COVID-19 - Info for International Students

Information for international students

Updated November 8, 2021.

You can reach staff at the International Centre Monday through Friday by phone at 519-452-4150 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time). You can contact us by email at international@fanshawec.ca between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST or speak to our Fanshawe International Experience Associates by “live chat” between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST. Please use this link for the live chat option. There is no delay in application time. We are available and look forward to talking with you 'virtually' in the coming days.

Appointments for current students: Connect with a Student Life Coordinator Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please use this link to book your appointment with a Student Life Coordinator.

Appointments for future students: Connect with our International Education Advisors who live and work in various countries around the world. Please use this link to book your appointment with an International Education Advisor.

Travelling to Canada?

Please go to the Fanshawe Cares page for details about travel updates, the COVID-19 Readiness form, Arrival Services and more.

Vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada are free of charge.

You must bring a piece of photo ID to receive the vaccine (*does not have to be a health card).

Walk-in clinics are available in and around London.

Here is the link to the COVID-19 vaccine information on the Middlesex London Health Unit’s website:
https://www.healthunit.com/covid-19-vaccine.

Fall 2021 Level 1 students:

Q. I am starting my program in September 2021 without a study permit approval. What if I receive a study permit denial?

A. If you have applied for a study permit prior to September 7, 2021, from outside of Canada, you are permitted to begin your studies online. If you are denied a study permit after the 10th day of classes, you must complete the online withdrawal/refund form within 20 days of the notification of denial by IRCC letter and no later than 4 p.m. EST December 10, 2021, after which no refunds will be processed. You will need to log in with your WebAdvisor user name and password, complete the form, and upload a copy of your study permit denial letter.

Study permit denial refunds are subject to a $250.00 administrative fee. Please note: If you withdraw after the dates outlined above for any reason, all fees paid for that semester will remain with the College.

 

Q. I am an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) student for September 2021. Can I start my program without a study permit? What if I receive a study permit denial?

A. If you have applied for a study permit prior to September 7, 2021 from outside of Canada, you are permitted to begin your studies online. If you are denied a study permit after the fifth day of classes you must complete the online withdrawal/refund form within five calendar days of receipt of the notification of denial by IRCC and no later than October 15, 2021.

Study permit denial refunds are subject to a $250.00 administrative fee. Please note: If you withdraw after the dates outlined above for any reason, all fees paid for that semester will remain with the College.

Please visit the Withdrawal and Refund Policy page for more information.

 

Q. I am an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) student for November, 2021. Can I start my program without a study permit? What if I receive a study permit denial?

A. If you have applied for a study permit prior to November 1, 2021 from outside of Canada, you are permitted to begin your studies online. If you are denied a study permit after the fifth day of classes you must complete the online withdrawal/refund form within five calendar days of receipt of the notification of denial by IRCC and no later than December 10, 2021.

Study permit denial refunds are subject to a $250.00 administrative fee. Please note: If you withdraw after the dates outlined above for any reason, all fees paid for that semester will remain with the College.

 

Q. I don’t think online delivery is for me. Can I defer my program to a future date?

A. Yes. Fanshawe will work with you to determine the most suitable approach in this challenging situation. If you wish to defer,  please note that a comment must be made in VAS (Virtual Application System). Also, please contact your agent or email international@fanshawec.ca.

 

Q. Can I withdraw from my program?

A. Yes. We will be happy to work with you to find a solution for the September 2021 semester. However, if you would like to withdraw and request a refund, please read the Withdrawal and Refund Policy on our website and contact intrefund@fanshawec.ca.

 

Q. Many IELTS test centres are closed around the world. Are there any new options available to meet English requirements?

A. Fanshawe College will accept the Duolingo Language Test and the IELTS Indicator Test for some future intakes. More details are available on the English Language Requirements page.

 

Q. I have questions about work and my PGWP. Who can I contact?

A. You can email immigrationsupport@fanshawec.ca or book an appointment online with our Student Life Coordinators.

 

Q. How does the Morcare health insurance billing work?

A. Health Insurance for international students is billed on an annual basis.

Students starting Fall 2021 will be invoiced for the full year of coverage (September 2021 to August 2022).

