Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find some answers to questions that our international team is frequently asked. Don’t see your question below? Email for more information.

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International applicants may apply to any full-time Cambrian program listed here. However, enrolment limits in some programs—such as Health and Trades—may mean increased competition for spots in these programs. In such cases, priority will be given to Canadian applicants.

Yes. Cambrian College is a fully-accredited and publicly-funded community college functioning under the direction of the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. For this reason, its full-time postsecondary programs have been approved and are fully recognized by the Ministry.

Most programs start in late August, but some start in January or May with special schedules. Please contact us via email at to discuss your desired program further.

OCAS stands for Ontario College Application Service. This is the agency through which all students must apply to colleges in Ontario. View the OCAS International website for more information.

First semester tuition and fees are due prior to student visa application. Should you be refused a study visa, we will refund your tuition and fees.

Once we have received your application fee and assessed your application, we will send you an official letter of admission to use as part of your application for a Study Permit to study in Canada.

All non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must apply for a Study Permit to study in any program with a duration of more than six months at Cambrian college.  You cannot study in Canada without this permit. The initial study permit application must submit to the Canadian visa office outside Canada or the Visa Application Centre that serves in your country of residence. Applications and further information are available from any Canadian Embassy office or from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Congratulations! You are now ready to make your travel plans. You will be given a letter of introduction and a TRV( visa) or an eTA depends on your country of citizenship please review the documents as soon as you receive it,  also review our Orientation information.


On your Official Letter of Admission, we will indicate the expiry date of your letter of acceptance. No student will be permitted to enroll beyond the date indicated.

Our preference is Canadian funds, but if your bank is unable to draw on Canadian funds, please have them convert the payment amount for you according to the exchange rates at the time of payment. It is your responsibility to ensure that the converted amount covers the full tuition owing in Canadian funds despite the difference in exchange rates that we will encounter by the time we receive and deposit your cheque.

Cambrian College utilizes Flywire for all payments made outside of Canada. Payment can be made by bank wire, debit/credit card and other online methods. Founded by a former international student, Flywire’s mission is to save money for international students and their families that would otherwise be lost on bank fees and unfavourable foreign exchange rates.

International students are not eligible for the same assistance granted to our Canadian students. However, Cambrian College is pleased to inform you that we do have awards and bursaries specifically for international students. We will let you know when these awards and bursaries are open for application and how to apply!  Note: All amounts are quoted in Canadian funds and are listed for reference only. They may be subject to change.

Your study permit grants you the right to work on-campus and off-campus (up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full-time during scheduled academic breaks) employment as long as you are registered in full-time studies.  You must have one of these conditions printed on your study permit:

  • May work 20 hours per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in paragraph 186(v) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. or
  • May accept employment on or off-campus if meeting eligibility criteria, per paragraph R186(f), (v) or (w) and must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.

Students have the opportunity to apply to jobs on campus through the myCambrian Career portal. We also have an excellent Career Centre that can aid students in creating their cover letter, resume and preparing for an interview!

If your current study permit is not issued for the complete duration of your program you are required to extend your stay in Canada as a student in order to complete your academic program. You should apply at least three before your current study permit expires.

A TRV or an eTA is the travel document from Canada, this document allows you to cross the border to enter Canada. Based on the country of your passport you either receive a TRV or eTA. This document will be attached to your passport. It is recommended that you maintain a valid TRV for the duration of your studies, but it is not mandatory while you are inside Canada.

A passport is the travel document from your country of citizenship, as an international student, your passport must be valid for the duration of your time in  Canada. Canada immigration won’t issue any document/permit beyond the expiry of your passport. If your passport and immigration documents expiring at the same time, first you apply for a new passport and then apply for an extension of your immigration document with your new passport. you should extend/ renewed your passport at least 6months before it expires.

A “regular scheduled break” is a holiday listed in your academic calendar (summer holidays, reading week, winter holidays). These holidays may vary depending on your intake semester. If you take a semester off or take an unscheduled break, it could affect your study permit, ability to work and post-graduation work permit.

If the work (internship, co-op, placement or capstone) is an integral part of your program of study, you are required to have a co-op work permit before you start your work. Your co-op work permit will list the employer as Cambrian College and will allow you to work for any authorized co-op work term authorized by your program of study. This work permit only allows you to do the job approved by your co-op program within your co-op work term.

You are not allowed to use the co-op work permit to work outside these approved terms even if the permit is still valid. If you didn’t receive your co-op work permit along with your study permit please start your application for a co-op work permit as soon as possible.

Full-time students with a valid study permit can help their spouse or common-law partner to apply for an open work permit. An open work permit will enable the spouse or common-law partner of the international student to work, and is usually valid for the entire length of the student’s study permit.

Cambrian offers 24-hour, on-campus security. The campuses are monitored by state-of-the-art video cameras. In Residence, individual bedroom doors are equipped with key-lock systems as are the front doors to each unit and the main building.  A campus watch program is also available at the Barrydowne campus for students who wish to be accompanied to their Residence units from elsewhere on the campus on scheduled evenings. The surrounding areas are also considered very safe locations as is the City of Greater Sudbury in general.

Learn More about student services!

Below you will find some answers to questions that our international team is frequently asked. Don't see your question below? Email for more information.

International students with questions are encouraged to contact International Student Services at

Please provide:

  • Name
  • Student #
  • Phone Number
  • Reason for Assistance
  • Availability for telephone or virtual appointment

Medical insurance is provided to full-time international students who hold an international student visa and are registered in and attending classes.

Please make sure that you have logged into We Speak Student to access your benefit card. Here are the steps:

  1. Log in and register with WeSpeak student
  2. Click on “Student Medical Card”
  3. Enter your date of birth and student ID #
  4. Print your card and keep it with you at all times

Through WeSpeak Student you can access information regarding what is included in your plan (under Plan Overview) as well as forms to submit a claim.  If you don’t make changes to your plan you are automatically enrolled in Plan 1.

To receive reimbursement for medical expenses covered under your plan, claim forms can be completed and submitted online through We Speak Student.

If you have any questions they offer a Live Chat feature to assist you.

International Scholarships are available in the Spring, Fall and Winter semesters.  You must have completed at least one full semester of studies, currently enrolled in a program and meet the requirements.  All information regarding scholarships and how to apply can be found on myCambrian under “Financing My Education.”

Students can apply for their Social Insurance Number online at or visit the main floor of the federal building – 19 Lisgar Street (bring your passport and study permit).