COVID-19 - Info for International Students

Information for international students for Winter 2021

Updated January 29, 2021.

Fanshawe International Student Experience Guarantee

To contact the International Centre, please phone 519-452-4150 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. You can also reach us at international@fanshawec.ca.

Current students can meet with an International Student Life Coordinator Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Please use this link to book your appointment.

Future students can meet online with our International Education representatives around the world.

COVID-19 Readiness Plan

Please check this link for information about Fanshawe's COVID-19 Readiness Plan, getting ready to travel to Canada, arriving in Canada, the 14-day quarantine period, coming to campus, COVID-19 testing, etc. Fanshawe Cares can help with creating a quarantine plan, resources during quarantine, travel arrangements, and more. Your quarantine plan must be submitted and approved by Fanshawe College 5 days before you plan to travel.

February/March 2021 events

There are many online events for International students this month. Hope you can join us!

International Week (I-Week) is Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 19, 2021.

Please join our social media accounts for daily posts, activities and contests!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: I-Week - Global Grads Alumni Panel.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: I-Week -Canadian Workplace Expectations.

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: I-Week – Cultural Showcase on Facebook Live.

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

Tuesdays will be hosted by Student Immigration Advisors on topics such as: Study Permit extensions, Co-op Work Permit extensions, PGWP applications.
Join Tuesday workshops on Zoom.

 

Thursdays will be hosted by Student Life Coordinators, and are more general conversation topics.
Join Thursday workshops on Fanshawe International’s Facebook page.

  • Tuesday, February 2, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: PWGP application and FAQs
    Thursday, February 4, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST: Chat with a Student Life Coordinator
  • Tuesday, February 9, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Study Permit extensions and FAQs
    Thursday, February 11, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST: Chat with a Student Life Coordinator
  • Tuesday, February 16, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Co-op Work Permit extensions and FAQs
    Thursday, February 18, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST: Chat with a Student Life Coordinator
  • Tuesday, February 23, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Temporary Resident Visa extensions and FAQs
    Thursday, February 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST: Chat with a Student Life Coordinator
  • Tuesday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: PGWP application and FAQs
    Thursday, March 4, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST: Chat with a Student Life Coordinator
  • Tuesday, March 9, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Study Permit extensions and FAQs
    Thursday, March 11, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST: Chat with a Student Life Coordinator
  • Tuesday, March 16, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Co-op Work Permit extensions and FAQs
    Thursday, March 18, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST: Chat with a Student Life Coordinator
  • Tuesday, March 23, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Temporary Resident Visa extensions and FAQs
    Thursday, March 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST: Chat with a Student Life Coordinator

Please watch this page for other events.

Winter 2021 students

Q. How do I know if my program is moving to online delivery or a blended format – a mixture of online and face-to-face delivery?

A. Students and education agents have been contacted by email.

 

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 contact your agent or email international@fanshawec.ca.

 

Q. Can I withdraw from my program scheduled to begin in January 2021?

A. Yes. We will be happy to work with you to find a solution for the January 2021 semester. However, if you would like to withdraw and request a refund, please contact intrefund@fanshawec.ca.

 

Q. Did the billing change for Morcare health insurance?

A. Yes. As of the Fall 2020 semester, Health Insurance is billed on an annual basis.

Students starting Fall 2020 will be invoiced for the full year of coverage (September 2020 to August 2021).

Students starting Winter 2021 will be invoiced (pro-rated) for coverage for the remaining months of the academic year (January 2021 to August 2021).

Students starting Summer 2021 will be invoiced (pro-rated) for coverage for the remaining months of the academic year (May 2021 to August 2021).

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

 

Immigration issues

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 be 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.

 

Q. Are there any temporary measures in place for applying for Social Insurance Numbers?

A. Yes. Please check this link for updated information from Service Canada.

 

Medical information

Q. Where can I seek medical attention?

A. If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, please use the the Ontario government’s self-assessment tool.

 

Q. Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

A. Testing is available at the Fowler Kennedy Medical Clinic on the London Campus for students who:

  • Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Are returning from travel;
  • Are sent by the Middlesex-London Health Unit;
  • Have received an alert from the COVID Alert app.

Students can schedule a COVID-19 test with the Fowler Kennedy Medical Clinic on the London Campus by calling 519-452-4230 (no walk-ins will be permitted). The clinic, located in the Student Wellness Centre, is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please contact the London Middlesex Health Unit for COVID-19 test sites in London.

 

Q. If I need medical treatment, does Morcare cover me?

A. Yes, Morcare can "confirm that the COVID-19 outbreak does not affect student's coverage in Canada. Students are covered for related medical visits, tests and hospitalization in regards to the virus."

 

Q. How can I contact Morcare if I have questions?

A. As always, the Morcare call centre is available to assist with any inquiry, appointment set up and coverage confirmation. Students can reach Morcare staff by calling 1-888-985-1552. In addition, students can reach out to Morcare directly. The team is equipped to take COVID-19 calls anytime. Students can reach IAassist at 1-866-472-8356.

 

Other information

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 with our Student Life Coordinators. You can book your appointment online.

 

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.

Social media:

 

 

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