International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College

International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
International Student
Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session
     December 16, 2020 – Winter Semester
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
Agenda                              INSTAGRAM

►   Territorial Acknowledgement            Take an
►   Welcome & Team Introduction         photo and tag
►   Get Ready for Your First Semester   @camosunintl

►   Break (5min)
►   Travel to Canada & Quarantine
►   Counselling Support
►   Immigration
►   Open Q & A
►   Reminders & Newsletters
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
Territorial Acknowledgement

Camosun College campuses are located on
the traditional territories of the Lekwungen
and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge
their welcome and graciousness to the
students who seek knowledge here.

Providing a territorial acknowledgment is a
way for us, as visitors, to thank and
acknowledge the caretakers of the places
where we work, live, and play.
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
Congratulations and Welcome to Camosun!
  You've made a great choice—over the past
  50 years, Camosun has become one of BC's
 most comprehensive colleges and has earned
    an outstanding reputation for teaching
excellence. You're joining a family of more than
60,000 alumni who are making a difference all
                over the world!

Our highly trained staff are ready to work with
you to assist your goals while here at Camosun.

   Enjoy your time at Camosun and we look
   forward to welcoming you in person!

Welcome to our Orientation for Winter 2021!
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
Get Ready for your First Semester
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
Get Ready for Your First Semester
Important Information

►   What Does Your 2021 Winter Semester Look Like?
►   Online Learning Requirements
►   Medical Insurance Information
►   Housing & Scams
►   Life in Victoria
►   Before Your First Day
►   Open Q & A
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
What does the Winter semester look like?

►   Courses that can be delivered remotely will continue in this format
    throughout winter 2021, while components that require face-to-face
    instruction or access to specialized equipment will continue to be delivered
    in a way that is safe for students and employees.
►   Our mixed-delivery model has ensured that students are able to meet all of
    their learning outcomes.
►   The direction from the Provincial Health Officer, the B.C. Government and
    WorkSafeBC will continue to guide us in the coming months.
►   Students can still access all the support and services to help them succeed
    during their time at Camosun. There is also limited access to some library
    services and the culinary arts students are providing some food and
    beverage options at Interurban.
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
Course Delivery Methods for Winter 2021
                                        Timetable Definitions
                                                                                                                   Make sure to
► Online asynchronous: no set meeting schedule (asynchronous)                                                   double check what
                                                                                                                 time the courses
► Online synchronous: online scheduled dates/times (synchronous); if applicable, room provided for              will be delivered in
    virtual remote                                                                                               your time zone, if
► Blended: on-campus, online and off-campus; location listed as campus-blended; scheduled                           you are not
    dates/times with on-campus showing bldgs/rooms                                                                in Victoria, BC.
► On-Campus: location listed as campus; scheduled dates/times/bldgs/rooms
► Off-Campus: location listed as off-campus; if applicable, scheduled dates/times/bldgs/rooms

For online synchronous and blended courses, instructors may plan a combination of synchronous and
asynchronous lessons. For on-campus courses, instructors may need to organize smaller groups of
students to rotate on-campus attendance due to health and safety guidelines. Instructors will provide
details in the first week of the semester.
                                                                           Course: A particular subject
Online Learning Resources                                                  (e.g. ENGL 151)
                                                                           Section: A 3–5-digit number listed
                                                                           after the course number
                                                                           (e.g. ENGL 151 001).
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
Online learning requirements - INTERNET
 Here are some things you should consider before deciding to study overseas:
 ►   Will you have access to reliable and strong Internet connection
     and a computer with a camera and microphone?
       ►   Please review:

 ►   You may need to log into Camosun College labs remotely.
     Is this a possibility for you?
International Student Orientation Day 1: Pre-Arrival Session - December 16, 2020 - Winter Semester - Camosun College
Online learning requirements - TEXTBOOKS
►   Make sure that you purchase your textbooks at the Bookstore early to ensure timely
    delivery. You will need to know your course codes and section numbers
    (e.g. ACCT 111-001 in order to find your textbooks.)
      ►   Know how to order Digital or Printed copies
      ►   Website: web
      ►   Textbooks vary in price and may cost more than $100 each
      ►   Payment must be made by a credit card
Online learning requirements – CLASSES

