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September (Fall) 2021 Term FAQs

Updated August 19, 2021

Q: How will the September (Fall) 2021 term be delivered?

A: The September (Fall) 2021 term will be offered primarily online, with a small number of in-person course offerings available to students who meet certain established criteria by July 15, 2021. For those students who have not yet booked their travel, received an approved visa, or still wish to continue studying remotely, these plans will also allow them to study the Fall term from the comfort of their own home.

Q: Can I apply to ICM now?

A: Yes! Admission to our September (Fall) 2021, January (Winter) 2022, and May (Summer) 2022 intakes is open. ICM continues to recommend that students apply for their Letter of Offer as soon as possible. As students will require a confirmed visa in-hand to enter Canada when in-person studies resume in the future, they should plan to secure their Letter of Offer, accept their offer, and complete the necessary steps in order to apply for their study permit/visa as soon as possible. Visa processing times are longer than usual due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Q: Does ICM require students to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: On August 19, the University of Manitoba (UM) announced additional measures being enforced in the 2021-2022 academic year to best ensure the safety of our community. These additional measures include the requirement for faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those seeking to attend campus will be required to have their first dose by September 22, 2021 and the second dose by end of October 2021. The official announcement can be read here.

As ICM hosts classes and services on-campus, we will also be enforcing this vaccination requirement for those who will be living, studying, or visiting campus. Those who are intending to teach, work, or pursue studies exclusively remotely are not required to be double vaccinated; however, are encouraged to consider it for their own safety and in preparation for future on-campus attendance. More information will follow with specifics on how vaccination declarations will be collected and how those who cannot receive the vaccine for medical or other reasons will be able to continue accessing services on-campus going forward. Further, additional information will be provided on upcoming on-campus vaccine clinics, vaccination information sessions, the list of approved vaccines that will be considered for on-campus attendance (whether it is the WHO authorized list or the Government of Canada), and more.

In the interim, if you would like more information on the COVID-19 vaccine please click here. We encourage all community members to seek getting the vaccine at their earliest opportunity to do so. All international students are eligible to obtain their COVID-19 vaccinations after being in Manitoba for 30 days. Individuals can get their COVID-19 vaccine through Manitoba Health Services or on campus through University Health Services, whichever is more convenient for them.

Q: Are visas/study permits still being processed?

A: Yes. The Canadian government is posting regular updates on its website. We encourage students to apply for their visa/study permit as soon as possible so they can avoid further delays once classes resume in-person.

Q: If I want to study in person for the Fall 2021 semester, when do I need to have received my visa by?

A: In-person registration options will be made available to students who have received their study permit/visa approval in hand by July 15, 2021, have confirmed travel plans* or already reside in Winnipeg, and provide confirmation to ICM by submitting the In-Person Fall Interest Form by July 15, 2021. Additional seats may open to students who receive their visa after this date, subject to space availability and meeting all other in-person study requirements.

*Students must arrive in Winnipeg no later than August 18, 2021.

Q: What if I do not have an approved visa in hand before July 15? Can I still study online for the Fall 2021 term?

A: Yes. We will still be offering the majority of our courses remotely (online) for the Fall 2021 term. Students who do not wish to travel to Canada for the Fall term, or who are unable to do so, are still able to study remotely this term (September-December 2021).

Regardless of your location, we want to ensure you have access to services to support you in your academic studies. This includes:

  • Online course options that are accessible in different time zones
  • Ongoing online Peer Education tutoring support
  • Expanded online student advising hours
  • Increased online student activities in early mornings, evenings, and weekends
  • Recorded webinars to access workshops at times that are convenient for you

Q: If I want to study in person, how soon do I need to arrive in Canada?

A: All students who have received an approved study permit/visa to study in Canada no later than July 15, 2021 must also arrive in Winnipeg no later than August 18, 2021. This will ensure there is sufficient time to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine period if required. Students must provide confirmation to ICM by submitting the In-Person Fall Interest Form by July 15, 2021 to be eligible for in-person registration options for the Fall 2021 term.

