International Students

Last updated: November 9, 2020

This page contains information that applies specifically to International Students, for more general information visit the Current Student FAQs page.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Special COVID-19 measures continue to be provided by Immigration and Citizenship Canada, to follow these updates check this page.

NEW! Processes are being introduced by the Government of Canada to support the safe and gradual entry of some international students starting October 20, 2020.  Information for students planning to travel to Canada is available here

How will online delivery impact you as an incoming international student?

Please refer to the following answers, as it pertains to your situation:

As an incoming student starting Winter 2021 with a study permit approval letter, studying overseas

Students will not have time deducted from the length of their PGWP for studies they complete outside Canada until April 30, 2021.

As per IRCC : “You won’t have time deducted from the length of your PGWP for studies you complete outside Canada until April 30, 2021”

Please find important updates from IRCC regarding international students.
The online course registration for new students will start on November 16, 2020 and each school have different start dates. Check the important dates here.

As a current student studying in Canada

You will be able to continue your studies online, without an impact to your PGWP.
As per IRCC: Students will still be able to obtain a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) if in-person classes in Canada were moved to an online-only format and you had to begin or will continue your classes online because of COVID-19. 
More information on this decision can be found here

As a current student studying overseas

If you started classes overseas between May and September 2020:
-Short term program (8 and 12 months): students can complete 100% of your program online overseas (until April 2021)
-Program that is 12 months or longer: students can complete up to 50% of your program online overseas (until April 2021)
Information on this decision can be found here.

What should I consider before registering for online learning?

You must have internet access, a dedicated study space, and equipment (laptop, desktop, webcam, microphone, etc.) required to take online classes.
You must also feel comfortable with taking classes that might be offered during late hours due to the difference in time zones. Most of the classes are offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM Mountain time (Calgary time). Click here to convert to your time zone. Watch our online video explainer to learn more.

I do not have a consistent access to dependable internet connections. Which option should I choose?

If you don’t feel that you can study online successfully, you can request a deferral to the next available intake, or request to close your application, and receive a refund. You must respond to the email requesting your preference by November 1st. Late respondents will have their applications remain in January 2021.

I am thinking of deferring but am told my application will be deferred to the next available intake. What is a “next available intake”?

A deferral means you will have a seat as soon as a program is open again for students to register. If your deferral has been approved, any fees paid will be transferred to the next available intake. 
• The next available intake for most of our programs is Fall (September) 2021
• The next available intake for Medical Office Assistant, Hospital Unit Clerk, Health and Human Services Certificates is Spring (May) 2021.

What are my options if I do not receive my study permit by January 4th, 2021?

Students are required to start their studies online with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter. Students who do not receive a study permit by January 4th, 2021 can defer at that time.

Which Courses/classes are identified to return in-person?

Select courses in our Health Care Aide, Practical Nursing, and Pharmacy Technician programs are to be conducted face to face, in accordance with Alberta Health Service guidelines.

What can I expect from my first scheduled practicum in the January 2021 semester?

Addiction studies: A portion of practicums will be in person, and a portion will remain online.
Education assistant: Students will be placed in schools.
Disability Studies: A portion of practicums will be in person, and a portion will remain online.
Early Childhood Education and Development: Practicum for first semester students will remain online.

What can I expect from online delivery?

Course delivery vary between courses and programs. Courses are identified as either Real Time Online (RTOL), Combined Online (COOL), or Anytime Online (ATOL).

• RTOL and COOL courses will have scheduled class times over MS Teams. In some cases, classes may be recorded; however, attendance to classes is expected to be successful in the course. Course content, learning activities and group work will occur over MS Teams and some classes have participation/engagement grades that include activities.  

• ATOL classes, will not have scheduled class times; however, some of the lab/skills-based courses may require attendance to virtual labs, group work and discussion, or other learning activities to meet the course requirements. Instructors will be available via MS Teams.

I am studying overseas. Can I receive a reduction in my fees?

No we do not provide fee reduction. While online classes may be an adjustment and different from what students are used to, they are an effective method to achieve the job-ready skills our students need and employers' value. Our goal is to maintain our standards in teaching and learning while balancing the necessary maintenance of our campus to ensure it is safe, secure, and ready for your eventual return. Our tuition reflects the tools, resources, digital licenses and materials required to offer educational excellence. We make all learning count and continue to shape the future of College education.

I am an international student wanting to apply to Bow Valley College.  How can I provide official documents?

Academic requirements:

You must arrange to have your official transcripts sent to us. Please review this page to find which transcripts are required from the country in which you are educated in. Please refer to Admissions and Placement testing for the use of Examity, an online proctoring service:

English language proficiency:

To qualify for admission, learners must demonstrate their language proficiency. Bow Valley College is currently accepting Duolingo tests to demonstrate English proficiency:

I am an international student; can I travel to Canada / Calgary from abroad? 

IRCC has restricted travel to Canada to essential travel.  As Bow Valley College is continuing to provide Winter courses through online channels, travelling to Canada for learning purposes is not considered by IRCC essential travel. 

Please refer to IRCC webpage on travel updates, and expectations for travelers.

I'm an international student with a insurance policy, has anything changed?

As of March 15, 2020, coverage with respect to students arriving to Calgary has not changed. Provided they are eligible for the policy and are not experiencing any symptoms on arrival, they will have coverage for COVID-19 under the terms and conditions of the policy, just like any other medical condition. 

IMPORTANT: If you are a current student and travelled outside of Canada after March 13, 2020, your policy is VOID. 

I'm an international student with a Gallivan insurance policy, has anything changed?

According to GallivanInternational students can now claim for eligible health services received in their home country for the upcoming benefit year. Claims for services eligible under your Student Health & Dental Plan, made from a student’s home country, with a date of service during the benefit year are eligible for reimbursement. Travel benefits are excluded.

The benefits will be paid based on the existing insurance policy according to the terms of the contract with all reimbursements, maximums, physician requirements, fee guide, frequencies, policy details, etc. remaining in force. Claims can be submitted using a standard claim form, once the student is back in Canada. If a student has registered for Groupnet with a Canadian bank account, they will be able to submit claims electronically from their home country.  All claims will be paid in Canadian Funds.

Please check here for more information.  

Will study and work permits continue to be processed?  

IRCC continues to process permits and has extended deadlines for applicants to provide required documentation. However, service delivery has been and will continue to be severely impacted, with many overseas missions down to essential staff, and Visa Application Centers closed, making it impossible, in some cases, for applicants to provide biometrics.

Until further notice, IRCC offices will not refuse an application for non-compliance. IRCC will continue to request additional supporting documents or necessary actions as part of the application process and will keep the application open.

Additional information can be found here.

How are longer processing times for study permits and co-op work permits going to impact my status in Canada?

Current international students who need to extend their study permit or co-op work permit should do so as soon as possible. These permits will remain in implied status, allowing them to resume their studies and co-op or practicum placements. Please refer to the College’s webpage on immigration related questions for applying.

  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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