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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 registered in the summer semester can apply for needs-based financial assistance through the international in-course bursary and the COVID-19 Emergency Bursary. Please complete and submit an International Student Financial Need Assessment form. Forms are due by July 2 for normal summer in-course bursaries and by August 4 for COVID-19 Emergency Bursaries. For more information about financial resources for students, visit the Student Financial Services FAQ page.

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 students can start studying remotely (outside of Canada) while waiting for a decision on their Study Permit application. However, if the study permit is refused, they will not be able to continue their studies. In this case, students must choose one of the following two options.

  1. Retain their academic record at U of G to pursue further studies at the University later or as transfer credits for another institution. No refunds will be issued in this case. OR
  2. Request a full refund of the tuition fee through the Tuition Fee Appeal Process. If the appeal is approved, a refund will be granted and the student’s academic record at the University will be deleted.

Yes. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), international students may begin their classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50 per cent of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.

Visit the IRCC’s website for the most up-to-date information on student study permits.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), if your face-to-face courses are moved to an alternative delivery format (e.g., online, technology enabled, etc.) because of COVID-19, your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program won’t be affected. This includes students who have a study permit or who have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in May or June but who are unable to travel to Canada due to travel restrictions. International students may begin their classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50 per cent of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.

Visit the IRCC’s website for the most up-to-date information on student study permits.

International undergraduate students and exchange students

International graduate students

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.

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).

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.