COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions

Note: Western International and International & Exchange Student Centre are operating virtually until further notice, with no staff physically in the office. However, our advisors are working remotely and ready to help you!

Please contact us at iesc@uwo.ca or +1-519-661-2111 ext. 89309 for assistance.

Please be advised that this guide is updated regularly as new information becomes available. The questions and answers provided below are general in nature and subject to change. Individual students are responsible for ensuring compliance with IRCC regulations.

For assistance, please contact one of our Immigration Advisors at iesc@uwo.ca  
 
Last updated: May 28, 2020

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New Students

Immigration, Study Permits and Visas

How do I start my study permit application?

You will need to have your official letter of acceptance before you can submit a study permit application. You will then be required to apply online by creating an account with the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Learn more on the IRCC website.

While many Visa Application Centres and Panel Physician Offices abroad are closed or have limited service due to COVID-19, applications will continue to be processed with the expectation of delays in processing. Your application will remain open for 90 days until you are able to provide the required biometrics and/or IRCC medical exam. We recommend you apply immediately for a study permit even if you are unable to travel to Canada due to travel restrictions.

Please note that IRCC continues to accept and process study permit applications to the extent possible and they are not refusing applications that lack a necessary document or miss a deadline for providing a document. Applicants are being advised to apply for their study permit with a letter of explanation for documents they have been unable to provide and to provide them when they are able to. This will allow IRCC to process other parts of an application and be able to finalize quickly when the remaining documents are provided.

Do I need a study permit to start my courses online?

A study permit is not required to start and complete programs of study outside of Canada. However, this time would not be counted towards Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility or the length of the PGWP issued.

On May 14, IRCC made temporary and time limited policy changes to the PGWPP for students starting or continuing programs outside of Canada in the spring/summer/fall 2020 semesters to have the time spent studying outside of Canada (until December 31, 2020), to count towards PGWP eligibility and length of the PGWP issued, provided that the student completes 50% of their program in Canada, meets all the other program criteria, and has a study permit or study permit approval prior to commencing their program.

If a student is not approved for a study permit before beginning their program, the time spent studying outside of Canada will not count towards their PGWP eligibility or the length of the PGWP. 

Please be aware that if you start your program before getting your study permit application approved, it does not guarantee that your study permit application will then be approved.

Will my time studying without a study permit be counted towards my PGWP?

If you start your program online AFTER your study permit application has been approved, then the portion of the program which was delivered online will be considered when assessing your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) even though you may be outside Canada, as long as this portion is less than 50%. Any study time spent online PRIOR to securing a study permit approval will not be considered when you are being assessed for the PGWP.

If you need assistance with your Post-Graduation Work Permit application and/or if your request is time-sensitive, please contact IESC for support.

I’m an international student abroad without a study permit. Can I begin my program online without coming to Canada?

Yes, International students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50% of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.

A study permit is not required to start and complete programs of study outside of Canada, however, this time would not be counted towards Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility or the length of the PGWP issued.

On May 14, IRCC made temporary and time limited policy changes to the PGWPP for students starting or continuing programs outside of Canada in the spring/summer/fall 2020 semesters to have the time spent studying outside of Canada (until December 31, 2020), to count towards PGWP eligibility and length of the PGWP issued, provided that the student completes 50% of their program in Canada, meets all the other program criteria, and has a study permit or study permit approval prior to commencing their program. If the student is not approved for a study permit before commencing their program, the time spent studying outside of Canada will not count towards their PGWP eligibility or the length of the PGWP.

Please be aware that if you start your program before getting your study permit application approved, it does not guarantee that your study permit application will then be approved.

I have submitted an application to IRCC. What do I do with biometrics and/or medical exam requirements?

All biometrics services at Service Canada are cancelled until further notice. You now automatically have 90 days (instead of 30) to give your biometrics even if your biometrics instruction letter (BIL) says that you have 30 days.

Keep visiting canada.ca/biometrics for updates on when biometrics collection will start again. When Service Canada resumes collecting biometrics, you’ll have to make a new appointment at a designated Service Canada office. You won’t need a new BIL. For medical exams, some panel physician offices may be closed due to COVID-19. You will automatically be given 90 days to complete this step. If you have a medical exam scheduled or would like to schedule an Immigration Medical Examination (IME), please contact the panel physician’s office to verify that they are still open and performing exams.

