||All International students require a
Visitor's Visa to study in Canada. Students from some countries
can obtain this Visa at the point of entry where students from
other counties must obtain a Visitor's Visa from the Canadian
Embassy nearest their home before departing for Canada. Please
check with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for more
||An international student who will study in
Canada for period greater than 6 months must obtain a Student
Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). To obtain
this Permit, students must:
• Obtain a Letter of
Acceptance (LOA) from KGC.
Proof that your tuition has been paid.
• Proof that
you have financial resources to live in Canada for the study
period and for return travel to your home country.
International students from some countries must undergo a medical
To apply for a Student Permit, please visit the Canadian Embassy
nearest your home. Please note that students cannot apply for
a Student Permit from within Canada. As such, students who register
for programs under 6 months in length and decide to extend their
study will be required to leave Canada to apply for a Student
Students who have a Student Permit about to expire can easily
renew their Permit using a simple mail in procedure. Please
see the KGC Receptionist for assistance with Student Permit
Adapting to a New Culture
||Studying abroad is one of the most important
life decisions that you will make. Learning to thrive in a new
culture will be challenging, overwhelming but very exciting
at the same time.
When you first come
to Canada everything will be new and exciting. However, after
a few weeks or months, students will often begin to develop
feelings of homesickness or frustration. These feelings are
normal and expecting them is the first step in overcoming
them. Other tips to help you overcome these feelings include:
• Get extra support by talking to the Academic Director,
your teacher or friends.
• Surround yourself with family photos and mementos
and write or email your family often.
• Become familiar with your new surroundings. You’ll
be surprised how much of your country is represented in Vancouver
through special shops, restaurants and cultural events.
Before you know it, you will begin to
appreciate the new culture you are experiencing without giving
up your own culture and values. Studying abroad leaves students
with a profound memory and great life experience.
||Once you have been accepted to study
• Apply for a
passport if you don’t already have one
• Apply for a Visa if it is required
• Reserve your flight ticket well in advance to secure
• Buy private medical insurance through KGC
• Develop a budget to ensure sufficient funds
• Apply for homestay and airport reception if needed
• Carry traveler’s cheques and a small amount
of money in local currency
• Make photocopies of all your documents i.e. passport,
medical insurance, itinerary, flight ticket etc...
• Pack your luggage and label them with your name and
• Pack a carry-on to hold all your documents, valuables,
toiletries and a change of clothes
• Provide your parents/family with KGC’s contact
information as well as your homestay information
• Bring family pictures and mementos as a personal comfort
Safety in Vancouver
||Vancouver provides a safe and friendly
environment which will make your experience a pleasant one.
Regardless, it is always best to take precautions;
• Familiarize yourself with
your new surroundings and avoid unsafe areas
• Do not give your name, address or phone number to strangers
• Do not walk alone at night
• Do not hitchhike or accept a ride from a stranger
• Always have your keys ready to open your car door and
home door, lock it immediately after you
• Let someone know your daily plans
• Do not carry too much money - use traveler’s cheques
• Do not drink and drive
• Avoid all drugs
||It is very important for one to familiarize
them selves with new currency. It is best to begin by developing
a budget so one will know how much money to bring with them.
This balanced budget should include tuition, accommodation,
medical insurance, transportation, entertainment, meals, clothes
etc… Once you have settled in, you may want to consider
opening a bank account at a local bank. You will need to provide
the bank with your passport, student ID, and the funds to be
For convenience you may choose to use an ATM card or a credit
Clicker here for a Currency
Vancouver enjoys mild
weather throughout most of the year. The blossoming of spring
brings temperatures lingering between 10 to 18 degrees Celsius.
Vancouver streets and attractions are filled with people wearing
casual light clothing as well as light sweaters and jackets.
The summer months are warm and comfortable.
The days are enjoyable with temperatures averaging around
20 Celsius and evenings cooling down having Vancouverites
wear a sweater or light jacket.
Most years, Vancouver enjoys summer - like
weather well into late October. As fall weather really begins
to set in, rain gear and warm clothing is needed.
Vancouver winters are often mild and
wet with some snow fall. Winter temperature rarely drops below
0 degrees Celsius providing great ski and snowboarding conditions.
This time of year in Vancouver requires warm clothing, coats,
boots, umbrellas and rain gear.
||Vancouver is a border city to the American
state of Washington and our international students are often
enticed to visiting the United States (US) after arriving in
Canada. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get a Visitors
Visa to the US after you arrive in Canada. If you think you
will visit the US while studying in Canada, please consider
applying for a US Visitors Visa before leaving your home country.
See the US Embassy nearest your home for more information.