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Important Information for International Students

The SSC welcomes international students.International students interested in enrolling at the Shiatsu School of Canada must follow the same requirements listed under Admission Requirements, beginning with the application process.

Interviews may be performed over the telephone and other arrangements may be made, as required, to meet the unique situations of students living in other countries.

(Please note that all funds quoted are in Canadian dollars.)


Language Requirement
You must understand English to succeed at the Shiatsu School of Canada since our classes and clinics are conducted in English.You must be fluent enough to comprehend your instructors and clinic clients as well as the texts and other written material, and be able to complete written and oral assignments.

If your first language is not English, we will assess your English-language capabilities in the interview process. TOEFL is not required.

Student Authorization
If you are a citizen of a foreign country and wish to come to Canada to study you must obtain authorization from the Government of Canada.(If you are a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency status this does not apply to you.)

You may acquire student authorization forms in your country of origin at the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Canadian Education Centre. If you have any questions about how to obtain a student authorization, please contact the Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or a Canadian Education Centre.The information provided here is simply a summary.

American citizens and permanent residents of the United States (plus residents of St. Pierre and Miquelon, or dependents of people here in Canada on student authorizations) may apply for student authorization at a Canadian port-of-entry.

You will need proof of identity, proof of financial support (enough money to cover your tuition fees, return transportation to your country of origin and $10,000 to cover living expenses in Canada for one year). You will need a medical examination in your own country to obtain student authorization.

After the Shiatsu School of Canada has accepted you as a full-time student, we will send you a letter confirming your status.You will need this letter, along with other documents, to qualify for student authorization (visa) from Immigration Canada.†† †

Please note: If you are unable to obtain student authorization, we will fully refund any fees you have paid to the Shiatsu School of Canada less the $10.00 application fee.


International students interested in studying in Canada should ensure that they are familiar with the rules and processes involved in coming to Canada to study. The best and most accurate source for information is the Canadian federal government. The federal government runs Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) - which links immigration services with citizenship registration and is responsible for and admitting immigrant, foreign students, visitors and temporary workers.

The department of the federal government formerly known as International Trade Canada has been split into two separate departments. The department now responsible for Culture, Education and Youth is Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC).

1. The Main Home Page for - (CIC) Citizenship and Immigration Canada

2. An Overview of visa information - (CIC) Citizenship and Immigration Canada

3. Who Needs a Study Permit?

4. Information for Foreign Students

5. Work Opportunities for Foreign Students

6. Application to Study in Canada Study Permits

7. Find a Visa Office in your Area

8. Countries & Territories Whose Citizens Require Visas to Enter Canada as Visitors

9. Information for Institutions and Organizations

10. Temporary resident visa information for persons from designated countries who wish to visit Canada for a temporary purpose.


Visa: A visa is permission issued by a country for you to enter that country.

Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant): A person who has been granted the right to live in Canada permanently by immigration authorities, but who has not acquired Canadian citizenship. Entitled to all the rights of a citizen except the right to vote.

Citizen: A member of a nation, either by birth or through naturalization.

Helpful links for International Students

Check out the City of Torontoís website and youíll find info on everything from cost of living, medical services, employment, getting help in you language, cultural events & so much more!

Here are some additional links:

Housing Supports: (this site allows you to search by neighbourhood and to see pictures of apartments for rent) & (there are often apartments for rent on these sites as well as used, and sometimes new, items/furniture for sale).

Health Insurance:  
or call 1-877-449-4993 ext. 2.

Religious Community Organizations:

Neighbourhoods of Toronto:
The Shiatsu School of Canada is located in a neighbourhood called  'Kensington Market' & 'Chinatown' here is a link that lists all neighbourhoods:

List of Consulates & Embassies in Toronto:

Student Handbook

To learn about our academic year, school regulations and administrative information, read our handbook.

*We will ensure that all students, domestic and international, will be treated equitably and free of disrespect, harm or harassment of any type.

benefits for International Students Studying At the Shiatsu School of Canada (SSC) & SSC acupuncture institute.

  1. Established 1986 (30 years experience educating individuals interested in learning Eastern therapeutic practices).

  2. Family atmosphere ensure healthy communication and support network for students living here on their own.

  3. Highest standard of acupuncture and shiatsu training in Canada.

  4. Diploma recognized around the world - portability, you can practice shiatsu virtually anywhere.

  5. SSC's Shiatsu and Acupuncture Diploma Program are competitively priced.

    Tuition here at the SSC can be paid in installments or in full. We work closely with our students to ensure they are not under financial pressure while studying full or part time at the SSC.

    Tuition fees for international students in other Canadian universities average $20,000 annually - SSC's are only $6,000 annually.  A public university in the United States costs $12,200 a year for tuition alone while a private American university costs over $20,000 a year just for tuition.

