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Welcome to the Langara community!

We know that you have made an excellent choice to study here.

If you are new to Vancouver and Langara you will find helpful pre-arrival and registration information on this page. There are also helpful tips for finding accommodations and getting familiar with living in Vancouver.

Langara has a vibrant community with many ways to get involved through volunteer or mentorship programs, or by joining events on campus.

If you are looking for specific information about campus services or immigration support, the student resources or list of student services will help you find most of what you need. If you still need help, please contact your International Student Coordinator.

Pre-arrival Checklist

Get ready for Vancouver! This list will help you prepare for arrival in Canada and studies at Langara.

Renew your passport (if necessary) and apply for a Study Permit. Minimum documents required:

  • Passport with at least 6 months left before expiry
  • Two passport-size photos with name and date of birth written on the back
  • Letter of Acceptance (LOA). Langara’s designated learning institution number (DLI) is O19319074622 (first character is the letter “O”)
  • Proof of financial support

Apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) if required

Prepare for registration and register for courses

Consider your housing options

Understand the medical insurance requirements

Plan transportation for arrival in Vancouver

Visit our YouTube channel and watch the video: Langara Welcomes the World. You can watch in different languages from the International Education playlist.

Sign up for International Student Orientation.

Connect with Langara Global on Social Media

All items will be available for purchase after arrival in Vancouver. Avoid excessive baggage fees (check with your airline for restrictions) by packing enough to get you started and purchase the rest once you arrive at your destination.

Pack in your carry-on baggage:

  • Original copies of important travel and study documents including your Letter of Acceptance and proof of funds
  • Driver’s license from home country and any notarized copies of important documents
  • Cash
  • Personal prescription medication in original packaging
  • Medical records
  • Identification
  • Accommodation information
  • Emergency contacts
  • Headphones

Pack in your checked baggage:

  • Photocopy of all important travel and study documents, including identification
  • Casual clothing for Vancouver’s climate
  • Traditional or formal clothing for special occasions
  • Shoes suitable for Vancouver’s climate
  • Basic toiletries
  • Copies of medical files (if necessary)

Registration Checklist

Most students will register for courses online before arriving at Langara. Students beginning in LEAP will write an online level placement test and will be placed into a level based on their current level of English.

Students on a Study Permit are expected to be full-time students and registered in three to five courses (9 to 18 credits) per semester. Consider these points when selecting the number of courses you take:

  • Academic goals
  • Course work and pre-requisites already complete
  • Comfort learning in English
  • Familiarity with teaching style in Canada
  • Previous academic background

New international students will receive additional support and information from an International Student Coordinator prior to registration. If you need additional support, please contact international@langara.ca.

Review the curriculum for your program. Students in a career program must register in all the first-semester courses listed for the program unless you have permission from the Program Coordinator to register in a reduced course load.

If a course is full you may be given the option to register on the waitlist until a seat becomes available. Waitlists do not guarantee you a seat in the classroom.

Review the curriculum for your program.

Course registration is generally done by the Program Coordinator

Students will be invited to take a placement test and join an orientation session before the first day of class.

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