Plan your stay

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: Send official interim high school transcripts if you are still in school.  If you have graduated, send official transcripts and proof of your graduation.

Post-secondary: It can take up to eight weeks after we receive your official documents to process transfer credits. Send your post-secondary transcript(s) early to allow us to apply your transfer 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

Find out how to pay


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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

Learn more about permits and visas to come study in Canada here.

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 rules.


Get medical insurance

As an International student, you need to have medical insurance for the whole time you are in Canada. UFV International’s staff will enroll you in a private medical insurance plan until you are eligible for BC's provincial health care plan. 

Learn more about medical insurance in BC, Canada.


Prepare for your trip to Canada

Before you leave your country, read UFV International Student Handbook, 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 housing

If you plan to live in residence, reserve your spot now before space is no longer available. Follow application and payment procedures at UFV residence

If you plan to live off campus please review our accomodation page.


Arrange for airport pickup, if required

Transportation from the Vancouver airport to UFV:

Most students find it easiest to take a taxi from the airport. The estimated cost is $150 to $200 per taxi.  

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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 International Student Orienation, which takes place the week before classes start.  At International Arrival Days, 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.   

Kerstin Stausberg

UFV is awesome! It provides small classrooms for better student and prof interaction. You can get involved in clubs and associations. And if you have any problems, there are always helpful staff members who will support you.

  • – Kerstin Stausberg
  •    UFV student
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