Important! Bring your medicine and prescriptions from home.  Students must have medical insurance coverage while studying in Canada.  If you are unable to prove that you bought medical insurance before coming to Canada, you will be required to buy private medical insurance once in Canada.  This policy is for your protection.


To send money to Canada, check with your bank to arrange a Direct Transfer. Transferring money can take several weeks, so you will need to bring traveller's cheques or a bank draft, which you can deposit when you arrive.

When you arrive you should have enough to pay for one month’s accommodation and food, as well as tuition, books and medical insurance.  It is safe to budget for approximately $5,500 for your first month.  Remember that costs will be higher in your first month, as you get set up.

For tuition payment, Yukon College accepts Visa and Mastercard, international bank drafts, money orders or traveller's cheques.


You will be invited to our International Student Orientation once you arrive.  The orientation assists students in learning about life in Whitehorse and how to get the most out of your time at Yukon College.


Whitehorse offers Bahai’, Buddhist, Christian, Evangelical, Russian Orthodox, and several other religious services.


There are numerous indoor and outdoor facilities in Whitehorse to keep you busy and active.  The city of Whitehorse hosted the Canada Winter Games in 2007 where Canada’s young athletes competed in world-class sport venues – all located in Whitehorse.  The city recently built an indoor multi-sport facility that includes a swimming pool, ice rinks, playing fields and a running track.  The outdoor environment provides endless opportunities for walking, hiking, and biking, as well as rivers and lakes for water sports. For winter activities, a ski/snow boarding centre and a cross country ski centre are popular locations.  Click here for more ideas about things to do.

A bus pass costs $62.00 Canadian per month. A single fare is $2.50. 

A bicycle program is available in the summer for $100. You’ll receive a refund of  $50 when you return the bike in September.  The extended light in summer makes bicycling around Whitehorse enjoyable at all hours. 
Some students choose to travel by car.  If you are new to the Yukon Territory and have an International Driver's License or a driver's license from your home country, you are required to get a driver’s license  within 120 days of arriving.

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Yukon College would like to welcome you to the Canadian North.  We look forward to meeting you and learning about your culture and home country.  We hope that you will enjoy learning about our diverse Canadian / Yukon cultures, and that you will have a fantastic experience studying at Yukon College. 

Here is some information that will help you prepare for and have a pleasant and safe Yukon College experience.


Temperatures in Whitehorse vary significantly from season to season.  Summer temperatures range from 15-30 degrees celsius. Winter temperatures can range from -5 to an extreme cold of -40 degrees celsius.  The most suitable winter clothing can be purchased or rented in Whitehorse.  There are many outdoor winter activities that students may want to participate in such as skiing or snowboarding.  Proper winter clothing is necessary to enjoy these activities and to stay safe. Warm clothing is also important, so that you enjoy your time in the Yukon. Indoors however, it's very warm all year round.

Suggested summer clothes:

  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Sweater
  • Jeans
  • Long pants
  • Comfortable shoes for active wear
  • Sandals
  • Hiking boots (there are many wild places to explore on foot)
  • Hat
  • Swim wear
  • Fleece or wool jacket
  • Rain jacket/pants

Suggested winter clothes:

  • Dawn or Gortex jacket or insulated jacket/coat
  • Nylon or insulated pants
  • Wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • Winter gloves or mitts
  • Wool hat or touque
  • Wool scarf
  • Insulated winter boots
  • Wool socks
  • Loose fitting long pants
  • Winter underwear (long underwear in wool, silk or other material good for cold weather)


Canada is home to many different nationalities.  Canadians call this mix of nationalities Canada's “cultural mosaic.”  Come prepared to meet people from other countries and learn about their customs, way of life and home country food.  Be prepared to welcome differences and to become active in the Whitehorse community.  Studying is one part of your education; the experiences you create for yourself in Canada are equally valuable.


Canada’s diverse culture means that many different foods are available here.  Students will be able to find some foods from home in specialty shops around Whitehorse.  There are also restaurants that offer various ethnic menus.