The majority of classes at Capilano University will be offered via adapted modes of delivery. This is expected to continue for the 2020-2021 academic year with a combination of online, and where safe and appropriate by following public health guidelines, in-person teaching and learning.

When registering, each course will indicate its mode of delivery so that students will be able to see whether a course is offered online (web-based), in-person (face-to-face), mixed mode (a combination of online and in-person) or off-site (practicums or community-based delivery).

Please reference the Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students webpage and the Government of Canada, Flying to Canada Check List for a full list of requirements to travel to Canada. 

Please also review our  webpage to understand Capilano University's additional requirements before coming to Canada.

(Updated February 24, 2021)

Yes, 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).

However, please be mindful that if you do not have a study permit, have not been approved for a study permit, or have not applied for a study permit before starting your program, you will not be eligible for the post-graduation work permit program (PGWP). Please understand the implications to your PGWP eligibility should you decide to take courses online without an approved study permit.

Please continue to review Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada COVID-19: International Students page for ongoing updates.

(Updated January 13, 2021)

For those who are currently outside of Canada and cannot travel at this time, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that you’re still eligible for the post-graduation work permit program, provided that you:


  • have been enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020, or
  • have started or will start a program between spring 2020 and fall 2021, and
    • you have a study permit, or
    • you’ve been approved for a study permit, or
    • you applied for a study permit before starting your study program
      • your study permit must eventually be approved

If any of these situations describes you, you can begin classes online while outside Canada and qualify for the PGWP program.

Please continue to review Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada COVID-19: International Students for ongoing updates.

(updated February 24, 2021)

If you applied for your study permit before starting your program:

  • Any time spent studying online from outside Canada since spring 2020 now counts toward the length of a PGWP as long as you eventually receive study permit approval. (Previously, only the time spent studying online after you were approved for a study permit counted.)
  • You won’t have time deducted from the length of your PGWP for studies you complete outside Canada until December 31, 2021

How much of your program can you complete online?

All your time studying online outside Canada between spring 2020 and December 31, 2021, counts toward the length of a PGWP. This applies even if you’re completing 2 study programs.

If you’re completing 2 study programs, you can finish 100% of your studies online if the programs were ongoing or started between March 2020 and fall 2021, and

Time spent studying outside Canada after December 31, 2021, won’t count towards the length of a PGWP.

Please continue to review Government of Canada COVID-19: International Students for ongoing updates.

(updated February 24, 2021)

Yes! Despite the impacts of COVID-19 on Study Permit processing time, we strongly encourage all eligible applicant to submit their application as soon as they receive their Letter of Acceptance from CapU.  

If you’re applying for a study permit, you should apply online, whether you’re outside of Canada or already in Canada.

When you apply, you should:

If you can’t apply online because of a disability or because there’s a problem with the online application, you can apply on paper.

Please continue to review Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada COVID-19: International Students for ongoing updates.

(updated January 13, 2021)

  • 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.

If you do not wish to attend courses during the spring semester, 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 a program, full refunds can only be provided to students who de-register prior to the first day of classes. Please refer to the Fee Refund page on our website for more info.

(Updated February 24, 2021) 

Our in-house licensed Immigration Advisors maintain their scheduled drop-in advising hours, but are conducting sessions by phone. If you would like to speak to an Immigration Advisor, please fill out the Immigration Advising Request Form and you will be contacted in the order that requests are received. Please ensure you are available during the upcoming scheduled advising hours until you have been contacted.

Please note, all CIE advising hours are conducted in Pacific Standard Time (PST). If you are requesting to be contacted outside of BC, please use a Time Zone Converter to determine the reciprocal time in your area.

(updated October 9, 2020)

There will still be a New International Student Orientation with an alternate delivery format. New students will receive further details to their CapU student email address from the Centre for International Experience in the weeks prior to the event.

(Updated October 9, 2020) Temporary Health Insurance 

All new CapU international students will be automatically enrolled in 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. 

Opt-out Options

Please ensure you opt-out by May 21, 2021 if one of the following options applies to you:

  1. I have valid BC MSP Coverage
    If you are covered by BC MSP, you are eligible to opt-out of the insurance plan. To opt out, you must complete the online application and provide proof of MSP coverage for the entire term or your opt-out will be declined. If your application to opt-out is received prior to the deadline and is submitted successfully, you will not be charged for medical insurance.

  2. I am studying outside of Canada for the Summer, 2021 semester
    If you will not be in Canada for the Summer 2021 semester, you may opt out by successfully completing the Out of Canada Declaration and Waiver. If your application to opt-out is received prior to the deadline and is submitted successfully, you will not be charged for medical insurance. Please note, if you decide to come to Canada after choosing this option, you will be required to purchase late arrival coverage. This will become available for purchase after the end of add/drop period.

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. For the Summer, 2021 term, students are exempt if they are residing outside Metro Vancouver for the duration of the term and are enrolled in a program (or classes) that are conducted entirely online and do not require attendance on-campus (proof of residence must be supplied). 

Please check the CapU U-Pass Eligibility and Exemptions webpage for more information and for updates on the exemption request submission deadline for the Summer 2021 term. 

(Updated January 6, 2021)