If you cannot give biometrics within 90 days, please use the IRCC Web form to let IRCC know about the reasons.

Your application won’t be refused or closed if you can’t give your biometrics or complete your medical exam during this period.

Financial Support

Will tuition be less if classes are delivered online?

Western continues to provide the core services funded through tuition and other revenue sources. In addition to your learning from instructors, Western continues to provide support services, financial aid advice and academic guidance for undergraduate and graduate students. As such, there are no changes to tuition or ancillary fees for the 2020 fall/winter term.

Are there tuition discounts or extra bursaries available for International Students for 2020-21?

At this time tuition fees remain at the same level as planned. For more information on scholarships and bursaries, please see Western's Student Finances page.

What is the International Student Bursary Program?

The International Student Bursary Program enables undergraduate international students in financial need to continue or complete their program of study at Western. Please click on the "Undergraduate" section on our Financial Assistance page for more information or visit our Remote Advising page to find out how to connect with our team.

What is the International Student Emergency Loan?

Western offers short-term loans to international students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies. The maximum loan is $500. Financial emergencies may arise as a result of medical expenses, delays in transfers of funds from outside of Canada, expensive textbooks, moving, etc. Find out more on our Financial Assistance page.

Where can I find financial resources for graduate students?

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can find information on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) COVID-19 financial support page and the SGPS funding page.

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and who qualifies?

To be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, you must reside in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number. Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents – including temporary foreign workers and international students – may be eligible to receive the Benefit if meet the other eligibility requirements.

The following conditions need to be met:

  • Must have earned $5,000in this role as reflected in 2019 T4 or T4A Must have been employed in 2020 in PT or FT role
  • Must have lost work as a result of COVID-19 closure announcement (March 15)
  • Must have worked 14 days prior to the closure
  • Applications available April 6

Applications are available now. Maximum amount is $2,000/month for four months.

Fall Travel, Arrival and Quarantine

If my study permit gets approved before September, will I be able to come to Canada in time for fall classes?

Current travel restrictions prevent students from entering Canada unless you held a valid study permit on or before March 18, 2020. Before booking your flight you will need to check the latest travel restrictions exemptions to determine if travelling into Canada is possible. Learn more about Canada’s travel restrictions.

You will also be required to quarantine yourself for 14 days and follow other travel requirements.

Should I cancel my travel plans for fall?

Western is not advising students to cancel travel plans at this time. However, this is an individual decision and dependent on Government of Canada travel restrictions and exemptions.

I have not yet booked my travel to London for the fall term. Should I?

This is an individual decision and may be based on whether travel is available to you and if you qualify to be exempted under the travel restrictions. Regardless of when you choose to book travel, we recommend purchasing cancellation insurance and/or flexible tickets to allow for all scenarios.

When do I have to arrive to complete quarantine requirements?

Individuals travelling from an international destination must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days and are not allowed to leave their self-isolation location except to seek medical care.

Detailed instructions for self-isolation: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet.html.

Any travel arrangements should take self-isolation requirements into consideration, leaving a comfortable window of time in case of travel delays or changes.

For information on self-isolation, please visit one of these links: 

English | Arabic Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese | Hindi | Korean

*For other languages please visit the Government of Canada website

Will there be a place for me to stay during my 14-day self-isolation requirements?

Western is making plans to accommodate students earlier than usual in on-campus residences to complete self-isolation requirements. This service will only be available for students who have applied to stay in residence during the 2020-21 academic year. Please visit the Residence FAQ page for details.

For those planning to live off campus, our intention is to develop similar supports. If you do not have a place to live until September 1, or that location isn’t suitable for self-quarantine, the University is looking to arrange accommodation on your behalf and exploring other services you may require. A survey to determine who may be arriving from abroad will be sent to all international students in mid-June, so that we can understand your needs and prepare to support you.

Housing

Can I stay in residence over the summer?

Select residence buildings will be open from May 1 to August 23, 2020, for all Main Campus Western students in need of accommodation. This housing has been put in place to support students who cannot return home due to travel restrictions, health, personal circumstances or various obligations. Visit the Residence website for more information. If you have any residence-related questions, email housing@uwo.ca or call 519-661-3547. 

