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New Student Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
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Please take some time to review the items below as they will be crucial to being able to join us. Below please find information on how to pay your fees, how to accept your offer, applying for study and work permits, activating your email account and arranging for your placement test for English/Math.
For more information and required reading for all new international students please click and download the NEW STUDENT GUIDE below.
Login to your account at applynow.georgebrown.ca to make the required fee payment by the deadline and accept your offer to confirm your seat. When registration opens for your
program, register for your program and complete course selection at stuview.georgebrown.ca.
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 at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp Note: If you are transferring from high school to college studies, you must apply for and receive a new Study Permit for postsecondary level studies before beginning classes at the College.
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: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-coop.asp For information
on other types of work permits, whether or not you will need one and how to apply, please visit this webpage: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp Note: A small number of programs may not be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit due to the % of online delivery in the program. Please check with the IRCC (formerly CIC) to confirm eligibility.
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 here Questions? Visit the College’s Information Technology Systems page.
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:
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.
Please check the programs requiring placement testing at www.georgebrown.ca/assessment/placement/ and arrange for your Placement Test(s) through Stu-View when registering for your courses. Plan to visit the Information
about Assessment page at www.georgebrown.ca/assessment/prep/ so that your test results place you in a course that reflects your skill level.
It is best to take the Placement Test as early as possible. 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 & Math for students who were automatically
placed in foundation course(s) is Day 5 of the semester (first year students
Remember, 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.
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.
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 see here for availability: coned.georgebrown.ca
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.