Orientation Checklist | Assiniboine Community College
Orientation Checklist

After we receive your complete application, if you meet all requirements and there is a seat in the program, we will send an acceptance letter and a "Student Information for CIC" form describing program details and costs to attach to your study permit application.

1) If our letter requests a tuition deposit, it is important to pay by the date requested.  If you do not, you risk losing your seat in the program.  NOTE:  Refunds of the deposit are available only if you can prove your study permit application was denied.

2) Apply for your study permit as soon as possible.  Application forms and all the details for applying for your permit can be found in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.  The processing time can vary depending on the country and individual circumstances.  

If your study permit is approved, please send us a copy of the letter authorizing your study permit.

If your study permit is denied, please send us a copy of that letter to request a refund. 

Our letter of acceptance will specify a deadline for your study permit.  If you have not received an answer from IRCC by that date, please contact us to discuss options.  Whether we can "save" your seat will depend on a number of factors, including whether there is a waiting list for the program.

3) If you would like to request credit for previous education (to reduce coursework and fees at Assiniboine), please see our FAQ on this topic.  Do this as early as possible, as the process can take a number of months and must be complete before the relevant classes start.

4) In about mid-July each year, ACC will register students who confirm study permit approval.  We will send you information about this at that time.  You do not "choose" courses in the first year of your program, so we register all students in the same courses. 

5) Make travel arrangements to arrive by the last week of August.  Classes start in the first week of September, but there will be required orientation in the last week of August.  (In 2017, you should arrive by Sunday, August 27 at the latest, as orientation begins on Monday, August 28.)  See both of these links for required orientation for your program: Xplore ACC and International Orientation.

6) Arrange a place to live in Brandon.  For more information on housing, visit the housing page on this website.

7) If your study permit is valid for less than 6 months after arrival in Manitoba, you will need to purchase private health insurance valid until you can extend your study permit and receive Manitoba Health.  We cannot confirm your registration without proof of this insurance.  For more inforamtion about health insurance see our Costs page.

8) Deadline for college to receive original hard copy foreign documents (transcripts and English language test results) for verification:   August 15, for programs which begin in September.  Assiniboine staff must compare these with scanned application documents.  Therefore, you must arrive in Brandon before August 15, or send those documents to Assiniboine International or to a trusted friend/relative in Brandon before August 15.

If you were attending an institution in Canada, bring or mail the most up to date original, official transcript for our files.  This transcript would be the "final" transcript from that institution, NOT an "interim" or "in progress" transcript. 

Assiniboine cannot register you for classes or provide an enrollment letter until we verify your original documents.

9) Pay your tuition fees. When we register you, you will receive log-in information for your ACC computer account and the MyACC information portal.  When you log in to MyACC, you will see the exact fees. 

NOTE:  Please contact us at international@assiniboine.net if for some reason you will not attend Assiniboine Community College, or if you are unsure whether you can arrive by the last week of August.

When you Arrive

We require international students arrive in Brandon or Dauphin by the final week of August. During that week, we host "Xplore ACC" for all students.  At Xplore ACC, you can confirm your registration, obtain a schedule, pay your fees, get a student card and computer account, tour the college and meet college staff and students in your program.

In addition, there will be another orientation session just for international students. Attending these two events before the first day of college will make your first days of college much less stressful.

Note: Classes begin on the first Tuesday in September.  The college is closed on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday prior to that (as it is a Canadian holiday weekend called "Labour Day"). All students must be in class on the first day of college; if you do not attend your first day of college, we reserve the right to cancel your seat and offer it to someone on the waiting list (if there is one).

If you absolutely cannot arrive in time for orientation, contact Assiniboine International as early as possible (email international@assiniboine.net) to discuss.  Most programs have waiting lists and we reserve the right to offer your seat to someone on that waiting list if you do not communicate with us or arrive in time.

Books and Supplies

All students must purchase all required textbooks and supplies. An estimated cost will be on the program page (same as for domestic students). Textbooks are expensive in Canada, so you will need to plan for this cost. You buy textbooks only when you need them; most programs will need some new books every two months. If you do not have your own textbooks, you will have a lot of difficulty and may not pass your courses.

If you can find the correct textbook at a lower cost, you can purchase it elsewhere; however, be sure you are buying the correct textbook, including the correct edition. Note also that many textbooks include a PIN to use an online resource, so used textbooks often will not be adequate.


Before you start at Assiniboine Community College complete the checklist to be sure you are prepared.

  1. I have satisfied all the college admission requirements by the deadline date.
  2. I have an updated passport to cover the length of the college program.
  3. I have received my study permit and sent a copy to international@assiniboine.net.
  4. If I want to request credit for previous education, I am doing the necessary paperwork as early as possible.
  5. I have booked a flight or other transportation to Brandon and will arrive for Xplore ACC.
  6. I have found a place to live.  I can pay or have paid the damage deposit and first month’s rent.
  7. I can submit original transcripts (both my home country and Canadian) and English test documents before August 15.
  8. I have paid my first term tuition.
  9. I have my books/supplies or can pay for them as soon as I arrive.
  10. I have transportation to college each day.
  11. If my study permit is valid for less than 6 months from my arrival in Manitoba, I have purchased private health insurance.

When you arrive in Manitoba, you are welcome to email international@assiniboine.net with questions.