What will happen with my residence fee if there is a delay in occupancy or termination of residence contract due to COVID-19??

We hope to resume as much as possible our normal activities in the fall of 2020. However, we must also prepare should the pandemic threaten the health and wellness of our community. See details on fees on the Residence FAQ page.

If I move into residence in September, will there be any physical distancing and disinfection measures in place?

We are taking our direction and instruction from the government and local health authorities. Enhanced cleaning of our residences is currently being planned for the fall. This includes more frequent sanitization of touch surfaces in public areas, with caretaking staff schedules expanding to seven days a week, and an extended presence beyond traditional business hours. Additional changes to food service and dining halls will also be implemented. For details, see the Residence FAQ page.

Will my residence experience be the same as those of previous years? What will residence programming look like?

In residence you will still have access to the same support and resources but in response to physical distancing measures, the way it is delivered may change. Similar to the University’s academic programs, residence programming will be delivered through a hybrid model—some in person while others might be online.

Classes & Exams

What will the fall term look like?

Teams across campus are working on developing a ‘mixed model’ for the fall that will see some of our courses (or parts of them) delivered virtually, and others face-to-face.

This model will preserve the safety of our community, carefully follow ministry and public health regulations, and preserve as much of the in-person educational experience Western is known for.

Beyond the classroom, important learning happens through experiential learning, co-ops and internships, clubs and extra-curriculars. We will work hard to provide students with as many in-person experiences as we safely can.

We will do our best to finalize fall plans in advance of June 1.

Ensuring the safety of our community will guide our planning as we follow public health guidelines and government protocols.

As planning evolves, we will keep the campus community updated through email, the COVID-19 website and our social media accounts.

IESC Events & Support

Are all IESC events cancelled?

Unfortunately, IESC in-person group events are now cancelled, however we are committed to finding ways to keep in touch! Staying connected and involved with the Western and IESC communities while you're practicing social distancing is important to your wellbeing. Find out more about our virtual events on our Stay Connected page

 Health and Medical Insurance

Will international students entering Canada need to provide proof of health insurance at the border?

No, proof of health insurance is not a requirement for study permit applications and as such there is no expectation that students provide proof of coverage upon arrival.

What does my UHIP Health Insurance Cover?

UHIP covers hospital and medical services that you might need to maintain your health while at Western. Prescription drugs and dental care are NOT covered by UHIP. 

For a full list of what is covered and not covered by UHIP, visit: https://uhip.ca/Enrollment/PlanDetails#toc2

Will my UHIP insurance support me if I get sick with COVID-19?

UHIP coverage remains unchanged, and will support diagnosis and treatment of illness. Testing for COVID 19 is covered under the UHIP plan.

Should I purchase health insurance outside of the required UHIP fee?

In Ontario, most citizens and permanent residents have another health insurance plan, not just OHIP (the Ontario Provincial Health Plan). This gives them coverage for services OHIP or UHIP doesn’t cover (e.g. prescription drugs, dental care). 
 
Western offers supplementary health insurance through the University Students Council (USC) for undergraduate students https://westernusc.ca/your-services/health-plan/ and through the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) for graduate students http://sogs.ca/healthplan/ These plans are separate from your UHIP coverage.

Graduate Students

Where can I find resources for graduate students?

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can find information and resources on their website and send any questions pertaining to research, examinations and other concerns issues to sgps_questions@uwo.ca

Where can I find information about financial support for graduate students?

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) will update this web page as it becomes available. 

Other Resources

Where can I find resources related to Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19?

Please visit the Learning Network resource hub for resources related to Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19. 


Current Students

Immigration, Study Permits and Visas

My study permit will expire soon but I’m not able to obtain all the required documents and/or biometrics. Will extensions or implied status allowances be granted for international students?

At this time, IRCC is not currently able to waive any requirements or to accept alternative documents, however you can apply online to extend your status before it expires, which will trigger implied status and allow you to continue studying and/or working (subject to the same conditions listed on their expired work or study permit) while your extension is being processed. Make sure you include an explanatory note detailing the circumstances that are beyond your control.

No application will be refused if incomplete. However, required documents must be submitted once they become available and you should submit the documents using the IRCC Web form. If no documents are submitted by the time they begin processing your application, the documents will be requested by the processing officer.