  6. Hands-on learning and small class sizes ensure individual one on one training and attention.

  7. Multicultural school - students from all backgrounds of study and ethnicity.

  8. Situated downtown in the heart of a multicultural city makes it easy to access the school by convenient public transportation.

  9. Safe city with a low crime rate and strict gun control laws.

  10. High quality of life. Toronto has a variety of festivals, indoor and outdoor events, concerts, night life, restaurants and food from all around the world, parks and nature surrounds the school; making the city a wonderful place to explore and live.

  11. Moderate climate. Sunny days all year round.

  12. Beautiful parks, countryside - canoeing, hiking, etc. Students organized events often to bring a fun atmosphere to the SSC.

Financial Aid for International Students
The Shiatsu School of Canada does not offer financial aid or scholarships for international students, nor does the SSC provide housing.To qualify for student authorization, applicants must provide complete and accurate documentation of sufficient funds to cover the cost of the first year of school, books and living expenses.For more information about student life and financial aid, please visit those sections under the Diploma Program you are interested in studying.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to come to Toronto for interviews.In situations where this is not possible, a telephone interview may be arranged.Qualified applicants are scheduled for interviews after all materials have been received and evaluated by the Shiatsu School of Canada.
The Shiatsu School of Canada is located in downtown Toronto, within easy walking distance of Kensington Market, Chinatown, shopping, libraries, parks and services.

Toronto is the capital of the province Ontario and is the largest city in Canada, with a population of 2.4 million, 4.7 million in the Greater Toronto Area.  Toronto is the fifth largest city in North America in terms of population.  One third of Canadians live within 160-km radius of Toronto.  Toronto is particularly accessible to those who live in the United States.  One half of all Americans live within a day's drive of Toronto.

This is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with more than 80 ethnic groups and more than 100 languages.  English is the predominant language of Toronto, but there are also large ethnic populations.  48 percent of Toronto's population is immigrants - 350,000 Chinese, 400,000 Italians, 127,000 Greeks and many others.  Bilingual street signs can be found in areas such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Portugal, and other neighbourhoods.  Whatever your background, you will find compatriots, services, and amenities in your own language.

Toronto offers a full range of cultural activities including museums, theatres, opera, symphony, and ballet.  As well, Toronto hosts major league sports including baseball, basketball, and of course, hockey.  This is a highly educated, progressive community with three universities. is justly famous for its outdoor life.  Toronto has parks, beaches, hiking trails, and outdoor activities all year round.  On the north shore of beautiful Lake Ontario, the city is known for its wooded ravines and parks with abundant wildlife.  Toronto's weather is moderate.  Average temperatures are +7C (45F) in spring, +21C (70F) in summer, +11C (51F) in autumn, and -3C (26F) in winter.

The Shiatsu School of Canada is located in a residential area in downtown Toronto, within easy walking distance of shopping, libraries, parks and services.  The SSC is in the heart of Little Italy, a lively district of cafes, restaurants and stores.  The SSC is only blocks from one of the world's most vibrant Chinatowns.  We are also within walking distance of the University of Toronto, a major Canadian academic resource.

The SSC's excellent downtown location, close to public transit and rapid interurban commuter trains (GO Trains), makes it accessible to students who commute from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond.  The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), our public transit system, includes subway, bus and streetcar routes. to United Nations surveys done over the past four years, Canada is the best place in the world to live.  This country won this rating because of its access to high quality education, high life expectancy, and low crime rates.  Strict gun control legislation and a tradition of respect for law and order make life in Canada's cities exceptional.  Fortune Magazine in 1996 proclaimed Toronto the best international city.


Prospective students considering a move to Toronto may call the SSC for information and brochures about Toronto.


Need Help or Advice?

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact:

Sam Kennedy,
Office Manager, Student Supports & FAO (Financial Assistance Officer)

Monday to Friday at: (416) 323-1818 ext.201 or
Toll-free 1-800-263-1703 ext.201 (Canada & U.S. only)
Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (EST)

The Admissions Department  can assist individuals wishing to learn more about the program, schedules options, tuition and payment options, student visas, housing and more.

To contact the Admissions Department directly, please call:
Monday to Friday at: (416) 323-1818  ext.202
Toll-free 1-800-263-1703 ext.202 (Canada & U.S. only)
(416) 323-1681

The Shiatsu School of Canada
455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300 (Spadina and College)

The closest subway station is located at Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue

Get Directions or for more info on transit routes visit the TTC Site


All information was correct at the time of publishing. The Shiatsu School of Canada reserves the right to make changes to any course, program, fee, policy or procedure with respect to availability, delivery mode, schedules, or course requirements described in this calendar, at any time, without further notice.

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