USA & International Students
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
* Our programs are not eligible to give Post-Graduation Work Permits to international students.
In order to be accepted to our program, international students must consider the following:
You may want to contact the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council for support prior to submitting to the Canadian Consulate for processing.
If you provide us with a receipt of costs for using an Immigration Consultant we will re-imburse you up to $500 CAD for these costs.
If you provide us with a receipt of costs for your medical coverage we will re-imburse you up to $500 CAD for these costs.
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
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
615 Prospect St. West 1st Floor
Fredericton, NB Canada E3B 7K5
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 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.
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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)
• 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).
• International students must adhere to the Quarantine Act.
14-day Quarantine Requirements
After you enter Canada:
• 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:
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
Board Chair: Penny Ballem
President and CEO: Mary Ackenhusen