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Designated Learning Institution

International students are allowed to enter Canada to Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans.

Approved Designated Learning Institution with a COVID-19 Readiness Plan

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 federal government recently approved a selected number of post-secondary institutions in Canada to accept international students. 14 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.

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.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Guidelines

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.