International Students

USA & International Students

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training has informed the federal government that Story Institute is approved by the Province to receive new international students with study permits starting December 1st, 2020. See Story Institute’s approved COVID-19 readiness plan. To find us on the Government of Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website (IRCC), please click here.

COVID-19 readiness plan for DLIs
To be able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada, DLIs must have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory that:

• protects the health and safety of all students and the surrounding community

• describes how they will manage the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arrangements for transportation to the students’ quarantine location

• provides information and support to international students about:

• how they can get the items they need for their quarantine, like food and medications

• health insurance

• remaining healthy while in Canada

Contact Story Institute directly if you have any questions about its readiness plan. To see the source of this information, click here.

Story Institute proudly welcomes international students from all over the world to attend  our leading Vancouver acting school. 

To study in Canada as an international student check out this informative page on the Government of Canada website.

Designated Learning Institution number (DLI#): O266418531812

International Students Story Institute Acting School Vancouver
International Students Story Institute

In order to be accepted to our program, international students must consider the following:

  1. While our program does not usually require study permits, international students may apply for one. During the COVID-19 pandemic we are only able to accept international students that have secured a study permit; 
  2. You will need a Letter of Acceptance with our DLI number (which we will provide to you once you have passed the audition), a valid passport or travel document, and proof you can support yourself, and any family members who come with you, while you’re in Canada). Please refer to the IRCC guidelines here about how to apply for a study permit;
  3. You may provide evidence you will have enough money to support yourself while you are living here by having a notarized letter from your bank or your parents’ bank, your student loan documentation, confirmation of the payments you have made on your acting tuition already, or any other support documentation that will prove your ability to support yourself;
  4. You must also secure evidence you are planning to return to your country once your acting school is complete;
  5. Prior to arrival, international students and co-arriving family members must inform their arrival and quarantine plan, including arrangements for:
    • Transportation from the airport to their housing (must wear a mask and avoid public transportation other than taxi)
    • Housing
    • Access to supplies such as prescriptions and food
    • Health insurance that covers COVID-19. International students must secure health insurance that covers COVID-19 and include the name of the company/policy in their pre-arrival plan. We have options available such as GuardMe insurance, but international students are welcome to choose the policy that best fits their needs;
  6. Please refer to the complete pre-arrival plan and quarantine requirements below;
  7. After all of these documents have been secured, the student must pay a $500 deposit to confirm their spot. This amount will count towards their tuition.
Students learning from Devyn Dalton Acting Classes Schedule

You may want to contact the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council for support prior to submitting to the Canadian Consulate for processing.

Canadian Government Support Agencies

Government of Canada can help you find a visa application centre. Visa application centres (VACs) accept applications for study permits, work permits, visitor visas (temporary resident visa), and travel documents for permanent residents.

Canada Customs & Revenue Agency
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 1J5

Canada Customs & Revenue Agency
Public Enquiries Unit, Canada Customs
333 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5R4
Tel: 1-604-666-0545

Citizenship & Immigration Canada
615 Prospect St. West 1st Floor
Fredericton, NB Canada E3B 7K5
Tel: 1-888-242-2100

Experience Vancouver

Vancouver is located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada and is classed as a Beta global city.

Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, and is acknowledged as the first city ranked among the top-ten of the world’s most well-living cities for five consecutive years.  Major film production studios in Vancouver and nearby Burnaby have turned Greater Vancouver and nearby areas into one of the largest film production centres in North America, earning it the nickname “Hollywood North”.

Story Institute

Story Institute is conveniently located in the heart of the local entertainment industry. This is where most of the productions companies have offices, where most of the training occurs, and where most of the industry lives. Over the past few decades Vancouver has built an incredible infrastructure for the entertainment industry and has become home or a second home to some of the biggest stars in the world. The infamous Gerard at Sutton Place on Burrard street, located just a 10-minute Skytrain ride from the school) is still a friendly watering hole where locals can grab a drink and a bite and mix and mingle with some of the biggest stars in the world. In addition to proximity to the industry and its stars, the school also backs onto Vancouver General Hospital, is surrounded by countless shops, restaurants, and services, and considered one of the most desirable places in the city to work, live, and play.

Procedures for International Student Arrival

Pre-Arrival Requirements

Under new requirements for air travel that take effect February 22, 2021, in addition to providing a negative COVID-19 molecular test 72 hours before your scheduled flight at the airport, when the student arrives in Canada, they must take another COVID-19 test before leaving the airport and spend 3 days in quarantine at a federal government-authorized hotel.

