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									Pre-Arrival Information for International Degree-Seeking Students
Studying at Nipissing University  2007 - 2008
(You are advised to bring this information sheet with you to Nipissing)

Arrival in Canada
Transportation from Pearson International Airport to Nipissing University campus or another location in North Bay, Ontario can be arranged via: 1) connecting flights, 2) Northern Airport Service shuttle bus, 3) Northlander train service, or 4) Ontario Northland Bus Lines (inter-city buses). Our university does not offer airport pickup for incoming students. Most international flights arrive into Terminal 3 at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. All Air Canada flights arrive into Terminal 1. Any connecting flights from Toronto to North Bay leave from Terminal 1. If this is your case, you may catch shuttle buses that run between terminals, every 10 minutes, from the departure levels. 1) If you book your flight to Toronto through Air Canada, it is possible to pre-book a non-refundable Air Canada connector flight from Toronto to North Bay. Pre-booked flights range from $80.00 to $100.00 one-way. If not pre-booked as an Air Canada connector flight, or if you arrive in Toronto via another airline, you can still arrange a one-way flight from Toronto to North Bay for a cost of $300.00 $375.00. Inquire directly with the airlines about costs for return flights, which will save you money. Upon arrival at the North Bay airport you will need to take a taxi cab to your destination of residence (approximate cost to Nipissing University campus residences is $16.00). The taxi cabs are available and waiting just outside the doors of the North Bay airport. 2) Northern Airport Service shuttle bus departs from the Toronto Airport Ground Transportation Services desk at approximately 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (approximately 4 hour trip). Upon arrival at Pearson International Airport in Toronto you must register at this Ground Transportation Services desk. The cost for a single student, one-way is $83.00. Reservations must be made in advance and pre-paid using Visa or MasterCard. The main drop-off spot in North Bay is: Country Style Donuts at 1401-A Seymour Street, North Bay. However, for an additional charge (approx. $12.00) you may request to be dropped off at the Nipissing University residences, or another location in North Bay. For return flights, Northern Airport Service arranges pick-ups at Country Style Donuts at 1401-A Seymour Street, North Bay daily at 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. For an extra $12.00 you may be picked up at your place of residence, provided this request is pre-arranged. *****Nipissing International will reserve Northern Airport Service for you if requested on your “Arrival Information Form”.**** 3) & 4) There are two other options to travel from the Toronto airport to North Bay, by train or bus. It is not necessary to pre-book the train or bus, but you will have to arrange transportation from the Toronto airport to the main Via Rail train station or the Bay Street bus station in downtown Toronto. The best method is the Airport Express bus that stops on the arrival levels of Terminals 1, 2 and 3, taking passengers to and from the Metro Toronto Coach Terminal at Bay and Dundas Streets in downtown Toronto. The cost one-way is approximately $16.45. The Airport Express bus also provides transport from Toronto downtown-area hotels to the Toronto airport at 20-minute intervals during peak periods. One-way cash fare is $17.00, round trip $29.00. For more information, call (905) 564-6333 or (905) 564-3232, or view the web site: http://www.torontoairportexpress.com/ . This may be a good option for you if you plan to stay in Toronto for a while before travelling to North Bay for your studies at Nipissing University.

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Arrival in Canada (continued)
If travelling by train or bus to North Bay, you will then need to take a taxi or a North Bay city bus from the North Bay Station to the specific address in North Bay. Taxi costs are quite reasonable. Ontario Northland runs the train and buses that travel from Toronto to North Bay. The one-way cost for the train or bus is $63.02. Or if you show your valid student card from your home institution or your International Student Identification Card (ISIC) the cost would be $53.55. You may purchase a ticket for the Ontario Northland train at Union Station in Toronto, located at 65 Front Street West. There is only 1 Ontario Northland train running each day except on Saturday, departing from Toronto at 8:40 a.m. and arriving in North Bay at 1:55 p.m. The North Bay bound Ontario Northland buses depart 4 times per day from the Metro Toronto Coach Terminal located at Bay and Dundas Streets. The bus trip takes about 5 ½ hours, and departure times from Toronto are as follows: 12:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:15 p.m.

Temporary Accommodation You are responsible for the costs incurred and acquisition of any temporary accommodation that you may require prior to securing permanent housing for the term/year. If you notify Nipissing International in advance, we can assist you in locating temporary accommodation with a local family. Nipissing University residences allow temporary stays during the months of July and until August 15th at a cost of $29.00 per night (provided there are vacancies). Bed and breakfast and motel/hotel options are also available.

