Study Permit, Travel to Canada and Quarantine
Please be advised that this guide is updated regularly as new information becomes available. The questions and answers provided below are general in nature and subject to change. Individual students are responsible for ensuring compliance with Government of Canada regulations at canada.ca/immigration
Last updated: July 6, 2021
We are incredibly excited to welcome you at Huron this September! There are a few things you can do to get ready:
- Complete your study permit process
- Attend an Academic Registration Session
- Book your flight to Canada
- Complete your International Student Arrival Plan Form
Completing these steps will help us better prepare to welcome you to Huron and make sure you’re comfortable when you arrive.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, requirements for entering Canada are changing. Huron is continuing to monitor these changes and we will do our best to keep you updated as we learn more.
For the most up-to-date source of information on the requirements for travelers arriving in Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid
Want to learn more? One of our upper year international students who travelled back to Canada this year filmed her travel experience from start to end, including her Huron arranged hotel quarantine. You can watch her Vlog by clicking here. Note: This video was filmed in March, 2021 and depicts travel requirements as of that date. Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid for the most up-to-date travel requirements.
Once you accept your Offer of Admission, you can use the documents available in your Huron Application Portal account to begin applying for a Study Permit. It is extremely important that all international applicants to Huron submit their Study Permit applications as soon as possible in order to be able to arrive in Canada in time for International Welcome Week and the start of the fall semester.
To learn how to apply for a Canadian Study Permit, please click here.
In the event that your Study Permit application is rejected, you will receive a refund of all fees paid to Huron.
Yes. You can pay your tuition to Huron using any of the methods listed on this page.
Receipts will be issued to you within 2 business days of payments being deposited at Huron. Your receipt will be sent to your Western Email account. To access this account, set up your Western User ID and Password please click here. Once you’re all set up, you can log in to your Western Email account by clicking here.
Yes. Huron’s COVID-19 Readiness plan has been approved by the Government of Ontario, allowing eligible students to travel to Canada.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, requirements for entering Canada are changing. Huron is continuing to monitor these changes and we will do our best to keep you updated as we learn more. For the most up-to-date source of information on the requirements for travelers arriving in Canada is: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid
PLEASE NOTE: All international students arriving in Canada must have a quarantine plan, whether you need to quarantine or not. You will be required to submit this plan via the ArriveCan App before you arrive in Canada.
Currently, international students arriving in Canada from abroad are required to complete a 14-day quarantine and mandatory COVID-19 testing.
International students may be exempt from the 14-day quarantine, if they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Canadian Government (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)). Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada to find out if you qualify for this exemption.
Huron will reimburse all first-year international students for the full expenses of the 14-day quarantine requirement.
NEW: Starting at 12:01 A.M. EDT on Aug. 9, 2021, the Government of Canada is eliminating the 3-night government-authorized hotel stay requirement for all air travelers.
Students arriving on or after Aug. 9, will travel to London, Ontario immediately upon arriving in Toronto for their 14-day quarantine, arranged by Huron.
Please fill out the International Student Arrival Plan Form as soon as possible to provide us with the details we need to determine your potential quarantine needs and dates, as well as travel between Toronto and London. Please complete this form immediately after you have booked your flight and before booking your hotel for quarantine. Once you complete this form, we will provide you with hotel booking instructions.
Huron’s renowned International Welcome Week program provides the ultimate introduction to Canada and campus for all incoming Huron international students. Our International Student Engagement team of staff and upper year students will help you get settled by: taking you shopping for your dorm room, assist with setting up your bank account, getting a SIM card and the necessary documents to help you begin working in Canada. Then, you’ll get to enjoy a week of exciting events and programming to help you make friends, meet your Huron professors and personal advisors while exploring campus and the city of London.
All students should book their flights to arrive in Canada at Toronto Pearson International airport (YYZ) between August 15 and 17, 2021 (or as close as possible thereafter). If you are unable to arrive in Canada in August 2021 due to Study Permit Processing delays beyond your control, please notify email@example.com immediately.
International Welcome Week will take place between September 1 and September 4, 2021. Huron plans on offering International Welcome Week programming in a hybrid form (both in-person as well as virtual components) to accommodate all international students who may still be completing a quarantine or who are unable to travel due to Study Permit delays. A registration form to participate in International Welcome Week will be sent to you at the start of August 2021.
All students are expected to be on-campus, in-person, to begin classes on September 8th. If you cannot travel to Canada before this date due to Study Permit processing delays or travel restrictions, you must complete this form (hyperlink: https://huronatwestern.ca/future-students/international-student-accommodation-request-form/ ) to request a temporary academic accommodation for remote learning options until you can come to Canada.
