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International Students COVID-19 FAQs

Visit the Academics – Students FAQs for information on assistance accessing class material and meeting with counsellors and faculty advisors.

Visit the Buildings, Events and Services FAQs for information on dining options and facilities remaining open on campus.

Visit the Student Housing FAQs for information on residence supports and services.

General

International undergraduate and graduate students can apply for needs-based financial assistance through the international in-course bursary. Please complete and submit an Emergency Bursary Application Form for International Students by April 10, 2020.

UHIP enrolled students and students who have enrolled dependents have coverage until Aug. 31. Note: this does not include students here on exchange. Find more information about your UHIP coverage on the UHIP website or on the Student Finance website.

If you are here on exchange, UHIP covers you until April 30, 2020. If you are unable to return home before that date because of travel restrictions, please contact cip@uoguelph.ca as soon as possible.

International undergraduate students and exchange students

All undergraduate students can return home with confidence that all remaining winter 2020 course requirements can be completed remotely. This includes international students who plan to fly home.

International graduate students

Students in these programs can return home, as the remainder of course materials are being offered in an alternative delivery format. This will reduce the likelihood that you will find yourself unexpectedly stranded in Canada. Students who plan to pursue Canadian-based employment opportunities after April 30 and who have the appropriate work visas may decide whether to leave or to remain in Canada.

The situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented. Your decision to stay or return home is a personal one and should be based on what is best for you and your family.

If your study visa allows you to stay through summer 2020 or beyond, you can certainly choose to stay in Canada. If you choose to stay, you can expect to hear from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies about registration plans for summer 2020. If you prefer to return home, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will issue documents that will enable you to re-register later.

The situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented.  Your decision to stay or return home is a personal one and should be based on what is best for you and your family.

As the University of Guelph can accommodate thesis defences remotely, students can return home. This will reduce the likelihood that you will find yourself unexpectedly stranded in Canada. Students who plan to pursue Canadian-based employment opportunities after April 30 and who have the appropriate work visas may decide whether to leave or remain in Canada.

The situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented. Your decision to stay or return home is a personal one and should be based on what is best for you and your family.

If your study visa allows you to stay through summer 2020 or beyond, you can certainly choose to stay in Canada. Please communicate with your research supervisor to ensure mutual understanding of your research plans. For guidance, visit the Office of Research website. The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will communicate with you about registration plans for summer 2020 later.

The situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented. Your decision to stay or return home is a personal one and should be based on what is best for you and your family.

The International Student Adviser has a support letter that can be submitted with your immigration application as an additional support document (not in lieu of other mandatory documents). Please contact Matthew Keefe, International Student Adviser, at mkeefe@uoguelph.ca or 519-824-4120, Ext. 58698, to obtain a copy of this document if needed.

Housing

For more information specific to students living in residence, visit our Student Housing FAQs.

International students are being granted extensions to stay in residence. Please visit your Housing Portal to fill out an extension request. Be sure to indicate you are an international student.

No. Student Housing Services is prepared to provide you with accommodations while you remain in Canada, until April and beyond. Costs and residence locations are to be determined, but we will have space in residence available to you.

Students staying past March 22 have paid for housing until the end of the exam period. If accommodations are needed after the exam period ends, additional charges for the summer semester will be applied (amount to be determined).

After March 22, Student Housing Services will move all students remaining on campus into our East Village or West Residence area. Students currently living in those areas or in our grad houses will not be required to relocate. You will receive communication regarding this relocation and how to complete it.

East Village and West Residence provide more independent living and the opportunity to practise self-isolation if needed. These areas are equipped with a kitchen and facilities to allow for fewer students to share each washroom.

Once students are settled, Student Housing Services will work with you to determine the supplies you need, such as cooking implements. Student Housing Services will attempt to support you in gathering these supplies.

Food is available from East Side Variety, located inside the East Residence. Visit the Hospitality Services website for the most up-to-date information on hours and services. Students can also use their meal plans to order take-out or delivery from off-campus meal plan partners.

Student Housing Services will have staff available to support you while you stay in residence. These supports will mostly be available online or by phone to support physical distancing practices. Student Housing will also respond to questions submitted on social media and by email. More information about services available on campus can be found on the Building, Events and Services FAQs.

Yes. Student Housing Services will have available spaces if you are in this situation. Residence fees will be determined soon. Please email housing@uoguelph.ca to request a space in residence. Explain your circumstances, and accommodations will be made.