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FAQs for Incoming Graduate Students to Laurier, September 2020

Updated Aug. 24, 2020

Laurier is actively planning for the fall term and looking forward to starting in September. On May 15, the university announced its overall approach to the fall — Laurier will continue to offer most courses online and virtually. We continue to work together to identify aspects of programs and activities we can deliver in person, as aligned with public health requirements and continue to monitor ongoing developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. We are working closely with public health authorities to determine when and how to facilitate a safe return to classrooms this fall. Read the University's update on planning for the fall term.

The majority of instruction for fall 2020 will take place either remotely or online, with exceptions noted below. The courses and other curricular elements that were considered priorities for in-person instruction or supervision include:

  • Experiential learning courses that take place off-site (e.g. at a placement location);
  • Research-based courses that require access to laboratories for data collection and analysis;
  • Courses that fulfil licensing or accreditation requirements; and
  • Executive-style cohort-based programs which are offered at off-peak times or alternative locations (e.g. Toronto).

Note that no students will be required to attend classes in person should they choose not to; alternative arrangements will be provided.

For more detail on each faculty’s action plan, visit the Instructional Plans for Fall 2020 webpage.

Fall 2020 Classes

Orientation and Training

Tuition and Fees

For information and frequently asked questions regarding tuition and fees for fall 2020, see the Tuition and Fees page.

Offers of Admission

Campus Tours and Visits

International Students

Information related to study permits and the postgraduate work permit program (PGWPP) is based on information available to us at the time of publication. IRCC is constantly updating its policies as the COVID-19 situation continues. Visit the IRCC website for the latest information.

Beginning Your Studies

International students may begin their graduate program online outside of Canada if they:

  • have applied for your study permit before Sept. 15, 2020,
  • have a study permit approval-in-principle,
  • have a letter of introduction, or
  • have a study permit.

If you fall into any of these situations, you may begin your studies for Fall 2020 and the fall 2020 term will still count toward your PGWP. It will not affect your eligibility to apply for the PGWP or the length of work permit you are eligible for.

Submit proof of study permit application, study permit approval-in-principle letter, letter of introduction, or study permit to gradadmissions@wlu.ca by Sept. 10, 2020.