With a clear test result, the student can proceed to the quarantine site identified in their quarantine plan.  Ten-days into their quarantine, the student will use a take-home test provided at their arrival in Canada. A further clear result is required before leaving quarantine at 14 days. For more information, see the flow-chart below:

See attachment HERE

The list of government-authorized hotels will be available to students on February 18, 2020 via this link   

Details on these requirements, and the requirements for travellers arriving at land border crossings, are available on line: Government of Canada expands restrictions to international travel by land and air – Canada.ca

More information is available from the Government of Canada:

• Entering Canada by air during COVID-19

• Entering Canada by land during COVID-19

• Additional testing and more stringent quarantine requirements for travel to Canada

• ArriveCAN

• Travel restrictions in Canada – Visitors, foreign workers and students

Orders in Council related to the Quarantine Act  

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada

Starting January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. See the news release for air travellers.

Before travelling to Canada, all travellers must plan for their mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which starts on the date they arrive. Prior to arrival, international students and co-arriving family members must inform their arrival and quarantine plan to Story Institute, including arrangements for:

• Transportation from the airport to their housing (must wear a mask and avoid public transportation other than taxi)

• Housing

• Health insurance that covers COVID-19. International students must secure health insurance that covers COVID-19 and include the name of the company/policy in their pre-arrival plan. We have options available such as GuardMe insurance, but international students are welcome to choose the policy that best fits their needs.

• Students should travel directly from the airport to their place of stay. In addition, they may not have contact with vulnerable individuals or be living in a group or communal setting (except for family members) and the quarantine accommodation should enable individual physical distancing and infection-prevention control. 

• Although we provide third-party recommendations of the services above, students are responsible for securing their own arrangements.

Governmental Pre-Arrival Requirements (source here).

  • As of November 21, 2020, air travellers whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN before they board their flight. This includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order), and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment. 
  • Travellers must be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada; a border services officer will verify that they have submitted their information digitally. Travellers who do not submit the required information digitally before boarding their flight could be subject to enforcement action, which can range from verbal warnings to $1,000 fine. Exceptions will be made for those unable to submit documents electronically due to personal circumstances, such as disability or inadequate infrastructure. 

• Download the ArriveCAN app here: iOSAndroid or web format

• International students must adhere to the Quarantine Act.

14-day Quarantine Requirements

After you enter Canada:

  • As of November 21, 2020, travellers who enter Canada by air, land or marine modes, unless exempted under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order, will also be required to submit information through ArriveCAN or by calling the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number during their quarantine or isolation period. Within 48 hours of entering Canada, travellers must confirm they have arrived at their place of quarantine or isolation and those in quarantine must complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during their quarantine period.  
  • Travellers who don’t use ArriveCAN to submit their information before entering Canada will be required to call the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number on a daily basis throughout their quarantine or isolation period to provide their post-border information. They will not be able to revert to using ArriveCAN.

    Travellers who do not submit the mandatory information required after they have crossed the border will be considered a high priority for follow-up by law enforcement.

• Government of Canada representatives will conduct health screenings at the time of entry to Canada and let you know if you need to quarantine or isolate.

• International students and co-arriving immediate family members are responsible for on-going self-monitoring and assessment of COVID-19 symptoms. 

• Story Institute will communicate regularly with international students during quarantine to maintain up-to-date on their health status and well-being, verify if they have been conducting the daily self-assessments, and provide them updated information about COVID-19.

• If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, you must quarantine for 14 days while you’re still at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.

• Should you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during your 14 day quarantine, you must begin isolating for an additional 14 days from the date of your positive test result or onset of symptoms.

• During Quarantine, we will involve international students in our community via social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram, and regularly set up calls to help the student get familiarized with Vancouver and the local culture. International students will be supported with mental health and cultural/religious topics by having access to our health and safety resources here.

• Please read and follow the Quarantine instructions for travellers without symptoms of COVID-19 returning to Canada.

Protocols for Notification to the Public Health Agency of Canada:

We will be notifying public health officials with regards to any the following:

• Any individual compliance issues within the 14-day mandatory quarantine periods at an institution on the P/T List (P/T = province/territory);

• Any SARS-CoV-2 positive cases at an institution on the P/T List during the time period when the Institution is providing quarantine arrangements (when a student is quarantining for 14 days);

• Any material changes that may require modification to the P/T List, or that can inform local or P/T public health activities or that can inform federal border control.

Public communications protocols have been established for COVID-19 outbreaks that may impact or implicate international students or their immediate family members. We will be notifying the local health authorities immediately at Vancouver Coastal Health:

Vancouver Coastal
Health Corporate Office
11th Floor 601 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4C2
Phone: 1 866 884-0888 (toll-free), 604 736-2033 (local)
Fax: 604 875-4750
Email: [email protected]
Board Chair: Penny Ballem
President and CEO: Mary Ackenhusen


• Government of Canada Coronavirus Disease

• B.C.’s Response to COVID-19

• Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

• Canada Homestay Network

Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 Mandatory Quarantine

• COVID-19: A Guide for International Students in Canada Arriving from Abroad

Please note that the information on study permits and international students coming to Canada is subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please consult the official website for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).