Last updated: January 8, 2021
As you already know, on January 6, the government announced new measures to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of the measures implemented on December 17 will be extended until February 8, such as the closure of non-essential businesses. A curfew will also be in place from January 9 to February 8 : the government is prohibiting all non-essential outings between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
During the COVID-19 period, many of our programs that are normally offered on-campus (on-site) in a classroom setting will be given remotely or in hybrid mode. More practical courses or programs will be given priority on campus.
We are monitoring the situation closely and our goal remains that LaSalle College will continue to offer some of the best services and supports to the students in the province, both on campus and remotely.
Scroll down for answers specific to future international students.
1. Will the Winter semester still take place?
Yes, the Winter 2021 semester, starting in January, will take place as planned. Your first week of classes will take place as planned starting on January 11. As announced a few weeks ago, for most of you, your first week of classes will take place online. Some exceptions will apply, for example, type C-3 technical courses may take place on campus. Don't worry, your teachers will be giving you more information before your first class. As of January 18, you will be able to take your classes as scheduled.
Students who are enrolled in evening classes at the College which will end after the curfew start time (i.e. after 8 p.m.) will be able to attend without any problems. The students concerned will receive an official document from the College proving that they are indeed enrolled in one or more evening courses that require attendance on campus.
Please note that due to the Québec government's instructions, it will not be possible to obtain services physically at the Collège until further notice. To learn more about the new school year, click here.
Rest assured that all the rules issued by Public Health are respected.
Among other things, we still expect that many of the programs normally offered on campus in a classroom setting will be given remotely or in hybrid mode.
LaSalle College has been a pioneer in online training for nearly 20 years, and therefore we are able to offer you an efficient learning environment at the cutting edge of technology.
In Remote Learning, the overall student experience is important in order to maintain a high level of motivation throughout your studies. Therefore, LaSalle College has taken several initiatives to make its services and activities available in virtual mode.
2. Will admission fees be reimbursed if I register and I cannot start my session as planned?
Yes, in order to provide you with peace of mind, LaSalle College will refund your admission fees upon request, should you not be able to start your session as planned (school closed, unable to enter Canada, etc).
3. Is the new remote learning offer is temporary and only related to the pandemic period?
No, the programs that are part of the new remote learning offer are accredited by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) and can be completed entirely according to the defined Methods of Instruction.
4. Is the admissions office still open?
Yes, however, due to the current health situation, we ask that you make an appointment with us before you come on campus. Meetings by videoconference will be preferred.
Our admissions advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have. They are available to assist you with your admission request and to process your file.
Feel free to contact us:
1 800 363-3541
514 939-2006 Ext. 4916
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5. Are admissions requests being processed as planned?
Yes, our admissions advisors continue to process all applications, even remotely. For more information on the steps in the admission process and processing times, you can consult this link.
Your application will be processed within the usual timeframe.
6. Is the College still open?
Due to instructions from the Government of Québec, it will not be possible to obtain services physically at the Collège until further notice.
Otherwise, yes, since the beginning of the Fall semester, the College welcomes several students every day who have courses on campus. All sanitary measures are in place to provide you with a safe and secure environment:
UPDATE: REOPENING OF BORDERS TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
As of October 20, 2020, LaSalle College can once again open its doors to international students from any country. They will be considered as entering Canada on a non-discretionary and non-optional basis, if they have a study permit or approval for a study permit; regardless of the date of approval.
Please note that LaSalle College is on the list of institutions that have a COVID-19 response plan approved by their province.
International students wishing to travel to Canada must comply with the requirements of the current travel restrictions, see below.
For more information, your can visit the Government of Canada Web page.
It is also important to note that this change does not affect study permit holders already in Canada. If you are already in Canada, you may continue to study at LaSalle College.
7. Should I go ahead and request my study permit and Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)?
Currently, the Canadian government keeps processing study permits, but delays can be longer than usual.
a) If your permit was accepted before March 18, 2020, you are among the exceptions that will be allowed to come to Canada when the travel restrictions will be lifted by the Canadian government.
b) If your study permit has not yet been accepted, you will need to get acceptance first and then you will be able to come to Canada when the travel restrictions will be lifted.
If you need more information, contact Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Support line at 1-888-242-2100, open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Exceptionally, during this period, please note that certificates from the College will be provided in electronic format only.
8. Currently, what is a realistic expectation of new study permit application processing times?
If you are already in Canada, the delays are approximately 2-3 months.
9. If I’m currently in Canada without a Study Permit (e.g. on a temporary visa, eTA, etc.), able to apply for a Study Permit from within Canada given the current border status?
As per Federal legislation, a traveler can only be in Canada for a period of maximum six (6) months or less. Therefore, no one cannot be enrolled in a program for more than six (6) months and attend classes in Canada without a Study Permit.
10. Can students begin their studies with LaSalle College online from their own countries if they have not yet applied for a study permit?
According to the immigration lawyer, the short answer is: yes, a student can begin their studies abroad, without a study permit, and attend classes online. However, any online courses you take from your home country without a study permit will not be accounted for immigration purposes. In other words, if you take our online courses abroad, the period before you apply for a study permit will not be counted for the purposes of later on applying for a permanent visa status.
11. If I start my online studies from my own country without a study permit, if my application for a study permit is later rejected, what is my involvement at that time?
You can graduate and obtain a diploma all while attending to class virtually. However, this diploma will not meet the Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements when applying for subsequent visas – i.e. work permits, permanent residency, etc.
12. Is the travel exemption for international students confirmed?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that the exemption for international students officially came into force as of March 26, 2020, meaning that eligible students may come back to Canada.
The exemption applies only to international students who have a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020.
Those travelling by air will need to undergo a health check conducted by their airline before boarding a flight to Canada. Their health will again be assessed on arrival in Canada, and all incoming students will be required to self-isolate for 14 days immediately after arrival.
To learn more about the quarantine (14-day self-isolation) for the 2021 winter school year, click here and go to the "International Students" section.
The exemption will not apply to those whose study permit applications were approved after the border closures fully came into effect on that day.
For more information on travel restrictions and exemptions, visit the Government of Canada Web page.
13. Is the Post-Graduate Work Permit program (PGWPP) will be affected?
In the March 29 updated guidelines, IRCC confirms that eligibility for the Post-Graduate Work Permit program will not be affected for international students whose courses are now being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19.
If you are unable to come to Canada to start your Winter semester due to travel restrictions, you will be able to complete up to 50% of your program while you are abroad and still be eligible for the PGWPP. The time spent studying outside Canada will not be deducted from the duration of your post-graduation work permit.
For more details about Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility requirements, visit the Government of Canada Web page.
14. Are the International students eligible for Canada Emergency Response Benefit?
As of April 6, 2020, the Government of Canada has begun to accept applications for the newly announced Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The programme provides emergency funding of CDN$500 per week, for up to 16 weeks.
The government has confirmed that international students can be eligible for the CERB if they meet the following program requirements:
To apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Benefit, visit the Government of Canada Web page.
15. With the closure of the language testing centers, are the English standardized tests still required to register for an upcoming semester?
In the absence of appropriate language testing facilities on account due to the extraordinary current circumstances, LaSalle College will accept alternative language standardized tests in order to complete an admission request. LaSalle College recommends that its candidates take either the Duolingo English test or the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test to comply with the admission requirements.
LaSalle College reserves the right to ask any candidate for additional proof of their language skills.