We want your arrival in Canada and the Kootenays to be as smooth as possible. Learn more about how to prepare to come study at Selkirk College.
Before you depart:
1. Apply for a study permit (if necessary)
Ensure you have all the immigration documents (study permit, temporary resident visa) you need to enter Canada and study in Canada before you leave home.
2. Arrange finances
Arrange to transfer money to Selkirk College to pay for tuition and accommodation.
3. Plan where you will live (homestay, student housing or off-campus housing).
Apply early, student housing fills up quickly and homestay applications normally should be received at least one month before you plan to arrive. Write down the address and telephone number for where you plan to live and bring this with you.
4. Make travel arrangements (book flights etc.)
Get the airport settlement service if you will live in student housing or off-campus housing in Castlegar. You will find information about this service at the bottom of the student housing page.
5. Tell Selkirk International when you will arrive.
Tell Selkirk International and your homestay family when you plan to arrive.
6. Arrange an emergency contact.
Ask someone close to you (relative or good friend) to be your emergency contact while you are in Canada.
What to bring:
Warm clothing for winter (In December, January and February temperatures are between -1 and -10 degrees Celsius).
Cool clothing for spring and summer (in July and August temperatures are between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius).
A valid passport or travel document.
Documents you will need to present to immigration upon arrival in Canada.
Credit card (if possible).
Enough money to pay for books, basic medical insurance, food, accommodation, and spending money while you are in Castlegar.
Power adapters for any electronic devices you bring. In Canada we use 120 volt power and have North American style outlets with 2 flat prongs and a round ground plug. Electronic devices from other countries will require an adapter in order to work in Canada.