Prepare to Travel

VISAS OR STUDY PERMITS

Most countries place conditions on travelers, whether the travel is for recreation, study or work. Requirements and application processes for visas or study permits are different for each country and how long the student expects to study there.

Once the student has received the acceptance letter from the exchange university, the next step is to acquire the proper visa related documents. For security reasons, some countries are now requiring 'biometric' scans as part of the visa application process. This makes the visa application process more complicated, and therefore it is wise to begin the visa application process as early as possible.

The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade website lists the embassies and high commissions in Canada. Visa applications usually are processed through their consular offices.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations need to be arranged with the help of the host university international office as soon as the student has confirmed he will be studying at the host institution.

HEALTH INSURANCE

Exchange students must purchase health insurance through a private provider or in some cases (i.e. France or Australia), are required to purchase a plan managed by the host university. Sometimes existing family insurance plans are acceptable if they provide international coverage during the study abroad period.  

FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Students should check out financial practices in the country where they will be studying. Find out the ways in which credit cards and debit cards are used for store purchases and accessing cash via bank machines. In some countries, students may have to open a bank account to ensure easy access to money. If applicable, students must make formal arrangements for someone to care of student loan requirements. Renewable scholarships from StFX are recognized by StFX university for the period of exchange study.