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The amended travel restrictions to allow international students to enter Canada to designated learning institutions (DLIs) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans (as per the October 2, 2020 announcement) came into effect October 20, 2020. The University of Regina has been approved by the provincial and federal governments and is on the list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans. As such, the University of Regina is able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada.

 
SELF-QUARANTINE ON CAMPUS IS MANDATORY!
 

As per the University of Regina’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan, international students and their co-arriving immediate family members planning to travel are required to complete their mandatory 14-day self-quarantine on campus at the University of Regina. Rooms are provided with a cleaning kit for the upkeep of their room during their isolation period, and meal options are also available. Students and their co-arriving immediate family members who do not complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine on campus will be deemed not in compliance with the regulations set out in the University of Regina's COVID-19 Readiness Plan.

Please note that students and their co-arriving immediate family members who do not complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine on campus will be considered in violation and reported to the provincial and federal governments.

Consequences of non-compliance with the 14-day self-quarantine public health order may result in:

  • a $2000 fine (Provincial level)
  • a fine of up to $750,000 (Federal level)
  • 6 months of jail time
  • being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year

For more information, please visit Immigraiton, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

Please contact UR International Student Services (International.StudentServices@uregina.ca) or complete the online booking form, confirm your booking, and pay all fees in advance.

For more information, please contact UR International Student Services (International.StudentServices@uregina.ca), or visit the University of Regina Housing Services website for international arrivals.

NOTICE: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, UR International programs and services have been moved to online platforms. UR International Staff are continuing to work remotely.

We are available from 8:15AM - 4:30PM (Regina time), Monday to Friday. We encourage all campus community members to reach out to our office via email at International.StudentServices@uregina.ca or phone at 306.585.5082.


Zoom Drop-in Advising Sessions for International Students:
The UR International office is organizing drop-in advising sessions through which students can meet with University staff and discuss their registration plan. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Zoom drop-in advising sessions will be held via Zoom on Monday to Friday throughout the Spring/Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms. These sessions will be held at the following times (CST):

FALL 2020 DROP-IN ADVISING SESSIONS

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at international.studentservices@uregina.ca so we can further assist you.

Important Information Regarding Border Exemptions for International Students:
The federal government recently approved a selected number of post-secondary institutions in Canada to accept international students, effective October 20, 2020.  Seven post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan, including the University of Regina, developed readiness plans that met the strict federal and provincial health and safety criteria required to host international students.

The health and safety of all students, staff and campus community is the priority. The University of Regina is working collaboratively with the Government of Saskatchewan to ensure a coordinated approach and has developed a comprehensive readiness plan to safely welcome and support international students, complying with both provincial and federal government guidelines.

UR International wants to ensure that all students who have the intention of travelling to Canada for their studies are aware of the current protocols and procedures during their travels and upon their arrival in Canada.

Amended Travel Restrictions Effective October 20, 2020:
The amended travel restrictions to allow international students to enter Canada to designated learning institutions (DLIs) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans (as per the October 2, 2020 announcement) came into effect October 20, 2020. The University of Regina has been approved by the provincial and federal governments and is on the list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans. As such, the University of Regina is able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada.

The list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place is posted on IRCC's web page for international students affected by COVID-19 restrictions and updated regularly as provinces and territories identify additional schools.

As per the IRCC website:
“To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 2 requirements:
  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.

Your travel to Canada will be considered essential (non-discretionary) if you have all of the required documents and your DLI is on the approved list.

As a student, your travel to Canada won’t be considered essential (non-discretionary) if:
  • your study program has been cancelled or suspended
  • you’re entering Canada for any reason other than to study

A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive."

To view full details, please visit the IRCC website.

SELF-QUARANTINE ON CAMPUS IS MANDATORY!

As per the University of Regina’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan, international students and their co-arriving immediate family members planning to travel are required to complete their mandatory 14-day self-quarantine on campus at the University of Regina. Rooms are provided with a cleaning kit for the upkeep of their room during their isolation period, and meal options are also available. Students and their co-arriving immediate family members who do not complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine on campus will be deemed not in compliance with the regulations set out in the University of Regina's COVID-19 Readiness Plan.

Please note that students and their co-arriving immediate family members who do not complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine on campus will be considered in violation and reported to the provincial and federal governments.

Consequences of non-compliance with the 14-day self-quarantine public health order may result in:

  • a $2000 fine (Provincial level)
  • a fine of up to $750,000 (Federal level)
  • 6 months of jail time
  • being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year

Please contact UR International Student Services (International.StudentServices@uregina.ca) or complete the online booking form, confirm your booking, and pay all fees in advance.

For more information, please contact UR International Student Services (International.StudentServices@uregina.ca), or visit the University of Regina Housing Services website for international arrivals.

