COVID-19 applicant FAQs

Last updated January 14, 2022

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make decisions based on the latest guidance from Toronto Public Health. Our health and safety protocols are subject to change as guidance from public health evolves. 

FAQs for international applicants
If your question isn’t addressed, please email ask.george@georgebrown.ca.

Where can I find information on the college's vaccination policy?

Information can be viewed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Information page. 

I haven't applied yet and I’m not sure if I should. What should I do?

Don’t put your plans on hold. We're committed to the health and safety of our students, and we continue to deliver programs in both online and hybrid formats. All on-campus activities follow Toronto Public Health guidelines.  

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Are there in-person classes? Does that affect me?

The Winter 2022 semester will be delivered in both online and hybrid formats and will provide the high-quality, career-focused education that George Brown College is known for.  

Winter 2022 semester program delivery 

Can I accept my offer and change my mind later?

WINTER 2022 SEMESTER 

We encourage you to accept your offer. You have until January 21, 2022, to withdraw from a program with a partial refund. 

Accept your offer

Can I defer my acceptance to a future semester?

Domestic students with offers who want to defer to a future intake should contact admissions@georgebrown.ca. Your request will be reviewed based on availability and capacity. International students should contact their admissions officer (as per the contact details on your offer letter) or send an email request to intladmissons@georgebrown.ca.

*UPDATED* Is there a chance part of the semester will be delivered on campus?

WINTER 2022 SEMESTER 

All Winter 2022 semester classes will be delivered online, with the exception of in-person labs, shops, and clinics until February 28, 2021. The February 28 date is subject to change as circumstances evolve and further updates will be provided on a regular basis.  

In select programs where students need to complete hands-on clinical or lab work, we’re offering a hybrid model. This means that most of the program will be delivered online with limited parts of the course delivered in-person, on-campus.

Winter 2022 semester program delivery page

 

*UPDATED* What can I expect for the winter semester?

All Winter 2022 semester classes will be delivered online, with the exception of in-person labs, shops, and clinics until February 28, 2021. The February 28 date is subject to change as circumstances evolve and further updates will be provided on a regular basis.     

Online programs and the online element of hybrid programs will be a combination of real-time (synchronous) and pre-recorded (asynchronous) delivery and will use a combination of online tools, such as Blackboard, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. There will likely be online tools that are specific to various programs. Your professors and/or program coordinator will provide details.  

Winter 2022 semester program delivery page

Find program contacts below if you have specific questions:

Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology

Centre for Business

Centre for Community Services & Early Childhood

Centre for Construction & Engineering Technologies

Centre for Health Sciences

Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies

Continuing Education

How will I get the hands-on learning I expect from college?

Providing hands-on opportunities for students to develop skills is a vital part of how we deliver learning at George Brown.  Programs that require access to labs, shops and studios will provide in-person learning experiences. Check the program delivery page for details about your program.

What about programs with work-integrated learning (FIELD PLACEMENTS, CO-OP, INTERNSHIPS, ETC.)?

Many of our employer partners are hosting virtual and in-workplace (if appropriate) work-integrated learning and co-op placements. Students can contact their program coordinator to confirm the status of work-integrated learning opportunities. Please see contacts in the FAQ directly above.

Can I apply for Academic Upgrading?

Visit georgebrown.ca/academic-upgrading for more information. 


Financial Aid and Tuition

Is there a tuition payment plan for the Winter 2022 semester?

We recognize that COVID-19 has presented challenges for students, including unanticipated financial pressures, and so we have established a tuition payment plan for the Winter 2022 semester.  

The payment plan is available to new and returning domestic students and returning international students.  

Students can pay their Winter 2022 semester tuition in full on Monday, December 13, 2021, or in three instalments due on the following dates:  

First instalment — Monday, December 13, 2021 
Second instalment — Friday, January 21, 2022  
Third instalment — Friday, February 18, 2022

How to sign up for the tuition payment plan

Students can sign up for the Winter 2022 semester tuition payment plan on STU-VIEW. The application opens Monday, November 15, 2021. Students must be registered for winter-semester programs to qualify. 

