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International Support Services

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“As English is my second language, I have been receiving weekly assistance from an ESL specialist from Student Academic and Learning Services. I have had help with my assignments and I can now complete my homework much easier.”
Yina Qin from China
Current student studying Computer Programmer

Student Support Services

We have teams of dedicated staff to help you

As an international student at Durham College, you will have access to a wide range of international student support services including career guidance and employment preparation, acculturation into Canadian life, immigration guidance from a registered migration agent, and social activities to welcome you to Canada.  These services are in addition to a wide range of student support services and activities accessible to all Durham College students.

  • Arrival Services
  • Accommodation Services
  • International Student Support Office
  • Academic Support
  • Access and Support Centre
  • Student Association
  • Sports, Health and Wellness
  • Career Development
  • Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions
  • Permits and Visas
  • Co-pilot program
  • Coaching program
  • Professional Development Certificate

Arrival Services

Starting with the moment you step off the plane, we are here to guide you through your new education experience. Our College’s mission is the student experience comes first and we take that mission to heart. Our arrival services include:

  • Free airport pickup
  • Assistance with finding temporary accommodation
  • Free assistance with finding long-term accommodation
  • Comprehensive and fun International Student Orientation program

You will be emailed information about the above, however if you need assistance you can contact the International Student Office.

Accommodation Services

There is a wide range of accommodation options available to suit every budget and lifestyle.  We can assist you with finding short-term housing when you first arrive.

We want you to have the best student experience possible and this includes guaranteeing you a room in the Simcoe of South Village residences at our Oshawa campus if you meet the deadlines for accepting offer of admission and applying to residence.

International Student Support Office

Our friendly team is available to help you from the moment you arrive. Our office is located in the Student Services building and are able to assist you with all your questions about living, working and studying in Canada.

You can find assistance with:

  • Applying to Durham College
  • Information about working and studying in Canada
  • What you need to know about health insurance, income tax, and social insurance numbers as an international student
  • Career development workshops
  • Social activities to meet and make friends

Academic Support

If you are having difficulty with assignments and coursework there are a range of services to help you reach your full academic potential. You will have access to peer mentoring, subject-specific learning skills, English-as-a-second-language instruction, workshops, clinics and one-to-one consultations. Our team of academic advisors will also be able to support you.  Services include developing an academic plan and identifying career goals, selecting electives, reviewing graduation requirements and transfer advice (if necessary).

Access and Support Centre

The team at the Access and Support Centre works in partnership with students and faculty to ensure the academic environment is fully accessible to students with disabilities. They are committed to providing you with friendly, accessible and confidential services.

The Student Association (SA)

The Student Association plays an active and important role in the interest of all students. It supports and funds more than 70 student clubs and seven societies on campus that represent a world of diversity and offers opportunities to develop leadership skills while socializing. These include:

  • Separate student associations/clubs for Afghan, African, Asian/Chinese, French, Hellenic (Greek), Hindu, Indian, Iranian, Islamic, Muslim, Pakistan, Punjabi and Tamil students.
  • A variety of sporting, academic, artistic and humanitarian clubs including Anime on Campus, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Environmental, Healthy Living, Model United Nations, StressBusters, DC/UOIT Gamers and many more.
  • Separate student associations/clubs for various spiritualities, faiths and cultures including Baha’i, Catholic, Christian, Coptic Orthodox and Muslim. In addition, each society (one for each academic school) offers recreational, educational and social activities.

The SA also holds numerous on- and off-campus events and are responsible for a wide range of services for students including the Campus Emergency Response Team, LGBTQ Centre and Pride Committee, Sexual Health Resource Centre, Students for Equal Access, Student health insurance plan, Women’s Centre and the Tuck Shop.

Sports, Health and Wellness

We aim for a happy and healthy student community. You will have access to the Campus Health Centre which provides the highest level of health care to students. The Centre includes a medical clinic where you can receive care by physicians and nurses. The Centre also houses a pharmacy and offers massage therapy, acupuncture and alternative health services as well as chiropractic care. We also house an interdisciplinary counselling department if you need assistance with personal problems.

For a health and fitness you can head to our Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre which contains:

  • five gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball, badminton and other indoor sports
  • a large fitness center featuring cardio equipment and free weights
  • three fitness studios for aerobics, dance and spin classes
  • two squash courts
  • an elevated indoor walking/jogging track
  • an athletic therapy center
  • a multi-purpose lounge

We also offer a Campus Ice Centre, Campus Tennis Centre and softball and soccer fields. Join one of the many sports teams to have fun, meet friends and stay in shape.

Career Development

We offer one-to-one advising services to help you find employment and reach your career goals. We will help you in the areas of career clarification and exploration, interviewing techniques and mock interviews, job search assistance and resume and cover letter reviews. Plus, you will have access to our online job listing portal, on campus recruiting events and we will continue to provide you with career support up to two years after graduation.

Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions

The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions is dedicated to ensuring that as a Durham College student you feel welcomed and supported on our vibrant campus. Beginning in first year, new students are invited to participate in a variety of inclusive programs designed to introduce them to the academic, social and diverse environment on campus. Throughout the academic year the Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions provides opportunities for students to get involved in campus activities through the DC Crew and Co-curricular Recognition programs. Other supports offered include information and referral services, training and education, advocacy and advisory support and running diversity events and activities.

Permits and Visas

International students studying in Canada must ensure that they maintain their immigration status while they are studying and comply with the regulations that apply to studying with a study permit. The International Student Office provides support for international students in a variety of ways to assist them in maintaining their status and finding out about opportunities to work during and after their studies. Either through general information, enrolment letters, or workshops with certified immigration consultants, international students will find the answers they need in the International Student Office.

Co-Pilot Program

This buddy program connects Canadian and international students as equal participants in exploring the multicultural society around us. Students can sign up by completing the short application form and then attending the orientation session in September. Participants will plan to connect with their co-pilots once a month and join the wider group twice a term for an activity. Those who complete the program will not only receive a certificate of completion but a greater understanding of culture, skills in intercultural communication, and a lifelong friendship.


Coaching is a complimentary service offered to all first-year students, to help them make the transition to a college setting. The coaching relationship is a one-on-one partnership driven by the student based on a collaborative, personalized approach to maximize their potential as a member of the Durham College community. Coaches will assist students in exploring and expanding their potential while identifying their strengths so they will be successful while they are here.

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