Policies and Expectations
When travelling, students must:
  • have a valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
  • have a valid letter of acceptance from a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory
  • have proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • wear a mask at all times, wash their hands frequently, and practice physical distancing
  • download the ArriveCAN mobile app (available for iOS or Android devices)
Upon arrival in Canada, students must:
  • provide basic information using the traveller contact information form (available through the ArriveCAN app)  
  • continue to wear a mask at all times, wash their hands frequently, and practice physical distancing
  • have a plan to quarantine for 14 days
  • be screened by a border services officer or quarantine officer to assess symptoms
"When the border services officer greets you, they look at several factors, including
  • your reason for travelling to Canada
  • your ability to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination
  • if you either
    • have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or
    • can study online during your quarantine"

For more information, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html

Supplies that students should bring for self-quarantine as recommended by IRCC:
  • Medical/Non-medical masks (do not re-use)/facial covering
  • Eye protection (face shield/goggles)
  • Disposable gloves (for caretakers)
  • Disposable paper towel
  • Tissues
  • Waste container with plastic liner
  • Alcohol prep wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Over the counter medication to reduce fever (i.e. ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Hand soap
  • 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Household cleaning products
  • Disinfectant
  • Hard surface disinfectant
  • Running water
  • Arrange to have your groceries delivered to you

A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive.

For more information, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-how-to-isolate-at-home.html\

Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine Information
Both the Federal and Provincial Governments have made self-isolation a mandatory action. “All travellers returning from international destinations – including the United States – are subject to a mandatory self-isolation order. Violation of the order may result in a $2,000 fine.”

Self-isolation means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community. Please read carefully the following link, which includes measures of how to self-isolate: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-how-to-isolate-at-home.html 

Additionally, the Government of Saskatchewan recommends self-monitoring for symptoms if you have travelled outside of Saskatchewan, but within Canada. More information regarding the Government of Saskatchewan self-isolation policy can be found at: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/self-isolation

Travellers returning from international destinations (including the United States) are subject to a mandatory self-isolation public health order and federal quarantine requirements.

Students must:
  • complete 14-day self-quarantine on campus with the University of Regina Housing Services
  • inform UR International about how to get to their quarantine destination
  • arrange for all groceries and additional supplies
  • how to access essential services and medical care
Consequences of non-compliance with the 14-day self-quarantine public health order may result in:
  • a $2000 fine (Provincial level)
  • a fine of up to $750,000 (Federal level)
  • 6 months of jail time
  • being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year

For more information, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan website for Travel Information and the IRCC website for who may travel to Canada.

Post-Quarantine
Once students have completed their quarantine, they are free to choose to reside on or off campus. 


Support Services Available for Students
Mental Health Support via Counseling Services:
Mental health is an important component of student success. The University of Regina Counselling Services provides counsellors, including Registered Psychologists, who are available to help students manage life circumstances, and also offers free online cognitive therapy programs. Counselling Services provides counselling via Zoom, as well providing a variety of free online resources to help students work through issues independently. For more information on available counselling, please visit: https://www.uregina.ca/student/counselling/

Interim Health Services:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Regina is offering on-campus non-urgent, non-emergency health services provided by a licensed Nurse Practitioner to U of R students, and others currently living in campus housing, who may not have access to other primary health services. For more information, please visit: https://www.uregina.ca/health-services/

NOTE: This service is available only for students completing self-quaratine on campus.

Health Insurance:
If you are planning on travelling to Canada, it is recommended that you arrange for health insurance from your home country prior to your travels. Once you are in Canada with a valid study permit and registered as a full-time student, you may apply for the Saskatchewan Health Card. The processing time to receive the Saskatchewan Health Card is approximately 6-8 weeks.
 
More information of the Saskatchewan Health Card can be found at: https://www.ehealthsask.ca/residents/health-cards/Pages/Apply-for-a-Health-Card.aspx


Important Information Regarding Course Registration:
During the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms at the University of Regina, with very few exceptions, classes will be conducted via “remote learning” methods, which will include a combination of virtual real-time class meetings via Zoom (synchronous) and web-based via UR Courses (asynchronous) delivery.

On August 26, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the following measures:

  • Students may now 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 post-graduation work permit.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 and 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 post-graduation work permit in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are completed in Canada.

For further information, please visit the IRCC website.

Students Inside/Outside Canada with a valid Study Permit and Course Registration:
If you are currently inside or outside Canada, have a valid study permit, and are in compliance with the conditions on the study permit, you can proceed with registration for the Fall 2020 term at the University of Regina.
 
If you would like to register for courses for the Fall 2020 term, a copy of your valid study permit and passport must be provided to the UR International office via email at international.studentservices@uregina.ca

As per the aforementioned announcement by IRCC: 

Scenario 1: Registration of Classes while outside Canada:
Students may be eligible to register for classes while outside of Canada, provided that students have already been approved for a study permit.  In this situation, if you wish and choose to register for the courses through distance learning and online teaching platforms during the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms while you are outside Canada, please inform the University of Regina International Office as soon as possible, and we will be happy to support your decision. If you would like to register for classes for the Fall 2020 Winter 2021 terms while you are outside Canada, the student must provide UR International with a copy of your valid passport, and one of the following immigration documents:

  • Valid study permit or
  • Study permit approval letter (letter of Introduction)

The documents must be provided to the International office via email at international.studentservices@uregina.ca. Once the aforementioned documents are received, the University of Regina International Office will assist you with class registration and arrange online orientation sessions with you. 
 
