Information for current and prospective international students

International students

I am an ESL student unable to travel to Canada for the fall 2020 semester. Can I complete the ESL program remotely?

Yes. Our fall 2020 Pathway Programs (Intensive English Program and Intensive Bridge Program) will be offered remotely (online). Students can take the fall 2020 ESL Programs from anywhere in the world as long as they have internet access. Updated July 27, 2020

I am interested in doing the ESL program. Where can I find more information?

Please visit www.mun.ca/esl for full program details. If you have any questions, ESL staff can be contacted via email at esl@mun.ca.

I am an international student who has applied to Memorial for undergraduate studies for the May intake (spring semester) and am concerned about what happens if I cannot leave/travel to Memorial for my studies. Should I consider deferring?

Students who have applied to begin undergraduate studies for the spring 2020 semester and are concerned about impacts of COVID-19 on their travel and whether deferring a semester would impact their visa/study permit should email international@mun.ca.

If students are seeking information about academic deferrals to the following semester, they should email admissions@mun.ca.

Grenfell students: Please contact international@grenfell.mun.ca with questions about the spring 2020 semester.

I am a current international student at Memorial and I am outside Canada. Now that I can travel back, I am making plans to do so. Can my spouse/dependents join me even though they do not have study permits?

You will be required to obtain special authorization. For details, please book an appointment with Memorial's international student immigration advisor.

I am a newly admitted international student and in the process of applying for a study permit. Will the new exemption apply to me, so I can travel to Canada?

No, at this time the exemption only applies to students who were approved for a study permit prior to March 18, 2020.

I am an international student with concerns about how COVID19 will impact me - what do I do?

Please email international@mun.ca with your questions - this email is checked by the international student advisors who will contact you ASAP.

Grenfell students: Please contact studentservices@grenfell.mun.ca with questions.

I am an international student planning to return home after this semester as part of a scheduled break. Can I return home as planned?

You may do so if it is determined to be safe for you to travel home. Should you require immigration advice as it pertains to your return to Canada, please consult with the Internationalization Office’s immigration advisors, international@mun.ca.

I am an international student who is returning to Newfoundland from a country where COVID-19 is active. Can I still stay in my residence on-campus? How do I self-isolate?

Yes, you will need to self-isolate. Before you return, email international@mun.ca and await guidance for your particular situation. For information on self-isolation, visit Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19.

I am an international student that has applied to Memorial for undergraduate studies for the May intake (spring semester) and am concerned about what happens if I cannot leave/travel to Memorial for my studies, should I consider deferring?

Students who have applied to begin undergraduate studies for the spring 2020 semester and are concerned about impacts of COVID-19 on travel and whether to defer can email international@mun.ca.

Grenfell students: Please contact international@grenfell.mun.ca with questions about the spring 2020 semester.

I am an international applicant and cannot access my school or testing sites to collect necessary documents for undergraduate general admission to Memorial. What should I do?

If you are an undergraduate applicant who is unable to access official transcripts or academic credentials because the secondary school/university is closed as a result of COVID-19, email unofficial copies (in pdf format) of your supporting documents with your MUN student number to admiss.docs@mun.ca.

If you are unable to take the standardized proof of English proficiency test (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL) required for admission because testing centres in your region are closed due to COVID-19, we will review your application once your unofficial transcripts have arrived. If your application is considered admissible we will contact you regarding your alternatives.

I am an ESL student who is supposed to attend the Spring 2020 semester at the St. John’s campus. Should I defer my application?

For information regarding your ESL application, please email esl@mun.ca.

I’m an international student and I’m concerned that my insurance will not continue to cover me if I stay in Canada? What should I do?

Please reach out to us at international@mun.ca with your questions - this email is checked by the international student advisors who will contact you ASAP.

Grenfell students: Please contact studentservices@grenfell.mun.ca with questions. Updated 5:15 p.m., March 16.

I am an international student and plan to relocate to another province in Canada for the remainder of the semester given that I can complete my courses online. How does this impact my health insurance?

If you have MCP: Your MCP is valid for coverage in N.L. Leaving the Province may void your MCP coverage, which in turn will void your supplementary health (Green Shield, if you have a student union plan). Questions can be directed to nclark@mun.ca.

If you have Foreign Health Insurance with Guard Me: This insurance is not impacted by MCP. It is valid throughout Canada. Questions can be directed to nclark@mun.caUpdated June 12, 2020

How can we access services of the Internationalization Office family program?

All family programs are suspended until further notice. This includes the English Café, After-school Club, Sharing Flavors, IELTS study group, English Conversation Circles, and ESL classes for spouses.

During the next few weeks, I.O. staff will try our best to support families remotely. You can stay in touch with Camila for questions and support via email, phone or work Facebook “Camila MUN”. I.O. has also started a Facebook page called MUN Family Program for updates, resources and to stay in touch.

For Saturday ESL classes, your teacher asks that you stay in touch with her via the classroom Google Drive. She will provide class content remotely. You can also email Camila Fujiwara at cfujiwara@mun.ca. Updated 5:45 p.m., March 16.

How can I access the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP) program?

PSDP has one intake each semester. Winter 2020 intake is full but if you are interested in receiving information about next semester then please email Elena.Fenrick@mun.ca. Updated 5:45 p.m., March 16.

How can I meet with the international student advisor for career support?

Please email international@mun.ca.

How can I access MUN Mentors programming?

All in-person events have been cancelled. Up to date information for mentors will be available in Brightspace. Mentees may email Dayna Vey at dayna.vey@mun.ca. Updated 5:45 p.m., March 16.

How can I access Internationalization Office (I.O.) social programming?

All I.O. social programs are suspended until further notice. This includes the conversation café and discussion group. Updated 5:45 p.m., March 16.

What are the Internationalization Office social media addresses?

Facebook @InternationalizationOfficeMUN
Instagram @muninternational
Twitter @Memorial_INTL

Contact

COVID-19

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000