COVID-19: International Students
Last Updated: January 20, 2021
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
International Admissions and Fees
- Has there been an increase in tuition fees?
Like many colleges, Fleming College increases tuition fees annually. Most programs saw a 2% increase, and a few higher-demand programs had a tuition increase of 3%. Depending on the program, the increase in tuition ranged from approximately $150 to $170.
- Will there be a decrease in tuition if the programs are offered online?
Fleming College is focused on providing the same level of teaching and support to students online as provided face-to-face, including access to faculty and learning. We are working to ensure that all students will achieve the same learning outcomes for each program, regardless of how the program is delivered. With this in mind, we will not be reducing tuition fees.
- Will the Ancillary fees be eliminated or reduced if the fall semester will be online?
Some of the ancillary fees have been reduced and some, such as the Transportation and Wellness Centre fees, have been cancelled.
Ancillary fees are determined by the respective Student Associations and are assessed and agreed upon by the respective student governments at both the Sutherland and Frost campuses. The student government boards reviewed the ancillary fees and determined which fees would be reduced or eliminated based on services available to students. Fees that remain in place reflect services and programs that are still available and accessible (virtual or otherwise) or that ensure the continued operation of the student association and the delivery of essential services, such as the Student Health Plan, advocacy, recreation and well-being initiatives.
Staff teams of the Student Associations are working remotely to provide continued service and program development.
- How do I find out about my fees, timetable and payment deadlines?
You can find all this information in the student portal.
- What is your refund policy for full-time programs?
If you choose to withdraw from the college for any reason other than a Visa Denial within the first 10 school days of the semester, you must, request a refund or a withdrawal, subject to the College's international refund and withdrawal policy. Deferrals and refunds can be requested via the Ontario Colleges International Application Portal and must include the appropriate documentation including the International Student Wire Refund Request Form to receive a refund of the tuition fees you paid. Your withdrawal must be approved by the Office of the Registrar. Upon receipt of all the appropriate documents at the Office of the Registrar, your withdrawal application will be processed to refund your fees paid, minus a $2,300 administrative charge.
If you choose to withdraw from the college for any reason other than a Visa Denial after the first 10 school days of the semester, you must request a withdrawal, subject to the College's international refund and withdrawal policy. Deferrals and refunds can be requested via the Ontario Colleges International Application Portal and must include the appropriate documentation. Upon receipt of all the appropriate documents at the Office of the Registrar, your withdrawal application will be processed. In accordance to Fleming policy, you will not be eligible for a refund of fees paid.
For withdrawals and refunds due to Visa Denial, please see the first question under Immigration and Study/Work Permits.
- Is there financial assistance for international students?
The new East Asia Entrance Scholarship of $1,250 CAD has been developed exclusively for East Asian (China, Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, etc.) students to be effective as of Sept. 2020. The criteria for qualifying for this scholarship are:
- Acceptance into a Fleming a post-secondary or post grad program;
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 (no individual ban below 6.0);
- 80% graduation GPA from their high school or college-university; and
- Submission of a Letter of Interest regarding why they want to study at Fleming in their chosen field of study.
Fleming College also offers a merit-based scholarship for returning international students. This scholarship is based on a student’s Semester 1 GPA. This scholarship’s value is between $500-$2,000 depending upon a student’s GPA (3.8-4.0) and length of study (two or three year programs).
A new South Asia entrance scholarship will also be introduced soon.
- Many IELTS test centres are closed around the world. Are there any new options available to meet English requirements?
Yes. In response to IELTS testing centre closures, Fleming College will now accept results from the Duolingo English test. Students need to achieve 105+ for diploma programs, and 115+ for post graduate programs (not applicable to Pharmacy Technician applicants). These updates along with any further changes to our English language proficiency requirements will be updated soon on our Language Requirements Webpage.
Immigration and Study/Work Permits
- I have applied for my Study Permit and received a Biometrics Invitation Letter (BIL), but I have not received a Study Permit Application Confirmation document or Approval in Principle (AIP), can I be registered for classes for the Winter 2021 term with the BIL letter?
A Biometrics Invitation Letter (BIL) on its own is not enough. In order to be registered for your classes, you must have a Study Permit Application Confirmation document or an Approval in Principle. If you have not received this document, you have the option to defer to another semester.
For more information about the Withdrawal and Refund Policy, please see here.
- Can I attend online classes with an AIP (Approval in Principle)?
Yes, Fleming College will permit students to study in our programs if you have a study permit, study permit approval letter, or an Approval In Principle.
- I currently have AIP status. Can I travel to Canada?
No, you will not be able to travel to Canada with an AIP status. You will be required to have a full Study Permit or Port of Entry Letter of Introduction to travel to Canada.
