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International Students

Updates made to this page
  • Tuesday, August 18: Added self-isolation resources for students under FAQs

International Students

Assiniboine understands you may have questions as a current or future international student in these changing times. We have answered a range of frequently asked questions for both current and future international students. If you require further information, please email the International office team at international@assiniboine.net, and they will endeavour to respond to your email promptly.

Campuses: Student Access

  • Please see the most recent information regarding access to Assiniboine’s Victoria Avenue East campus on the COVID-19 Updates page.

COVID-19 Readiness Plan

Current International Student FAQs

Do I need to quarantine after arriving in Manitoba?

You may need to quarantine if you arrive in Manitoba from outside of Canada or certain regions within the country. More information is available to assist you in this PDF.

I need assistance with academic planning. Who should I speak to?

Contact your School office to talk to your Student Success Advisor (SSA) or program chair. The SSA and program chairs work closely with Assiniboine International to support students. Please find appropriate contact details under the FAQs on our Student Resources page.

Will I still have health insurance coverage?

If you are currently registered at Assiniboine, please check your college email account and re-read the email that you received from guard.me International insurance approximately one month after your 2019-20 program start date. This email will have your unique policy number and claims information. Please note: guard.me has confirmed that students with an existing policy will have coverage for COVID-19 under the terms and conditions of the policy. You can also read additional information about health coverage on our website.

Now that I’m no longer in face-to-face classes, will this impact my eligibility to study or work?

Your eligibility to study and/or work will continue as before. Even if your class schedule has changed as a result of COVID-19 and you are no longer on campus for classes, please refer to the dates noted in MyACC. Your student status has not changed and your eligibility to work part-time has not changed. Please view the latest information from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada here.

Can I work full-time off-campus when my in-person classes are finished?

No, you are still a student for the full dates listed in your MyACC. You are only permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. The only two exceptions are: a) If you have an on-campus job, you can work more than 20 hours per week in total (on- and off-campus) b) If you have paid work in a college practicum or co-op, for credit, authorized in advance by the instructor, and if you have a “co-op work permit”.

Who do I talk to about admissions/application/program availability?

Please email the International office team at international@assiniboine.net.

Who do I talk to about course registration or payment questions?

Please contact the Registrar’s Office via the following methods: Call: 204.725.8701 or toll-free 800.862.6307 ext 8701 Email: admissions@assiniboine.net

I’m finished my program, when can I get my letter of completion?

The original end date of the program applies. After the end date of all courses as shown in MyACC has passed and when all grades are showing in MyACC, you may request the completion letter through your MyACC account only.

Please note there is a fee for this. Completion letters are usually processed within 3-5 business days after received and will be mailed to the address noted in MyACC.

Future International Student FAQs

I was accepted into a program with an original start date of May 2020. Will my program start later or be cancelled?

Students who were accepted to start in programs with an original start date of May 2020 have been impacted. Accepted students received a letter, by email, from the Registrar’s Office on or before March 27, 2020 about the change to their specific program. However, any new start dates are tentative only, so start dates could change again. Assiniboine continues to monitor the situation and respond with measures consistent with the Province’s recommendations for educational institutions. All changes will be communicated directly to students at the email address on the student’s application.

Where do I find Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) information about travel to Canada?

Please find the most up-to-date IRCC information about travel restrictions here.

Should I book my flight to Canada to begin my spring/summer program?

No, do not book travel to Canada or Manitoba at this time. Assiniboine continues to monitor the situation and respond with measures consistent with the Province’s recommendations for educational institutions. Future changes to start dates are possible, please wait until the Registrar’s Office emails you a letter with confirmed (not tentative) dates for your program. All changes will communicated directly to students at the email address on the student’s application.

When the Registrar’s Office contacts you about your program, please use this IRCC link about travel restrictions. If IRCC restrictions will allow you to travel to Canada, please seek out the most up-to-date information here for current travel advice and isolation requirements related to COVID-19.

I have applied to study English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in May and am conditionally accepted to another program for September 2020. What happens if I cannot study English in May?

At this time, we have a tentative start date in June for the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Accepted students received a letter, by email, from the Registrar’s Office on or before March 27, 2020 about the change to the English for Academic Purposes program. However, that new start date is tentative only, and could change again, if you are unable to attend or complete EAP, you will lose your conditional acceptance for September 2020.

I am currently scheduled to begin my program in May 2020; will I have health insurance through the college when I arrive in Canada?

The college strongly recommends students obtain health insurance which is active before departing their home country, see guard.me early arrival insurance as one option. You can also read additional information about health coverage on our website.

I have been accepted to a program starting in September 2020. Are these programs still going ahead?

At this time, Assiniboine is planning to offer programs in fall 2020. This may change as the college continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Assiniboine will provide updates to applicants as needed.

I have been accepted to a program which starts in September 2020. Can I defer my acceptance to January 2021 if I am not able to enter Canada?

If you choose not to attend a program in September 2020, please email international@assiniboine.net as soon as possible, and before July 15, 2020 to discuss your options for deferral.