Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Before you leave for your adventure to Montreal, you probably have many questions – here are some answers:

General information for international students:

  • Take some time to learn about Canada to minimize the risk of experiencing culture shock. Here are some tips
  • Weather: The average temperature in Montreal from winter to summer ranges from -35°C to +35°C. Make sure to pack suitable clothing; especially for the winter. You might even find that you will need to purchase items locally to keep you warm
  • Electric appliances in Canada run on 120 volts with a 60-cycle alternating current
  • Study permit & CAQ wait times can take +/- 6 weeks; speak to your agent for more information to ensure your documentation is submitted on time
  • Accueil Plus: Register in advance to get your Study Permit printed faster at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport when you land. This service is only available for students arriving for the Fall term and certain eligibility requirements apply. This does not exempt you from having to apply for your Study Permit and obtain a Letter of Introduction prior to arriving in Canada.
  • Here are a list of restrictions at the border upon entering Canada
  • You have been automatically enrolled in John Abbott College’s health insurance policy for international students. Here is a link to the digital Group Insurance Policy to familiarize yourself.

After arrival:

  • Arriving late? Do not panic; the International Programs Office will keep your future teachers informed and offer you support for a seamless integration upon arrival.
  • Spend time with and get to know your homestay family; they have welcomed you into their home to will treat you as a member of their family
  • You will take part in an orientation session which will give you general and academic orientation, bring you on a tour of our campus and feed you lunch
  • Although homesickness does happen, homestay families as well as the services and welcoming community at John Abbott College help students feel supported and as if they are at a home away from home.
  • Advocate for yourself. You will become increasingly comfortable communicating your questions or concerns.