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Orientation

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Canada!

Whether you are a travel expert or it’s your first time in North America, your first days in Canada will surely be very exciting. Your Canadian adventure starts once you have slept off the worst of your jet lag and familiarized yourself with your accommodation.

Our Tamwood staff wants to make sure that you are well-prepared for your course start and will welcome you to the Tamwood campus with lots of information and tips and tricks on how to successfully organize your new life in Canada.

Things You Should Know

What do I have to bring for my first day at school?
Make sure to bring your passport, work, or study permit (depending on which one you have). Also don’t forget a pen, paper, and something to drink – we have water fountains on campus and you can always buy a beverage or snack nearby, but it might be handy to have your own water bottle.

What will my first day at Tamwood look like?
Language students
On your first day at school, you will be welcomed by our Tamwood staff and it is made sure that you have all the necessary documents. Afterward, you will take a 1-hour written Placement test (either online or in-person) and a short speaking assessment. Together with a representative of Club ESL, you will go on a short neighborhood tour to get to know your surroundings. When you return to school, you will have your orientation with our Campus Manager. Your first class will start after the lunch break. For a complete checklist of things to do before you arrive, click here.

Career Students
On your first day at school, you will be welcomed by our Tamwood staff and it is made sure that you have all the necessary documents. You will also receive your “first-day package”. Together with our Work Placement Coordinator, you will go on a short neighborhood tour to get to know your surroundings and visit the local Services Canada office to get your Social Insurance Number. When you return to school, you will have your orientation with our Campus Manager. Your first class will start the following Monday. You are also invited to join a Living and Working in Canada orientation the next Friday and three valuable workshops the week after (Resume Writing, Job Hunt, and Interview Skills). Your first class will start after the lunch break. For a complete checklist of things to do before you arrive, click here.

COVID-19 Changes
Please note that in accordance with Provincial Health Authorities, Tamwood has implemented a COVID-19 safety plan and made changes to your first day schedules and procedures. This means that most communication and the orientations will take place online for the time being. You will join in-school classes according to our staggered class schedules.

What will we talk about during orientation?
Important topics we cover during orientation, include:

• Class schedules
• Tamwood campus
• Graduation policy
• Class rules and English Only policy
• Emergency procedures and safety information

• Monthly activities calendar
• Tamwood services and who to contact
• Tamwood Student card
• Tamwood Student Handbook
• Homestay and accommodation tips

During COVID-19 time, we also discuss:

• COVID-19 class schedule (staggered times)
• COVID-19 safety policies

• COVID-19 specific campus and class rules
• How to attend online classes

Have Questions?