Arrival at Nipissing
Plan to arrive between Saturday, September 1, 2007 and Monday, September 3, 2007. Note that September 1 is the first day to move into campus residences, and welcoming events begin in the residence that afternoon. The International Student Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, 2007. Special activities will be occurring throughout the week (details will be sent to international students via e-mail in August). Classes begin Thursday, September 6, 2007. If you have not already done so, please provide us with your arrival date and time in Canada as soon as possible (by completing the “Arrival Information Form” and fax it to Karen Strang at 705-495-2850, st by July 31 ) Summer administrative office hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday only. If you are arriving outside of these hours and have arranged to live in Nipissing University residences, alternate arrangements will need to be made for you to access your apartment. Contact Karen Strang directly in this case. Most Nipissing offices (with the exception of the Housing and Security rd Offices) will be closed on Monday, September 3 for the statutory holiday known as “Labour Day”. If you have chosen to live off-campus you should discuss your arrival date with your landlord. Most rental units are available for occupancy the first day of each month.

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Studying at Nipissing University  2007- 2008

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Important Dates at Nipissing University for the 2007-2008 Academic Year
Fall Semester 2007 Dates:
Sept. 1 Sept. 3 Sept. 4 Sept. 6 - Dec. 4 Sept. 15 Sept. 18 Sept. 18 Sept. 19 Oct. 8 Oct. 8-12 Dec. 4 Dec. 7-20 Dec. 21-Jan. 2 First occupancy date to move into campus residences for Fall & Winter Terms Labour Day - holiday International Student Orientation & confirming course registration Classes English Writing Competency Test for all new international degree seeking students Final Day for registration or course changes for Fall (term 1) or Fall & Winter (term 3) Residence fees due for Fall Term Tuition and Incidental Fees should be paid by this date Interest charges will be applied to all outstanding fees after this date Thanksgiving... university closed, no classes Study Week…no classes Fall semester classes end Exams University Closes for Christmas holidays (Students living in campus residences are not permitted to occupy their apartment during this holiday period, but may leave their belongings if returning to study in January)

Winter Semester 2008 Dates:
Jan. 2-7 Jan. 7 - Apr. 8 Jan. 12 Jan. 18 Jan. 18 Feb.18-22 Mar. 21 Mar. 24 Apr. 8 Apr. 10-30 May 2 Occupancy dates for international students to move into campus residences for Winter Term Classes Residence fees due for Winter Term Fees should be paid by this date Interest charges will be applied to all outstanding fees Final Day for registration or course changes for Winter (term 2) Study week...no classes Good Friday... university closed, no classes Easter Monday … university closed, no classes Winter semester classes end Exams Last possible day to move out of campus residences (students should plan to depart from campus residences 48 hours following their last exam)

For more information on academic dates, see the Academic Calendar, page 4.

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On-campus housing: Nipissing has 4 on-campus residences. Chancellors House and Founders House, located at the bottom of the hill, plus our new residence, Governors House, located on the main campus, are co-ed apartment style residences with four suite mates sharing a common living/dining and kitchen area, two bathrooms, and four separate bedrooms (see the Residence Rates sheets for further details). th Students of the same gender will be housed together in one suite. Our 4 residence choice is the Townhouse Residence Complex on the main campus. Each townhouse unit houses 6 students in separate bedrooms and shared living space. Linen packs (sheets, blankets, pillows) may be ordered online prior to your arrival at Nipissing. All utilities and phone service (except long distance charges) is included. There is no mandatory meal plan for the on-campus residences, but an optional meal plan is available. Please note that Meal Plans normally begin on the first day of classes of each semester but exceptions can be made for students who arrive on campus early. Occupancy date for Nipissing campus residence housing is Saturday, September 1, 2007. (Any exceptions must be indicated well in advance. Contact Karen Strang <karens@nipissingu.ca> directly in this regard, especially if you are st planning to move in early. A cost of $29.00 per night is charged for early arrivals prior to September 1 . Students living in campus residences should plan to move out the day following your last exam. Any exceptions must be approved by the Residence Manager. A list of off-campus accommodation is advertised by licensed local landlords and is available through the Off-campus Housing Office when you arrive. Prices vary greatly depending on the amenities offered and the convenience of the location. Most of these accommodations are shared with several students in a house, and you may expect to pay approximately $285.00 - $350.00 per month. Apartment costs vary from approximately $500.00 - $600.00 per month for a 1 bedroom, up to $800.00 per month for a 2 bedroom, and utilities may be included or extra off-campus. Housing Office staff can assist you with any questions you may have, provide maps of the area and bus routes, and tourist attractions, etc. If you will be living off-campus, please request the off-campus housing information sheet providing details on renting, and review the Nipissing University Housing Office web site http://www.offcampusrez.on.ca. Upon request Nipissing International will provide a list of off-campus accommodations. Residence accommodation is also available for Spring and Summer semesters, May – August. Inquire via the office of Nipissing International. Expenses to Live and Study at Nipissing University (most of these fees are COMPULSORY!) The Nipissing University Finance Office will charge students for the non-academic fees listed on this chart (a separate enclosure in your information package). Also refer to the “Fees” section of the Nipissing University calendar for other miscellaneous fees for which you may be invoiced at http://www.nipissingu.ca. Payments are due within the first month of arrival for the semester of study. Fees information can also be found at Nipissing University’s web site http://www.nipissingu.ca (click on Academic Calendar then on Charges and Fees) UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) This is a health care plan that is compulsory for foreign residents studying at a university in Ontario, Canada. Your UHIP coverage is effective upon arrival in Ontario. Nipissing International will provide you with UHIP application forms during Orientation week. Your UHIP co-ordinator at Nipissing is Jennifer Brown in the Student Affairs Office. Payment of UHIP fees for the duration of your studies at Nipissing is due upon arrival. Refer to the UHIP brochure for details of the plan benefits. Any inquiries regarding opting-out of the UHIP plan must be directed to the plan coordinator, Sun Life Financial….see their web site http://www.uhip.ca . Also refer to the more detailed “UHIP information sheet” enclosed in your welcome package. Most full-time degree seeking students will choose coverage for the 12 month period. UHIP Fees for a Single Student 2006-2007 Months of Coverage Total 4 $252.00 8 $504.00 12 $756.00