 ►   Are you comfortable logging in and participating in classes that may happen during
     night-time hours in your home country?
         ►   There may be specific times in the week you need to be online with your
             class. You may be required to do some group work with other students,
             participate in online discussions, and take scheduled tests.
     ►   Log into D2L and familiarize yourself with the Desire to Learn online platform
         ►   Read the "D2L Student Guide"
         ►   Join the D2L Orientation session on January 7, 2021
Medical Insurance
International students are required to have medical insurance for the
entire duration of their studies in Canada
► During the first three months upon arrival, International students
  in Camosun College are enrolled in that covers medical
  services to address new and unexpected illness or injury (COVID

   IMPORTANT: Your coverage will be from your arrival date in Canada
   You must inform us as soon as you have your arrival date confirmed.

► If students are planning to stay in British Columbia (BC) for more
  than six months, they are eligible for the BC Medical Services Plan
  (MSP) after three months living in the province.
► You MUST apply for MSP as soon as you arrive in BC.
                         How to Apply for MSP
Housing in Victoria                                                                Join the
                                                                                  Friends of
Because of COVID-19 and physical distancing, Camosun College                    International
has suspended the homestay service.                                               Facebook
Here are some resources for finding accommodation:
• Living in Victoria: Renting
• Camosun College Student Society (CCSS): Camosun Housing Services
The following organizations provide information and support to tenants in BC:
• BC Residential Tenancy Branch
• Rent Smart
The Residential Tenancy Act:                                             Laws and policies change
                                                                         often due to COVID-19.
BC Law that covers tenancies                                             For up-to-date information
                                                                         please visit the BC
➢ Protects tenants and landlords               Property Management       Government website
➢ Laws about:                                  Companies, for example
    Starting a tenancy                        Brown Bros.
                                               Cap Rent
    During a tenancy
                                               Devon Properties
    Ending a tenancy
    After a tenancy                           Websites, for example
For more information visit BC Government       UVIC Off-Campus Housing
                                               Used Victoria
Housing Information and Support                Friends of Camosun
 RentSmart - Education and Support Society
                                               International FaceBook
 TRAC - Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre
 COVID-19 and BC Tenancies
Housing & Phone Scams
➢ Be careful with phone and email scams from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees
   and Citizenship Canada), CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) and others.
➢ NEVER share personal information over the phone or email with someone
   you do not know (address, SIN number, passport, ID# etc)
➢ NEVER send money to someone before seeing the home!
➢ Make sure the Landlord has the keys and can show you around
➢ Take someone with you, see the inside and walk around with the landlord.
➢ If it’s too good to be true, it might be a scam.
Life in Victoria
Pre-departure Information

Get your Camosun ID and bus pass              Shopping centers & entertainment
                                              •   The Bay Center, Hillside, Uptown
                                              •   IMAX, RBC Museum, Cineplex
Open a bank account link
•   Coast Capital, BMO, TD, HSBC, RBC, CIBC   Parks & Recreation Centers link
                                              •   Beacon Hill, Willows Beach, Thetis Lake,
                                              •   Mt Douglas, Goldstream Park
Get a phone line & Internet                   •   Gordon Head, Oak Bay, Crystal Pool
•   Shaw, TELUS, Bell, Virgin Mobile, Fido
                                              Grocery stores
                                              •   Save-on-Foods, Walmart, Fairways, Thrifty
Apply for your BC ID and SIN number
                                              Useful websites
                                              •   UsedVictoria, Kijiji, Craigslist, Meetup,
Explore your neighborhood!                    •   Friends of Camosun Facebook page
                                              •   @camosunintl IG
Physical Distancing in BC
BC residents must practice physical distancing. We must be at least
2 meters away from others, except people who live in the same home.

