COVID-19: International Students



Last Updated: October 22, 2020

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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 Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 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:

  1. Acceptance into a Fleming a post-secondary or post grad program;
  2. IELTS overall score of 6.5 (no individual ban below 6.0);
  3. 80% graduation GPA from their high school or college-university; and
  4. 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.

I am facing financial hardship due to COVID-19; what can I do?

If you lost your job due to COVID-19, and if you have a valid Social Insurance Number and reside in Canada, you may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. For more information, click here.

Immigration and Study/Work Permits

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.

If I travel to my home country during the semester, will I be permitted back into Canada afterwards?

Amended travel restrictions were implemented on October 20, 2020, allowing international students to enter Canada if their Designated Learning Institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place.

Fleming College is currently awaiting provincial approval of our COVID-19 readiness plan. We expect to receive approval soon and will provide more information as it becomes available. This change to travel restrictions affects all international students, regardless of where they are travelling from or when their study permit was approved. Please do not make any travel plans until we have confirmed our status as DLI with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan.

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.

Should I book my flight if I plan on enrolling this winter?

The IRCC implemented amended travel restrictions on October 20, 2020, allowing international students to enter Canada if their Designated Learning Institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place.

Fleming College is currently awaiting provincial approval of our DLI COVID-19 readiness plan. We expect to receive approval soon and will provide more information as it becomes available.

This change to travel restrictions affects all international students, regardless of where they are travelling from or when their study permit was approved. Please do not make any travel plans at this time. Once we have confirmed our status as DLI with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan, we will work with you closely prior to any travel plans to ensure that you have met all requirements and have received all necessary authorizations.

Please check back here often or subscribe to our Arrival Services Bulletin by completing this form.

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:

  1. Log on to myCampus
  2. Click ‘Student Centre’ on the left side menu
  3. Click ‘Confirmation of Enrolment’ on the ride side menu
  4. Enter the current term or your final semester
  5. Click “View BIP Report”
  6. 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.

Will the move to online learning impact my post-graduate work permit (PGWP) eligibility?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that, for international students in Canada, “courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit.” This includes students who have a valid Study Permit or students who have been approved for a Study Permit.

Monitor this page for further information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regarding temporary residents.

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 international@flemingcollege.ca.

If I travel to Canada to study, will I need to self-isolate before coming to campus?

Once Fleming College receives approval as a Designated Learning Institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan, you must contact us prior to any travel plans to ensure that you have met all requirements and have received all necessary authorizations.

According to the current government of Canada policy, you must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. You should be well-prepared to provide your detailed isolation plan to border officials at the point of entry. This quarantine is mandatory even if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Fleming College is available to assist you with your quarantine arrangements. Contact international@flemingcollege.ca if you are planning to travel to Canada. We will work with you to ensure that you have a plan in place that meets public health guidelines. Be sure to check the Public Health Agency of Canada for updates on travel restrictions, exemptions, and advice.

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.

Student Services

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 studying online affect my Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility?

According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), international students’ eligibility for a PGWP will not be affected by the move to online learning due to COVID-19. This includes students who have a valid Study Permit or students who have been approved for a Study Permit.

International students who are studying from their home countries during the Spring or Fall semesters because they can’t travel to Canada due to COVID-19 can complete up to 50% of their program while outside of Canada. See IRCC for more information.

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?

Fleming College has several online resources to help you, including helpful resources for English as a Second Language, reading and writing, and math. There are also weekly online drop-in sessions, where you can connect live with a tutor.

Academic Programs

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.

How much of my program am I allowed to take online?

International students who are studying from their home countries during the Spring or Fall semesters because they can’t travel to Canada due to COVID-19 can complete up to 50% of their program while outside of Canada. See IRCC for more information.

Who do I contact, if I want more information about my program?

You can send an email with your question to askus@flemingcollege.ca 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.

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.


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.

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