COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 Information for International Students

Prospective international students: Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for useful information for international applicants.

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

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

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 August 31, 2021 .

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Please refer to the guidelines set out by IRCC. It is also strongly recommended that you contact your academic department to determine if online programs are available.

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

Please complete and submit an International Student Financial Need Assessment form. The summer semester bursary application deadline is July 2.

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

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Travelling to Canada

Get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing requirements to enter Canada from 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 valid or approved study permit (permits must be fully approved, not Approved in Principle)
  • proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • 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 may enter Ontario from the United States via a land crossing in their personal vehicle.

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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 Quarantine Compliance 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 Quarantine Compliance Program before they travel. Register online.

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Certain groups of travellers who are currently exempt from entry requirements will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers are being randomly tested at the airport upon arrival and therefore, all international student travelers must register for a quarantine plan regardless of vaccination status.

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

The primary option for quarantine is submitting a suitable off-campus plan. You can quarantine in any private dwelling that has access to private entrance, bathroom and kitchen facilities and will not be shared with anyone who isn’t also in quarantine with you. To assess your quarantine plan, please visit the Government of Canada website. All off-campus plans must be reviewed and approved by our quarantine staff, to submit your plan for approval please visit the Housing Portal.

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The Government of Canada provides guidelines on how to quarantine, if needed, when you arrive in Canada.

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

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Yes, you can quarantine with housemates or roommates provided you follow the Government of Canada’s quarantine guidelines.

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

You can quarantine with co-arriving family members.

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Yes. The Quarantine Compliance 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 may complete their approved quarantine off campus at locations in Ontario beyond Guelph. You are still required to register with U of G’s Quarantine Compliance Program. Learn more about quarantining outside of Guelph on the Quarantine Compliance 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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