We hope this update finds you and your family safe and in good health. As we prepare for the Winter (January) 2021 semester, we would like to share with you some important updates.
Can my student travel to Canada in Winter 2021?
The majority of Winter 2021 programs will be online. Some specialized programs will be offered partially in-person, and we will be reaching out to students in these programs individually with further information.
As of October 20, 2020, some designated learning institutions (DLIs) are now able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada. Douglas College’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the province of British Columbia and we will be able to receive international students from outside of Canada who have been approved for a study permit. Please see the list of DLIs on the IRCC website.
What is required for the student to travel to Canada?
All international students planning in travelling to Canada should clearly understand the government policy before making any travel plans. Douglas College Student Services team has outlined travel eligibility requirements and self-isolation accommodation options. Students must submit their Quarantine Plan to Douglas College at the link above in order to receive a Travel Support Letter. The ultimate authority allowing students into the country rests with the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Can my student start their studies online, outside of Canada?
Yes. The Government of Canada and Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that students may begin their classes while outside of Canada and can complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning. Please regularly check the IRCC website for additional or future updates.
What are my student's next steps?
Given that your program is confirmed to be delivered online, we understand that your students may be evaluating their options for starting classes in Winter 2021. Last week, we emailed the mandatory survey to our students and asked them to choose one of three options before Friday, October 30th, 2020.
The three options within the survey include:
1) Starting the program online (inside or outside of Canada) in Winter 2021
2) Deferring to the next available intake (Summer or Fall 2021)
3) Canceling the application and requesting a full refund of the deposit.
We understand that some students prefer to wait until classes return to a fully in-person format so we are providing some flexibility to our refund and deferral policy. Refund requests received after October 30th will be subject to our regular refund and deferral policy.
We ask for your cooperation to ensure that our students reply to this mandatory survey by the deadline. We will continue providing updates as we receive new information.
New program: Early Childhood Education Diploma
Do you have students with background in social work, education, childcare, special needs or interested in obtaining skills necessary for a rewarding career in this field? ECE program students learn to assess and guide child development, promote health and nutrition, collaborate with children (newborns through to eight years of age) and caregivers, and manage a child care setting. The 2-year Early Childhood Education Diploma includes practicum and prepares students to apply for two provincial licenses to practice as Early Childhood Educators and Special Needs Educators. For more information, contact your Admissions Officer.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Student Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding Orientation or the start of classes; or our Admissions team at dciadmissions@douglascollege.
Douglas College International Admissions Team