COVID-19 Graduate Student Supports and FAQ

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) staff are currently working from home and will continue to work for you as best as possible under these circumstances. Your requests will be addressed based on priority and time-sensitivity. Thank you for your patience. Please visit here for contact information.

For Student Supports and Resources, please visit here for information.

The University continues to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and Manitoba Health as they monitor, gather information, assess risk and recommend evidence-based approaches for health care providers and precautions for returning travelers.

Manitoba’s response aligns with that recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and being implemented by most Canadian provinces.

If you have concerns about contracting COVID-19, you may wish to access the Manitoba COVID-19 screening tool posted online by Shared Health Manitoba.

For more information, please visit the Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada websites. These sites are being updated regularly with up-to-date, accurate information.

(Updated October 25th, 2021)


Fall Course Delivery

The University of Winnipeg resumed in-person instruction for the 2021-22 academic year.

For more information about the details of delivery in your program, please contact your Graduate Program Committee Chair.

Remote Learning / Zoom Video Conference

The Zoom Video Conference Platform is one of the modes of teaching that will be used for courses that are not offered in-person. To access the Zoom lectures, you will need:

  • a computer with access to high speed internet
  • speakers/earphones to be able to hear the instructor
  • microphone and/or webcam to be able to participate with audio and/or video if required - text chat may be used if your instructor has enabled this function

Visit the Zoom Help Centre for a list of computer requirements including operating systems, devices, and browsers.

Please visit the Remote Learning FAQ for more information.

Campus Visitor Request

While we continue to monitor access to campus, we also recognize that there are many important teaching or research activities that are dependent on having individuals who are not employees of UW attend campus for classes, lectures, research meetings, co-curricular and other research and teaching related activities. It is essential that all approved visitors be fully vaccinated and follow the vaccine policy: https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/institutional-analysis/docs/policies/vaccine-policy.pdf.

Please fill out a Campus Visitor Request Form and send to your supervisor with the subject line "Request for Building Access for Visitors." 

Thesis Examinations

In-person thesis examinations have resumed for the 2021-22 academic year.

Supervisors may continue to schedule oral examinations to be conducted electronically using the Zoom Video Conference Platform. Please refer to the document entitled "Thesis Examinations Guideline for Video Conference Examinations for Students and Supervisors" for procedures that will facilitate the experience or contact Dylan Jones (d.jones@uwinnipeg.ca) for further information.

Please visit Zoom Training Resources for help on how to effectively use Zoom.


Student FAQ

The University of Winnipeg has resumed in-person instruction for the 2021-22 academic year.

The fall term marked the launch of a phased return to the full UWinnipeg experience with on-campus classes and labs, in-person student services, and a gradual increase in extra-curricular programming.

Please visit the University of Winnipeg's Student FAQ for the latest updates.

Student Support Services

Student Services is offering information and supports remotely. Please contact us at:

For more Student Services and Resources, please visit here.

Library Services

The library has resumed in-person services for UWinnipeg students, faculty, and staff.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM for the duration of the fall term.

Winter 2022 hours will be based on the public health situation in Manitoba and resulting campus response.

For information regarding Health Policies, Facility Access, and the current status of individual Library service areas, please visit: Library Covid-19 Information


International Students

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

Will online courses affect my Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Eligibility?

Students in Canada will not have their PGWP eligibility affected by taking online courses due to shifts in the course delivery method due to COVID-19, or if they were forced to drop the term or become part-time students in Winter/Spring/Summer term.

Students outside Canada are also eligible for PGWP if:

  • they have a valid study permit or a study permit application that is submitted/in process or has been approved.
  • they are in a PGWP eligible program that was in progress during March 2020 OR
  • a PGWP eligible program that started between Spring 2020 and December 2021
  • they complete 100% of studies online prior to December 31, 2021

 

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

Yes, attending online courses from outside Canada, up until December 31, 2021, will not affect post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility because IRCC has made temporary changes to PGWP eligibility.

The majority of classes will be offered through online delivery whereas about 35% will be offered in-person for the Fall 2021 term. Select your course carefully from the Timetable. (You will find information about course delivery method after each course title and number).

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. The University of Winnipeg recommends that you do not register in courses without a valid study permit, as registering in courses does not guarantee you will be issued a study permit.

 

If I go home to attend courses online, will I be able to return to Canada?

Yes, students with a valid study permit (Visa or an eTA, if applicable) can go home and return to Canada. Please note that the flight ban from India has been extended to September 21, 2021.

