Orientation for New Students

Welcome to Columbia College!

Traveling to Canada?

International students are now allowed to travel to Canada. Download our Student Pre-Arrival Package, as it contains all information you need regarding traveling and arrival in Canada.

Orientation for new students takes place before each semester begins. Orientation will vary slightly depending on your program, but will involve:

• Getting familiar with our learning platforms and technology

• Getting to know other new students

• Preparing for your registration

• Learning about the services that we provide

• Ensuring that you are ready to begin classes

Key Winter 2021 Orientation dates

We will contact you with access to your Columbia College e-mail account.

If you have paid your tuition deposit in full and have provided all required documents, you will be given your Columbia College student credentials for your e-mail account and Microsoft 365 accounts.

Connect with your dedicated Student Engagement Ambassador

You will be contacted by your dedicated Student Engagement Ambassador (SEA) through your College e-mail and Teams accounts. SEAs are current Columbia students who are here to answer your questions, help you through the registration process and support you to be ready to start your classes.

Confirm that you are planning to register for the Winter 2021 semester by this date

Complete the Columbia 101 module

You will receive access to our Columbia 101 module on Moodle. Columbia 101 is a self-paced program that is designed to help you learn about all of the support services that CC offers, as well as get you used to using our learning platform so you are ready to begin your classes.

Attend your Welcome & Registration sessions

From December 29, you will be invited to attend a variety of information sessions related to your program, your registration and preparing for your classes. We will send this information to you through your CC e-mail account – keep checking for updates about these sessions. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory in order for your registration to be completed.

Last day to register for the Winter 2021 semester.

First day of classes!

Last day to make changes to your classes or schedule. 

Other important information

Your Student Engagement Ambassador (SEA) will:

• Organize group meetings and discussions for you to get to know other students
• Provide tutorials and information guides on important steps to follow
• Support you with your registration
• Help make sure that you are prepared to begin classes

If you are planning to travel during or after Orientation, you still need to attend the relevant sessions and complete your registration before January 8.

Registering early will allow you more time to prepare for your classes.

  • Pay your tuition deposit in full

  • Provide all documents that have been requested

  • Take the Math Placement Test (all university level students)

  • Complete the Columbia 101 Moodle module

  • Attend your orientation and information meetings

  • Online orientation for all new students on Wednesday, January 6

  • Online course planning and registration on Thursday, January 7

  • In-person orientation at the Columbia College campus on Friday, January 8

    • Alternative programming will be offered for secondary students not travelling to Canada

If you need help at any point, please contact us at [email protected]