Incoming International Students

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Greetings from the International Office!

Incoming International Accepted Students

We are so excited that you have chosen to study at Nipissing University. This is an exciting time in your life, and we are happy to welcome you as the newest member of our international family. We cannot wait for you to feel the warm, tight-knit community that Nipissing prides itself on and our goal is to deliver you a truly Canadian experience.

No matter what country you are from or how long you stay, one thing will be certain: you will have the time of your life at Nipissing University. The school itself is small in population, but Nipissing’s history is rich and proud, and is one of the main attractions in the city that is considered “The Gateway to the North”. As the times have changed and technologies have advanced, we are very proud to offer world-class facilities, a state of the art athletic center, and a student experience that will rival no other.

International Student Contacts

International Student Support
Academic Advising
International Admissions
Graduate Studies
Student Development and Services

Pre-Arrival Checklist

You can enter Canada through Toronto’s Pearson International Airport or Jack Garland Airport in North Bay. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is the nearest international airport to the city of North Bay. You can contact Pearson International Airport at 1-866-603-4495. If you choose to enter through Pearson International Airport, you will need to seek travel to North Bay.

Upon entry into Canada, a Canada Customs Officer will question your purpose of entry and check your immigration documents. Respond to any questions you are asked both simply and truthfully. Service will be available in English and French. If you do not understand, ask if an interpreter is available in other languages.

Documentation Checklist

Be sure to carry the following documents in your hand luggage, as you will require them at the Canadian Immigration post:

  1. Passport
  2. Study Permit (if required)
  3. Proof of acceptance from Nipissing University
  4. Proof of funds available for support (e.g. bank statement, traveler’s cheques)

Study permit: Prepare for arrival -

It is strongly advised that you carry photocopies of all your official documents in a place separate from the originals. Also, it is suggested to leave copies of your documents with family members at home and email some photocopies to yourself.

For more information about visitors entering Canada (rules and regulations), visit: (see “non-Canadian” link)

Clearing Immigration and Reaching North Bay

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. It also:

  • grants citizenship and
  • issues travel documents (such as passports) to Canadians.

Learn more about Immigration and Citizenship in Canada ↗

Transportation to North Bay

You have three options for transportation from Pearson International Airport to North Bay.

Connecting Flight

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 (Jack Garland Airport). Pre-booked flights range from $100 – $150 CAD one-way. You can reach Jack Garland Airport at 1-705-474-3026 or

Northern Airport Shuttle Service

The Northern Airport Shuttle Service departs from the Pearson International Airport Ground Transportation Services desk twice a day (14:00h and 18:30h). The one-way fee for a single student from Pearson to North Bay (Country Style Donuts main drop-off) is $130 CAD. For an additional charge of $14, you can request to be dropped off at any location, including the Nipissing University campus. The Northern Airport Shuttle Service may take several stops to pick up other passengers and will also stop for a coffee and washroom break between Toronto and North Bay. Reservations must be made in advance and pre-paid using a VISA or MasterCard. To make a reservation, email

Northern Ontario Bus Lines

Ontario Northland is the only bus line to travel from Toronto to North Bay. The coach bus travels several times during the day, and departs from the Metro Toronto Coach Terminal located at Bay and Dundas Street in downtown Toronto. With the use of your host institution’s student card or your ISIC card, the rate for a one-way trip from Toronto to North Bay is approximately $72.45 CAD.

For more details, please refer to their website or phone number: or 1-800-363-7512. If you are travelling from Pearson International Airport, there is a Go Bus shuttle from Terminal 1, lower level, to the Yorkdale Mall Ontario Northland bus stop. The rate for this shuttle is $6 CAD.

For more information including scheduling, please refer to their website or phone number: or 1-888-438-6646.



It is our hope that your stay in residence becomes one of the most rewarding experiences of your university journey. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, comfortable living and learning environment in which you may grow as an individual and develop long lasting relationships. Our team is committed to providing you with learning opportunities outside of the classroom that will offer you personal and academic growth, and help ease your transition to university.

Learn more about Residence ↗ Applying for Residence ↗ Residence FAQs ↗

Off-Campus Living

We've recently partnered with Places4Students Inc. to provide an online collection of numerous housing options. Places4Students provides students, schools and landlords with the highest quality, off-campus housing service. The website provides a large real-time database for student housing vacancies in our area, including photos and text, contact information and property features.

Learn more about Off-Campus Living ↗


Your orientation will consist of a first-step learning module, live opportunities to connect with current students and services, ask questions, giveaways and more!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@nustudentLT) for more information, to keep you updated and engaged – and ready to start your journey as a Laker!

Register for Orientation ↗

Course Registration

What is Academic Advising?

The Academic Advising department primarily assists with academic questions for current undergraduate students.

Academic Advising FAQs ↗

Course Selection and Registration

For assistance with academic questions or course selections, please contact

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma/Certificate Students ↗ Bachelor Degree Students ↗ Exchange Students ↗

Support Resources for International Students

Academic Advising also offers support with obtaining your proof of enrolment letter, viewing your schedule, accessing courses and textbooks, and more!

Learn more about Academic Advising for International Students ↗