Note: Emergency medical insurance coverage for new students commencing their studies in Fall 2021 will begin on August 25, 2021; therefore, students arriving early must purchase additional insurance to ensure sufficient coverage for the entirety of their time in Canada. Please visit https://www.guard.me for early arrival coverage options for purchase.

Q: When will enrolment in in-person courses open for me if I meet all the in-person study requirements?

A: If you are a new student starting your studies in the Fall 2021 term, your enrolment will open on August 19 at 8:00am (Winnipeg time). Please note that only remote (online) courses will be open for enrolment at that time. Students will be required to enrol in a minimum of three academic subjects at that time to finalize their enrolment. During the week of August 23, enrolment in in-person courses will be made available to those students who met all the requirements to study in in-person sections and who have provided supporting documentation by July 15, 2021. If you are a student who meets these requirements, you will have the option to deregister from a couple (or all) of your remote courses and then register in in-person sections if available.

If you are returning to studies in the Fall 2021 term, registration will open the week of August 23 and will vary depending on which program you are in, if you paid your tuition by the deadline, and how many courses you have successfully completed to date. If you meet the in-person study requirements by July 15, 2021, and have submitted all supporting documentation by then, you will see both in-person and remote sections once your enrolment timeslot opens.

Q: I am currently living in Winnipeg but would prefer to study online during the Fall 2021 term. Is this possible?

A: Yes. Most course offerings are online this term with only a small, limited number of in-person offerings.

Q: I’m a new student. What happens to my fees if I enrol in online courses and my visa is later refused?

A: New students can enrol and study online without a visa. If a new student does not currently have an approved visa, chooses to enrol in online courses, and their visa is later refused, their refund request would be based on the refund policy for current students - meaning they would likely be charged for the courses that they are enrolled in, even if their visa is refused and they no longer decide to come to Canada. Please see our Fee Refund Policy.

A student who has enroled must voluntarily withdrawal, or VW, from their courses before the end of their third week of the term (as per the deadline in the Academic Calendar published in the Student Portal) if they do not want to be charged for the online courses they are studying. If their visa is refused after that time period, a student could still complete the courses they have enrolled in.

If a new student is worried about a visa refusal and they do not want to risk paying for online courses at ICM before they have an approved visa, they may wish to defer to our Winter (January) intake.

Q: How can ICM support me in my arrival and quarantine planning if I am permitted to travel to Canada?

A: The safety and wellbeing of all students, instructors, and staff is a top priority and as such, it is important for everyone to follow Canadian government regulations for the COVID-19 pandemic so everyone can stay safe and healthy.

ICM has an approved COVID-19 Arrival Protocol & Safe Plan. This document goes through some important steps international travellers must take while travelling and when they arrive in Manitoba. It also guides students on how to create their 14-day quarantine plan required by the Government of Canada. The document can be downloaded here. The document is subject to change and students are recommended to again download and read the latest version of the guide prior to travelling.

Eligible students who choose to travel are recommended to plan their travel during a scheduled break between terms or before their program start date to ensure their studies are not impacted. Please meet with a Student Success Advisor online using the links in your Student Portal to further discuss your arrival and quarantine questions one-on-one.

Q: I'm a new student and I’m not sure if studying online is right for me – what should I do to decide?

A: This is something every student will need to consider. In addition to the online activities designed for new students to experience the digital learning environment, there is also the option to try the online courses for two or three weeks, and then choose to voluntarily withdrawal (VW) and defer before the end of the third week of the term. If a student voluntarily withdrawals before the Withdrawal Date deadline (no financial penalty) as per the Academic Calendar, they would not be charged for the courses and would not receive any academic penalties for the term. Tuition fees would be transferred at no charge for future terms of studies with ICM.

Q: I'm a new ICM student with acceptance to the Fall 2021 intake. Can I change my start date to the next intake?

A: Yes, please request the link to the Admissions Deferral Request Form to request to defer your start date to our next intake. There is no fee to change your start date. New students can request to defer any time before the start of the Fall term.

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