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COVID-19: Information for International Students

This page will be updated regularly with updates as they arise. Learn more about COVID-19 and KPU’s response at kpu.ca/covid19.

General Questions

Are KPU campuses open?

Yes, all KPU campuses are open. However, certain services may be closed or only operating remotely. For newest updates, please check the main KPU COVID-19 page.

OPEN

  • KPU Library (all locations): Reduced hours. Computer and study space usage only. Seating and capacity are limited to ensure proper social distancing
  • KPU Shuttle Bus: Reduced service

OPERATING REMOTELY

CLOSED

Last Updated: March 27, 2020

As a current international student, how do the expanded travel restrictions affect me? Can I leave Canada?

The Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that travellers avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

Please visit the following links for more information on how travel restrictions may affect you. 

Last Updated: March 24, 2020

My study permit is expiring soon. What should I do? 

Please see the answer to the question, "What should foreign nationals who are in Canada with valid temporary status as a visitor, worker or student do if their status is about to expire?" on the "How COVID-19 is affecting business at IRCC" page of the IRCC website. 

Last Updated: March 23, 2020

Are all KPU International Student Life events and field trips cancelled?

Yes, all on- and off-campus events organized by International Student Life have been cancelled. 

Last Updated: March 23, 2020

Can I continue to work even though all KPU courses have moved online? 

Your eligibilty to work on or off-campus has not changed, so if you were eligible to work before courses moved online, you can continue to do so now. The authorized number of hours you're allowed to work remains the same. 

Last Updated: March 24, 2020

Financial Aid and Medical Insurance Questions

I’m experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Does KPU have any aid available for international students?

COVID-19 Bursary
This fund (up to $250 per student) is available to all KPU students registered in at least one course in the Spring 2020 semester (provided an emergency situation has been established). Please visit the KPU Student Awards & Financial Assistance website for an application form.

KPU International Emergency Fund
If you are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency or unmet financial need, you may be eligible for more financial assistance from the KPU International Emergency Fund. Please note, the amount of funding per student is limited, and there are a limited number of funds available overall. Please contact internationalstudents@kpu.ca for an application form and further details.

Last Updated: March 30, 2020

Does my temporary health insurance from guard.me cover me for COVID-19?

You can find information about your guard.me insurance and how it applies to COVID-19 on the guard.me KPU portal.

Additionally, you can contact internationalevents@kpu.ca or book an appointment with a Student Life Coordinator (Waheed Taiwo/Silvia Serpas-Hidalgo) on Advisor Connect if you require support in navigating questions about medical insurance.

Last Updated: March 23, 2020

If my study permit renewal 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). The Government of BC has stated that for those who are in the province with an expired work or study permit, a period of temporary MSP coverage may be provided until July 31 (see Q2). However, please note that you MUST contact Health Insurance BC to request this temporary coverage. We highly recommend that you make arrangements to acquire alternative medical insurance if you do not have MSP coverage.

Please book an appointment with a Student Life Coordinator (Waheed Taiwo/Silvia Serpas-Hidalgo) on Advisor Connect if you require support in navigating this process.

Last Updated: March 24, 2020

Where can I learn more about the KSA Student Health & Dental Plan?

Please find information about your benefits on the MyStudentPlan website

Last Updated: March 26, 2020

Who can I contact at KPU if I have a question about medical insurance as an international student?

Please contact internationalevents@kpu.ca or book an appointment with a Student Life Coordinator (Waheed Taiwo/Silvia Serpas-Hidalgo) on Advisor Connect if you require support in navigating questions about medical insurance.

Last Updated: March 23, 2020

COVID-19 is really stressing me out. What resources are available to help me take care of my mental wellbeing?

You're not alone—it's a difficult and challenging time for all of us. We encourage you to explore the supports and resources here, and to reach out to those in your community to do the same. As our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry as aptly stated, "This is our time to be kind, to be calm, and to be safe." 

KPU Counselling Services are available to support you as well.

Last Updated: March 26, 2020

Academic Questions

What is the status of final exams for Spring 2020?

There will be no in-person final exams. Instructors have been asked to develop alternatives and these will be communicated soon. For more information, see President Alan Davis's update from March 20, 2020

Last Updated: March 23, 2020

Has there been any change to withdrawal deadlines for Spring 2020?

Yes. Effective March 17, 2020, the withdrawal deadlines for Spring 2020 courses have been extended to April 9 for full term, and to the last day of class for those sections with non-standard end dates.

Last Updated: March 17, 2020

Will the Spring 2020 convocation ceremonies be cancelled?

Is KPU proceeding with the Summer 2020 semester?

KPU will deliver all its Summer 2020 classes remotely. There will be no in-person classes for the summer term. For more information, see President Alan Davis's update from March 24, 2020

Last Updated: March 24, 2020

Should newly admitted international students come to Canada for the Summer 2020 semester? 

As in-person classes will not be delivered at KPU for the Summer 2020 semester, we highly recommend that newly admitted international students do not travel to Canada to come to KPU for the Summer 2020 semester. For more details, see President Alan Davis's update from March 24, 2020

Please check your KPU email as further information and instructions on next steps was sent to you on March 31, 2020. 

Last Updated: April 1, 2020

I am a newly admitted student. Will taking KPU courses online/remotely due to COVID-19 impact my ability to obtain a study permit later?

It is unlikely that taking courses remotely due to COVID-19 will impact a student's ability to apply for a study permit. However, you should refer to the IRCC website, including the page "How COVID-19 is affecting business at IRCC," for further information. 

Last Updated: March 25, 2020

Will my post-graduation work permit (PGWP) program eligibility be affected by online/remote learning due to COVID-19?

No—according to the IRCC, "courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program eligibility." Please see the answer to the question "What about international students who are concerned about restrictions on distance learning to be able to apply for a post-graduation work permit?" on the "How COVID-19 is affecting business at IRCC" page of the IRCC website. 

Last Updated: March 26, 2020

How do I register for the online courses offered in the Summer 2020 semester? Do I have to drop the in-person classes I've already registered for?

You can continue to register for your courses on One.KPU. You do not have to drop the in-person classes you've already registered for if you still want to take that class, as all in-person classes will automatically become remote classes. If a course you are registered for cannot be offered remotely, the course will be cancelled.

Please monitor the following pages for more information about registration. 

Last Updated: March 26, 2020

I don't have a computer at home. Does KPU loan laptops to students?

You may be able to borrow a laptop from KPU Library services (see "Laptop Request Form", under "Our Services"). They are loaned out on a first come, first served basis.

Last Updated: March 30, 2020

What resources are available to help me with online learning?

KPU has a number of fantastic resources to help you with online learning.

Last Updated: March 27, 2020

Have more questions? You can get in touch with KPU International at internationalstudents@kpu.ca