The majority of classes at Capilano University will be offered via adapted modes of delivery in the Fall 2020 semester. This is expected to continue for the 2020-2021 academic year. The University is currently developing plans for the 2020-2021 academic year, with a combination of online and the reintroduction of in-person teaching and learning where safe and appropriate. In-person learning will be facilitated to the extent possible, again focusing on requisite safety guidelines.
I have been accepted into a program in the Fall semester. Can I begin my courses from my home country?
Yes. If you are unable to travel to Canada for fall 2020 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, you are permitted to enroll as a full-time student and take online courses outside of Canada. To be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled in 9 or more credits (9 credits usually equals 3 courses).
Please note, you must currently complete 50% of your CapU program on campus to meet graduation requirements. This means that eventually, you will require a study permit to complete your credential. We are currently reviewing these conditions due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 situation. We will provide updates to you as soon as they become available.
- Time zones: Please account for time zones when you select courses. Some courses have scheduled class times when students are expected to be online and participating in the class.
- Internet requirements: You will be required to stream videos and video conferencing. You are responsible for all internet costs associated with your connections in your country.
- Online learning platforms: Learn how to use eLearn, MS Teams, Zoom, WebEx, Skype.
- Textbooks and resources: The CapU Bookstore will not ship internationally. Most instructors will assign digital resources, but in some cases, you may need to find your books independently on Amazon or from the publisher.
- Access: Some content posted by instructors can be restricted to viewing within Canada only. This may require the use of a personal VPN set to view content from Canada.
Do I need a study permit to start online classes from outside of Canada to be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program?
On July 14, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new measures regarding study permits. These new measures include:
- Providing priority study permit processing for applicants who have submitted a complete application online
- Allowing students to count time spent in online studies abroad toward their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit, so long as (i) they have submitted a study permit application and (ii) at least 50% of their program of study is completed in Canada
- Implementing a new two-stage approval process for students who cannot submit all of the documentation needed for a complete study permit application (for example, any biometric requirements) See "Due to service disruptions, I am unable to get all of the required documents to complete my study permit application. Should I still apply?" FAQ for more info.
These new measures mean that if you start your studies online now, as long as you have a study permit approval in principle, then the courses you complete will count towards your PGWP. This new announcement helps with the challenges of gaining a study permit while visa centres are closed, and it also helps you get underway now rather than delaying and deferring your start to another semester.
Under the new IRCC regulations, it is important for prospective students to note that commencing their studies online from abroad following approval-in-principle of a study permit application is not a guarantee that they will receive full approval of their study permit application, or be authorized to pursue their studies in Canada.
(updated July 15, 2020)
Will taking online courses outside of Canada impact my eligibility for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?
On August 26, IRCC announced new measures on PGWP eligibility for students beginning programs online this Fall, 2020. They are as follows:
- Students are now able to study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
- Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length with a start-date from May to September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP.
- Students who enroll in a program with a start-date from May-September 2020, study online up to April 30 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a PWGP in the future. Students can apply for a PWGP in the future in this case as long as 50% of their total studies are completed in Canada.
To be eligible for these measures, students must submit a study permit application no later than September 15, 2020 for programs with a fall start date.
Please remember, you must also meet all other PGWP criteria at the time of graduation.
(updated September 9, 2020)
Due to service disruptions, I am unable to get all of the required documents to complete my study permit application. Should I still apply?
Yes! On July 14, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new measures regarding study permit applications. International students who cannot submit all of the documentation needed to complete processing of their applications, and who choose to pursue programs through distance learning, now benefit from a temporary 2-stage approval process.
- "Applicants who pass the approval-in-principle stage — which includes showing that they have been accepted at a Canadian learning institution, have the available funds and are otherwise eligible for the study permit — will be notified of a first-step approval.
- Once the approval-in-principle is issued, applicants can begin studying online abroad and have that time count towards their PGWP, provided they meet other PGWP criteria and that they eventually receive full approval of their study permit.
- An applicant will receive final approval once they have met all eligibility and admissibility requirements, including submitting biometrics and necessary documents such as an immigration medical exam and a police certificate. Only once a final approval is received will an applicant be able to travel to Canada."
This process is available to students starting a program in the fall semester who submit a study permit application before September 15, 2020. This measure will reassure students that they can enrol and begin their studies this fall online, even when they are not able to submit all required documentation due to pandemic-related closures.
It is important for prospective students to note that commencing their studies online from abroad following approval-in-principle of a study permit application is not a guarantee that they will receive a full approval of their study permit application, or be authorized to pursue their studies in Canada. It is still possible that an applicant could receive a negative final decision on their study permit based on factors such as inadmissibility for criminality or security reasons, and the inability to predict how the COVID-19 situation and any associated travel restrictions will evolve.
(updated July 15, 2020)
As per the current travel ban exemptions, only international students with valid study permits or who were issued study permit approvals on or before March 18, 2020 can travel to Canada at this time. As of today, if you do not have a study permit or were not approved for a study permit before March 18, 2020, you cannot come to Canada.