My study permit expired before March 18, but I had applied for an extension). Once my extension is approved (i.e. after March 18) will I be allowed into Canada?

Please see travel restrictions measures on “International students". Current restrictions only exempt foreign nationals who held a valid Canadian study permit or were issued a letter of invitation dated on or before March 18, 2020.

Students whose permit expired before March 18 should contact the IRCC office closest to them regarding their specific situation.

I’m a part-time international student and/or I am not registered for the summer/fall term due to COVID-19. Can I still work on or off campus and for the entire summer break if I was previously a full-time student?

International students now part-time or not registered for subsequent semesters due to reasons related to COVID-19 that are beyond their control can continue to work on or off-campus subject to the same number of authorized hours.

If the summer period was to be a regularly scheduled break, students can work full-time; if it was to be an academic session, they can continue to work off campus up to 20 hours a week.

Note, exemptions have been provided temporarily for students working in essential services to work more than 20 hours per week. Please consult the IRCC website for details.

If I am unable to complete the in-person component of my program due to COVID-19. Can I extend my study permit until I can return physically to class?

International students are advised to apply online to extend their status before it expires, thus triggering implied status and allowing them to continue studying and/or working (subject to the same conditions listed on their expired work or study permit) while their extension is being processed. Applications should include an explanatory note detailing the circumstances that are beyond their control.

Can international students return to Canada in the fall to resume studies?

If you are an international student who has a valid study permit or has been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you are exempt from the travel restrictions but must comply with specific requirements for travel and self-isolation.

For those coming from abroad who will be able to travel to Canada for the start of the term, we are making arrangements to support you during the mandatory 14-day quarantine. For those planning to live in residence, early move-in will take place between August 13 and August 18. Students will stay in residence during their quarantine period free of charge. Meal service and other supports will be available to help you settle and be safe and comfortable during this time. 

For those planning to live off campus, our intention is to develop similar supports. If you do not have a place to live until September 1, or that location isn’t suitable for self-quarantine, the University is looking to arrange accommodation on your behalf and exploring other services you may require.

A survey to determine who may be arriving from abroad will be sent to all international students in mid-June, so that we can understand your needs and prepare to support you.

I need to extend my study permit. What documents do I need from Western and how can I get them?

The type of Official Western Letter you need to request is “Visa + Intent to Register coming” which can be ordered through the Office of the Registrar. You can make the request using the virtual helpline form.

Please note: The Office of the Registrar is operating virtually. Orders requested online for mail, courier or fax will be processed. Any requests submitted for pickup will be processed as soon as possible once they reopen.

Please check their website for details. If you need assistance with your application (e.g. study permit extension, temporary resident visa) and/or if your request is time-sensitive, please contact IESC for support.

How does this situation affect my work permit?

Please refer to the Candian Immigration website's link category “If you’re a temporary resident who is unable to leave Canada.”

Financial Support

Will tuition be less if classes are delivered online?

Western continues to provide the core services funded through tuition and other revenue sources. In addition to your learning from instructors, Western continues to provide support services, financial aid advice and academic guidance for undergraduate and graduate students. As such, there are no changes to tuition or ancillary fees for the 2020 fall/winter term.

Are there tuition discounts or extra bursaries available for International Students for 2020-21?

At this time tuition fees remain at the same level as planned.For more information on scholarships and bursaries, please see Western's Student Finances page. .

What is the International Student Bursary Program?

The International Student Bursary Program enables undergraduate international students in financial need to continue or complete their program of study at Western. Please click on the "Undergraduate" section on our Financial Assistance page for more information or visit our Remote Advising page to find out how to connect with our team.

What is the International Student Emergency Loan?

Western offers short-term loans to international students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies. The maximum loan is $500. Financial emergencies may arise as a result of medical expenses, delays in transfers of funds from outside of Canada, expensive textbooks, moving, etc. Find out more on our Financial Assistance page.

Where can I find financial resources for graduate students?

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can find information on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) COVID-19 financial support page and the SGPS funding page.

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and who qualifies?

To be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, you must reside in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number. Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents – including temporary foreign workers and international students – may be eligible to receive the Benefit if meet the other eligibility requirements.

