Corona: Current information on your semester abroad in Australia, Canada and the US
The corona virus is spreading and the daily developments present challenges for those who have planned a semester abroad. In order to ensure that you are always up to date regarding COVID-19, we would like to provide you with useful information about studying abroad at our universities in Australia, Canada and the US. (All statements without guarantee)
For all students currently planning a study abroad term and still needing to submit an English language test – from March 26th onwards, the TOEFL test will be available as an online test for students in some European countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy). Further information is available here.
Information by country:
Apply for your semester abroad as planned. The fall semester 2021 will take place as planned with face-to-face and online events on campus in the USA.
For students planning a semester abroad in August 2021, the following applies:
- Apply for your semester abroad as planned
- The Refund Policy at UNCW has not changed until further notice – all information on this can be found on the UNCW website. In most cases, payment is only required 4-6 weeks before the start of the semester abroad, which is usually 100% refundable if for reasons beyond the students’ control (either the US government or your government prevents you from traveling due to COVID).
- Should you not be able to get an English Test at this point in time, you can hand it in later – UNCW accepts both the Online TOEFL and the online-test Duolingo
- You will be tested for COVID-19 once you come to UNCW. Should you be tested positive, you will need to quarantine for 14 days on campus with free food. If you are tested negative, you will be able to proceed to your dorm immediately. A test from your home country has no validity – you will be tested again at UNCW. However, there will be no extra costs.
Further information and current information can be found here:
Update: Unfortunately, due to the ongoing corona pandemic, National University in San Diego decided not to offer courses on campus until August 2021. This serves not only for your own safety, but also that of the employees and lecturers. We very much regret this decision, because for some of you it means that you may no longer be able to realize your dream of spending a semester abroad in California.
Since 13.03.2020 up to and including July 2021, all face-to-face courses were converted into online courses, so the lectures continue to take place, but in a modified form. So far, it is still planned to conduct the courses as face-to-face courses on campus from August 2021 onwards. The university’s refund policy has not changed, you will of course get the fees already paid back if you cannot / do not want to start your semester abroad as planned.
Semester abroad starting in 2021:
From August 2021 onwards, National University will probably start reopening with a hybrid model, in which you will e.g. have lessons on campus once a week and once the course content is communicated via an online platform. Current information can be found directly on the website of National University: https://www.nu.edu/studentservices/nu-wellness/coronavirus/ If you are planning a stay abroad in California in fall 2021, please continue to apply to National University as planned. You can find more information about the application process here.
Students who would like to study abroad in spring 2021 have the following options:
- Postpone the semester abroad to a later start date
- Participation in online courses
Defering the starting date:
If you would like to postpone your semester abroad, please fill in the deferment form and send it to our office by email. You do not need to apply for a new visa, but can enter the US with the current visa and a new I-20 form which will be sent to you by National University.
Participating in online courses:
Please send your new or modified course choice in the form of the non-degree form by email to our office. You will be enrolled accordingly in the desired courses and will receive further information on login, course schedule, etc. on the Sunday before the course starts. You can find an overview of all online classes offered here.
If you would like to cancel your semester due to the current situation, please inform us and our local colleagues immediately about your decision. Please proceed as follows:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and inform my colleagues that you would like to return to your home country (including the date of the return flight) and that you would like to cancel your semester
- To get the money back, please state the number of courses you cannot attend due to the current situation and indicate that you would like to receive the money back
- My colleagues will then contact you and arrange the refund
- If you paid via Flywire, the money should be back in your account within about a week
To order your transcripts, please create an account through the Parchment Website found here. Once your account is created, please email ISA@nu.edu with the following information: Name, Student ID, Confirmation Parchment account has been created, Address or email address you would like your official transcripts to be sent to
The confirmation email must be received within 10 days of your last day of class to avoid any delays in processing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact email@example.com for assistance.
Please check with your home institution if they are accepting electronic transcripts and if so, it is best to send them to an official email address or to your contact person directly. Printed transcripts are currently not available due to the current situation but will be printed and send out as soon as possible.
