All University-funded or sponsored travel to countries outside of Canada is cancelled/postponed until further notice. This applies to students and includes international exchanges and placements.
Student safety is always our first priority.
Below we have outlined some of the frequently asked questions regarding study abroad and COVID-19.
The University of Guelph has also created an FAQ page for additional questions
Please review the section below that pertains to your situation:
Please, also check out some of the Wellness resources we have gathered for you!
After much consideration, the University of Guelph is cancelling face-to-face exchange and other study abroad programs for Summer 21 (incoming and outbound). Our students will therefore not be able to participate in any short-term summer programs offered by our partners, and will not be able to go on exchange to Australia, New Zealand or Fiji where the semester starts in July.
We anticipate that proof of vaccination will be a pre-requisite for travel and it is unlikely our students will be fully vaccinated with enough time to make travel arrangements during the summer. Travel arrangements (including obtaining comprehensive health insurance) are still difficult, unreliable and in some cases prohibitively expensive. All these factors would make the lives of students planning to study abroad in S21 very uncertain. Because students need to commit to some arrangements (course selection, housing, summer jobs) months in advance, cancellation at a later date could expose students to financial risks as well as undue stress.
On Wednesday, April 28 the Centre for International Programs made the decision to cancel the Fall 2021 exchange programs. As always, the health and safety of our students is our main priority.
There is no cancellation fee for Fall 2021 exchange participants.
You may defer your exchange to the W22 semester. However, please note that your placement is not guaranteed depending on COVID-19 protocols and travel restrictions. Also, the host institution will ultimately make decisions regarding their W22 exchange intake. If you wish to defer to W22, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 14, 2021. If we do not hear back from you, we will consider your exchange placement cancelled.
We continue to encourage students not to make any plans that they cannot change or cancel. At this point, it is too early to be able to make a decision about the W22 exchange programs. We will evaluate the winter semesters as we get closer.
We base our decisions on the Government of Canada Travel Advisories and the University of Guelph's advice, among other information. We will provide more information here, and email affected students if necessary.
Please note that due to COVID-19, all travel is contingent on Federal, Provincial, and University of Guelph travel restrictions and those of your host country. These requirements can change at any time and may include mandatory testing, quarantine, and/or proof of vaccination and could impact your ability to re-enter Canada and/or enter your host country. Until the travel situation becomes more clear, do not make any travel arrangements you cannot easily cancel without penalty. Canadian travel information can be found here.
Please remember that the mandatory testing, quarantine regulations, etc. surrounding COVID-19 may also affect the cost of your study abroad experience. These additional costs will be your responsibility to cover and you should consider the possibility that they will be costs you incur when entering your host country and upon return to Canada.
Unfortunately, due to Canadian travel restrictions and a lack of space in our residence system, we are unable to receive exchange students this fall. We hope to resume incoming exchange in January 2022.
We are sorry you won't be able to join us this fall but we hope you are able to continue your studies at home.
If you were nominated to come the University of Guelph for the F21 semester and would like to defer your exchange to the W22 semester, please contact the international office at your institution to see if that is possible and determine any steps you may need to take.
UofG Wellness Services
- Make an appointment for over the phone or video counselling through Wellness Services
- Call 519-824-4120 x53244 to make an appointment
- Or call 519-824-4120 x53444 for same-day (drop-in) appointments for urgent situations
- Visit their website for more FAQ and resources
- Check out their Finding Your SHINE Amid COVID-19 document
Urgent 24/7 Access
- Here 24/7 at 1-884-437-3247
- Good2Talk at 1-866-925-5454
- HelpPhone at 1-800-668-6868, or if you prefer texting support, text UofG to 686868
- myWellness powered by Inkblot offers online video counselling - your first session is free and your student health insurance/any family benefits can help cover the cost
Online Self-Directed Supports
- COVID-19 Anxiety:
- Anxiety Canada: My Anxiety Plan - an online resource providing self-help information for anxiety, as well as a CBT based curriculum
- Big White Wall: a free, online mental health and wellbeing service that helps people who are dealing with everyday stressors and mild to moderate depression and anxiety. This service provides virtual online peer support and self-management tools for adults and youth:
- Centre for Clinical Intervention: Coping with depression online modules & workbook and support for health anxiety
- Woebot: an automated conversation agent who helps you to monitor your mood and learn about yourself. Use the referral code ONTARIO to get local resources, if needed.
- Mindshift: CBT app for anxiety support
Please note that the CIP office is working remotely until further notice. If you need to get in touch with members of our office please see the contact list here.
If you feel the COVID-19 situation in your location is escalating and you require advice or assistance, please call the Guard.me COVID-19 assistance line:
Guard.me International Insurance COVID 19 Crisis Assistance Line
USA: +1-619-717-8549 (collect call)
Quote: Special Students CRC assistance 200227GRDME
This number will provide you with assistance related to:
- When and how to seek medical assistance
- General health and safety advice given your current location and travel situation
- Coordination of insurance benefits if you have a claim
- If required, the crisis assistant will make arrangements for/coordinate evacuation and execute transport