No. We understand matters like these are out of your control and that waiting another whole year to start your university experience is highly undesirable.
All students are expected to be on-campus, in-person, to begin classes on September 8th. If you cannot travel to Canada before this date due to Study Permit processing delays or a flight ban, you must complete this form (hyperlink: https://huronatwestern.ca/future-students/international-student-accommodation-request-form/ ) to request a temporary academic accommodation for remote learning options until you can come to Canada.
Before travelling to Canada, it is mandatory that you download the ArriveCAN app and enter your travel and contact information, quarantine plan, and COVID-19 symptom assessment prior to boarding your flight. A border services officer will request to see your ArriveCAN receipt.
Students must bring a valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows that you were approved for a study permit.
As of January 7, 2021, all international travellers will also be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
At the airport, airline officials will require you to present your negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding. As always, we recommend students travel with the following items on their person (not in checked luggage):
- Valid Passport and Canadian Temporary Resident Visa and/or an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) (if applicable)
- Negative COVID-19 test
- Study Permit OR Letter of Introduction issued by the Canadian Visa Office that approved your Study Permit
- Your original letter of acceptance from Huron
- Proof of funds
- Medical and immunization (vaccination) records, prescriptions and medications
- Money and a credit card (note: you will not be able to set up bank accounts or credit cards while in quarantine, so it's important you have a means of paying for essential needs such as medications and food)
- List of important phone numbers
- If applicable, any documentation you may be received showing you have received a COVID-19 vaccine (including type of vaccinate and date of administration)
For the most up-to-date source of information on the requirements for travelers arriving in Canada, check out the following websites:
- Government of Canada, COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid
- Preparing for Arrival in Canada as an International Student: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/prepare-arrival.html
- Flying to Canada Requirements Checklist: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying
As of February 15, all students travelling from abroad by air to Canada are required to have COVID-19 testing a total of four times:
- 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure you will need a PCR test.
- After arriving in Canada, you will be required to take a test before leaving the airport. Following the arrival test, you will need to go to your reserved hotel to await test results.
- At the airport, you will also be provided with a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to use for your test on day 10 of your mandatory quarantine.
- At the end of your 14-day quarantine period you will require another test to be completed.
These measures will ensure that by the time you arrive on campus, our entire community will be safe and healthy. Visit the Government of Canada website for more information.
Accompanying family members of international students are subject to entry restrictions at this time. Please visit the Government of Canada website for more details.
As such, your family members will not be able to travel with you and join you during the quarantine arranged by Huron. Rest assured, you will be in constant contact and care with Huron’s international student support team throughout the process. Our International Welcome Week program is designed to fully provide you with all the essentials you need to set up your life in Canada, without the need for any family members to accompany you.
Every year, most international students arrive to Huron without their parents due to the comfort and peace-of-mind provided by Huron’s renowned International Welcome Week program.
Students on campus and in London are encouraged to use Western's on-campus testing clinic. It is free and no appointments are necessary. See Western's COVID-19 Testing webpage for hours and location.
Testing is also provided free of charge at off-campus assessment centres across the City of London.
You have access to COVID-19 screening free of charge, regardless of UHIP/OHIP status. You should provide your UHIP card if asked. UHIP covers emergency services and hospitalization related to COVID-19. For a full list of what is covered and not covered by UHIP, visit: https://uhip.ca/Enrollment/PlanDetails#toc2
If you are wanting coverage for services not covered under UHIP (e.g. prescription drugs, dental care) supplementary health insurance through the University Students' Council (USC) is available for Huron students and included in your ancillary fees https://westernusc.ca/your-services/health-plan/
Yes. The University of Western Ontario will operate an on-campus vaccination clinic later this summer, as soon as vaccines are available, to accommodate first and second doses for students, staff and faculty.
We understand that these extraordinary circumstances are beyond your control – your admission to Huron will not be impacted.
For students pursuing the IB Diploma or A-Level Curricula: if your school does not hold exams in May 2021, we will accept the alternative final results issued by the IBO or your examination board.
For students pursuing the CBSE/ISC Curriculum: due to the delay in Class XII examinations, Huron will issue you with your final, unconditional Offer of Admission letters to allow you to apply for your Study Permit immediately, instead of applying after you receive your Class XII examination results. In order to receive these letters, you must accept your Offer of Admission and pay your Admission Deposit.
For further questions or guidance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.
The deadline to accept your Offer of Admission is stated on your Huron Offer of Admission letter. To accept Huron’s Offer of Admission, you must both:
- Confirm your offer through your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre account (www.ouac.on.ca). If you have submitted your application directly to Huron, please confirm your attendance on your Huron Application Portal.