We can:
                                               We cannot:
•   Go to the store to buy food and
                                               •   Meet with people who do not
    medicine, using a mask (after the
                                                   live in the same household. No
    quarantine period)
                                                   friends, family members
•   Go see a doctor if an appointment
                                                   Take the public transportation
    requests your physical presence;

                                                   without masks
    otherwise, phone/video appointments
                                                   Indoor spaces without a mask
    are available

                                                   or physical distance
•   Go for a walk by ourself or with someone
                                                   Go on campus without
    who lives in our home, always keeping

                                                   previous approval
    distance between other people
Before Your First Day of Classes

                         ✔   Log onto Camlink
                         ✔   Log onto D2L
                             access one week before classes

                         ✔   Sign up for free
                             Office 365
Request your Camosun ID
You can request your Camosun ID card, which is also your bus pass, directly with the
Library Services by completing their online form for below:

                                                                               Many of Camosun’s online services use
                                                                               your Camosun domain account to log in
                                                                             (Camlink, D2L, etc). Other services may use
                                                                              a different username, password, or both.
                                                                                 For details, please check ITS Student
                                                                                            Accounts page:
International Students’ First Semester Checklist

  ✔ Apply for Co-op Work Permit as soon as possible,
    if internships/practicums is a mandatory part of your program
  ✔ Apply for Criminal Record Check (CRC) immediately if your program
    requires this (for example, Practical Nursing, Health Care Assistance,
    and Sport and Exercise Education programs)
  ✔ Check your fees before the fee deadline (January 22, 2021)
  ✔ Get to know your program. Reach out to the International Academic
    Advisor with your questions
  ✔ Connect with ISEAs for any concerns

            Important: if you need or wish to defer your start to a future semester,
              please contact Admissions (
                       before January 4th or your deposit will be forfeit.
International Admissions
Deferral Process

 ►   To defer to the next available intake
      ü   Summer (May) 2021
      ü   Fall (September) 2021
      ►   Notify us before January 4, 2020

 ►   Deferrals after semester started
      ü   Before fee deadline
      ü   After fee deadline

►   First semester tuition and fee deposit is
    non-refundable and non-transferable

►   If your Study Permit application is refused by IRCC you
    will receive a full refund, less $300 CAD administrative fee

►   Refund due to COVID-19 pandemic
Need further assistance?

        Contact International Admissions
ISEAs - Contact us
                                                          Lansdowne & Interurban
International Student Experience Advisors         International Student Experience Advisors

Your point of contact at Camosun International


Please include your student ID and full          Laura Ensor    Renata Minholi   Sahar Anjum
name in every email or phone
We will get back to you as soon as

                                                          Joey Tian      Luzia Simoes
How can we help you?

►   Registration support
►   Medical Insurance
►   Immigration questions and required documents for permit applications
►   Tuition, Fees and Deadlines
►   Booking appointments with Academic Advisors
►   Referrals to Counsellors and Co-op Experience Facilitators
►   Information on services available at the college
►   Information on study, life and work in Canada
Camosun Website
 Find important dates and           Use the
  fee deadlines                     Search bar
                                    to look up
 Request enrollment letters        keywords
 Find study plans for your
 Research prerequisites and
  course descriptions
 Navigate the library
                         and FAQs
International Student Testimonials

 Part 1:
Travel to Canada
Travel to Canada
                                                                                             For updated
Camosun College is one of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLI)                         information,
approved to accept international students traveling to Canada and has a                     always access
COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the Province of British Columbia.                           IRCC's
We want to make sure you have a solid travel and quarantine plan, a safe place to stay,
and medical insurance. We will also need to collect information about your current
study permit, entry visa and passport so we can issue you some supporting documents,
such as a Travel Support Letter, and give you tips.

You must quarantine for 14 days when arriving in Canada

The Government of Canada has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine
Act. It applies to all travelers arriving in Canada. Its purpose is to slow the spread of
COVID-19 in Canada. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under
the Quarantine Act.