- Can I request a travel support letter?
As Fleming College is included on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website’s list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 Readiness Plan, you will not be required to have a travel support letter to enter Canada. Prior to travelling, students must carefully review our Arrival Services website and complete all mandatory forms in the iCent COVID Safe app. Please see our Arrival Services Website for more information.
- What are the quarantine requirements once I am permitted to travel to Canada?
As per the requirements of the government of Canada, all international students who will be travelling from outside of Canada have a mandatory requirement to self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to new students and to students who are returning to Canada.
If Fleming College becomes aware of any issues with compliance of the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period, we will be obligated to report this to Public Health authorities.
Students should begin their travel preparation by reviewing our Arrival Services website and completing the mandatory forms within the iCent COVID Safe app.
- Will Fleming College be providing support for the government mandated 3-night hotel stay that was announced on February 22, 2021?
We know that the 3-night hotel stay will add an unexpected cost to your education and we want to help. Fleming College will subsidize 50% of the cost up to a maximum of $1,000 CAD, which will be credited to your student account. More information can be found here.
- I will be travelling with my immediate family members (spouse/children). What are their quarantine requirements?
Co-arriving family members, just like everyone travelling to Canada, must complete the mandatory 14-day isolation requirement. Family members also must have quarantine plans which meet the requirements of the federal government. Please visit our Arrival Services webpage for more information about quarantine requirements. If you are travelling to Canada with your family members, please contact us at email@example.com for further assistance.
- What are the COVID-19 testing requirements
It is mandatory that every student and co-arriving family member is tested for COVID-19 on day 14 of quarantine. You must sign an attestation letter agreeing to be tested. Please see more information on our Arrival Services webpage.
- I am not sure whether to apply through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) or through the non-Student Direct Stream. What are the differences in the requirements for my Study Permit application?
SDS Countries: India, Pakistan, Vietnam, China, Morocco, Senegal, Philippines
Student Direct Stream (SDS) Applicants Must Provide:
- Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada
- Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000 or more
- A receipt demonstrating tuition has been paid for the first year of school
- IELTS test results with a minimum score of 6.0 in each band
- Most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcripts
Non-SDS Applicants Must Provide:
- LOA from a DLI in Canada
- Documents to demonstrate you have liquid funds to pay for living expenses and tuition for at least the first year of school
- Evidence of how you intend to pay for your remaining years of school
- Proof of English proficiency by submitting results from an approved language test. Please note that in response to IELTS testing centre closures, Fleming College is accepting the following online tests: Duolingo, IELTS Indicator, Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Online.
- Most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcripts
It is also recommended that all students provide a letter of motivation explaining why they chose their specific program of study and why they chose Canada as a study destination.
- Where can I find the latest COVID-19 updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)?
IRCC updates for visitors, foreign workers, and students can be found here.
- Where can I get my Completion Letter for my Post Graduate Work Permit Application?
The program Completion letter is on page 2 of the Confirmation of Enrolment.
Here’s how to download your completion letter:
- Log on to myCampus
- Click ‘Student Centre’ on the left side menu
- Click ‘Confirmation of Enrolment’ on the ride side menu
- Enter the current term or your final semester
- Click “View BIP Report”
- Your completion letter is page 2 of this report
- Can I apply for my Post Graduate Work Permit with an unofficial transcript from Fleming College?
Yes, IRCC has confirmed that a copy of your transcript is acceptable.
According to IRCC, before you can apply for a PGWP, you need: an official letter from your school that confirms you’ve completed your study program (for Fleming College students, this is your completion letter), an official transcript or a copy of your transcript from your school’s website. For your completion letter and unofficial transcript, log into myCampus and visit your Student Centre.
- Does living outside of Canada affect my Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)?
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced new measures to assist international students by allowing students to complete 100% of their program online from outside of Canada, while remaining eligible for a Post Graduate Work Permit.
See IRCC for more information.
- How do I extend my Study Permit in order to finish my program or my placement?
You will need to extend your Study Permit online. International Student Services can help you with this process. For more information about our Study Permit Extension Workshops and 1:1 immigration advising appointments, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If I travel to Canada to study, will I need to self-isolate before coming to campus?
Now that Fleming College is an approved Designated Learning Institution with a COVID-19 Readiness plan, students with valid study permits will be permitted to travel provided that they complete a number of requirements prior to travelling.
Please note that the government of Canada has mandated that anyone entering Canada must self-isolate for 14 days under the Quarantine Act. You must have a quarantine plan ready to share with airline and border officials in order to travel to Canada. Please be aware that there are numerous penalties for contravention of the Act, ranging from a fine of up to $1,000,000, imprisonment for up to three years, or both. For more information about the latest requirements for quarantine, as well as the mandatory documents that you are required to complete prior to travelling to Fleming College, please visit our Arrival Services Website.