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Extended Health Coverage There is a Student Insurance Plan for all Nipissing University students. This plan primarily covers a percentage of the cost of prescription medication and other items listed in the brochure provided to each student. Note, this plan does not include dental or vision care. Exchange and Short Term Study Students are recommended to seek an alternate insurance provider for extended health benefits. -----------------------The Student Insurance Plan provides extended health coverage for 12 months. Review the following website to explore the coverage under this plan www.nusu.com/services/healthplan/ If you are a student at Nipissing University, you will automatically be covered by the Student Insurance Plan. To enquire about opting out of this plan contact the Student Union at vpexternal@nusu.com.

Meal Plans Meal Plans are optional. The alternative to choosing a Meal Plan, is to pay cash for meals you choose to eat at any restaurants on, or off-campus, or cook your own meals at your place of residence. To sign-up for a Meal Plan upon your arrival, inquire at 472-0181 or go to www.NipissingCanadore.CampusDish.com If you choose to purchase a Meal Plan, the money paid is applied to your “Declining Balance Card” which is used in place of cash, with daily purchases being subtracted from the balance. The GST (Federal Goods and Services Sales Tax) of 7%, and PST (Provincial Retail Sales Tax) of 8% are not applicable for meals paid for through the Meal Plan using the “Declining Balance Card” (this is the advantage of purchasing a meal plan). #1 the Super Save Plan costs $1950.00
This plan is designed for students who will be eating the majority of their meals on campus. You pay only $1950 tax-free for the whole academic year. Valid at all ARAMARK locations on campus. You pay only $975 tax-free for one term. Valid at all ARAMARK locations on campus. The Gold Membership Plan entitles you to $500 worth of purchasing power at all ARAMARK locations on campus. This plan is for a two month period. This plan can be used at all ARAMARK locations on campus and allows the budget minded student great flexibility without an initial large dollar investment.

#2, the Platinum Plan costs $975.00 #3, the Gold Plan costs $500.00 #4 the Casual Plan costs $100.00

(Above costs are subject to change in the new budget year.) If you choose a Meal Plan, you must pay for it at the ARAMARK office located in the main cafeteria. Cash, cheque, debit card, Visa or Master Card are all accepted .

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Orientation The International Student Orientation will take place on September 4, 2007 beginning at 10:00 a.m. During this information session you will learn about life in Canada and in our local community, immigration and taxation laws, understand our academic system, meet Canadian students, and register for courses. We strongly urge all international students to attend this Orientation session as it will extremely benefit your integration into life and studies in Canada. Details will be sent to you via e-mail in August, and will be posted on the Nipissing International web site. Nipissing University’s Mentor Program Nipissing University’s Mentor Program matches you with a Nipissing student to help orient you to the campus and local community, and help you become more familiar with the customs of Canadian culture. Your mentor will be in contact with you upon your arrival. The mentors and international students get together for many activities and excursions throughout the school year. It is a great way to meet many Canadian students and get connected at Nipissing! If for some reason you do not wish to be matched with a mentor, please notify Karen Strang by E-mail at <karens@nipissingu.ca>.

Please ensure Karen has your current e-mail address! For more details, refer to the Nipissing International Student Handbook posted on the Nipissing International web site at www.nipissingu.ca or contact Karen Strang, International Services and Programs Administrator

Revised June 20, 2006 intarriv.doc


								
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