COVID-19 FAQ for International Students in English Language Program

The English Language Program offers both in-person and online classes. Please refer to this page for information on in-person classes.

What has been happening in Canada, Alberta and UCalgary?

A lot has happened over the past few months. Please see below for a timeline of some important events.



As of July 6, 2021. fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada are no longer required to quarantine, take a COVID-19 test on day-8, or stay at a government-authorized hotel.

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



  • UCalgary will send out an arrival survey and provide necessary supports to students who are required to quarantine after arrival.
  • 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.
  • CovidSafe Campus initiative: All students will be required to verify their vaccination status and provide proof of vaccination before coming to campus. 
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated will be provided with rapid testing kits after arrival and required to undergo reqular testing.
  • UCalgary's Arrival information webpage also outlines pre arrival to post arrival process for your review.

The following safety measures will be in place:

  • Face masks must be worn in all public indoor areas on campus where physical distancing is not possible
  • 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.
  • UCalgary follows all Alberta public health manadate.
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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. 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 update your status on the CovidSafe webportal. Appointments for vaccinations are available at our Student Wellness Services medical clinic. See details here.
  • Complete CovidSafe Rapid Testing until 14 days after you are fully vaccinated.
  • 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 and complete the AHS online screening tool (

If COVID-19 testing is required, you can book an appointment for free COVID-19 test online. While you are waiting for test results you should stay at home, practicing 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, you must stay in isolation for 14 days. If your symptoms are serious you should go to a hospital. Your GuardMe Emergency Health insurance will cover COVID-19 treatment.

Online instruction and extended assignment dates are 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.