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Pre-Arrival Information - Nipissing University

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Pre-Arrival Information - Nipissing Universitypre

    Pre-Arrival Information for International Exchange Students

    Studying at Nipissing University ; 2008 - 2009 (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)

    Shuttle Ontario private shuttle service, 4) Northlander train service, or 5) 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 $100.00 to

    $150.00 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 $150.00 -

    $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 only twice per day, at approximately 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Upon arrival at Pearson International

    Airport in Toronto you must gather your luggage and go to register at the “Ground Transportation

    Services” desk. The basic cost for a single student, one-way from the Toronto airport to the main drop-off

    spot in North Bay is: Country Style Donuts at 1401-A Seymour Street, North Bay is $94.00 ($98.00 for

    non-students).

    For an additional charge of $12.00 you may request to be dropped off at the Nipissing University

    residences, or another address location in North Bay. This cost will TOTAL $106.00 CAD. (if 2 or more

    students are going to the same address and have reserved Northern Airport Service at the same time,

    the $12.00 drop off charge only applies once.

    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. Alternatively, for an extra cost of $12.00

    you may be picked up at your place of residence, provided this request is pre-arranged. If you request

    pick up at your place of residence you should be ready at either 6:30 or 11:00 a.m. for pick up.

    Note: Save some money and make a two-way reservation (shuttle transportation from the airport upon

    your arrival to North Bay and back to the airport upon your departure at the end of the

    semester/term/year). The two-way shuttle reservation is valid for up to one year upon your arrival. The

    student two-way shuttle transportation rate is $169.00 ($175.00 for non-students). This rate does not

    include the additional $12.00 surcharge for residence drop off and/or pick up.

    The Northern Airport Service shuttle bus may make several stops to pick up other passengers, and will

    also stop for a coffee/washroom break between Toronto and North Bay during the trip which will take

    between 4-5 hours.

Pre-Arrival Information for International Exchange Students Page 2

    Studying at Nipissing University ; 2008 - 2009

    Reservations for the Northern Airport Service must be made in advance and pre-paid using Visa or

    MasterCard, or you can pay the driver by cash in Canadian dollars. Nipissing University can help to make

    your reservation … just contact Jennifer Brown, in Nipissing International Office at Nipissing University in

    advance at jenb@nipissingu.ca

    If you wish to call yourself to make the reservation the telephone # is 705-472-9898 or 474-7942 or fax

    to 705-474-6704, or (toll free 1-800-461-4219 from Canada & US only)

    3) Shuttle Ontario is a private shuttle service. They will pick up either at Toronto Airport or in North Bay and

    transport specified passengers one way as per the rates noted below. You can choose the pick up time

    and location. The trip from Toronto to North Bay will include one stop for a coffee/washroom break, so

    the trip will take approx. 4 hours.

    RATES: (the costs noted below will be shared by the number of people in the vehicle)

     1 - 2 passengers = total cost of $229.00 + GST 1-way

     3 passengers = total cost of $269.00 + GST 1-way

     4 passengers = total cost of $349.00 + GST 1-way

    Reservations must be made in advance and pre-paid using Visa or MasterCard, or your can pay the

    driver by cash in Canadian dollars. Nipissing University can help to make your reservation … just contact

    Jennifer Brown, in Nipissing International Office at Nipissing University in advance at jenb@nipissingu.ca

    If you wish to call yourself to make the reservation the telephone # is 705-223-6648 or you can e-mail

    your request to <reservations@shuttleontario.com>.

    4) & 5) 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.

    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 $63.70. Or if you show your valid student card from your home institution or your International Student Identification Card (ISIC) the cost would be $54.15.

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 ? hours, and departure times from Toronto are as follows: 9:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 12:30 a.m.

Arrival in Canada (continued) Page 3

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 $28.50 per night (provided there are vacancies). Bed and breakfast and motel/hotel options are also available.

    Arrival at Nipissing Plan to arrive between Saturday, August 30 and Monday, September 1, 2008. Note that August 30 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 2 and Wednesday, September 3, 2008. Special activities will be occurring throughout the week (details will be sent to international students via e-mail in August). Classes begin Thursday, September 4, 2008.

    ? 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 Melissa Toupin Laforge at st705-495-2850, 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. ? 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

     Most Nipissing offices (with the exception of the Housing and Security Offices) will directly in this case. stbe closed on Monday, September 1 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.

