COVID-19 FAQs for International students

Last updated March 27 at 3 p.m.

The Canadian government announced good news for our international students planning to attend Georgian College. International students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020, will be exempted from travel restrictions.

However, workers, students and approved permanent residents who haven’t landed should not travel yet. The Canadian government announced exemptions but they are not in place. Travel restrictions are still in effect for these groups.

Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and some foreign nationals travelling from the United States (US) who have been in the US for at least 14 days and are asymptomatic, are able to enter Canada by air at this time.

This means the students who meet these requirements are able to join us for the summer and fall semesters. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still determining when the summer semester will begin and how it will be delivered. Please continue to check our website for more information.

International students who come to Canada must have a place to self-isolate for 14 days as soon as they arrive.

For more information, please see the Government of Canada’s news release.

Georgian has prepared an international FAQ to outline how COVID-19 may impact your travel and study plans. See below.

For general information regarding COVID-19 and updates from Georgian, visit our coronavirus information page.

Students arriving for summer 2020 or fall 2020 semesters


International students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020, will be exempted from travel restrictions.

However, workers, students and approved permanent residents who haven’t landed should not travel yet. The Canadian government announced exemptions but they are not in place. Travel restrictions are still in effect for these groups.

Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and some foreign nationals travelling from the United States (US) who have been in the US for at least 14 days and are asymptomatic, are able to enter Canada by air at this time.

This means the students who meet these requirements are able to join us for the summer and fall semesters. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still determining when the summer semester will begin and how it will be delivered. Please continue to check our website for more information.

International students who come to Canada must have a place to self-isolate for 14 days as soon as they arrive.

Read the most current information from IRCC here.

We will update our coronavirus information page as more information comes. We encourage students to keep checking the Government of Canada website, as well as local travel restrictions for updates.

Georgian College has not made any decisions about the summer semester intake at this time. We will update our coronavirus information page as more information comes. We encourage students to keep checking the Government of Canada website and well as local travel restrictions for updates.

We will update our coronavirus information page as more information comes. Keep checking in!

Georgian is planning to offer an online test so that you don’t have to travel to a testing centre. We will update information on this in the next week.

Fees


The winter 2020 semester is to be completed remotely starting March 23 until the end of the regular term. The date to withdraw without academic penalty deadline has been extended to April 3, 2020. The date to withdraw with a refund was the 10th day of class for that term.

Immigration


We are here to help. Immigration appointments and info sessions will be provided virtually, by telephone or through video conferencing (WebEx) for all campuses. To book an appointment with a Student Immigration Advisor or to sign up for an immigration info session (study permit extension, post-grad work permit, TRV, co-op work permit) email gcimmigrationadvisor@georgiancollege.ca.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has stated that courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 will not affect the post-graduate work permit eligibility. Visit the IRCC website for more details.

Visit IRCC website for the latest updates on travel as an international student. 

As information is changing rapidly, please visit the latest FAQs on the IRCC website for the most recent updates.

If you are a registered full-time student this semester, you can only work part-time off-campus according to the authorization to work on your study permit.

If you are not a registered full-time student this semester, then you cannot work at all.

Here are more details about working while on a study permit.

If considering a deferral, please consult with your agent or immigration professional from your home country.

To extend your study permit you require your enrolment letter. This can be accessed from your Student Portal. In the Document Hub, go to Request a Letter. All fees must be paid on your account before you can access the letter. For all matters regarding immigration, you are advised to make an appointment with a Student Immigration Advisor by emailing gcimmigrationadvisor@georgiancollege.ca.

CBSA has indicated students can no longer go to the border for any permit processing. This means that you cannot flagpole at this time. If you need assistance in applying online, contact gcimmigrationadvisior@georgiancollege.ca to sign up for a remote immigration information session.  

Academics


Effective March 23, classes have been moved to remote delivery options, including online learning. Please check your course announcements on Blackboard for more information specific to your class and contact your teacher if you have questions.

Georgian College student service information outlines student service availability and contact information for the remainder of the winter 2020 semester.

Housing


Visit the housing website for the most updated information or email gcintlhousing@georgiancollege.ca if you have any additional questions related to housing.

Please contact your landlord, residence or homestay co-ordinator directly to arrange potential deferral or cancellation.

Yes! This is why you MUST arrange accommodations before arriving in Canada and proceed there as soon as you arrive. Housing arrangements are the responsibility of students. Please check the resources on the housing web page or email gcintlhousing@georgiancollege.ca for housing assistance.

Insurance and healthcare


As an international student enrolled in a postsecondary program at Georgian College, you have insurance coverage from guard.me. For the following types of questions, please visit the guard.me website for the most updated information.

  • I am a current international student. Will I be covered if I become ill with COVID-19?
  • Will my dependents be covered if they get sick?
  • What happens if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 and I need to self-quarantine myself?
  • If I am asked to return home, are there any benefits that can cover the costs?

Mobile Doctor should be the first place to go if you feel sick. If you have not signed up, use your guard.me insurance policy number to sign up for free.

If you suspect that you may have COVID-19, use Ontario’s self-assessment to self-assess and seek advice.

All walk-in clinics are temporarily closed in Barrie, as they direct resources to the local COVID-19 assessment centre. Walk-in clinics are planning to reopen, please continue to monitor the Barrie Walk-in Clinics website for the updates.

At the other campus communities, make sure to check each health care provider’s website or contact them directly to find out more information about their hours of operations.

Yes, provided you are admissible to Canada and meet the normal eligibility requirements of the policy e.g. is registered at the school, is under 65 years of age, etc.

As a Georgian student, the coverage for summer semester starts May 1, 2020.

If you are planning and eligible to enter Canada before May 1, 2020, we strongly recommend that you purchase early arrival health insurance before your arrival in Canada.

Continue to monitor the Government of Canada’s travel advisory page to see when you are eligible to enter Canada as an international student.

There are ways for you to reach out to different services including our college counselling service:

Additional resources


Georgian College

Government of Canada

  • Government of Canada COVID-19 updates:
    • Canada’s response
    • travel advice
    • symptoms and treatment
    • prevention and risk

Ontario Ministry of Health

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) information sheets:
    • available in 28 languages
    • about the virus
    • how they can protect themselves
    • what to do if you think you have the virus

Ontario Public Health

  • COVID-19 fact sheets:
    • available in English, French, Chinese, Farsi, Italian and Korean
    • how to self-monitor
    • how to self-isolate
    • self isolation: guide for caregiver, household members and close contacts

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

  • Coronavirus special measures:
    • temporary and permanent residents affected by COVID-19
    • applicants affected by COVID-19
    • travel restrictions

Connect with us


Georgian Canada

Contact information

International Centre
705.728.1968, ext. 1218
international@georgiancollege.ca

All international contact information

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)

As part of Georgian’s response to COVID-19, in-person visits are not available at this time. Service will be provided virtually by telephone or email.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.