Pre–Departure Information


The type of accommodation will vary depending on the international opportunity or program. Students need to be prepared to live in an environment as experienced by local students and employees. This may mean services and facilities not always equivalent to what you may be used to in North America. You should be prepared to adapt to local customs and standards that may at first be disconcerting, but that ultimately will broaden your understanding and appreciation of the host country and its culture.

Safety and Security 

As you contemplate the possibility of studying or working overseas, it is important that you are mindful of ensuring your ongoing safety and security. While most students go abroad without incident, it is important to consider the risks. You should review country-specific safety information provided by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs Description: External website. Make sure that you register with the Canadian embassy or consulate soon after you land in your country of placement.

Conditions of Participation 

As a condition of enrolment all students will be required to provide written legal waiver acknowledging the assumption of risks and consenting to the terms of participation (which include agreeing to abide by the college’s and the host institution’s rules, code of conduct, and acknowledging their personal liability).
Students will also be required to complete a pre-departure orientation; obtain and provide proof of adequate travel, health and third party liability insurance; obtain all appropriate travel documents (visa, passport, etc.); and read all materials provided by the academic division and the International Centre.