New graduate students

Congratulations on your admission to Memorial University of Newfoundland. We know you may have many questions. We have provided the information below to help you with your planning and preparation for the start of your graduate program in the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. For general information on steps to take as a new graduate student, please refer to the New Graduate Student webpage. For further updates and other important updates related to covid-19 planning, please refer Memorial University’s Information Hub. Regardless of the method by which programs are delivered, we want to assure you that Memorial will continue to maintain the very high quality of graduate teaching, supervision, and student experience that we are known for. We will also try to be as flexible as possible so your experience as a graduate student at Memorial remains excellent despite the circumstances.

General information (updated February 17, 2021)

  • Information on the Spring 2021 semester can be found here. We expect all graduate programs will continue to be offered in some way in the Spring 2021 semester, although some graduate students might not be able to commence certain research depending on the restrictions in place.

  • Graduate courses will be offered primarily through remote delivery. Memorial’s academic units and Centre for Innovation, Teaching, and Learning will provide resources and support to make your remote learning experience one that is positive and fulfilling. The courses will be of high quality and taught by Memorial’s excellent faculty and instructional staff. If you have questions regarding the courses offered in Winter 2021 for your program, please contact your Graduate Officer.

  • We realize for many graduate students who start their programs remotely, you might have concerns about studying in a different time zone. Memorial’s academic units and CITL have worked to ensure the course content is accessible to you.
  • For graduate students conducting research and taking courses remotely, faculty and staff in your academic units, the School of Graduate Studies, and other service units will continue to support you regardless of where you are. Our professional and academic workshops are already being offered online, and we will continue to build on our supports so they are responsive and meaningful to you while you study remotely.

  • There are currently travel restrictions in place for individuals entering the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, with some exceptions (please refer to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website for more information). Some new or current graduate students may wish to travel to campus, depending on personal circumstances and/or conversations with their supervisors. If you are living in Canada, but outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, or if you are living internationally, you must comply with rigorous quarantine plans. For more information, please register through the Internationalization Office website.
  • We are committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives in graduate education. If you identify as an equity-seeking person and if there is a way we can support you then please contact the Dr. Aimée Surprenant, Chair of the SGS committee on diversity.

  • For information on how to register, pay fees, and other important steps, please refer to the New Graduate Student webpage. Please note that registration for graduate students for Spring 2021 opens on April 12, 2021 and closes on May 24, 2021. The deadline for fees payment for Spring 2021 is May 10, 2021. The last date to request a deferral of an admission offer for Spring 2021 is May 31, 2021.

  • We will be updating this page regularly and providing further updates by email at regular intervals to newly admitted graduate students. We will also be arranging online meetings with new graduate students prior to the start of your graduate program. Please keep an eye out for the invitations by email. You will also find on our website important information on MUN 501 (online graduate orientation), the Graduate Commons (our online community for graduate students), and recordings of information sessions for new graduate students.

Graduate students in research programs (updated February 17, 2021)

  • As a leading teaching and research university, Memorial is home to some of the top scholars in their fields and finest supervisors in the nation. We are committed to making your learning experience as a graduate student a positive one. Wherever possible, Memorial will be as flexible as possible to ensure you are able to commence your program.

  • If you have been newly admitted to a research program (i.e., requiring a thesis), we would encourage you to contact your supervisor to discuss options regarding the commencement of your program.

  • For many research students, it may be possible to commence research remotely with the help of your supervisor. For others, you may wish to discuss the possibility of commencing your program by mostly taking courses in the first semester and focusing on other activities (e.g., literature review) that can be done remotely (and deferring research to later in the program). If upon discussing with your supervisor it is not feasible to commence your program, you may wish to ask your supervisor for a deferral of admission by the appropriate deadline.

  • Memorial will maintain its commitment to graduate student funding. For graduate students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada or international students but residing in Canada with a Canadian Social Insurance Number, funding and graduate assistantships will be paid in the normal way.

  • For international graduate students who are starting their programs remotely outside of Canada and without a Social Insurance Number, graduate funding will be paid directly into their student account on a biweekly basis. This will ensure graduate students are not accruing fees while pursuing their programs. When at a later date it is possible to arrive in St. John’s or Corner Brook to complete their programs, those graduate students will be issued the remaining funds owing for the academic year (these funds cannot be released any earlier). Whenever possible, graduate assistantships (i.e., employment) will be reserved for international students for later in their programs. If the graduate assistantship is not possible, this amount will be paid as a fellowship later in the program.