The following conditions need to be met:

  • Must have earned $5,000in this role as reflected in 2019 T4 or T4A Must have been employed in 2020 in PT or FT role
  • Must have lost work as a result of COVID-19 closure announcement (March 15)
  • Must have worked 14 days prior to the closure
  • Applications available April 6

Applications are available now. Maximum amount is $2,000/month for four months.

Fall Travel, Arrival and Quarantine

If my study permit gets approved before September, will I be able to come to Canada in time for fall classes?

Current travel restrictions prevent students from entering Canada unless you held a valid study permit on or before March 18, 2020. Before booking your flight you will need to check the latest travel restrictions exemptions to determine if travelling into Canada is possible. Learn more about Canada’s travel restrictions.

You will also be required to quarantine yourself for 14 days and follow other travel requirements.

Should I cancel my travel plans for fall?

Western is not advising students to cancel travel plans at this time. However, this is an individual decision and dependent on Government of Canada travel restrictions and exemptions.

I have not yet booked my travel to London for the fall term. Should I?

This is an individual decision and may be based on whether travel is available to you and if you qualify to be exempted under the travel restrictions. Regardless of when you choose to book travel, we recommend purchasing cancellation insurance and/or flexible tickets to allow for all scenarios.

When do I have to arrive to complete quarantine requirements?

Individuals travelling from an international destination must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days and are not allowed to leave their self-isolation location except to seek medical care. Detailed instructions for self-isolation: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet.html.

Any travel arrangements should take self-isolation requirements into consideration, leaving a comfortable window of time in case of travel delays or changes.

For information on self-isolation, please visit one of these links: 

English | Arabic Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese | Hindi | Korean

*For other languages please visit the Government of Canada website

Will there be a place for me to stay during my 14-day self-isolation requirements?

Western is making plans to accommodate students earlier than usual in on-campus residences to complete self-isolation requirements. This service will only be available for students who have applied to stay in residence during the 2020-21 academic year. Please visit the Residence FAQ page for details.

For those planning to live off campus, our intention is to develop similar supports. If you do not have a place to live until September 1, or that location isn’t suitable for self-quarantine, the University is looking to arrange accommodation on your behalf and exploring other services you may require.

A survey to determine who may be arriving from abroad will be sent to all international students in mid-June, so that we can understand your needs and prepare to support you.

Work Eligibility

I applied for my co-op work permit but currently I cannot complete the medical exam requirement?

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, some panel physician offices may be closed. If you have a medical exam scheduled, please contact the panel physician’s office to ensure that it is still taking place.

If you would like to schedule an Immigration Medical Examination (IME), please contact the panel physician’s office to verify that they are open and still performing exams. If your application is in progress it will not be closed or refused because of your inability to complete your IME in time due to COVID-19. We’ll automatically give you 90 days to complete this step. Please refer to IRCC: Medical exams for applications for detailed information.

How can I apply for SIN and/ or extend my SIN given current situation?

Applications for Social Insurance Numbers are now being accepted online and by mail. For more information on Social Insurance Numbers and how to apply in our current situation, please visit the Government of Canada website.

Housing

Can I stay in residence over the summer?

Select residence buildings will be open from May 1 to August 23, 2020, for all Main Campus Western students in need of accommodation. This housing has been put in place to support students who cannot return home due to travel restrictions, health, personal circumstances or various obligations. Visit the Residence website for more information. If you have any residence-related questions, email  housing@uwo.ca or call 519-661-3547. 

What will happen with my residence fee if there is a delay in occupancy or termination of residence contract due to COVID-19??

We hope to resume as much as possible our normal activities in the fall of 2020. However, we must also prepare should the pandemic threaten the health and wellness of our community. See details on fees on the Residence FAQ page.

If I move into residence in September, will there be any physical distancing and disinfection measures in place?

We are taking our direction and instruction from the government and local health authorities. Enhanced cleaning of our residences is currently being planned for the fall. This includes more frequent sanitization of touch surfaces in public areas, with caretaking staff schedules expanding to seven days a week, and an extended presence beyond traditional business hours. Additional changes to food service and dining halls will also be implemented. For details, see the Residence FAQ page.

Will my residence experience be the same as those of previous years? What will residence programming look like?

