Newly Admitted International Students for 2020-2021

The majority of classes at Capilano University will be offered via adapted modes of delivery in the Fall 2020 semester. Adapted learning means the majority of classes will be online, but where necessary, in–person classes will be held on campus within safety requirements. You will know if this applies to you during registration as each course’s mode of deliver will be listed in the registration notes. 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.

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, WebExSkype.
  • 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.

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)

For students starting this fall 2020 semester, time spent studying online outside of Canada counts towards PGWP eligibility and length of the PGWP issued, provided that you complete 50% of your program in Canada and you have submitted a study permit application by no later than September 15, 2020 (see recently announced new study permit measures).

You must also meet all other PGWP criteria at the time of graduation.

(updated July 15, 2020)

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.

ICEF Monitor and CIC News updates on July 15, explain this new two-stage approval process as follows:

  • "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)

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 Capilano University's Travel and Self-Isolation Guide for International Students (pdf) and find out what you need before you travel to Canada.

Please refer to current Health Canada notices and the BC Center for Disease Control for further guidance.

(Updated July 30, 2020)

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.

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)

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 cie@capilanou.ca (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)

Current International Students

If you are in Canada:
Yes. You are required to have a valid study permit throughout the duration of your program. During academic sessions, you are still required to comply with your study permit conditions. If you are enrolled in a program that is 6 months or less in duration, you do not need a study permit.

If you are outside of Canada:
No. However, if you would like to apply for the Post-Graduation-Work Permit (PGWP) program, 50% of your program must be completed in Canada and you should have a valid study permit or have submitted a study permit application* by no later than September 15, 2020. You must meet all other PGWP criteria at the time of graduation. If you are enrolled in a program that is 6 months or less in duration, you do not need a study permit, unless you plan to travel to Canada, in which case, you will need a valid study permit to enter the country.

*Please note that commencing studies online from abroad following approval-in-principle of a study permit application is not a guarantee that you will receive a full approval of your study permit application, or be authorized to pursue your studies in Canada. It is still possible that you could receive a negative final decision on your 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)

Time spent studying online counts towards PGWP eligibility and length of the PGWP issued, provided that you complete 50% of your program in Canada, you have a study permit or have received an approval-in-principal, and you meet all other PGWP criteria.

(updated July 15, 2020)

Due to COVID-19 concerns, many biometrics collection locations, including Service Canada Offices, have suspended collection. According to a recent CBIE/IRCC update, you are exempt from giving biometrics if you're applying from within Canada

  • to extend your stay as a student, worker or visitor
  • to restore your status as a student, worker or visitor
  • for a work or study permit
  • for a visitor visa
  • for a temporary resident permit

This applies to all new applications as well as applications already in progress. It applies even if

  • your application form for a work permit, study permit or visitor visa says it's for applicants outside Canada
  • our online application system asks you to pay a biometric fee (CAN$85)

This temporary measure does not apply if you're outside Canada.

Biometrics fees:
You do not have to pay the biometric fee when you submit your application, even if the system tells you to pay it. If you paid the fee,

  • You will automatically be refund the fee once your application is finalized
  • the online application system will automatically send you a biometric instruction letter (BIL) telling you how to give your biometrics
    • You do not need to give biometrics, and you can ignore this letter.

If you are outside of Canada:
Applicants are advised to apply for their study permit extensions with a letter of explanation for documents they are unable to provide due to the current pandemic, and provide them when they are able to. While your study permit extension application is under review, you will have implied status until you can submit required documents and a decision is made. Please note, IRCC is currently offering extensions to submit biometrics until centres re-open. Learn more.

(updated July 15, 2020)

If you have been paying into employment insurance, and you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, then yes as an international student, you can apply to receive employment insurance benefits.

The number of hours you are entitled to work as an international student remains unchanged during the time in-person classes are cancelled. If you are enrolled as a full-time student in the Fall or Spring terms and your study permit allows you to work on- or off-campus or both, you can work up to 20 hours per week off campus. Please review Module 12 of your Welcome Guide for International Students on eLearn for more information about working while studying. Please note that employment opportunities may be limited under current conditions and the University is not facilitating student employment on campus at this time.

While travel is currently challenging due to limited flight services, if you have a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit before March 18th, 2020, you may be permitted to enter Canada during the travel restriction period. Please note: if your study permit expires while you are outside of Canada, you will not be able to return until your study permit extension/renewal is approved and you receive your new valid study permit. Your entry to Canada is subject to Government of Canada travel restrictions, which includes the following requirements:

  • International travellers returning to B.C. are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan.
  • Travellers must submit a self-isolation plan for approval prior to or upon their arrival in B.C.

Before planning to travel, please review Capilano University's Travel and Self-Isolation Guide for International Students (pdf) to understand what is required of you upon return to Canada.

Please ensure you also read the most recent Government of Canada travel advisory, the travel advisory for your own country, and the countries you may be transiting through before making your travel decisions and arrangements.

(updated July 30, 2020)

According to Government of Canada regulations, students arriving in Canada must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Please review Capilano University's Travel and Self-Isolation Guide for International Students (pdf) for specific instructions.

Visit the Government of Canada public health site for more information on self-isolation.

(updated July 30, 2020)

If my study permit extension is delayed due to COVID-19 and my study permit expires as a result, will I still be covered by BC MSP medical insurance at that time?

Your medical coverage under the BC Medical Services Plan (BC MSP) typically expires once your study permit expires (check your MSP card to view the expiration date of your coverage). For those who are in the province with an expired work or study permit, a period of temporary MSP coverage has been extended from July 31 to Oct 31, 2020. However, please note that you MUST contact BC MSP to request this temporary coverage. We highly recommend that you make arrangements to acquire alternative medical insurance if you do not have MSP coverage.

(updated July 30, 2020)

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 cie@capilanou.ca (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)

For Study Abroad & Visiting Students

Future Incoming Exchange & Visiting (VISP) Students (Fall 2020)

Yes. International travellers returning 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. If you’re travelling by air, you will also need to pass a health check conducted by an airline before you’ll be allowed to board your flight. Please review Capilano University's Travel and Self-Isolation Guide for International Students (pdf) for specific instructions and find out what you need before you travel to Canada.

Yes, with a permission from both CapU and your home institution. If you are unable to travel to Canada in the fall due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, you are permitted to enrol as a full-time student and take online courses at CapU from outside of Canada. You do not need a study permit to do so. To be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 9.0 CapU credits. However, please note that before you are able to register for your online courses, both CapU and your home institution must be in agreement that your online courses will transfer back and meet our exchange partnership agreement.

Yes. If you are unable to travel to Canada in the fall due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, you are permitted to enroll as a full-time student and take online courses from outside of Canada. You do not need a study permit to do so. To be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 9.0 CapU credits.

For exchange students, please inform your home institution and email studyabroad@capilanou.ca by August 17, 2020 and we will guide you through the process.