Please do not make any travel plans until you have met all requirements and necessary authorizations.
- Where can I find the most recent information about travel restrictions for international students?
Monitor the government of Canada website for the latest information about travel restrictions.
- Where can I find information about COVID-19 in my first language?
Visit the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 information page.
- If I travel to Fleming College, will someone help me find housing?
Our on-and off-campus housing service can assist with finding accommodation for you. You can find out more here.
- I would like to find a part-time job while studying. What do I do?
Our Career Services can help you with your resume, interview skills and job listings. Find out more details here.
- How can I contact Morcare if I have questions about my health insurance?
Morcare is available to assist you if you have any questions about your coverage or claim submissions. You can reach the Morcare team by calling 1-888-985-1552 or by visiting their website.
Testing and treatment of COVID-19 is fully covered by Morcare.
Please note that you will not be covered by Morcare health insurance if you are in your home country.
- Will I have access to health insurance if my program is suspended?
Yes, you will be fully covered by your Morcare health plan if your program has been suspended due to COVID-19. To find out more about your Morcare coverage, including COVID-19 updates, click here.
- What if I need help with my courses?
Tutoring and learning skills support is available to students who need help with their courses. For more information, visit the Tutoring & Academic Skills website. For help with researching finding information for your assignments, visit the Library.
- How do I find out which programs are running in the Winter 2021 semester?
New and returning students can find out the status of their program on the Fleming website.
- How will my program be delivered in the Winter 2021 semester
All programs will be delivered in an online or alternate format.
- Who do I contact, if I want more information about my program?
You can send an email with your question to email@example.com or use the online chat on our website.
- How will I start the program and meet my fellow classmates?
Your program will start with an academic orientation and an orientation specifically for international students, where you will meet fellow students, learn about expectations, receive valuable information and engage in fun activities. Both these will be held online. Information will be sent to you later this summer.
- How will I be able to deal with the time difference?
Where possible, lectures will be recorded. Recently, the Academic Schools held live Information Sessions. You can view the recording of these sessions here.
- My program has practical components. How will I be able to complete these if the program is online?
Our faculty and staff are hard at work to ensure that there is no loss in learning practical skills. We are planning strategies that include concentrated skills boot camps in the Winter semester and limited on-campus labs that adhere to social distancing guidelines set out by the government. These plans are subject to change based on the government’s direction.
- Will I have access to the software I need?
Students have free access to the MS Office Suite and Webex.
For specific technology requirements of your program, please visit your program webpage.
- How will I be able to access my textbooks?
You can order books online through the Fleming College Bookstore.
- If my program is not running, can I take part-time studies while waiting for my program to resume?
Yes, you can take part-time studies if your program has been suspended due to COVID-19. However, you must abide by the authorized working hours on your Study Permit. This means that you cannot work more than 20 hours per week.
- If I registered for the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 terms based on an Approval in Principle (AIP), but I later receive a visa denial, will I be eligible for a refund?
If your visa was denied, you will be eligible for a refund of your fees paid, minus a $200 administrative charge. For more information about the policy and how to receive your refund, please see the COVID-19 Interim International Withdrawal/Refund Policy.
- If I registered for the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 terms based on an Approval in Principle (AIP), but I later receive a visa denial, can I defer my semester?
If your visa was denied, you can choose to reapply for your visa and defer to a future semester. For more information, please see the COVID-19 Interim International Withdrawal/Refund Policy.
- I am a new student and have not received my Study Permit yet, can I still study for the Winter 2021 term?
A Study Permit is not required to take online courses from abroad. You can still count the time spent pursing your studies from abroad toward your eligibility for a Post Graduate Work Permit if you applied for a Study Permit before the start of your program. For more information, please see Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s "How your post-graduate work permit (PGWP) eligibility is affected".
- Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 before I travel?
Effective January 7, 2021, all air passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test result to their airline before boarding a flight to Canada. This negative test result must be obtained within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Details of the new requirement can be found here.
The requirement for international students to quarantine for 14 days after arrival and to be tested for COVID-19 on day 14 of quarantine remains in effect. For more information about the mandatory requirements for travel and quarantine, please visit our Arrival Services page.
CONNECT WITH US
Our International Team is available to answer your questions. You can connect with us by:
- Signing up to our weekly newsletter. The newsletter contains important information and resources. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please complete this form.
- Connecting with us live during our weekly Virtual Drop-In Sessions. During these sessions you can chat with us, ask us questions and book virtual appointments with our International Student Advisors and with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. The schedule will be published in the weekly newsletter and is also available on our Facebook Page.