TRAVELING TO STUDY IN CANADA
Starting November 3, 2020, The Language Centre at Saint Mary’s University is part of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) maintained by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This means that we are ready to start welcoming international students back into the Canada. (please see the travel protocols at the bottom of this email). This allows students to have a cultural experience while they take their classes online.
We recognize that not all students will choose to travel to Canada to complete their language requirements and we want to assure you that our online English language courses will continue to be available for students who are not yet ready to travel but want to begin the process of gaining full acceptance into their chosen degree program. Our online courses are equivalent to our face-to-face programs and still provide a pathway to your academic program.
Are you ready to embark on your language learning journey? Please download and complete The Language Centre Application Form, available here.
Click on the links below to learn more about our Intensive English Programs:
University Bridging Program
English for Academic Purposes
TRAVEL PROTOCOLS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
There are some mandatory protocols that international students and their co-arriving immediate family members traveling to Canada and Nova Scotia must follow to comply with Canadian and Nova Scotia public health requirements.
MANDATORY 14-DAY QUARANTINE
Immediately after you arrive in Canada or Nova Scotia, by law, you must self-isolate and quarantine for 14 days. Upon arrival, you will be required to provide the Canada Border Services Agency with a quarantine plan. Failure to present a quarantine plan may result in denied entry into Canada.
It is crucial that you fully understand the mandatory COVID-19 protocols before you register for courses or plan your journey to Canada.
TRAVELING TO CANADA
CHECKLIST & QUARANTINE PLAN
You must take the following actions to prepare your quarantine plan:
- Secure a valid student visa study permit
- Register as a student at The Language Centre / Saint Mary’s University
- Carefully review if you are allowed to travel to Canada
- Complete the mandatory Saint Mary’s International Student Arrival Form
Please complete this form as soon as possible, and at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Nova Scotia. The information you provide will notify us of your travel and quarantine plans and allow us to offer you guidance and support
- Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form
- Review the quarantine and isolation requirements set by the Government of Canada AND the requirements set by the Province of Nova Scotia.
- Read and sign the mandatory Languages Canada Covid-19 International Student Travel and Quarantine Checklist. Print a signed copy of this document to present to boarder officials upon arrival to Canada. Send a signed copy to The Language Centre by email [email protected]
- Download the ArriveCan App. This App allows you to speed up your arrival process in Canada. This App is required starting November 21, 2020. Submit your information quickly and securely using the App within 48 hours of your arrival in Canada.
- Determine and make arrangements for your quarantine and after quarantine accommodations. You have a couple options for your quarantine accommodation.
Students Living On-campus:
If you plan to live in Saint Mary’s residences for the winter term, your in-residence quarantine arrangements are included. The Language Centre will assist you in your application for winter residence.
Please note: residence opens for new students on January 4, 2021 at 9:00am Atlantic Time. If you need to arrive before this time, you must contact [email protected] to make arrangements for an early arrival (additional costs may apply).
Students Living Off-campus:
- Option 1: Quarantine on SMU campus in student residence
There are a limited number of rooms available in Saint Mary’s Residences for off campus students to complete their 14-day quarantine. Off-Campus students are encouraged to arrive on or before December 1, 2020 to secure a residence quarantine room. Only students will be accommodated (accompanying family members arrange a hotel as listed below). Rates and information about residence quarantine for off campus students can be found here.
- Option 2: Full-Service quarantine package at verified hotel
Languages Canada is currently offering a full-service quarantine package called Study Safe Corridor: TRAVEL SAFE, available to all students studying at The Language Centre. This package provides a step-by-step guide to arrange your travel and quarantine plans from start to finish. You can learn more about this package on their website or in the User Guide.
- Option 3: Self-Arranged quarantine at a verified hotel
You are able to complete your 14-day quarantine period in one of the hotels provided on this list. These hotels will ensure you have access to food and necessities without leaving the quarantine space. These hotels are offering reduced rates for students from The Language Centre / Saint Mary’s University. To book your reservation, please contact the hotel directly.
Please note: only one student (and any accompanying family members) will be assigned per hotel room.
If you have any questions about booking a hotel reservation for your 14-day quarantine, please contact [email protected]
As this is a constantly changing situation, we recommend that you visit the Saint Mary’s University website for information updates.
LIFE IN HALIFAX
Students who do choose to travel to Halifax and begin their online studies will be provided with resources and information on any available social activities and events delivered on and off campus. Depending on student registration numbers, it is possible that some academic and cultural programming at The Language Centre will be done in-person, in accordance with Public Health guidelines.