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International Student FAQ

International students attending The University of Winnipeg seeking information on how UWinnipeg is responding to Covid-19 can find answers to important questions below.

Study Permit Questions

Can I attend Fall term classes online without affecting my immigration status or Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility?

If you were enrolled in March 2020 or started studies between March 2020 and August 31, 2022 (with a valid study permit or an application submitted before August 31st, 2022), you may complete 100% of your study program online and remain eligible for a PGWP. Time spent with online studies will not be deducted from the length of PGWP.

If you will begin your studies at the University between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2023, and have a study permit or an application submitted at least before August 31, 2023, you may complete up to 50% of your program of study outside Canada (taking online courses) and remain eligible for a PGWP. Academic terms completed outside of Canada until August 31, 2023, will not be deducted from the length of your PWGP as long as they account for less than 50% of your study program.

As an admitted University of Winnipeg student, you are eligible to take online courses from your home country and will receive university credit for successful completion. However, The University of Winnipeg recommends that you do not register in systems without a valid study permit, as registering in courses does not guarantee you will be issued a study permit. You will be charged tuition and fees for all courses you take, even if you receive a visa refusal. Courses that were started without a valid Study Permit or before applying for a Study Permit will not count towards PGWP length.

IRCC guidelines also suggest taking as many classes in person as possible.

If I go home for a visit or leave Canada, will I be able to return?


Yes, students with a valid study permit (Visa or an eTA, if applicable) can go home or travel and return to Canada.

Visit the Government of Canada's Covid-19 Travel page for information on travel requirements and exemptions.

My study permit/visa is expired or will expire; what should I do?

IRCC recommends submitting applications online (paper applications can delay the process).

Processing time may be longer than usual; however, applying before a study permit expires triggers “Maintained Status” (previously called Implied Status), allowing students to continue studies and work under current study permit conditions until a decision is made.

Students are encouraged to consult the reference guide on the IIRSS website for help with online applications.

Travel & Quarantine Questions

Can I travel to Canada for my studies?

The Government of Canada determines travel and border restrictions.

Most full-time international students coming to UWinnipeg are eligible to travel to Canada. However, specific conditions for your entry will vary depending on your vaccination status and the country you are coming from. Students are advised to complete the Government of Canada’s Travel Restrictions Wizard for specific details about their eligibility and conditions.

The University of Winnipeg is a confirmed Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with an approved Covid-19 readiness plan.

What are the COVID testing and quarantine requirements for international students who are travelling?

All international undergraduate students travelling to Canada are encouraged to attend the IIRSS Travel, Arrival, Quarantine Protocol sessions.

To view a recording or obtain the slides from the last session, or view dates for upcoming sessions, visit UWinnipeg's IIRSS Events page.


Vaccination Questions

Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to Canada?

If you are over the age of 18 years, you must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada as an international student. Minor students (under the age of 18 years) may enter but will be subject to testing and quarantine requirements. For full details, including a list of acceptable vaccinations, visit the Government of Canada website for travellers entering Canada.

How can I receive a Manitoba vaccination card if I was vaccinated outside of Manitoba, or don’t have a provincial health identification number (PHIN)?

As of March 1, 2022, Manitoba's proof of vaccination requirement is no longer mandatory. However, some businesses / venues may choose to continue to require proof of immunization for access.

If the vaccination you received is from a brand that Health Canada approves, you can visit the Government of Manitoba website to update your vaccination record with the Province. You can also call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) with this information if needed. After this information has been updated, you can request an immunization card online, or from the agent

On the form, choose “COVID-19 Immunization Record Request” and “You are wanting to add a COVID-19 vaccine provided out-of-province."

Are international students eligible to be vaccinated in Manitoba?

The Government of Manitoba will administer vaccines to non-Manitoba residents who have been isolating in Manitoba for at least 15 days and will remain in Manitoba for a further 15 days minimum, resulting in a total stay of no less than 30 days. 

Non-residents must meet the minimum age requirement for each drug as listed in its eligibility criteria. Temporary residents must provide proof of date of entry to Manitoba and documentation to support the reason and anticipated length of their stay (ie: student visa, work visa, immigration documents, etc.).

When attending their appointment, non-Manitoba residents (who live in Canada) must present valid photo ID and a Health Card issued by their home province/territory. 

Non-Canadians must present a valid Passport ID. 

All persons must complete the required consent form before their appointment and bring it. Please note that some state regions will not apply to non-residents and should be left blank. 

Immunization staff will collect alternate information as required during the appointment.

What do I do if I have just arrived in Manitoba and have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated yet?

Welcome! International students can book vaccination appointments immediately after arrival, as long as your stay is at least 30 days.

You are eligible to be vaccinated in Manitoba after 14 days in the province. 

Temporary residents must provide proof of date of entry to Manitoba and documentation to support the reason and anticipated length of their stay (e.g. your student visa). The vaccine is provided at no cost.

At this time, international students cannot book an appointment online. Make your appointment by calling 1-844-626-8222. Learn more about Manitoba’s vaccination program.

More Questions

Where can I get more information?

If you have questions about travel restrictions, immigration rules, health coverage, or anything else related to your studies, please get in touch with iirss@uwinnipeg.ca.

Do the above answers also apply to students applying to the English Language Program or PACE?

If you are a prospective student in our English Language Program, the answers may differ. Email ELP at infoelp@uwinnipeg.ca or PACE at applytopace@uwinnipeg.ca to confirm details relating to your studies.