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.
UPDATE July, 14 2020: The US embassies and consulates worldwide are gradually resuming their operations. According to an official announcement by the U.S. Department of State the U.S. visa services are gradually beginning to resume operations in their individual state representations. Unfortunately, we do not have any more detailed information at this time. Please refer to the press release for further information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/phased-resumption-routine-visa-services.html
Since March 13, 2020, a travel ban has been put in place for citizens from the Schengen area into the United States. This means that all students from the affected area cannot enter the US during this time to start their semester abroad.
Current information on the immigration 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 January 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 December 2020, 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 January 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 January 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 2021, please continue to apply to National University as planned. You can find more information about the application process here.
Are you already applying at National University? Hand in either one of the usual English test or one of these two options: Online TOEFL or the Duolingo English certificates – they will be accepted if the test date is before January 2021.
Students who would like to study abroad in 2020 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: July 21, 2020
For students planning a semester abroad in August 2020 or January 2021, the following applies:
- Apply for your semester abroad as planned
- The winter semester is starting Aug 17 as planned with Please be aware that the academic calendar has undergone minor changes. Find changes here.
- 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
Further information and current information can be found here:
As of March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada has banned foreign nationals from entering Canada. For further information, please visit this website monitored by the Canadian government:
Students planning on enrolling in the September 2020 or January 2021 term
- Please submit your application as soon as possible
- Should you currently be unable to obtain certified copies from your home institution, please send us scanned copies of your application documents
- Study abroad students: should you be unable to sit an English language test, please submit your English Proficiency Test results by July 31, 2020 (for fall 2020) / November 30 (for spring 2021) – both online TOEFL and Duolingo are accepted by VIU
- VIU is transitioning to a hybrid education model for the September 2020 intake. You can find an overview of which programs are offered online/which offer face-to-face classes here. For more information on hybrid delivery, please click here.
- International students traveling to Canada will be required to self-isolate 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), full refunds will be made (incl. health insurance). Students also have the option to defer to January 2021 or September 2021, 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.
- If there are no travel restrictions and partner school allows student/parent to make the decision whether to start the semester at VIU, and there are no COVID-related medical grounds, up to 75% refund will be granted.
- 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 on your program start in fall 2020
Please find more information on the VIU website:
Updated: June 23, 2020
A travel ban has been placed on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia, effective from March, 20th 9pm. 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 who are currently at the International College of Management, Sydney:
- Transition to Online Study from Monday 23 March
- All lectures will be offered on Zoom and Moodle until the end of the year
- All ICMS Master’s degrees in July are offered online. Students have the flexibility to start their ICMS journey online in their home country and come to Australia when the boarders are open
For students planning a semester abroad in September or October 2020:
- The start date for the upcoming Bachelor trimester and Master semester at ICMS will be postponed to November for international students.
- 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
Further Information on the November intake:
- the November Intake begins on October 26 with the orientation week and ends in the first week of February. A semester break will take place between December 21, 2020 and January 3, 2021.
- If you are unable to start in November, you can study online in September (Bachelor) or postpone your semester abroad to any intake 2021.
- We are offering all subjects from the first Bachelor and Master year (Bachelor: courses with course code 100, Masters: courses with course code 600) and a limited selection of Bachelor subjects from the higher Bachelor trimester. As soon as we have the information about which courses this will include, we will let you know.
- The borders are expected to be reopened to international students in the coming weeks, therefore we recommend that you apply for a student visa as soon as you received your CoE (visa applications are likely to be processed after the date of submission). This means when borders re-open, you will already have a visa and be able to make arrangements to travel.
- according to the current status, you can enter Australia at the earliest 4 weeks before your CoE starts
- If you later want to move your studies from November to February or another intake, there is a possibility that you will have to repeat the visa request and pay again.
- 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.
Further information and current information can be found here:
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