For a comprehensive list of FAQs about immigration, health, travel, and financial support for international graduate students, please consult YU International.
To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions for currently enrolled domestic and international students who are temporarily outside of Canada, please visit the Funding FAQ for International Graduate Students page.
Visit York International for information on:
- Border Status (Canada)
- Travel requirements
- Vaccine information
- Visa applications
- Other supports
As some international borders remain closed and global travel restrictions continue due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, York University has made the decision to cancel all international travel related to international student activities for the Fall/Winter 2021–2022 session which includes: academic exchanges, internships, co-ops, and other programs.
The Coronavirus Information and Update website contains up-to-date details for York community members travelling abroad: yorku.ca/bettertogether.
Assistance for Travellers
The Government of Canada has created the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program to support Canadians affected by COVID-19 abroad.
Any member of the York Community who is impacted by the travel restrictions should please contact email@example.com immediately for further guidance.
All research-related international travel for graduate students and travel related to academic program completion will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as government travel advisories begin to lift.
Graduate students can work with their supervisor and the Dean’s Office who can work with the International Travel Risk Assessment Committee to develop a health and safety plan. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All university-sanctioned international travel related to international student activities for the current and foreseeable term, which includes: academic exchanges, internships, co-ops, academic placements, and research abroad has been cancelled.
Cancelled Research and/or Fieldwork Travel That Will Affect Regular Timelines of Degree Completion
If research and fieldwork is affected by travel restrictions, students will have to wait until all restrictions are lifted to reschedule. FGS will work with the Program and the Registrar’s Office to resume the program term lengths without penalty to the student.
If conducting in-person fieldwork is essential to the learning outcomes for degree completion and it cannot be completed because of official travel restrictions, FGS will help to facilitate as seamless a transition as possible once all restrictions are lifted. Please contact your Graduate Program Assistant.
Alternative Program Options
Alternative program options can include:
- Online courses at York partner universities: This could range from 2–3 online courses up to a full online semester depending on program requirements.
- Virtual Exchanges (VE) connects two or more classrooms across the globe to enhance intercultural dialogue and collaboration over a period of time (i.e. not a one-time class). York University has embarked on the Globally Networked Learning (GNL) project in 2015 to integrate virtual exchanges into the existing course curriculum, across program areas and disciplines.
- Effective Intercultural Communications (EIC) Module is an online opportunity for students looking to develop and enhance their intercultural understanding and communication skills.
To access these opportunities, please connect with your Faculty or Program coordinators, as well as York International.