In residence you will still have access to the same support and resources but in response to physical distancing measures, the way it is delivered may change. Similar to the University’s academic programs, residence programming will be delivered through a hybrid model—some in person while others might be online.

Classes & Exams

How will this impact summer courses?

Western’s Summer undergraduate courses will be delivered online in the same sessions they are currently scheduled (e.g. a 6-week Intersession course will continue to be offered online from May 11 to June 26). In addition to all of the online courses the University normally provides in the summer, many courses slated to be offered onsite will be moved online as well. The Affiliated University Colleges – King’s, Huron, and Brescia – will also deliver their Summer courses online. While we know that you will have many questions about what courses will be delivered in the Summer and how they will be delivered, please note that we are working through the details and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Note that alternatives are being explored for Dentistry and Nursing courses, which cannot be delivered online. Find more information on the Office of the Registrar website

What will the fall term look like?

Teams across campus are working on developing a ‘mixed model’ for the fall that will see some of our courses (or parts of them) delivered virtually, and others face-to-face.

This model will preserve the safety of our community, carefully follow ministry and public health regulations, and preserve as much of the in-person educational experience Western is known for.

Beyond the classroom, important learning happens through experiential learning, co-ops and internships, clubs and extra-curriculars. We will work hard to provide students with as many in-person experiences as we safely can.

We will do our best to finalize fall plans in advance of June 1.

Ensuring the safety of our community will guide our planning as we follow public health guidelines and government protocols.

As planning evolves, we will keep the campus community updated through email, the COVID-19 website and our social media accounts.

I plan to return to China. How will I access online learning?

Our understanding is that OWL, Western's online learning platform, is accessible in mainland China. We are communicating with our e-Learning team and Information Technology staff to ensure they consider the needs of international users in the other tools and options that are supplied to faculty for distance learning.

IESC Events & Support

Are all IESC events cancelled?

Unfortunately, IESC in-person group events are now cancelled, however we are committed to finding ways to keep in touch! Staying connected and involved with the Western and IESC communities while you're practicing social distancing is important to your wellbeing. Find out more about our virtual events on our Stay Connected page

 Health and Medical Insurance

Will international students entering Canada need to provide proof of health insurance at the border?

No, proof of health insurance is not a requirement for study permit applications and as such there is no expectation that students provide proof of coverage upon arrival.

What does my UHIP Health Insurance Cover?

UHIP covers hospital and medical services that you might need to maintain your health while at Western. Prescription drugs and dental care are NOT covered by UHIP. 

For a full list of what is covered and not covered by UHIP, visit: https://uhip.ca/Enrollment/PlanDetails#toc2

Will my UHIP insurance support me if I get sick with COVID-19?

UHIP coverage remains unchanged, and will support diagnosis and treatment of illness. Testing for COVID 19 is covered under the UHIP plan.

Should I purchase health insurance outside of the required UHIP fee?

In Ontario, most citizens and permanent residents have another health insurance plan, not just OHIP (the Ontario Provincial Health Plan). This gives them coverage for services OHIP or UHIP doesn’t cover (e.g. prescription drugs, dental care). 
 
Western offers supplementary health insurance through the University Students Council (USC) for undergraduate students https://westernusc.ca/your-services/health-plan/ and through the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) for graduate students http://sogs.ca/healthplan/ These plans are separate from your UHIP coverage.

Internships

I am in an undergraduate internship program. I have a job offer but I cannot start my internship because my co-op work permit application is still in process and I cannot provide biometrics at this moment due to the suspension of biometrics services?

You may attempt to submit a biometrics waiver request on the IRCC Web Form. Meanwhile, please consult your internship coordinator or program career advisor about options of deferring or delaying your internships as needed.

I am in an undergraduate internship program. I am afraid that I may not be able to secure a placement due to COVID19?

Please consult your internship coordinator or program career advisor for options or arrangements of delaying your internship term, if applicable.

Graduate Students

Where can I find resources for graduate students?

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can find information and resources on their website and send any questions pertaining to research, examinations and other concerns issues to sgps_questions@uwo.ca

Where can I find information about financial support for graduate students?

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) will update this web page as it becomes available. 

Other Resources

Where can I find resources related to Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19?

Please visit the Learning Network resource hub for resources related to Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19.