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Moving to Canada for school is exciting! We also know you have a lot to prepare for and you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Here is some advice and resources that could make your journey a little easier.

Transfer Money Before You Arrive

  • Need a secure, convenient way to transfer money to Canada?
  • Want immediate access to your money when you get here?

Start your application Another RBC site for a Canadian bank account before you arrive and enjoy these benefits and more!

Get Familiar with Canada’s Financial System

Wondering how banking and borrowing works here in Canada? The following information may help you feel better prepared when you get here.

Studying in Canada through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program?

Our RBC International Student Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) Program helps eligible international students obtain an RBC GIC to support their application to receive an expedited study permit under the Government of Canada's Student Direct Stream (SDS) program.

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For Your Life in Canada

The Arrive79 App is your single source for the free tools and resources that you need to succeed in Canada.

  • Information programs personalized to your unique journey
  • Learn anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace
  • Connect with experts who can help you reach your goals in Canada through webinars, workshops, and more
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Why Newcomers Love RBC

We are dedicated to helping international students in Canada feel at ease with their banking needs and beyond.
  • Choose a bank account designed for students

    Our bank accounts offer the flexibility and security that international students need.

  • Start building your credit history here

    At RBC, you can apply for your first Canadian credit card–no credit history required!2

  • Shop, send money and make payments your way

    Shop online with Virtual Visa Debit48, tap to pay with Apple Pay26 and more!

  • Bank with the RBC Mobile app25

    You’ll also have access to Canada’s largest combined branch and ATM network.

How Can We Help You?

We understand that moving to a new country comes with many challenges–let us help answer any questions you may have. Our phone services are available in up to 200 languages.

Call to book an appointment to open a bank account over the phone or by video conference.
  • Call Call Toll-Free: 1-866-756-1107
  • International Call Call Collect: 1-506-864-2275

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