Current information from the National University can be found at:
Updated: February 24, 2021
On October 20, 2020, the Government of Canada has reopened its borders to international students with a valid study permit studying at a designated learning institution (DLI) with a “COVID-19 readiness plan”. Students have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada and retake a molecular test upon arrival. Travellers have to stay in a government-approved hotel for 3 days to await the test result (fees paid by travellers). For further information, please visit this website monitored by the Canadian government: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/03/new-measures-for-covid-19-response.html
Update: VIU is planning for a safe return to in-person classes this fall! Information on which programs/classes will be delivered on campus is available via the timetable. Please find the official announcement here.
Students planning on enrolling in the September 2021 or January 2022 term
- Please submit your application as soon as possible to secure a spot at Vancouver Island University
- VIU is planning on offering in-person classes starting September 2021
- VIU will now be accepting CAEL Online and TOEFL iBT Home Edition tests as proof of English proficiency for admission for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Note that an in-person English test may be required for study permit applications
- We are currently accepting scans of application documents for study abroad students; only students applying for a full Bachelor/Master/EXPO will need to submit documents via postal mail
- International students traveling to Canada will have to take a molecular COVID tests prior departure and after arrival in Vancouver. They will then need to stay in a hotel near the airport while they wait for the result, before self-isolating for 14 days. Students residing in VIU residences/Homestay will be required to do so in VIU residences, students living off campus have the option to also self-isolate in VIU residences. Detailed information is available here.
- Should you be unable to come to Canada for reasons beyond your control (either the Canadian government or your government prevents you from traveling due to COVID), or if classes are only offered online, full refunds will be made (incl. health insurance). The refund amount will be less Administrative fees of $200 and any related banking charges deducted during transmission and must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31,2021. Students also have the option to defer to September 2022 or January 2023, also the application for student housing.
- If partner school requires student to cancel due to COVID : There will be a 100% refund, as per COVID policy. VIU would need a confirmation letter from the partner school.
- Our refund policy has been updated to reflect these changes.
- This only applies to students whose programs, at the time of application, are available on campus but are subsequently changed to alternate delivery
- Please visit our FAQ page for useful information
Please find more information on the VIU website:
Updated: May 17, 2021
A travel ban has been placed on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia, effective from March 20th, 2020. The Government is currently planning to open the borders for international students. The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodgedoutside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.
For students planning a semester abroad in August 2021:
- Apply for your studies abroad as planned
- If you currently do not receive certified copies from your home university, you can send us scans and send the originals as soon as you receive them
- contact us regarding your refund policy
- Bachelor and Master subjects will be offered online and some classes will be offered on Campus
- if the borders reopened to international students, students who already got a student visa may be able to enter Australia. Please note that the student visa fees are non-refundable but you are able to postpone your visa to another intake.
- according to the current status, you can enter Australia at the earliest 4 weeks before your CoE starts
- If, due to COVID-19, you cannot complete your studies within your original visa validity, you can lodge a further student visa free of charge. More information on the current government announcement can be found here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-visa
- You must be in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Australia. ICMS organizes the airport transfer and quarantine in a hotel in Sydney for you (students may be charged). After your 14 days of quarantine you will be tested twice, if both tests are negative, you can exit quarantine. If not, you have to stay at the hotel.
- If you get sick, your compulsory OSHC insurance covers the treatment.
ICMS Bali Study Abroad Experience – August 2021
If the Australian borders won’t be open in August we are offering study abroad students the opportunity to start their semester abroad in Bali.
What will be included:
- online ICMS classes in Bali
- Accommodation with other international students in hotel
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Welcome and Departure functions
- tours/activities and travel voucher from Bali to Sydney
Please apply via the European office of ICMS in Germany.
Further information and current information can be found here:
Updated: August 27th, 2021
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Our team will be happy to advise you on your study opportunities in Sydney, Vancouver Island, California and North Carolina free of charge and without obligation.