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Orientation Checklist

Once we receive your application, application fee, and official/scanned documents, and have verified that you meet the requirements for 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. Note: 1) the earliest we would send acceptance letters to students is October of each year and 2) it could take up to 5-10 business days to process your documentation to issue an original acceptance letter.

Apply for your study permit.  Application forms and all the details for applying for your permit can be found in the Citizenship and Immigration website.  The processing time can vary depending on the country and individual circumstances. Note: It is against the law in Canada for anyone other than certified immigration consultants to give immigration advice.  ACC has a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant on staff who can answer any study permit, work permit and immigrant questions you might have. 

We begin to send registration information (for your class schedule and exact fees) in the spring of each year.  Please do NOT wait for this registration package to apply for your study permit--apply for the study permit as soon as you receive the acceptance package.

Once you have received your study permit approval, please return to us:

  1. A copy of the letter authorizing your study permit.
  2. ACC's acceptance letter, with responses to our questions.
  3. Your completed registration form (if you have received it from us already).

If your study permit is denied, please return the acceptance letter checking the appropriate items.

Make arrangements for a place to live in Brandon.  For more information on housing, visit the housing page on this website.

Bring your original documents (transcripts and English language test results) to Canada and show them to our Admissions/Registration staff when you arrive. Assiniboine cannot register you in classes or provide an enrollment letter until we confirm your original documents.

Pay your tuition fees. Your first term fees must be paid after you register for classes and before classes start. (You may pay your fees when you arrive in Brandon.)

NOTE:  Please inform us by August 1 whether you will be attending.  If you are unable to confirm by this date, please contact us at international@assiniboine.net to discuss.  If you do not contact us at all by August 1, we reserve the right to cancel your seat and offer it to someone on the wait list (if there is one).

If you are applying from within Canada and already have a study permit, the following procedure will apply:

Your acceptance letter will indicate a date by which you must pay a commitment fee (currently $200) to hold your space in the program. Once your commitment fee is received, you will be sent a registration package. Complete the registration form and return it to us.  Pay your first term tuition fees by the date listed in the registration package.

When you Arrive

We recommend 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 a welcome session just for international students. Attending Xplore ACC 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 Xplore ACC, contact Assiniboine International as early as possible (email international@assiniboine.net) to:

  • Provide a copy of your study permit
  • Complete Manitoba Health (MHSC) form. See Insurance section below for more informationa or visit the MHSC website.
  • Get any further assistance you might require.  While we will welcome you any time you arrive, we can spend the most time assisting you if you make an appointment in advance. 


Health Insurance

As an international student at ACC, you are required to complete a Manitoba Health (MHSC) form. MHSC is the insurance all Manitoba residents have; there is no fee. International students are required to have it and must enroll as soon as they arrive. International students can choose to also have additional health insurance, for items not covered by MHSC. See the MHSC website.

Some international students will also be eligible for Student VIP insurance through the Students’ Association, for services not covered by MHSC. Eligible students must also obtain this insurance, which has a fee.

Car Insurance

It is law to have a driver's license and insurance in order to use a vehicle, and we recommend that you have tenants’ insurance for your belongings. Look under Insurance in the Yellow Pages of the local phone book to find an insurance broker that can help you figure out what kind of insurance you will need.

Several "second-hand" stores in Brandon sell good quality used furniture and clothing for much less than the new cost.

Books and Supplies

All students must purchase all required textbooks and supplies. An estimated cost will be on this document. 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 textbooks, you will have a lot of difficulty with your courses and may not pass your courses.

Students cannot share textbooks. Instructors will not photocopy textbook materials; it is illegal in Canada to photocopy more than 10% of a textbook. 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.
  4. I have booked a flight or other transportation to Brandon and will arrive by the end of August.
  5. I have found a place to live.
  6. I can pay or have paid the damage deposit and first month’s rent.
  7. I have returned the college registration forms and provided a copy of my study permit.
  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. I have completed the registration form for health insurance (Manitoba Health--MHSC).

When you arrive in Manitoba, you are welcome to email international@assiniboine.net with questions.  And we strongly recommend you attend our Xplore ACC in the last week of August, which will include a welcome session just for international students.