  • Memorial University is committed to the goal of phasing in of access to on-campus research spaces, fieldwork and face-to-face interactions with research participants while ensuring the health and safety of Memorial’s students, staff, faculty, research participants and collaborators, as well as the broader community in which Memorial exists.

  • There are three levels (RED, YELLOW, GREEN) of increasing access to on-campus research spaces, fieldwork and face-to-face interactions with research participants. Each level is represents a risk level ranging from low to very high risk associated with normal on-campus activity (the total teaching, research and administrative activity) and external conditions (e.g., public health directives) and internal conditions (e.g., cleaning capacity, feasibility for physical distancing, education and screening protocols, limitations on the operations of key research support units) that effect that extent to which on-campus research activities, fieldwork and face-to-face interactions with research participants can be undertaken. The Vice-President Research will assess the capacity for the St. John’s campus to move between activity levels with consideration to the level at which the province is operating. For the St. John’s Campus, we are currently operating at the RED level. This framework can be found online. Further information can also be found on the Memorial University’s Information Hub.

International graduate students (updated February 17, 2021)

  • Memorial is widely acknowledged as one of the best universities in Canada in terms of international graduate student experience and supports. While you may commence your graduate program remotely, we will continue to support you in and outside of your degree program to ensure you have the best possible experience as a graduate student.

  • If you are a newly admitted international graduate student, you can remain in your home country while courses are being offered remotely. If you are completing a full degree online (with no intention of coming to Canada to complete your degree), then a study permit or a letter of introduction from IRCC (LOI) is not required to register. There are currently travel restrictions in place for foreign nationals to enter Canada, with some exceptions. Please refer to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for updates on travel restrictions and exemptions.

  • If you intend on coming to Canada at some point to complete your diploma or degree, please apply for a study permit immediately through the IRCC website. You may apply for a study permit online even if the Visa Application Centre near you is closed. You’ll find detailed instructions on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. You’ll also find information specific to MUN graduate students on this page. After you apply, you may be asked to submit documentation (e.g., medical exam) or information (e.g., biometrics) that might not be accessible at this time. We are advised that IRCC will account for these delays and hold onto your application until a time that you can provide all the necessary documentation. Once you have received confirmation of study permit approval (in principle or final approval), please email the confirmation from IRCC to sgs@mun.ca and reference your MUN student number in the email. 

  • International graduate students are encouraged at any time to consult with one of MUN’s immigration advisors and their graduate officers about their options. We would also encourage you to participate in the Internationalization Office’s weekly online immigration advising sessions. If you decide to register or remain registered for the Spring 2021 semester without confirmation of study permit approval (in principle or final approval), you may continue to take courses but please keep in mind you may not be able to come to Canada at a later date to complete your degree.

  • International students are automatically enrolled the mandatory Foreign Health Insurance plan upon registration. If you are studying outside of Canada, you must opt out of this insurance. Please visit the Internationalization Office website for more information on the opt-out process and deadlines for each semester.
  • International students are also automatically enrolled in a mandatory dental insurance upon registration. If you are studying outside of Canada, you must opt out of this insurance prior to the appropriate deadline. Please visit the Graduate Students’ Union website for information on the opt-out process and deadlines for each semester.
  • Some new international graduate students may wish to travel to campus, depending on personal circumstances and/or conversations with their supervisors. There are currently travel restrictions in place for individuals entering the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, with some exceptions (please refer to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website for more information). If you are living in Canada, but outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, or if you are living internationally, you must comply with rigorous quarantine plans. For more information, please register through the Internationalization Office website.

  • Effective Feb. 22, 2021, international students must adhere to new steps implemented by the province, in addition to the current protocols, for arriving in Newfoundland. Please ensure to review all current travel requirements before planning your arrival at Memorial. If you have questions or concerns please email international@mun.ca with the subject heading “Self-Isolation” so your message can be properly directed.

For further information

  • If you have specific questions regarding your graduate program, please do not hesitate to contact your Graduate Officer for further information and advice.

  • If you are an international graduate student (newly admitted or current) and have questions about your study permit, PGWP, or immigration matters in general, please don’t hesitate to contact the Internationalization Office.

  • If you have any general questions as a newly admitted or current graduate student, we are here to help you. Please email us at sgs@mun.ca. You’ll get an immediate response.

Contact

School of Graduate Studies

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