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COVID-19: Information for International Students

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

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General Questions

Is KPU a DLI (Designated Learning Institution) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province of BC? 

Yes. Please note, all new and current international KPU students who are outside of Canada and who wish to travel to Canada must consult the Travelling to Canada for International Students webpage for eligibility requirements, quarantine regulations, and more, before planning any travel. 

Last Updated: October 19, 2020

Can international students who are currently abroad travel to Canada?

You may be eligible to travel, but there are currently travel restrictions in place to protect against the outbreak of COVID-19. All new and current international KPU students who are outside of Canada and who wish to travel to Canada must consult the Travelling to Canada for International Students webpage for eligibility requirements, quarantine regulations, and more, before planning any travel. 

Last Updated: June 24, 2021

Do I need to quarantine if I travel to Canada from abroad?

According to the current regulations by the Government of Canada, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

  • To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation. You may also have to meet other requirements. 

You will need to quarantine if you haven't been fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada approved vaccine. 

Regardless of your vaccination status, please consult the Travelling to Canada for International Students webpage for information before making any plans to come to Canada. 

Last Updated: July 5, 2021

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

You can apply to extend your study permit. Please consult the IRCC website; they have posted guidelines on this webpage

Last Updated: February 19, 2021

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

Yes, all on- and off-campus events organized by International Student Life have unfortunately been cancelled until further notice. Virtual events are still being hosted. You can usually find information about upcoming virtual events on our Instagram page.

Last Updated: March 23, 2021

Does KPU offer custodianship services for minor students?

No. However, many homestay agencies can and do provide this service. For more information about homestay, please visit the Living in Metro Vancouver webpage. Please note, if you are 17 years of age or older, you may not need a custodian. According to the IRCC guidelines on Studying in Canada as a minor, "a custodian is optional for minors 17 years of age and older, but an officer can request one on a case-by-case basis."

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Last Updated: April 27, 2021

Can I continue to work as an international student during COVID-19? 

Please visit the following links for information on working as an international student. 

Last Updated: April 27, 2021

Can international students get the COVID-19 vaccine? 

Yes. Everyone living, working, or studying in BC during the pandemic, including international students, can get the vaccine. We encourage all students to get vaccinated. 

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Last Updated: April 29, 2021

Financial Aid and Medical Insurance Questions

Does KPU have any financial aid available for international students?

If you are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency or unmet financial need, you may be eligible for 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. 

More aid opportunities through Student Awards and Financial Assistance are listed on the COVID-19 Student Resources page.

Last Updated: February 19, 2021

What other financial aid is available for international students?

You may be eligible to receive financial support from the following government programs. Please read through each link carefully to determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria. Each program has different eligibility requirements. 

KPU's Student Awards and Financial Services department has also compiled a list of available financial resources for KPU students.

Last Updated: October 5, 2020

I'm experiencing food insecurity. Are there services that can help me?

Absolutely. We encourage you to reach out to your KSA and to a local food bank if you would benefit from accessing free food and other grocery items at this time.

KSA Student Food Bank

  • Available for all current KPU students
  • Students are eligible for 2 food hampers per month
  • Please email foodbank@kusa.ca for information

Richmond Food Bank

  • You must be a resident of Richmond in order to access the Richmond Food Bank
  • You can pick up groceries once a week 
  • In order to pick up, you must bring ID for everyone in your household who needs food and proof that you live in Richmond

Surrey Food Bank

  • You must be a resident of Surrey*, North Delta, or Cloverdale in order to access the Surrey Food Bank. (*You must live north of 40 Avenue in Surrey—if you live south of 40 Avenue, please go to the Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank.)
  • You must book an appointment time to register before you can come. Contact the Surrey Food Bank at 604.581.5443 for an appointment time. 
  • Registered clients may visit the Surrey Food Bank and receive a nutritious supply of food every 14 days. The quantity of food provided is based on the household size. Their goal is to provide sufficient food for 3 to 4 days. 

Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank

  • You must be a resident of White Rock or South Surrey (from 0 Ave to 40 Ave; from 120 St. to 196 St.) in order to access the Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank

Sources Langley Food Bank

  • You must live in the Langley area (0 Ave. to the Fraser River, east of 196th St. and west of 276th St.) in order to access the Sources Langley Food Bank

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

  • You must be a resident of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, or the North Shore, in order to access the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • To start registration as a new client with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, please bring ID with you on your first visit to one of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank locations. You will receive food on your first visit.
  • You will have to complete your registration within 30 days after your first visit by going to the Burnaby warehouse location (8345 Winston St.) where they will print your GVFB client card.
  • More registration info here
  • Food pick-up is at various locations. Please check the website. 

