Before You Leave Home

There are many things you need to do before you leave for Canada--book your travel, pack what you need.

Once you've booked your flight, let your Lakeland College contact know when you plan to arrive. Also, please send us a copy of your approved student permit.

You will also need to bring a number of important documents with you. Please see the list in the drop down below.
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  1. When your study permit is approved, please send a copy to Lakeland College
  2. Let your Lakeland College contact know when you plan to arrive at the Edmonton airport. We do assist you in getting to campus.
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Before your departure make sure that all your important documents are in order. 

Make photocopies of important original documents and leave one copy with your family or friends at home.

Documents to carry with you include: 
  • Valid study permit
  • Valid passport
  • Temporary resident visa
  • Official acceptance letter from Lakeland College
  • Proof of funds available
  • Credit cards
  • Identification document with photo
  • Driver’s license or international drivers license
  • Medical records and immunization records
  • Medical Insurance documents

For further information on the process of entering Canada, please visit the Canada Citizenship and Immigration website.

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We take all international students to a Canadian bank to open an account within their first week at Lakeland College.

However, you may want look into banking arrangements in Canada before you arrive.

There are several major Canadian banks in our campus communities, but not all of the banks are in both communities (locations are noted below) Learn more about setting up an account as an international student from these websites. Wire transfer of funds from your bank to your new bank in Canada is the most secure way to move your money. A bank draft or travellers cheques are options, but both can be lost. Under no circumstances should you bring large amounts of cash.

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Your Lakeland College fees include mandatory Guardme health care coverage.

The fee for 2014-2015 was $550. Coverage ran from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015. This coverage goes beyond the academic year.

For more details about what is covered, please go to

Money, money, money

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You'll need to pay application fees and tuition before you arrive. You'll also need a bank once you're here.

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