- Register with the Internationalization Office, review the New International Students Guide, and attend one Information Session for New International Students. These information sessions are very important for new students and will provide details on foreign health insurance, immigration, accommodations, and other important matters. Graduate students at Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook, will be expected to report upon arrival to the International Student Programming Coordinator, Room AS234B, Arts and Science Building.
- Understand your health insurance options. All international students are automatically charged foreign health insurance when they register. Depending on the length of your study permit (if it is 12 months or longer) you will be eligible to enroll in our provincial health plan offered called MCP or Medical Care Plan.
- If you are receiving funding from a graduate assistantship, you will require a Social Insurance Number (SIN). For more information on social insurance numbers, please visit the Service Canada website. You can apply for a SIN at: St. John's Human Resources Centre Canada, 223 Churchill Avenue, Pleasantville, St. John's, NL. You will require a contract of employment from your department (printed on Memorial University letterhead), an enrolment verification letter, and the SIN application form.
- Memorial University offers English language supports for graduate students for whom English was not the language of instruction for their prior degrees. A number of non-credit ESL bridge courses are available to newly admitted students on the recommendation of the Head of their academic units. Such courses focus on practice in grammatical forms and vocabulary, paraphrasing and summarizing, and research and writing. For a list of courses available, please visit the Intensive Bridge Program website. If you wish to avail of one of these non-credit ESL courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before the start of your first semester.