Muslim Food Bank

  • For individuals living in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley who have special dietary needs (halal, kosher, vegetarian, and vegan)
  • Visit the website and call the food bank at (866) 248-3868 for further details on accessing the Muslim Food Bank

Abbotsford Food Bank

  • You must be a resident of Abbotsford in order to access the Abbotsford Food Bank. 
  • Bring picture ID, proof of address in Abbotsford, and medical cards for everyone in your household on your first visit to the Abbotsford Food Bank. You will receive a food hamper on your first visit.
  • Delivery of food items may be available for those in self-isolation or quarantine. Please visit the website for details.
  • Food pick-up times depend on your household makeup. Please visit the website for details.

Last Updated: June 23, 2021

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

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

Additionally, you can contact intlstudentlife@kpu.ca or book an appointment with a Student Life Coordinator (Dmitriy Yerzikov) on Advisor Connect if you require support in navigating questions about medical insurance.

Last Updated: June 24, 2021

I'm studying from outside of Canada. Can I opt out of guard.me International Insurance coverage?

If you are a new international student at KPU, you are automatically enrolled in the mandatory temporary health insurance coverage from guard.me International Insurance. You may be eligible to opt out of coverage for this current semester if you are studying from outside of Canada. For any questions, please contact intlstudentlife@kpu.ca or book an appointment with a Student Life Coordinator (Dmitriy Yerzikov) on Advisor Connect.

Last Updated: February 4, 2021

I'm new to BC. When will I start to be covered by the BC Medical Services Plan (BC MSP)? 

Generally, there is a three-month MSP coverage wait period after you apply. Learn more on the BC MSP website.

Please book an appointment with a Student Life Coordinator (Dmitriy Yerzikov) on Advisor Connect if you require support in navigating health care as an international student.

Last Updated: June 24, 2021

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?

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). We highly recommend that you make arrangements to acquire alternative medical insurance if you do not have MSP coverage. For example, guard.me international insurance is available to you for purchase if you had a guard.me policy in the last 60 days and you have a KPU student ID number. You may also be eligible for Temporary MSP Coverage until October 31, 2021. Contact Health Insurance BC to request this temporary coverage

Please book an appointment with a Student Life Coordinator (Dmitriy Yerzikov) on Advisor Connect if you require support.

Last Updated: June 23, 2021

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

Please find information about your benefits on the MyStudentPlan website

Last Updated: June 24, 2021

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

Please contact intlstudentlife@kpu.ca or book an appointment with a Student Life Coordinator (Dmitriy Yerzikov) on Advisor Connect if you require support in navigating questions about medical insurance.

Last Updated: June 23, 2021

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 many. 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." 

  • My SSP - KPU has collaborated with keep.meSAFE to provide a 24/7 Mental Health Student Support Program! All KPU students have 24/7 access to multilingual counsellors who can provide immediate support and referral to address a range of concerns. Download the app or call 1.844.451.9700
  • Here2Talk — The Government of British Columbia has launched Here2Talk, a new mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students. Chat sessions with a trained counsellor can be accessed by downloading the Here2Talk app or visiting here2talk.ca. Students can also speak to a counsellor by phone, toll-free at 1 877 857-3397 or direct 604 642-5212. Students calling from outside Canada can dial 1 604 642-5212 (international calling charges may apply). Read more about Here2Talk on the Government of BC's news release.
  • myWellness - Visit for mental health resources, including video counselling and text chat support
  • Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety, and Depression (Government of BC)
  • Coping with stress during the 2019-nCOV outbreak (WHO)
  • Quarantine Student Connection — Weekly student support group via videoconferencing for students in mandatory quarantine

KPU Counselling Services are available to support you as well.

Last Updated: September 1, 2020

Academic Questions

What resources are available to help me with Moodle and online learning?

We have put together this Moodle Resource page to support international students. You can also check out these resources:

Last Updated: June 23, 2021

Do I need to apply for a study permit if I am studying from outside of Canada?

Yes. We highly recommend that you apply for a study permit as soon as possible, even if you are studying from outside of Canada. Learn how to apply here.

Last Updated: June 24, 2021

Will my Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility be affected by taking online courses?

Please refer to the How your post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility is affected page on the IRCC website for information. If you have questions regarding your PGWPP eligiblity, you can book an appointment with an International Student Advisor.

Last Updated: February 19, 2021

How will COVID-19 affect my co-op work terms?

The Co-operative Education department has published a Co-op COVID-19 FAQ page for all questions pertaining to co-op. Please refer to that page for information.

Last Updated: April 14, 2020

Will the Fall 2021 semester be online?

KPU's fall course offerings will include a variety of in-person and online classes, as well as classes being offered in a blended or partially online format. Learn more at kpu.ca/hui/novel-coronavirus/return-to-campus

Last Updated: June 22, 2021

How can I tell which classes will be delivered online?

Course delivery format is noted on the Timetable. You can access the timetable by going to Browse Classes via ONE.KPU.ca and choosing the Register for Classes – New Look icon or through your Online Self-Service account>Student Menu>Registration – New. For more instructions on browsing classes, visit this page

Last Updated: June 24, 2021

Will convocation be in person or online? 

The Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 convocation ceremonies will be held virtually. For more information, see this page

Last Updated: June 15, 2021

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