Pre-Arrival Information for International Exchange Students (continued) Page 4

    Studying at Nipissing University ; 2008 - 2009

Important Dates at Nipissing University for the 2008-2009 Academic Year

    Fall Semester 2008 Dates:

    Aug. 30 First occupancy date to move into campus residences for Fall & Winter Terms Sept. 1 Labour Day - holiday

    Sept. 2 & 3 International Student Orientation & confirming course registration Sept. 4 - Dec. 3 Classes

    Sept. 17 Incidental Fees should be paid by this date

     Interest charges will be applied to all outstanding fees after this date Sept. 17 Residence fees due for Fall Term

    Sept. 17 Final Day for registration or course changes for Fall (term 1) or Fall & Winter (term 3) Oct. 13 Thanksgiving... university closed, no classes

    Oct. 13-17 Study Week…no classes

    Dec. 3 Fall semester classes end

    Dec. 5-20 Exams (Exchange students staying for only Fall term should plan your departure for stafter the 21 as your exams could occur any day during this time frame. You should

    plan to move out of campus residence the day following your last exam) Dec. 23 -Jan. 5 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. 3-5 Occupancy dates for exchange students to move into campus residence for Winter

    Term

    Jan. 5 - Apr. 3 Classes

    Jan. 16 Residence fees due for Winter Term

    Jan. 16 Incidental fees should be paid by this date

     Interest charges will be applied to all outstanding fees

    Jan. 16 Final Day for registration or course changes for Winter (term 2) Feb.16-20 Reading week...no classes

    Apr. 3 Winter semester classes end

    Apr. 6 - May 2 Exams (plan your departure for after May 4)

    Apr. 10 Good Friday... university closed

    Apr. 13 Easter Monday … university closed

    May 4 Last possible day to move out of campus residences (students should plan to

    depart from campus residences the day following their last exam)

For more information on academic dates, see the Academic Calendar, page 3.

Pre-Arrival Information for International Exchange Students (continued) Page 5

    Studying at Nipissing University ; 2008 - 2009

     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). Students of ththe 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. Each student is provided with one set of bed sheets, one pillow and one quilt. All utilities and phone service is included. Exchange students living in Residence will be provided with a basic kit which contains dishes, cups, drinking glasses, cutlery, cooking utensils and cooking pots.

    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, August 30, 2008. (Any exceptions must be indicated well in advance. Contact Melissa

    Toupin Laforge <melissat@nipissingu.ca> directly in this regard, especially if you are planning to move in thearly. A cost of $17.52 per night is charged for early arrivals prior to August 30).

    Students living in campus residences should plan to move out the day following your last exam. Any exceptions must be discussed with the residence Don on your floor.

    A list of off-campus accommodation is advertised by licensed local landlords and is available through the Nipissing Residence 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. 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, 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. This is the best option for Spring and Summer semesters, May August, however some rooms are available in campus residence

    at reasonable fees. Inquire via the office of Nipissing International.

    Expenses to Live and Study at Nipissing University The Nipissing University Finance Office will charge students for the non-academic fees listed on this chart. These non-academic fees are listed on a one semester basis. Also refer to the “Fees” section of the Nipissing

    University calendar at (www.nipissingu.ca click on Academic Calendar then on Charges and Fees) for other

    miscellaneous fees for which you may be invoiced. 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). However, exchange students should use the enclosed chart “2008-09 Expenses to Live and Study at Nipissing University”.*

    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 the web site http://www.uhip.ca

    Also refer to the more detailed “UHIP information sheet” enclosed in your welcome package.

Pre-Arrival Information for International Exchange Students (continued) Page 6

    Studying at Nipissing University ; 2008 - 2009

UHIP Continued

     UHIP Fees for a Single Student 2008-2009

     Months of Coverage Total

    4 $252.00

    8 $504.00

    12 $756.00

    Extended Health Coverage Exchange and Short Term Study Students are recommended to seek an insurance provider for extended health benefits such as prescription drugs, eye exams and lenses, and physiotherapy.

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    See Jennifer Brown in the Student Affairs Office for assistance in purchasing extended health benefits: telephone 705-474-3450 ext. 4321. Details will be provided at the International Student Orientation.

    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 once on campus, inquire at 472-0181.

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.

#2, the Platinum Plan costs $975.00 You pay only $975 tax-free for one term. Valid at all ARAMARK locations on campus.

    #3, the Gold Plan costs $500.00 The Gold Membership Plan entitles you $500 worth of purchasing power at all ARAMARK locations on campus. This plan is for a two month period.

#4, the Casual Plan costs $100.00 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.

(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.

Pre-Arrival Information for International Exchange Students (continued) Page 7

    Studying at Nipissing University ; 2008 - 2009

    Orientation The International Student Orientation will take place on September 2 & 3, 2008 beginning at 9:00 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.

    All exchange students arriving for the Winter 2008 semester (January-April 2009) are urged to your travel attend an Orientation which will take place the first week of classes. This session will include an overview of academics at Nipissing, course registration, obtaining identification cards and obtaining computer access, as well as a briefing on Canadian culture. You will also have an opportunity to meet your Nipissing student mentors.

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 Melissa Toupin Laforge by E-mail at <melissat@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 Melissa Toupin Laforge,

    Education Abroad Coordinator

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