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Pre-Arrival Manual: Coming to Ryerson

Updated September 15, 2021


Notice for Winter 2022 Exchange Program: 

Given the continued global travel advisory, external link, opens in new window from the Federal government to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, Ryerson University has decided to suspend the in-person exchange program for Winter 2022 (Jan - Apr).

Information regarding other types of international activity (such as co-ops, internships, placements, research and other types of experiential learning) for the Winter 2022 term is forthcoming.

Toronto sign at Nathan Philips Square

Moving to a new country, even for the short-term, is exciting! But it also requires a lot of organisation. We’re here to help you get ready. Use our pre-departure resources to help you prepare for your move to Toronto.

 Exchange and Ryerson International Contacts

There are a number of ways Ryerson can support you with the exchange process and pre-arrival preperations. 

  • Exchange Program Coordinator
  • Ryerson International 
  • International Student Support

Before You Arrive

Get information on what to bring onboard including visa requirements and health insurance and pack in your carry-on bag.

  • Canadian Visa Requirements
  • Mandatory Health Insurance
  • Housing
  • What To Bring

When to Arrive

Plan your arrival ahead of class start dates to ensure you have enough time to settle in and familiarize yourself with our campus. 

  • Orientation
  • Important Dates

What to Expect at Customs and Immigration

It is important to have certain documents prepared and presented when passing through Immigiration and Customs. 

  • Documents for the Canadian Immigration Post
  • Declaration Card
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) checkpoint
  • Baggage Claim Area - Duty And Taxes

When You Arrive

Ryerson is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Find useful information on moving into the city.  

  • Transportation
  • UHIP - Mandatory Health Insurance
  • Finances
  • Employment