Studying in Canada. Things you should know



1. Preparing for your stay
When preparing for your trip to another country to continue your education, you should consider some things to keep in mind when taking your international flight and at customs in the country where you are arriving:

1.1 Airport and customs
– Baggage: carry-on and checked baggage
Before heading to the airport, check with your airline for specific limitations on the number of items, dimensions and maximum weights that apply to carry-on and checked baggage.
In addition, it is very important to check the list of products prohibited and limited for various reasons (security, tax, etc.) in both hand luggage and checked luggage.

– Food and medication
If you are travelling with food or medication, you should check the regulations of the country of destination.
In general, in hand luggage you can carry food or medication that you need to use during the trip (outbound flight + stay + return flight) for special diets, illnesses or children’s meals. It is therefore important to have proof of use (prescriptions or medical reports).
If you need to transport other medical utensils (syringes for diabetics, measuring devices, etc.), you must inform your airline in advance, who will inform you of the procedure to follow.

– Money
You must fill in the compulsory declaration requesting information on the amount of money you are carrying with you in any of the related forms (ticket, cash, cheque,…).

Upon arrival in the country where you will enjoy your scholarship, the immigration authorities of that country may require you to prove your financial solvency to cover your expenses during your stay (credit cards, traveller’s cheques and/or cash). If you do not meet this requirement, you may be refused entry to the country at the discretion of the immigration officer. The minimum amounts required vary from country to country. An international credit card is generally considered sufficient to cover expenses.

– Pets
It is advisable that when you make the reservation or purchase the ticket, either at the airline or at the travel agency, you communicate your intention to take a pet on board and that you are informed of the specific conditions for its transport (identification documentation, vaccination, microchip, etc.).

– Incidents with baggage
If at the time of receiving your checked baggage you detect its destruction, loss or damage and if the event that has caused the damage has occurred on board the aircraft or while the checked baggage was in the custody of the company, the airline is responsible. In this case, you should immediately go to the airline’s counter at the airport to file the corresponding report.

However, the airline is not liable to the extent that the damage is due to the nature, a defect or a defect in the baggage itself.

In the case of unchecked baggage, including personal items, the carrier is liable if the damage is due to its fault or that of its servants or agents.

– Obtaining a visa
Once you have completed your scholarship application, you will need to obtain the necessary permits to stay in the destination country or countries for the duration of your scholarship. To do this, contact the foreign consulates in your own country where you are going to reside and thus carry out the procedure for obtaining the necessary permits.

Likewise, if you are going to move with your family members, they must individually carry out the necessary procedures to obtain their corresponding residence permits.

To obtain all the necessary information to reside in Canada, visit the Government of Canada’s website in Spanish, where you will find all the necessary requirements and where to present them in order to apply for your visa as a student or researcher.

Here you will find information about customs.

1.2 Accommodation
This is one of the most expensive items for students who travel to study in another country unless they have obtained it as a benefit in their scholarship. If it is not part of your scholarship, you should book accommodation from your country of departure so that you have somewhere to go, as customs will ask you for the address where you will be staying initially and will also ask for documentary support for the booking.

Before deciding where you are going to live, you should ask yourself the following questions to find an ideal place:
– What is the distance between where you are going to live and where you are going to study?
– Is it a safe area?
– Are there good public transport links?
– What are the facilities shared with other students?
– Is it quiet enough to study and sleep?
– What covers the cost of accommodation / what does it not cover?

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