Pre-arrival Checklist

Pre-arrival Checklist

  1. Install the Fleming College Airport ICent app.
  2. Arrange Accommodations. You can visit the off-campus housing website (Off Campus Housing | Housing Services (  To book a free three-night stay at a local hotel, complete the Free Stay Request form under the Arrival Services tab of the iCent app.
  3. Read the International Arrivals Website for important tasks you have to complete before your arrival
  4. Book Plane Ticket to Canada.
  5. Arrange transportation to Peterborough or Lindsay. Fleming College offers a free airport pick up service from the Toronto Pearson International Airport, but students must register at least one week before departure to Canada. To register, complete the Shuttle Request Form under the Arrival Services tab of the iCent app.
  6. Set Up MyCampus Account: and click on Get Started!
  7. Watch the recordings from our  International Student Orientation and download our Orientation handbook.
  8. Research Banking options in Peterborough or Lindsay
  9. Research Mobile Phone options and costs

Travel Support Letter

All students will be emailed a travel support letter prior to their arrival date provided the following mandatory iCent travel forms have been completed.

  • Emergency Contact
  • Self Isolation Plan
  • Airport Arrival Info

You do not need to complete a separate form to request a travel support letter.

Things to bring with you to Canada

  1. Immunization and Medical Records
  2. Immigration documents (see list below under Entering Canada) Study permit: Prepare for arrival –
  3. Photo ID other than passport, if you have it
  4. International Driver’s License (if you plan to drive in Canada)
  5. Resume/CV (if you plan to work part-time in Canada)
  6. Course Outlines from previous post-secondary studies (if you plan to apply for transfer credits)
  7. Canadian Currency to cover food, travel, accommodations, and emergencies until you can set up a bank account (in Canada, most merchants also accept US dollars)
  8. Laptop and cellular phone: (these may be cheaper at home than in Canada) and International Power Adapters to charge your devices
  9. Seasonal Clothing: Canada has 4 distinct seasons and you will need clothing for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, as well as:
    • Business clothing for school presentations, internships/work placements, and job interviews;
    • Traditional clothing or other items for cultural/religious celebrations.
  10. Comfort Items: You might also like to bring your favorite spices and treats (check customs regulations, some food items are prohibited from entering Canada)
    • Please check your luggage weight and ensure it meets airline requirements.

Entering Canada

Students will need to present the following printed documents to a Canada Border Services officer when they enter Canada:

  • A valid passport or travel document with valid Canadian Visa or ETA
  • The letter of introduction you received from the Visa Application Centre approving you to study in Canada
  • Proof of finances as per IRCC financial guidelines (GIC statement, etc.)
  • E-medical report (must be valid on the day you arrive) and Biometric information
  • English proficiency test results
  • Valid address where you will be living while studying in Canada
  • Acceptance letter from Fleming College.

Note: Remember to have all these documents in your carry-on luggage in a location that is easy to access.

 At the border/airport you will be asked:

  • To present all necessary documents as previously outlined
  • Disclose the funds you are carrying (You cannot have more than $10,000 CDN)
  • CBSA Declaration card: (It is mandatory to fill out this form and declare any goods you are bringing into Canada)
  • You may be asked several questions about your reason for entering Canada
  • The officer will issue you a Study Permit, and Coop Work Permit if you are eligible. Check that all the information and spelling is correct on the permit and do not leave the Port of Entry without it.

More details on what to expect at the border, on arriving by air and arriving by land (including wait times) can be found on the CBSA website.

Arrival Checklist: Things to do upon arrival in Canada

  1. Complete your registration via OCAS by following the instructions sent to you via email from International Admissions. In order to receive your timetable, your fees must be paid. Register at the Admissions Office at Sutherland or Frost campus (bring your passport, study permit, and offer letter), and pay any outstanding fees to the college
  1. Watch the recordings from our International Student Orientation and download the Orientation handbook
  2. Check the website for your timetable, select elective courses (if applicable)
  3. Make an appointment to open a bank account
  4. Find permanent accommodations ( is a popular free rental site)
  5. Get a mobile phone/service plan (Lansdowne Place Peterborough & Lindsay Square have most major providers, or check downtown Lindsay on Kent St.)
  6. Submit Immunization Records to Health Services (if applicable)
  7. Check if your program has NARS requirements and check deadlines to hand-in documentation

Still have questions about what to bring? Contact us anytime: