Congratulations on being accepted to Capilano University! Now that you've received your Letter of Acceptance, it’s time to prepare for your first term. Here are the steps you need to take next.

Step 1. Apply for a Study Permit

Your Letter of Acceptance can be used to apply for or renew a Study Permit (and an entry visa, depending on citizenship) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Learn more about the permits and visas you’ll need to study at CapU.

Step 2. Register for courses 

You will be emailed information about how to register for classes, along with the date and time you’ll be allowed to register for your courses—this is called your Registration Time Ticket.

Before you register, plan which courses you need. An academic advisor can help you:

  • select courses and do initial program planning
  • build your course schedule
  • decide how many courses to take
  • make sure you have all the prerequisites for your courses.

Remember, there are sometimes waitlists for classes, so be sure to find some alternate selections before your registration time.

See How to Register for full details.

Set your alarm!

Metro Vancouver is in the Pacific Time (PT) zone. If you are outside of the Pacific Time zone during class registration, your Registration Time Ticket may fall within the night hours of your home country. Be sure to set your alarm so you don’t miss your best chance to get all the courses you need.

Step 3. Pay your remaining fees

To confirm your course registration, check your myCapU account and pay the balance of your fees. Your CAD $5,000 tuition deposit will be deducted from your total tuition.

You must pay your remaining fees before the fee payment deadline. If you have any outstanding (remaining) fees after the deadline, you will be dropped from all of your courses.

For important information, visit Tuition & Fees, Fee Refunds and How to Pay.

Note: International students are allowed to pay their tuition using a credit card. To do so:

  1. Download the Credit Card Authorization Form 2017 (pdf).
  2. Fill it out with your name, student number, amount to be charged, and other requested details.
  3. Email it to the Cashier’s Office:

Step 4. Find a place to live

Live just minutes from campus in our CapU Residence. It’s affordable, safe and convenient.

Supported by live-in residence advisors, you’ll build lasting relationships while you take part in activities that will help you succeed at school.

Explore all your housing options while studying at CapU. 

Step 5. Sign up for medical insurance

While living in British Columbia longer than six months, all international students must enrol in BC's public health insurance, called the Medical Services Plan (MSP).

This is a basic plan, which covers the cost of medically-necessary insured doctor services.

All international students are automatically enroled in an extended medical coverage plan, provided by StudentCare, for services that are not covered by MSP, such as:

  • prescriptions drugs
  • vision care, and
  • dental services.

Learn more about Health Insurance for International Students

Step 6. Present your original documents

Once you arrive, bring the following documents to the Centre for International Experience before the first day of classes:

Note: Don’t worry if you don’t have your MSP card yet. If you are new to Canada, we’ll help you sign up for MSP at the New International Student Orientation.

Step 7. Buy your textbooks

You can buy your textbooks on campus at either the Capilano University Bookstore or the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU). Both sell used books, but the CSU usually offers a larger discount.

You can find out which books you’ll need for your courses in the Capilano University Bookstore directory

Step 8. Attend a mandatory New International Student Orientation

Your CapU experience starts with a New International Student Orientation. Designed specifically for new international students, you’ll learn about CapU and meet many new friends.

At the New International Student Orientation you will also:

  • meet other new international students just like you
  • meet your mentors (current students who are eager to help you get settled at CapU)
  • meet the staff at the Centre for International Experience (your home away from home at CapU)
  • learn about Canadian culture, medical insurance, academic success, and more
  • learn how to access your email and eLearn (Moodle), manage your myCapU account, connect to Wi-Fi on campus, reset your password, and more
  • get to know your new campus and the services available to you
  • enjoy complimentary snacks and lunch or dinner
  • obtain your CapCard (your student card)
  • did we mention you can win prizes? 

The New International Student Orientation will be a memorable start to your life at Capilano University. We're looking forward to meeting you!