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Wilfrid Laurier International College Updates

Q: Should I still apply to WLIC?

We continue to encourage students to apply to WLIC. We are hopeful that the travel bans will be lifted shortly. If students are unable to travel, we will have alternative instruction methods available so students can start or continue with their studies uninterrupted.

Please note:

  • On March 18 the Government of Canada announced major travel restrictions until June 30th, 2020, allowing only citizens and permanent residents to enter.
  • The Canadian government has indicated that prospective students who were granted a visa/Study Permit to come to Canada prior to March 18 will still be allowed to come to Canada.
  • Students should confirm whether their courses are in-person or being remotely delivered at the time of their travel. If students cannot travel, they can still benefit from remotely delivered courses even if the courses are being delivered in-person. We ask that students reconfirm their accommodations prior to their travel as some accommodation providers will be closed for the summer.  Students will also need to follow Canada’s self-isolation regulations at the time of entry into Canada.

We encourage students to apply for permission to come to Canada through regular channels for visas/study permits. When these offices re-open and international travel is permitted, students may avoid further delays by having paperwork submitted in order to start classes.

Q: How will we support newly arrived students during the 14 days of isolation regarding finding accommodation, food, and other necessities?

We are prepared to help identify temporary accommodation which will support students’ immediate shelter and dietary needs during isolation. In addition, we will design virtual orientation activities to help students engage with peers and adjust – as best as possible – to university life in Canada. Further information will be available before the start of semester for new students.

Q: What will happen to my deposit if my semester is cancelled because of COVID-19?

Students’ deposits are completely safe. In the unlikely event that we will have to cancel a semester because of COVID-19, students will have the option to either defer to a later semester or receive a refund.

Please note that the likelihood of this happening is extremely low. We have options available to ensure students still get the education and support they require.

Q: Can I still come to campus?

Students will not have access to campus buildings. If you need to enter a building, please contact WLU Security to discuss whether access may be granted under exceptional circumstances.

For employees, if you have OneCard access to a building or space, your OneCard access will be maintained, however we ask that you do not come to campus unless absolutely necessary. Please inform Security if you are entering a campus building for your safety, as most buildings will be empty. Visit wlu.ca/coronavirus for more information.

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