Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for COVID-19 Information for International Applicants.

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

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

Updated: July 22, 2021

General

Yes. The University of Guelph is on the Approved DLI List for COVID-19 Readiness. If you are a U of G international student and have a valid or approved study permit, you are eligible to travel.

Learn more about updated travel restrictions.

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According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), any time spent studying online from outside Canada since Spring 2020 now counts toward the length of a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).  You will not have time deducted from the length of your PGWP for studies you complete outside Canada until April 30, 2021.

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Please refer to the guidelines set out by IRCC.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to our International Student Advisors by email at intl.student@uoguelph.ca.

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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,  students can choose one of the following two options:

  1. Students can complete the semester online (if available) and retain their academic record at U of G to pursue further studies at the University in the future or as transfer credits for another institution. No refunds will be issued in this case. OR
  2. Students can 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. Refunds will not be granted after the completion of the semester and must be submitted prior to the end of the semester in question. Students will need to attach the IRCC study permit rejection letter to their refund application in order to be considered for a refund.

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International undergraduate and graduate students who are registered for the fall 2021 semester can apply for needs-based financial assistance through the Mandatory Quarantine Program international bursary.

Please complete and submit an International Student Financial Need Assessment form. Applications will be available Aug. 23.

For more information about financial resources for students, visit the Student Financial Services FAQ page.

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Travelling to Canada

All air travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website.

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As a U of G international student, you will need the following documents to enter Canada:

  • a letter confirming you are enrolled at the University of Guelph and registered with the Mandatory Quarantine Program. This letter will be provided to you, by the University, once you register for U of G’s Mandatory Quarantine Program
  • a valid or approved study permit (permits must be fully approved, not Approved in Principle)
  • a valid passport
  • an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or an entry visa
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada

Refer to the Government of Canada’s COVID-19: Entering Canada requirements checklist for more information.

If you have questions about immigration requirements, please email international student advisors Matthew Keefe (mkeefe@uoguelph.ca) or Pugaleni Iynkaran (iynkaran@uoguelph.ca).

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International students are now able to enter Ontario from the United States via a land crossing in their personal vehicle. They will then have to travel directly, without stopping, to their approved quarantine location.

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Quarantine on arrival in Canada

Depending on your vaccination status, you may be exempt from quarantine requirements when you arrive; however, all incoming international and domestic students who are arriving from outside of Canada must register with University of Guelph’s Mandatory Quarantine Program before they travel. More information about the quarantine program can be found online.

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All incoming international and domestic students who are arriving from outside of Canada must register with the University of Guelph’s Mandatory Quarantine Program before they travel. Register online.

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Effective July 5, 2021, there will be some exemptions for people eligible to enter Canada, who also meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers. However, all international student travelers must register for a quarantine plan regardless of vaccination status.

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Effective August 9, 2021, the requirement for a 3-day government authorized hotel stay will be eliminated for all international travelers.  All international student travelers must expect to quarantine for the 14-days unless they qualify for a quarantine exemption.

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Limited on-campus (residence) quarantine options may be available for the fall. Availability and rates will be confirmed at a later date.

The primary Quarantine Program option for the fall 2021 semester is the Study Safe Corridor which is a partnership between Maritime Travel and Languages Canada. Their convenient and worry-free quarantine packages are designed for international students to have a smooth entry into Canada while providing a safe and comfortable quarantine experience.

More information about the quarantine program can be found online.

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Based on Government of Canada guidelines, travellers who are under quarantine must avoid contact with anyone they did not travel with:

  • stay in separate rooms
  • use separate bathrooms (if possible)
  • keep surfaces clean
  • avoid sharing personal items
  • limit interactions with others in the household

Co-habitants should also follow the guidance of their local public health authorities.

Please visit the Government of Canada website to asses your quarantine plan.

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Yes, provided you follow the Government of Canada’s Quarantining With Others in the Same Household guidelines. Travellers who are under quarantine must avoid contact with anyone they did not travel with:

  • stay in separate rooms
  • use separate bathrooms (if possible)
  • keep surfaces clean
  • avoid sharing personal items
  • limit interactions with others in the household

Co-habitants should also follow the guidance of their local public health authorities.

Please visit the Government of Canada website to asses your quarantine plan.

You can quarantine with co-arriving family members.

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Yes. The Mandatory Quarantine Program supports co-arriving family members. If you have suitable, private off-campus accommodation, you can quarantine with your co-arriving family members there.

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Yes. International students are able to do their approved quarantine off-campus at locations in Ontario beyond Guelph. You are still required to register with U of G’s Mandatory Quarantine Program. Learn more about quarantining outside of Guelph on the Mandatory Quarantine Program page.

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Yes. Student Housing Services has accessible units available for quarantine. Additionally, the Coordinator of International Student Arrivals will work with Accessibility Services to ensure any other accommodation needs are in place.

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Students who break the conditions of the quarantine program can face serious consequences, as they will be in violation of the Quarantine Act. The Quarantine Act is enforced by Guelph Police Services, and students can be arrested, charged and subject to penalties up to $750,000 fines, and six months in jail. In addition, international students can be subject to a removal order from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and be banned re-entry to Canada for one year.

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Vaccination

Information about vaccination requirements for international students is available on our COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ page.

International graduate students

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.

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