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Before You Leave Home

What you need to do before you leave home

Gather important documents:

These documents should be with you at all times. Do not put them in your checked luggage. Tip: if you can, have a digital copy of all your important documents prior to your travel, including the main page of your passport (the page with your photo on it).

  • Passport
  • Visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), if applicable
  • Study permit approval letter (also known as a letter of introduction)
  • TRU final acceptance letter
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself while staying in Canada
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage from your country/institution if you are opting out of TRU medical insurance policy
  • If you do not have medical insurance from your country and you are arriving before April 1, 2022, please notify your ISA to ensure we have coverage in place from the day you depart for Canada
  • Official academic transcripts, detailed course descriptions and class syllabuses in English from any institution you have previously attended (or official translations into English, if applicable)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable
  • Make a list of any items that are being sent separately, either before or after you arrival

Plan for your travel

  • Book your transportation to Kamloops by air Kamloops Airport
  • Make arrangements for your housing
  • Send your arrival information to your ISA, student residence/housing, or homestay

Gather personal items

  • Appropriate clothing for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Fall
  • Bring something that will help you feel close to home such as pictures, music, books, etc
  • Traditional clothing and other interesting items from your country. There will be occasions to share your culture with your new friends and during special events such as International Days
  • Dictionary (English/your language)
  • A telephone card
  • A plug adapter for Canada, if needed
  • Small amount of Canadian cash, traveller’s cheques and credit card if you wish to have one
  • List of items that will arrive after you if sending anything separately
  • International driver’s license and/or valid driver’s license, if applicable
  • Immunization and medical records
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