We care for our students and will continue to provide support during this unprecedented and evolving situation.

These FAQs are specific to international student questions. Please check the other FAQ pages for general student questions and Continuing Studies programs. If you can't find an answer on these pages, please email covidquestions@langara.ca.

Don’t forget to check out our Mental Health & Well-being page to see the supports available to you.

General Questions

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, registration for Summer 2020 courses (originally scheduled to begin on March 23rd), was temporarily postponed while the College worked to develop a plan for online delivery of our courses.

Summer 2020 course registration will now begin on April 6, 2020.

Most courses will be delivered fully online with no on-campus components. Exceptions to this include practicums for Nursing students, as well as some co-ops. Courses will begin on schedule, starting May 4, 2020.

  • Before you can register, log in to your Student Information System to activate your new registration date and time for Summer Semester 2020. Activation will be available beginning on March 30.
  • If you had previously activated for Summer, you will need to do this again.
  • International students who have already paid the commitment fee for Summer will not need to pay again.

Please refer to the Important Dates page for information on fee payment deadlines, drop dates, refund deadlines, etc. Current course schedules are available from the Course and Exam Schedules page.

Thank you for your patience during this time of change. 

International Student Coordinators are available during regular office hours via email and phone. 

Each International Student Coordinators serves a different market of student but all are free to answer questions and provide support to students. If you aren't sure who your ISC is, contact information is available online.

We understand that many banks have limited hours, and as our Student Accounts Office is temporarily closed, fees must now be paid through online transactions. Here are some options:

Flywire
Fees can be paid in foreign currency as an online payment to Langara College. In select markets, other payment options are available.
Flywire

Online Banking
If you have an account with a major Canadian bank, you can select Langara College as a payee through the Bill Payment screen and use your 9 digit Langara Identification number as your account number.

Student Information System

To pay the commitment fee:

  • Click "Student Menu"

  • Click "Commitment Fee Payment" to select the semester and amount of payment

  • Follow prompts to complete payment.

To pay tuition and fees:

  • Click "Registration"

  • Click "Account Balance and Payments" and select the appropriate semester

  • Follow prompts to complete payment.

If you are having problems logging into the Student Information System, please email international@langara.ca. Please include your full name, your student ID number, and an explanation of the problem.

Effective March 25, it is mandatory under the quarantine act that anyone arriving in British Columbia from outside of Canada self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon their arrival. Returning travellers that develop respiratory symptoms are also required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days after the onset of symptoms, or when the symptoms resolve, whichever is later.

We will not be able to provide homestay accommodations and some housing options will require students to make arrangements during the self-isolation period before moving into a new residence. It is critical that students make appropriate housing arrangements before arrival.

If you have any further questions on this, please contact your international student coordinators

Current Students

Yes, The GuardMe health plan covers “COVID-19” as it is no different than any other emergency medical issue a student or staff person would have. Medical expenses are eligible under the Medical Services Plan (MSP). Those students who have transitioned to MSP coverage will be covered under the Provincial government.

Due to the current online study environment, international students who want to take a break from their studies may have their commitment fee transferred to the Fall Term.

Please send an email to ieadmissions@langara.ca  with your Langara ID and your request.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for a scheduled break, please contact your International Student Advisor to understand any consequences for immigration and Post Graduation Work Permit eligibility.

Langara Emergency Funding

If you were a full time student in the Spring 2020 semester, Langara College has allocated funding for domestic and international students in emergency need to cover expenses for groceries and basic needs (eg. Medicine, food). If students find they need emergency aid, please email finaid@langara.ca  from the email that is listed on your Langara account (@mylangara.ca). We will receive requests until April 20, 2020, or until funding is all dispersed.

Include your name, student number, and explanation of the emergency need.

We will do our best to help as many students as possible, but funding is limited. If approved for emergency funding, a cheque will be mailed to the address listed on your student record so please ensure your address is local, and correct.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have lost income because of COVID-19, and are eligible, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide you with temporary income support. The CERB will provide you with $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

To be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, you must reside in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number. There are other eligibility requirements that must also be met.

Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents – including temporary foreign workers and international students – may be eligible to receive the Benefit if they meet the other eligibility requirements.

Visit the CERB website for eligibility and application requirements.

We understand that many students not from the Lower Mainland wish to return home, or have been asked by their country’s governments to return home. While plans are still being finalized for April exams, accommodations will be made for students to complete their assessments remotely where required. Please inform your instructor if you will be leaving Vancouver.

Information on extending your study permit can be found on the International Education current students pages.