If you are planning to travel to Canada, please email us at so we can guide you through the process.
Travelers to Canada – Continued
                                                                                          Make sure you
                                                                                            have health
You must be symptom free in order to travel to Canada. Please make sure you               insurance and
review the following important links to better understand the law, rules and              apply for MSP
regulations about international travel during COVID-19:                                    upon arrival

• Travel Exemptions and Restrictions
• For information about COVID 19 in British Colombia and BC's
response visit the Government of BC.​​
• Approved DLIs list
• Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada                                                          Be informed.
• Understanding the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) requirements                     Read the
• What happens if you do not follow the established quarantine rules? To learn more,   information and
please check out the Compliance and Enforcement information.​
• Detailed information on Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice from
the Government of Canada
• Camosun College Quarantine Website
Quarantine Support
Tips for Quarantine
Quarantine Check-Ins
   WHAT?
       Tips for Wellness from the International Student Counsellors
       Opportunity to check-in, ask questions, share experiences

   WHEN?
       Every Wednesday starting January 13

   WHERE?
       Microsoft Teams
       Link to join will be sent by email. Let us know if you’re quarantining @
Counselling Support for
International Students
Private and                  For issues
confidential                  big and

                                           Free for
                  is …

                              One of the               Academic
                                many                  and Career
                               support                  Topics

Brian Herron         Marie Abbott              Anna Stein
Booking a Counselling Appointment
          For students located in Canada:

   Please phone 250-370-3571 to schedule an
appointment with an international student counsellor.

           Monday-Friday 9am-4pm PST
   24/7 confidential mental health counselling and
    community referrals
   App, phone and web support services
   In Canada: 1-877-857-3397
   Outside Canada: +1-604-642-5212 *Intl calling charges may apply

   All BC post-secondary students (located inside or
    outside Canada) can access Here2Talk
Camosun College Closure
  Winter Break 2020

        Camosun College will be closed from:
            Dec 25, 2020 to Jan 1, 2021

     The college reopens on Monday Jan 4, 2021.

Camosun Counselling Services is not available while the
                  college is closed.

 Please contact               if you require support.
You are responsible for maintaining your immigration status and complying with immigration
regulations while you are in Canada. International Student Advisors can provide you with information
about the following:
► Immigration documentation you need to study as an International Student
► Maintaining your documents and legal status
► Co-op Work Permit
► Working off campus as an international student
► Post-Graduation Work Permit

 Always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website:
 How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and
 passport services: visitors, foreign workers and students.
Study Permit:
“Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires that all students
studying in Canada hold a valid study permit. It is illegal to study in
Canada without proper authorization.”

Most international students in Canada will require two important
immigration documents issued by IRCC in order to study in Canada.
These two documents are:
•   A valid study permit and
•   A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel
    Authorization (eTA).
If you are transferring from a post-secondary school in Canada, you
must inform IRCC of your Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
change. Camosun College’s DLI number is O19361235542.
Visit the IRCC website for more information.
“It is your responsibility to make sure that your Study Permit
is valid. All students must be progressing towards completion
of their program.”

If you plan to study beyond your study permit’s expiry date, it is your
responsibility to apply for an extension before it expires. Apply to extend your study permit 30-90
days before the expiry date. Do NOT let your study permit expire.

You will need a supporting letter and a transcript from the International Office which can be
ordered online by filling our “Online Letter Request Form”. Request these documents at least two
months in advance. For up-to-date information about study permit extension, contact IRCC

For more information on Canadian Study Permits and Entry Visas, please visit the IRCC website at
Be aware of the expiry dates of your
travel documents!

 Be aware of processing times: IRCC website

 Contact IRCC with your case-specific enquiry using their
 online web form.