- Pay your $1,000 Admission Deposit by clicking here.
The admission deposit will be applied to your student account and credited towards your overall tuition fees. Paying an admission deposit allows your spot at Huron to be held and secured. This admission deposit is non-refundable. However, a full refund of all fees paid to Huron including this deposit, will be issued to you if your application for a Canadian Study Permit is rejected, or if you do not meet the conditions of your Offer of Admission.
Yes. Your International Entrance Scholarship can be increased up to a maximum of $15,000 per year ($60,000 over four years). There are two options available for you depending on your needs:
Supplemental Application for International Entrance Scholarship – At Huron, we care about leadership and character as much as academics. By submitting this scholarship application, we can consider you for further scholarship on the basis of your community, extra-curricular and leadership achievements. You can find the application form and further details by clicking here.
Huron International Financial Aid Form – We’re proud to be one of the only universities in Canada to offer scholarships on the basis of financial need, rather than just merit. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has created financial challenges for families around the world. If your family is facing difficulty budgeting for your Huron education, we’re here to lend a helping hand. Contact your International Admission Advisor for support and guidance on how to apply.
Your personal International Admission Advisors are always available by email, WhatsApp, and WeChat to answer any questions you have. You and your family are also welcome to book a one-on-one call with any member of our team using the links below
Tuition, residence, and meal plan fees can be paid in full, or in two instalments. For international students opting for the instalment method, the first instalment is due by August 2, 2021. The second instalment (full remaining balance) is due by December 3rd for all students. Please refer to your online statement of account for exact instalment amounts. A full list of payment methods available to you can be found by clicking here.
In the event of a Study Permit application rejection, we will refund all tuition and fees paid to Huron. Please visit our Money Matters page for further information.
Yes. To experience our virtual campus tours, please click here.
Yes. To chat with current Huron students and ask them any questions, please click here.
You can also watch our virtual coffee chats with Huron students and professors for first-hand information about your program, or watch our Alumni Masterclasses to learn more about careers after Huron. Click here for the recordings.
Classes, Campus and Residence
Yes. Huron will be resuming in-person learning and on-campus operations in September 2021.
With mass vaccinations underway in Canada, our spacious campus facilities and our COVID-19 Readiness Plan officially approved by the Government of Ontario, we are fully prepared to ensure the safe return to campus for you and the entire Huron community.
At most universities in Canada, your first-year classes will consist of anywhere from 200 to 1000 students per class. This does not happen at Huron. One of the biggest advantages you’ll have at Huron is that our selective admissions process ensures our students experience an average class size of only 33 students per class. Combined with our extensive and spacious classroom facilities, this means Huron is naturally suited to ensure a perfectly safe classroom environment that fully complies with public health guidelines.
Thanks to our unique model, we are one of the best positioned universities across Canada to return all our classes, not just a few, to in-person learning safely. Huron continues to follow all guidance and regulations in place by local Public Health authorities, to ensure a safe and healthy return to campus for all members of our community.
We are implementing a number of safety protocols in anticipation of your move-in to residence. These includes: single room occupancy in residence, assigned washroom and showers spaces, reduced occupancy in washrooms and common areas, mask requirements for any students when outside of their residence rooms, a no guest policy for our residence, reduced occupancy in the dining hall, and organizing “cohorts” of students to adhere to government guidelines for limited indoor gatherings. Residence common areas (washrooms, hallways) will be cleaned and sanitized more frequently, hand sanitizer stations will be placed everywhere around the campus, and there will be ongoing screening, rapid testing and check-ins with students to ensure we monitor symptoms and overall health of our community.
To receive the online Residence Application and for any related questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you arrive late to Residence due to Study Permit processing delays beyond your control, Huron will pro-rate your Residence and Meal Plan fees. This means you will only be charged residence and meal plans fees from the month in which you arrive. For example, if you have to arrive on October 14th due to delays in Study Permit processing, the fees charged will be based on 1 October 2021 to 30 April 2022 only. You will not be charged for September.
The Huron Roommate Matching Program is being offered to assist September 2021 students with finding compatible roommates for living Off-Campus in the London, Ontario area. The Roommate Matching Program is completely optional, but is intended to match students with several other students with similar interests and lifestyle preferences. If you are interested in participating and wish to receive potential roommate matches for Off-Campus living, please complete the form at the link below by no later than May 1. Results, as well as contact information for your potential matches, will be shared with participants by May 15.
Join one of our many Academic Registration sessions being held between June and August, where you'll meet your Academic Advisor for personalized support with the course selection process. Find more information by clicking here.