We recommend that you extend your study permit at least three months in advance of its expiration. If your study permit is due to expire, please email ieadmissions@langara.ca  from your mylangara email address. Include in the subject header: Study Permit Extension Request and your Student ID Number. Your study permit extension letter will take about 7-10 business days to be processed and it will be emailed in PDF form directly to your mylangara email.

Once you have received the study permit extension letter, please follow these instructions to apply for your study permit extension through IRCC.

Your study permit extension letter will be emailed directly to your mylangara email in a PDF. It will take 7–10 business days to process your study permit extension letter.

There is no longer a need to get a confirmation of enrolment letter to extend your study permit. All of the information that IRCC requires is now on your study permit extension letter that can be obtained by emailing ieadmissions@langara.ca.  Please include in the Subject Header: Study Permit Extension Request | Student ID #

Commencing March 21, 2020 - Students will be able to withdraw from courses for the spring semester on the student information system until April 3, 2020. A withdrawal grade for the course will be added to your student record and will not impact your Grade Point Average. No refund will be provided for withdrawals. If you do decide to withdraw from courses for the spring semester, please ensure this will not impact your student status. Please be aware that a withdrawal may have impact on your Post Graduate Work Permit eligibility. We strongly urge you to contact your International Student Coordinator prior to withdrawing from your classes or contact international@langara.ca

Most of our International Student Coordinators (ISC) are licensed in immigration. You are welcome to email your ISC directly and they will either respond to your question directly or forward it to one of our licensed ISCs.

You can also email international@langara.ca and our front desk staff will direct your inquiry to a licensed immigration advisor.

Our licensed immigration advisors are available to students during regular office operational hours, Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

No. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, as of March 13, courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit.

Please contact your International Student Coordinator with further questions on PGWP and eligibility.

Many programs have a scheduled break during the summer semester. If you are not sure if your program is eligible for a scheduled break, the please contact an immigration advisor at international@langara.ca.

We understand that many students not from the Lower Mainland wish to return home, or have been asked by their country’s governments to return home. While plans are still being finalized for April exams, accommodations will be made for students to complete their assessments remotely where required. Please inform your instructor if you will be leaving Vancouver.

Admitted Students

You may defer your program start date to a future semester. We strongly recommend that you defer the start of your program to the Fall semester which begins in September. Full tuition deposits will be transferred and new letters of acceptance will be issued.

If you decide to defer, please let us know as soon as possible.

How to defer your start date

Email your International Student Coordinator with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Student Number
  • Program of study
  • Indicate the semester to which you wish to defer (September or January)

*Note that the deferral email must be from the email address you indicated at the time of application or from your authorized agent.

For new students who are not yet in Canada, it may be difficult for you to properly plan your arrival to start the Summer semester at Langara College. If you are not in Canada, you may defer your program start date to a future semester. We strongly recommend that you defer the start of your program to the Fall semester which begins in September. Full tuition deposits will be transferred and new letters of acceptance will be issued.

If you decide to defer, please let us know as soon as possible.

How to defer your start date

Email your International Student Coordinator with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Student Number
  • Program of study
  • Indicate the semester to which you wish to defer (September or January)

*Note that the deferral email must be from the email address you indicated at the time of application or from your authorized agent.

Study permit holders may be permitted to enter Canada during the travel restriction period. This applies to individuals who held a study permit or were approved for a study permit before the travel restrictions took effect on March 18. If you choose to pursue your studies as planned, please be aware that you must observe a 14-day self-isolation period and you will not be allowed onto campus until the self-isolation is complete. We will not be able to provide homestay accommodations and some international student housing options will require you to make you own arrangements during the self-isolation period before you can move into their residence. It is critical that you make appropriate housing arrangements before you arrive. We want you to be aware of these requirements so you can make an informed decision about proceeding with your studies for the Summer semester or deferring to Fall 2020.

For new students already in Canada, we are in the process of finalizing course registration for the Summer term. If you choose to stay in Canada and start at Langara, new registration dates will be announced. Your international student coordinator will provide some updates on registration and the Summer semester soon. Classes have moved online to complete the current semester and we expect many programs will continue that method of delivery when the next semester begins.

There will still be an International Student Orientation (ISO) with an alternate delivery format. New students will receive information from international student coordinators about participating in the ISO.

It is very important that everyone has medical insurance. Your provincial medical insurance will not start until after three months of being in Canada.  Therefore, you will need to have private medical insurance to cover your first three months in the country.

Langara has a partnership with GuardMe which you can purchase at www.guard.me/langaracollege. Use this validation code to get the Langara discount: Validation Code 4727.

For more information on GuardMe insurance, visit: https://langara.ca/international-education/accepted-students/medical-insurance.html