrown.ca with the Student ID and Password you received on your Letter of Acceptance, create a new password and set-up some security questions. Your new password will be valid for one year and will expire automatically every year.
To choose courses in your program, you must register online. Check the registration start date for your programs and respective semesters by going to STU-VIEW. If you register at the start of your registration period, you will be assured a seat in all courses required for the semester and you will have a better selection of courses and timetable. Use your Student ID number and Password to log on to STU-VIEW to register and choose your courses during the scheduled registration period.
Activate your Email
All George Brown students are given an e-mail address which must be activated. Activate your account after you register for your courses and before classes begin.
It is vital that you activate this account because important notices from the College, including your invoices, assignments from your teachers, and communications from College staff will be made through your George Brown e-mail account.
Activate your account using Outlook Web Access.
Arrange Placement Tests
Most post-secondary students are required to take the Placement Test for English or Math, or both, depending on individual program requirements.
There is a deadline date to take a Placement Test. However, for those still outside Canada, Placement Tests can be taken upon arrival prior to the start of the semester at the Assessment Centre at Casa Loma Campus or St. James Campus before classes start. If you do not take the Placement Test, you will be automatically placed in Foundation-level courses. The last day to take the Placement Test for English and/or Math for students who were automatically placed in Foundation course(s) is Day 5 of the semester (first-year students only).
• You are not required to take the Placement test if:
- You have already taken an Admissions Assessment (test) to be admitted to the College. For students who have already taken the Admissions Assessment, the results of that test will be used to place you in the appropriate English and Math courses
- You are applying for a Post-Graduate Certificate or Degree program
Placement Testing determines if you are ready to take the College-level courses in English and/or Math in the first semester, or if you need to take a Foundation level course first to further develop your skills. Therefore, the Placement Test is a very important part of your academic success.
Which programs require a placement test?
Please check the programs requiring placement testing at Placement Assessment by Program and arrange for your Placement Test(s) through Stu-View when registering for your courses. Plan to visit the Information about Assessment page at Assessment Preparation and Resources so that your test results place you in a course that reflects your skill level.
What if I have to take a foundation-level course?
If you are placed in a foundation-level course, the course will be automatically included in your timetable (in block-based programs) or will be available for registration through your Stu-View account (in course-based programs). Your placement into a foundation-level course will not affect your start in the program and you will still take your core courses scheduled for the semester.
Do I have to take a foundation-level course?
If you take and achieve the appropriate score on time, you may be exempted from foundation level and go straight to College-level English and/or math. If you get this exemption, you won’t have to pay any extra course fees.
What happens when I complete a foundation-level course?
Upon successful completion of your foundation-level course(s), you will be able to take College-level English and /or Math course(s). You will be charged a full course fee for the additional course(s) when you register for your College-level course, usually in Semester 2. This fee could vary but may range from $1,000–$1,500 for international students. If available, you may also be able to take an evening equivalent of this College-level course through the George Brown Continuing Education department at a lower fee. Please visit our Continuing Education website to check availability.
Plan your Arrival
Each semester there is a cut-off date for late attendance. Students who fail to attend class by that date cannot be admitted into class. There are no extensions past that date.
If you are unable to start class by the cut-off date, you need to do two things:
- You must immediately withdraw from your program to avoid being charged one semester’s fees by withdrawing and requesting a refund. To do this, visit the withdrawal and refund page.
- If you want to defer to the next available intake, notify your Admissions Officer immediately to receive instructions on how to defer your program. Deferral to a future term, however, does not guarantee you a seat as programs could already be closed due to the volume of applications received. Please note program deferrals to the next semester will not automatically withdraw you from already registered courses so it is very important to follow step one above.
Arrange for a place to stay in Toronto before arrival. If you do not have local friends or relatives to help you find a place, George Brown College has a student residence that you may want to consider applying for. You may also want to consider staying with a Canadian family through a Homestay Program.
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
Learn how to apply for a withdrawal or refund. Find the forms you need and frequently asked questions.
What to do after you arrive
Submit your study permit
International Students are now required to submit a copy of their study permit electronically to the International Centre. Please upload a copy of your study permit and enter a few pieces of information from your permit. You will receive a notification once it has been accepted by International Centre staff.
You can order your student ID card online since we are currently not issuing physical ID cards. You will have access to this Digital Student ID via the George Brown College App.
Several orientation events are organized at the beginning of the January and September semesters. Orientations help you understand the requirements of the program, academic departments, the College and immigration requirements. You will also get to meet your faculty, departmental/GBC staff and fellow students in the program.