As the situation is rapidly changing, please be sure to monitor Canadian travel advisories for ongoing updates.
(Updated June 10, 2020)
If I received my study permit, or was approved for my study permit before March 18, 2020, and I would like to travel to Canada, do I need to self-isolate upon arrival?
Yes. International travellers coming to Canada are required by law to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days and submit a self-isolation plan for approval prior to or upon arrival. Before planning to travel, please review our Travel and Self Isolation Guide for International Students - Sept 16 2020 (PDF) and find out what you need before you travel to Canada.
(Updated September 17, 2020)
I have a valid study permit or study permit approval issued before March 18, 2020 and wish to travel to Canada. Will CapU provide an Institutional Letter of Support?
If you've received your study permit or study permit approval on or before March 18, 2020 and you intend to travel to Canada, Capilano University will provide an Institutional Letter of Support to assist with your travels. Prior to issuing this letter we require that you read the CapU Travel and Self-isolation Guide for International Students and email the following documentation to the Centre for International Experience:
- A copy of your BC Self-Isolation Plan
- A copy of your valid Study Permit or confirmation of approval issued on or before March 18, 2020
- A copy of your schedule for September (Fall) 2020 semester
- A copy of your flight details and accommodation
- Confirmation of guard.me or MSP medical insurance (if applicable)
Please be sure to email us at email@example.com from your CapU email account and include your full name and student number.
Please note, the Institutional Letter of Support is intended to assist with your entry into Canada by providing information about the purpose of your travels, but the final decision to grant your access remains with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
If you do not have a valid study permit or study permit approval issued on or before March 18, 2020, you are unable to travel to Canada. Therefore, you do not require an Institutional Letter of Support at this time.
If you are unable to attend during the fall semester due to travel restrictions, and would prefer to start at a later semester, you can submit a Request for Deferred Admissions. Please note, we will do our best to accommodate requests but it will depend on availability and space in your program. If you choose to withdraw from the program, please refer to the Fee Refund page on our website.
Yes. Fall courses will be available for registration. Course registration for the Fall semester will remain as scheduled from July 6 – 17, 2020.
There will still be a New Student Orientation with an alternate delivery format. New students will receive information from the Centre for International Experience about how to access this event remotely.
(Updated June 10, 2020)
I have an immigration question. How can I reach a licensed immigration advisor if I'm not on campus?
Our in-house immigration advisors maintain their scheduled drop-in advising hours, but are conducting sessions by phone. If you would like to speak to them, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (from your CapU email address) with your full name, student number and phone number in the title subject line and our advisor will call you during CIE advising hours in the order that your request is received. Note, if you do not provide your phone number, we cannot return your call, so please be sure to include this information in your email. There is no need to include a message in the body of the email as you will be discussing your inquiry over the phone.
(updated June 10, 2020)
I will be studying from outside of Canada and understand there are a few student fees I am able to opt-out of (not pay for) because I will not be in the country. What are those fees and how to I opt-out?
guard.me Temporary Health Insurance
All new CapU international students will be automatically enrolled in guard.me temporary health insurance in order to ensure your well-being during the 3 month MSP waiting period. MSP is the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia and is mandatory for anyone who will be living in British Columbia for longer than six months. If you will studying from outside of Canada this fall semester, you can opt-out of (not pay for) guard.me by completing the Health Insurance Questionnaire located in the Document Dropbox in your Welcome Guide for International Students on eLearn. The deadline to op-out of guard.me is September 15, 2020.
CSU Extended Health and Dental
Every September, all CapU students are automatically enrolled in the Capilano Student Union Extended Health and Dental Plan called StudentCare. If you will be studying from outside of Canada you can opt-out of (not pay for) StudentCare by filling out the opt-out form and providing documentation demonstrating you are an international student. This can be produced as any of the following:
- a letter of enrollment from the institution
- approval-in-principle of a study permit
- existing study permit
Please be aware that if you choose to opt-out of StudentCare this fall, you will not be able to re-enroll again until next September, 2021. Alternately, you can choose to retroactively opt-out in July, 2021. This would allow you to wait to see if you will be coming to Canada for the spring term, and if not, be reimbursed for the full year of coverage. Therefore, if you do end up coming to Canada in the spring, you will still be covered by the CSU extended health and dental plan. If you would like to retroactively opt-out, you can do so between July 5-19, 2021. If you would like to opt-out this fall for this academic year (2020-21), you must do so prior to September 15, 2020.
Transit Pass: U-Pass BC/ Compass Card
The U-Pass BC program is structured as a universal and mandatory program for students at participating public post-secondary institutions; it is this universal model that makes the affordability of the U-Pass BC program possible. Students are exempt if they are both (a) studying entirely online without any on-campus instruction, and (b) are living outside of Metro Vancouver. If you are living outside of Metro Vancouver for the fall term due to the public health emergency, and your studies are online, then this exemption applies to you. Exemption forms must be received by the Cashier's Office prior to September 14, 2020 to be eligible.