   Must have a Valid Study Permit
   Implied Status for Study Permit
  • Could start studies without study permit if don’t want to apply for Post-Graduation Work
    Permit (PGWP) in future
  • If want to apply for PGWP in future, then must have one of the following:
       • Valid Study Permit or
       • Letter of Invitation or
       • Applied for study permit before starting your program in 2021W

       If applied for Study Permit before starting your program in 2021W then there are two
       possible scenarios:
                   Scenario 1                                           Scenario 2
      Study permit application is approved                  Study permit application is rejected

Time spent studying in 2021W without study permit   Time spent studying in 2021W without study permit
            will be included in PGWP                will NOT be included in PGWP (only holders of study
                                                               permit could apply for PGWP)
                                                             No refund of deposit or tuition fee
Study Permit & Post Graduation Work Permit
•     Students may now study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from
      the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their program of study is
      eventually completed in Canada.
•     Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length, with a
      start date from May to September 2020, will be able to complete their entire program online
      from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
•     Students who have enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 and
      study online up to April 30, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of
      study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a
      post-graduation work permit in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are completed
      in Canada.
     To be eligible for these measures, students must have submitted a study permit application
    before starting a program of study in the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semester, or the January
             2021 semester. All students must eventually be approved for a study permit.

For more information, please visit IRCC website.
Working Off Campus
 ▪   Winter 2021 is your first semester in your program. Therefore, you can only work
     part-time (20h/week) off-campus.
 ▪ During Summer 2020, international students providing essential services were
   temporarily allowed to work more than 20 hours per week. This provision ends at
   the end of August 2020. Please check IRCC website for Winter 2021 rules here.
 ▪ You must be enrolled full time (minimum 3 courses) in a diploma or degree
   program. English Language Development (ELD) and upgrading students cannot
   work off campus.
 ▪ Please obtain a SIN# from Service Canada. You will need this to work in Canada.

Co-op/Internship Work Term or Practicum
 ▪   Co-op Work Permit required
 ▪   Make sure to request it at the border
 ▪ This permit can only be used for co-op/internship/practicum and cannot be used
   any other time.
Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
You must maintain full time enrolment status during your diploma and/or degree
program, and only take breaks during “Scheduled Break”.
Online courses won’t affect your PGWP eligibility
If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19,
you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP).
If you have a study permit or have been approved for a study permit or have applied for
a study permit for a program starting in Summer or Fall, but you can’t travel to Canada at
this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWPP.
If you’re in this situation, you may
 ●   begin your classes while outside Canada, and
 ●   complete up to 50% of your program while outside Canada, if you can’t travel to
     Canada sooner.
Upcoming webinars and info sessions
Please stay tuned!

We will be offering workshops for:

►   Study Permit Extension
►   Co-op Work Permit
►   PGWP Application Process

Keep checking your emails for the updates!
Camosun International
From where you are, to where you want to go!
Reminders                                                                SERVICE
•   Please be patient with us! We are receiving a high volume of e-       Monday-Friday
    mails and we will answer yours as quickly as we can.☺                  9am to 4pm
•   Remember to include your full name, student ID number and your
    complete question to your e-mail to us.

•   Make sure your current home address, phone number and e-mail
    address are up to date on Camlink. That is very important for us to
    be able to reach you!

•   For everyone’s safety and health, please DO NOT come to the
    campus. Service is being provided exclusively remotely (by e-mail
    and perhaps phone).
Student Affairs – Communication
Stay tuned for more updates from Camosun!
•       Winter 2021 Welcome Week – January 11 to 15, 2021 (information to be updated on the
        website shortly)
•       Winter 2021 Pre-Arrival Newsletters for new-to-institution students (newsletters are uploaded
        to the orientation website under student newsletters).
•       Students will receive communications as per the following schedule:
    •    November 24 - Welcome to Camosun
    •    December 1 - Technology Needs / Online and Alternative Delivery
    •    December 8 - Pre-Start To-Do’s
    •    December 15 - Student Rights and Responsibilities                       CAMOSUN
    •    December 22 - Camosun College Student Society                        INTERNATIONAL
    •    January 5 - Getting Involved at Camosun                                NEWSLETTER
    •    January 11 - Welcome Week
Welcome to Victoria!
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                                      Still have questions?
                       shy to ask!
                                        Please check our
                                     Student Handbook, the
                            website or
                                          contact us at
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