Before you make a decision, it is also highly important that you are well-informed of the IRCC policy while preparing for arrival to Canada in the future: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/prepare-arrival.html  
 
Scenario 2: Defer enrolment to the Winter 2021 term:
For students who are outside Canada, have received visa/study permit approval and choose not to register for classes in the Fall 2020 term while they are outside Canada, the University of Regina will defer their enrolment to the Winter 2021 term upon student’s request. The University of Regina will be happy to extend the Letter of Acceptance, if needed. If the student’s Letter of Acceptance does not include the Winter 2021 term, the student must contact the International Enrolment Services office at: International.Admissions@uregina.ca to obtain a new letter of acceptance to include the Winter 2021 term. 


Contacting UR International Student Services for Assistance

By Phone:
Please call our office telephone number (306) 585-5082, which is available Monday to Friday from 8:15AM – 4:30PM (Regina time). Please listen carefully to the instructions provided during the call:

  1. Once you hear the initial prompt, there will be 2 options:
    1. Option 1: Leave a brief message with your name, student ID number, and phone number, OR,
    2. Option 2: Say your name and press pound (#), and wait for the phone system to connect to one of our 3 team members.

NOTE: There are 3 staff members who may be available to take your call. Your call will be forwarded to the next staff member should the previous member not be available.

  1. In the event that your call is not answered:
    1. After the final message, please leave your name, student ID number, phone number and a brief message. This voicemail is connected to our email service, where we will receive an email notification of your message, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Email:
You can contact us anytime by sending any questions to international.studentservices@uregina.ca
Our expected response time is within 24-48 hours during business days.

One-on-One Zoom by Appointment:
UR International Student Services responds to additional inquiries by offering individual appointments by request. Information can be found at: https://www.uregina.ca/international

Emergency Toll-Free Telephone Number: 1-855-874-1700If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance, please call our toll-free emergency number that is connected to campus security. This number is established in case of severe and/or immediate emergencies, such as medical emergencies, accidents, fires, etc. UR International Student Services is always available in the event of an emergency involving a student.

Additional Resources for Students
The University of Regina is here to serve its students. To ensure you receive the most accurate information, please review UR Guide to Success for a variety of service providers, including Financial Services, the Registrar's Office, UR International, and more.


Information for current students:

UR International Student Services office is here to support and assist our students in any way we can. Some of the services that can be accessed virtually includes:

Official Transcripts: To request your official transcripts, please visit the Registrar's office website. Please note that in-person pick up is suspended until further notice. Please ensure you provide your current mailing address in your transcripts request and they will be mailed to you.

Unofficial transcripts can be obtained through UR self-service (www.uregina.ca).

Confirmation of Enrollment: Confirmation of Enrollment can be requested by email at international.studentservices@uregina.ca from your uregina.ca email address only. Confirmation of Enrollment will be issued in a PDF format to your uregina.ca email address.

Please ensure to use your uregina email and include your full name, student ID number, and the purpose of the request at the time of sending the email. Graduate students: Please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office (FGSR) to request for the extension letters.

Immigration Information: At this time, face-to-face immigration sessions are being canceled. If you have any questions regarding your immigration status, please contact us at 306-585-5082, or email us at international.studentservices@uregina.ca.

Please note: “Foreign nationals who are in Canada and whose temporary resident status may soon expire, may apply for an extension so that they may maintain their temporary resident status in Canada. Once the application is submitted, the client will benefit from implied status and may remain in Canada until a decision is rendered on their application.” For more information, please visit the IRCC website.

Global Learning Centre: All services will be offered via online platforms. An email with more information has been sent out; please check your @uregina.ca email for more details. Schedules for one-on-one coaching sessions and other services, please click here.

Accommodation: If you live on-campus, please refer to the email sent to all residents by Housing Services on Saturday, March 14, and follow their instructions.

Tuition and Fee payment: For any outstanding fees, please contact Financial Services (306-585-4123 or financial.services@uregina.ca) or use UR Self-Service (https://banner.uregina.ca/prod/sct/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin) to settle your account.

Exchange students: Virtual exchange programs will be offered beginning in Winter 2021. If you have any questions, please email Study.Abroad@uregina.ca.

Students

Information regarding remote learning is now available on the Student Remote Learning Support site at https://www.uregina.ca/remote-learning/

Please keep checking your emails, including your @uregina.ca email, as well as UR Courses. The University and UR International will continue to communicate with you through these channels.

For visiting professors and researchers: Please continue checking your uregina.ca email account for further updates. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Faculty.Mobility@uregina.ca

Emergency Funding: Please see below the emergency funding information that you may qualify for as a post-secondary student:

University of Regina: The University of Regina is offering Emergency funding for students. More information on the University of Regina Emergency funding is available at: https://www.uregina.ca/safa/emergency-funding.html

Government of Canada: The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.
Information regarding the Government of Canada emergency funding can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html