Prepare to study in Canada
Coming to study in Canada is a big adventure: use the resources below to help you prepare.
Provide UFV with all your official documents
Before we can send you an official letter of acceptance, we need to receive all your documents, as outlined in your preliminary letter of acceptance.
High School: Please send official interim high school transcripts if you are still in school. If you have graduated, please send official transcripts and proof of your graduation.
Post-secondary: Please send your post-secondary transcript(s). UFV requires up to eight weeks after receipt of official document(s) to process transfer credit. This will allow us to apply your credits in time to plan your course of study for your first semester. Have your post-secondary transcript(s) sent to UFV Admissions in a sealed university envelope. Transcripts must bear the official institution seal or authorizing signature.
Pay your fees
Pay your fee deposit in full by the deadline, as detailed in your preliminary letter of acceptance, to secure your seat in courses at UFV. Your fees include tuition, ancillary fees to cover the cost of providing student services and activities, and medical insurance, which is mandatory for all people in Canada, including international students.
View more information about fees and methods of payment.
Apply for permits and visas
When your fees are paid and we’ve received and evaluated your documents, you will receive an official letter of acceptance. Once you have this letter, you are ready to go to the nearest Canadian embassy or high commission to get your study permit and visa, if required.
Allow at least 4 to 12 weeks for processing. Check processing time for your country on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Processing may be faster for Indian and Chinese students who apply and meet the requirements under the Student Partners Program.
Learn more about permits and visas to come study in Canada.
What happens if I cannot come?
If you’ve been refused a study permit by the Canadian embassy or are unable to attend UFV for medical reasons, you can transfer your fees and defer your studies to the next semester. Or if you prefer, you can receive a full refund, less your $150 application fee and $100 administration fee. You must notify UFV in writing with supporting documents before classes start.
If you choose not to attend for other reasons and want a refund, please review UFV’s refund policy.
Get medical insurance
As an International student, you need to have health insurance for the whole time you are in Canada. UFV International’s staff will help you sign up for medical insurance when you first arrive.
Learn more about medical insurance in Canada.
Prepare for your trip to Canada
Before you leave your country, read UFV’s pre-arrival guide, to help you pack and prepare to come study in Canada. This useful guide will tell you all you need to know about immigration, housing, transportation, medical insurance and more.
Arrange for airport pickup, if required
UFV International can arrange to have you picked up at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR); and taken to your accommodation by the Language Limousine Transportation service. UFV requires receipt of your completed airport reception form and $160 fee, a minimum of 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
To arrange for pickup, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 1-604-854-4544 or fax at 1-604-855-7153.
Check in at UFV International
When you arrive at UFV, staff and student leaders will be there to help you find your way.
New international students are required to attend UFV International’s student orientation, which takes place the week before classes start. At Orientation, you will meet international Global Student Associates, make new friends, and learn more about resources and services on campus. Watch your email for more information on coming to Canada, arrival at UFV and orientation.