Travel to Canada

What do I need to bring with me to Lethbridge?

Lethbridge's climate is moderate. The summers are warm and dry with temperatures reaching highs of over 30 degrees Celsius and the winters reaching temperatures well below 0 degrees Celsius (sometimes -30 degrees Celsius)

Clothing

  • Our wide range of temperatures and weather conditions can make packing a challenge.
    • A light jacket with a hood is recommended for fall (September - November) and spring months (April - June)
    • Be sure to bring warm clothing or be prepared to purchase some for the months of November through March
    • You will need a warm winter jacket, boots, gloves, a hat, sweaters, and other warm sportswear
    • In general, people tend to dress casually in Lethbridge. Jeans, khakis, t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, and a good pair of walking shoes tend to be the clothing items of choice for most U of L students
    • You may wish to bring some formal clothing for special occasions
    • If you are bringing any electrical equipment, it should be compatible with Canadian voltage which is 110 volts, 60Hz. It is also possible to purchase adapters for electrical outlets

Baggage

  • Airlines will restrict the weight of the baggage that may accompany you on your flight and charge you heavily for excess
  • Please check with your airline for load limits
  • You may want to ship some of your belongings to Canada rather than bring them all with you on the airplane

Documents

  • Finally, be sure that you carry all of your necessary documents with you on the plane in a safe, secure place
    • Letter of Introduction for your Study Permit
    • Valid passport
    • Visitor visa, documents/papers used to obtain study permit
    • Letter of acceptance from the University of Lethbridge

Do not pack your documents in your suitcase, as officials will be asking to see them

How do I bring money with me to Canada?

Money Management Options

  • Do not carry a lot of cash with you when you travel
  • You may bring a bank draft with you and then deposit it in the bank of your choice when you arrive in Canada. Note that it might take from ten to thirty days for your bank draft to be processed
  • Most stores, restaurants, and hotels will cash travelers cheques or accept major credit cards (VISA, American Express, and MasterCard)

Estimating Your Funding Requirements

  • You should bring enough money to cover your expenses during your first month of study

    • Temporary accommodation
    • Restaurant meals
    • Textbooks
    • Supplies
    • Rental deposits
    • Utility hook-up fees

When Should I arrive in Lethbridge?

Fall semester (September-December)

· Plan to arrive in Lethbridge at least two weeks before classes begin

· This should give you lots of time to find a place to live, familiarize yourself with Lethbridge and the campus, as well as, attend the International Student Orientation

· University Closures: Labour Day (the first Monday in September)

Spring semester (January-April)

· We recommend that you arrive in Lethbridge the week prior to December 24th or immediately after January 3rd

· University Closures: December 24 through to January 4, 2011

Checklist - Travel Tips

Documents

When you are traveling to the U of L be sure to carry all of the following information with you. Do not pack it in your baggage.

  1. Valid Passport
  2. Letter of Introduction approving Study Permit application (issued by Canadian visa office). You will be required to show this to the Immigration Officer in order to receive your study permit. Be sure to check that your name is spelled correctly and that the biographical details (birth date, country of citizenship, etc.) are accurate!
  3. Temporary Resident Visa (if required; not to be confused with your Study Permit)
  4. Original Letter of Acceptance from the University of Lethbridge
  5. Proof of funds available (e.g.: bank draft, transfer, tuition receipt, letter of credit, or other proof)
  6. Carry at least $500.00 (CDN or USD) in cash

Carry-On Baggage

  • Also be sure to carry a change of clothes, any medication, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo or other important items in your carry-on bag, in case your luggage is lost or delayed. This is common in international travel!

Recommended Packing List

  • Clothes
  • Towels
  • Bed Sheets and Pillow Covers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Winter jacket
  • Winter Boots
  • Winter Gloves/Hat
  • Sweaters
  • Jacket
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Music/iPod
  • Medicine & Prescriptions
  • Dictionary
  • Contact List
  • Costumes/Traditional Dress from your Country
  • Traditional music or instrument that you play
  • Items from your country that can be used in displays and presentations
  • Your country flag