COVID-19 FAQ for International Students in English Language Program

Please refer to this page for information on English Language Program in-person classes.

Fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days or stay at a government-authorized hotel. Please see the web page below for latest and information.

COVID-19 and travel: Exemptions from testing and quarantine - Travel restrictions in Canada –



  • Get fully vaccinated and boosted with WHO approved COVID vaccine.
  • Plan to quarantine for 14 days after entering Canada. You should be exempt from quarantine if you are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada approved vaccine and meet other requirements.
  • UCalgary's Arrival information web page also outlines pre-arrival to post arrival process for your review.

The following safety measures are in place:

  • Face masks are not required but still recommended on campus where physical distancing is not possible. Please find more details about masking here.
  • Placement testing will be online or in small-group section.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit to all classrooms
  • Where possible, class work will be submitted electronically.
  • Emergency Health Insurance is provided for all English Language Program students by GuardMe, which includes coverage for COVID-19 diagnosed cases in Canada.
  • All UCalgary students and staff are required to be fully vaccinated as of January 1, 2022. Accommodations can be requested for students who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons. 99% of UCalgary campus community has been vaccinated!
  • UCalgary follows all Alberta public health mandate.
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If you plan to study in Canada for more than 6 months, you are required to apply for a study permit.
Study permit  processing times are taking longer than expected. We recommend that you apply online as soon as possible, at least 3 months before the program start date. While a study permit is not required to study in Canada for 6 months or less, it is still recommended for most students. As of September 7, 2021, fully-vaccinated travellers may enter Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). At this time, we do not recommend students to apply for only a TRV, as significant delays are expected. Please apply for TRV + study permit. If you are not fully-vaccinated or not eligible for an eTA, please apply for a study permit regardless of your intended program length. Please visit Government of Canada website to see your eligibility and most up-to-date information.

Yes, Homestay accommodation is available! Hosts are fully vaccinated and ready to welcome you to their homes. Please note the minimum duration required for homestay registration is 4 weeks.

Getting fully vaccinated, practicing good hygiene,and isolating when ill, will keep you safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Get fully vaccinated and boosted. 
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer 
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Wear masks when you cannot maintain a physical distance

If you are ill, you should stay home, complete the AHS online screening tool, and follow the instructions given after answering the questions.

If COVID-19 testing is required, stay home until you get the test result. Practice good hygiene and maintain physical distancing. If your results come back negative, you can return to school when you are feeling better. If your results come back positive, If you are are fully vaccinated, you should Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must stay in isolation for 10 days or until they resolve, whichever is longer. If your symptoms are serious you should go to a hospital. Your GuardMe Emergency Health insurance will cover COVID-19 treatment. For latest information, please visit Government of Alberta web page.

Online instruction and extended assignment dates may be available to minimize impact on your learning.

More Information

For more information about the UCalgary COVID-19 response please see
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach us at We will be happy to answer your questions.