Acadia University is excited to welcome all new international students beginning September 2022, and we encourage all new students to review our Welcome Week page as it becomes available in June.
Please keep an eye on this page for updates!
Since January 15, 2022, all travellers must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada, unless exempt. This means that fully vaccinated students are allowed to enter Canada to attend a designated learning institution in Canada. However, if you are a minor (under the age of 18) and are not fully vaccinated, you are allowed to come to Canada if you are attending a designated learning institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory where the school is located, which Acadia University is.
For more information on travelling to Canada, please see IRCC’s COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada page.
Student VIP, in partnership with the ASU, will be administering the ASU Health, Dental and International Medical Plans starting September 1 if you are arriving for the fall semester or January 1st if you are arriving for the winter semester. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about the health plan.
Students who are arriving at Acadia University before September 1 or January 1 are strongly encouraged to consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any medical expenses you may have in Canada before these dates.
Canadian immigration laws and procedures are ever-changing, so please refer to COVID-19: Travel, Quarantine and Borders site for the most recent information. In the event of a discrepancy regarding the information provided on this website, IRCC and Government of Canada take precedent.
Learn more about considerations if you are traveling from within/entering/departing Canada.
Acadia is moving primarily to an in-person study model. Students are required to have a valid study permit and temporary visitor visa before beginning in-person studies in Canada. Without it, you will not be able to join in-person classes at Acadia.
Currently, you do not need a study permit to study online. However, if you do have classes on-line at Acadia, we strongly recommend that students apply for a study permit before beginning any online studies as there may be some risks associated with beginning your studies without a study permit.
You are required to apply online by creating an account with the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Visit the IRCC website to learn more and to start your study permit application.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to accept applications, but applications are being processed at slower rates. Processing times posted on the IRCC website are based on the normal processing times for an application, and it does not take into account any delays caused by COVID-19. Currently, there are no options to expedite processing of study permit applications. However, IRCC recently announced new measures to prioritize processing of study permit applications.
Most VACs are now operating with limited hours and services. Check the VAC’s website before you go.
For the VACs that are reopening, new health and safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If your VAC is closed and you need to contact IRCC, using the webform. Do not go to a visa office.
If you decide to defer your program to next term, you should start your study permit and temporary resident visa applications as soon as possible due to delays in processing. Please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for more information.
Choosing to join us does not guarantee your ability to obtain a study permit. If you choose to move forward with your studies without a study permit in place, you are responsible for affiliated tuition fees. Please review Acadia’s financial policies prior to making your decision.
If you cannot provide all the documents required for your study permit application, you must provide a letter of explanation stating why you can’t submit all the required documents. You must also provide a letter of acceptance from the DLI when you apply. For more information regarding this, please visit letter of explanation for any documents that are missing.
As stated by IRCC, International Student Entering Canada must have:
Please review our Travel Documents Checklist for more.