Students starting Winter 2022 will be invoiced (pro-rated) for coverage for the remaining months of the academic year (January 2022 to August 2022).

Students starting Summer 2022 will be invoiced (pro-rated) for coverage for the remaining months of the academic year (May 2022 to August 2022).

*If your program continues in September 2021, that is the beginning of the billing cycle for the next academic year.

 

Events and videos

Q. Are there upcoming online events?

A. Fanshawe Cares is a series of online information sessions for new international students that runs from November 9 to 26 and again from November 30 to December 17, 2021.

Join the Fanshawe Cares team with special guests to learn about the FSU, health insurance, the library, housing and more.

Sessions run Mondays through Fridays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EST. Please save this link for the entire Fanshawe Cares series.

Service Canada will join us for an info session on Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) on Monday, November 15 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. EST. Use this link to join the Service Canada session.

Coming soon: Fanshawe Works runs December 20 and 21, 2021 (link will be posted and emailed to students).

International Welcome is Monday, January 3, 2022, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. EST (link will be posted and emailed to students).

Orientation Day for everyone is Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Please check the Orientation page for updates.

The Fanshawe Cares team is hosting Quarantine and Arrival Info Sessions with information for new students living in Canada - housing, banking, entertainment options and more!

Please join us Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time until further notice.

 

Fanshawe International is hosting a series of virtual workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: hosted by Student Immigration Advisors on topics such as: Study Permit extensions, Co-op Work Permit extensions, PGWP applications.

Join Student Immigration Advisors for Tuesday workshops on Zoom.


Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: hosted by Student Life Coordinators, and are more general conversation topics.

Join Student Life Coordinators for Thursday workshops on Fanshawe International’s Facebook page.

 

Please watch this page for other events.

Q. How can I find any of the online video sessions done by Fanshawe International?

A. You can connect with our social media accounts to see what we have been doing.

 

 

Immigration issues

Immigration FAQs

Q. I am currently in Canada and was planning to start the first term of my program but my program has been deferred to a future start date. Am I allowed to stay in Canada or what are my options?

A. If you are already in Canada, you must begin your program the following semester or within 150 days of receiving the deferral notice, whichever comes first. However, you are not eligible to work on/off-campus until your program starts.

If you are in Canada and your program start date is more than 150 calendar days from now, you may need to leave Canada.

If you do not wish to leave Canada, you should consider applying for Visitor status: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/extend-stay/apply.html

 

Q. I completed my program, and my next program has been deferred to a future term. Can I continue to stay in Canada? Am I able to work during this time?

A. You can only work 150 calendar days in between the end of a program that you have successfully finished, and the start of a new program.

You might need to extend your study permit and co-op work permit (if applicable), based on your new program start date. 

 

Q. My courses for Level 2 or above are offered entirely online or through a combination of both online and face-to-face delivery for the new term. Can I defer my registration to a future term? 

A. If you choose to take a term off, you will NOT be considered a registered student for the term. (This means you are not allowed to work.) This could also negatively affect your program progression and your eligibility for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).

 

Q. Can I work in Canada if my courses are online?

A. Yes. Online and blended course delivery are the current alternative options due to COVID-19. This means you are eligible to work 20 hours per week.

 

Q. I’m in Canada and was scheduled to continue my program (Level 2 or above of the same program) in the next term, but the level has been deferred to a future term. Is this a scheduled break and am I eligible to work full-time?

A. Yes. If your program has been deferred by the College to a future term, this is considered a scheduled break. During regularly scheduled breaks, you may work up to full-time hours. (You must have been a full-time student in the previous term, and be registered as a full-time student in the future term).

However, students in Canada should not work more than 150 calendar days consecutively for each calendar year.

 

Q. Can I apply for my Post Graduate Work Permit with an unofficial transcript from WebAdvisor?

A. Yes. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that the WebAdvisor transcript will be accepted.

 

Additional information for international students

 

Shortcut to this page: www.fanshawec.ca/covid19/international