After you are registered in courses and have your travel and/or quarantine plans in place, email iirss@uwinnipeg.ca to request a travel support letter or letter of enrolment. Please do not request this more than two to three weeks in advance, as letters are tailored to adhere to the latest guidelines.

When you return, there are health and safety measures in place from the Government of Canada which may require students to complete a mandatory 14 Day Quarantine.

 

My study permit/visa is about to expire, what should I do?

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

Processing time may be longer than usual; however, submitting an application before a study permit expires triggers “Maintained Status” (previously called Implied Status) which allows 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.

 

I have been accepted into a study program but cannot apply for a Visa as office are closed. What should I do?

If you are outside Canada, we encourage you to still submit an online application as soon as you can.

Once the application is submitted, you may be asked by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to give biometrics or medical exam results.

IRCC has stopped issuing automatic extensions for biometrics and other missing documents. Special consideration may be give on an individual case basis, where their office has reasons to believe that the delay is related to COVID-19. However, an application without an official acceptance letter from a DLI would not be accepted.

We continue to advise students to submit their application once they have all required documents (Please see our GUIDE). For any temporary changes in processing due to current COVID-19 situations, visit the IRCC website.

Apply online as paper applications could delay the process.

For more information regarding Study Permits and the PGWP, please visit the International Student FAQ.

 

Global Affairs Canada Information for International Students

Global Affairs Canada’s International Education Division is pleased to provide the following information and guidance that may be of assistance to international students. The resources listed provide information on study permit-related issues, as well as travel restrictions and exemptions that may affect international students, and Government of Canada programs for which international students may be eligible.

To access their resources, please visit: Global Affairs Canada Information for International Students


Travel/Quarantine Questions

Can I travel to Canada for my studies?

Travel and border restrictions are determined by the Government of Canada.

Most full-time international students coming to UWinnipeg are eligible to travel to Canada, although 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 requirements for COVID testing and quarantine for international students who are travelling?

Students arriving direct from India:

As of September 26, passengers travelling on direct flights from India will need to:

  • obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from the Genestrings Laboratory, located above the metro station in the Airport Connect Building (ACB) at the India Gandhi International Airport
  • perform this test within 18 hours before their scheduled departure
  • present the test report with a QR code issued by this laboratory to the air operator before boarding

Alternatively, travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 can present a positive molecular test issued by a certified laboratory in India. The date of collection must have been between 14 and 180 days before their scheduled departure to Canada. 

Students arriving on an indirect route from India must provide a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.

For more details, see: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/india

Students arriving from other countries:

All travellers, whether you are flying or driving to Canada, must show proof of negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure (by air) or entering Canada (by land). Test should be of an approved type (e.g. PCR/LAMP) from a reputable laboratory recognized by the government authority in your country.

For more information regarding Travel/Quarantine, please visit the International Student FAQ.


Vaccination Questions

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend classes on campus at UWinnipeg?

Vaccination is required for all UWinnipeg students, faculty members, and staff who attend campus for learning, studying, teaching, research, or work. Review our Health and Safety FAQ for more information.

Which vaccine should I get?

Always follow the advice from your local health authority regarding vaccine eligibility, availability and timing, to choose the vaccine that is most suitable for your personal circumstances.

However, for travel purposes, travel changes announced on July 5, 2021 may exempt you from some travel and quarantine requirements if you have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.

Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

For more information regarding Vaccination, please visit the International Student FAQ.


Travel Grants

In light of the COVID -19 pandemic and the implementation of the health and safety measures that have caused either the cancellation or postponement of this season’s academic conferences, the Faculty of Graduate Studies has decided to provide the travel grant award winners with three options so that they may still use their travel grant award. This opportunity is extended to all students who won Travel Awards, whether or not they graduate before they take up their award.

  1. Reimbursement of non-refundable costs. The student would need the original receipts (conference, airfare) which would then be applied against their travel grant award.
  2. Deferment of the travel grant to use for another conference within the next academic year (before the end of August 2021). To use this option, the student would need to send us notice via email of their new destination and budget, along with a confirmation from their supervisor that the substitute conference is significant to their work.
  3. Underwriting the costs of an open access publication or attendance at a virtual conference. If you need any information regarding open access publications, please contact the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, Brianne Selman, b.selman@uwinnipeg.ca and/or Dylan Jones d.jones@uwinnipeg.ca. For some general OA resources, please visit: https://libguides.uwinnipeg.ca/c.php?g=124956&p=81728