Will changes due to COVID-19 affect OSAP eligibility?

You can visit ontario.ca/osap to find more information and to submit your application. To learn more about OSAP and George Brown Financial Aid, visit georgebrown.ca/apply/financial-aid/osap.

We encourage you to accept your offer and we hope to welcome you soon to the George Brown community.

Will student grants or awards in the upcoming school year be impacted by COVID-19?

Student grants and awards continue to be offered. Please refer to the college’s Awards and Scholarships page for more information on applying for bursaries and scholarships.

Will there be tuition reductions because programs are delivered online?

While the learning format is different, we remain committed to helping you build the skills and experience you need to kick-start your career. Tuition fees support the cost of academic program delivery, including instruction, assessment, and administration, all of which are still taking place. These fees also support the many student support services that are now being delivered online, including virtual counselling sessions, tutoring, career advising, Accessible Learning Services, and more. Tuition is not specific to location or mode of delivery. With this in mind, we will not be offering discounts for the Winter 2022 semester. This applies to both domestic and international students. George Brown remains committed to helping students complete their programs, and we will continue to ensure that learning outcomes are met while programs are being delivered through alternative and remote formats.

Given that most athletic capital and infrastructure projects have been put on hold due to COVID-19 we will be waiving the Athletics Building Capital fee ($32 per student) for the winter semester. For information about virtual athletics programs visit our Staying Healthy at Home webpage.

All other fees will continue to be charged since services continue to be offered to students.

International students

Learn about the requirements for studying in Toronto by visiting our Travelling to Canada page.

Is COVID-19 Vaccination Mandatory For International Students On Campus?

Yes. All members of the George Brown community coming on campus are required to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021.

The college will accommodate individuals based on medical or religious/creed grounds in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

For more information, see our vaccination policy and FAQs.

*NEW* Do I need to be fully vaccinated to travel to Canada on or after January 15, 2022? 

Yes. According to the government of Canada, as of January 15, 2022, only travellers who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to travel to Canada (students aged 18 and older will be required to be follow this policy). For more information, please visit: canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/11/government-of-canada-announces-adjustments-to-canadas-border-measures.html

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to enter Canada, the government of Canada has a travel eligibility tool (*for information purposes only) where you can answer a few questions to determine whether you may be allowed to enter Canada: travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start.  

Is George Brown on the list of approved Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs)?

Yes. George Brown College is on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) list of approved designated learning institutions (DLI). 

Travelling to Canada

*UPDATED* Can I start my online studies from my home country (outside of Canada) without a study permit approval or study permit?

Yes. You can begin your online studies from outside of Canada until August 31, 2022, and count time studied from abroad towards your future post-graduate work permit (PGWP). 

These measures apply to all international students who:   

  • meet all the other PGWP requirements, and 
  • have been enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020, or 
  • have started or will start a program between spring 2020 and Spring/Summer 2022, ​​​​and 
    • have a study permit, or  
    • have been approved for a study permit, or  
    • have applied for a study permit before starting your study program ​​​​​
      • your study permit must eventually be approved  

Note: If you started your online studies outside Canada before you applied for a study permit, you may still be eligible for a PGWP. However, only the time you spent studying online after your application was received will count toward the length of your PGWP. 

How much of my studies count toward a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?

As of November 26, 2021, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has announced that all of the time spent studying online from outside Canada between spring 2020 and August 31, 2022, will now count toward the length of a PGWP. This applies even if you’re completing two study programs.

However, IRCC recommends that international students who are currently in Canada be in-class, when possible.

The following time won’t count toward the length of a PGWP:

  • time spent studying outside Canada after August 31, 2022
  • time spent studying before you applied for a study permit.

For more information, please visit canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/about.html?fbclid=IwAR0B8ggcSlVtP2sCb9rSbyuFzoXRFCJibnlbJ8iZDr9-9NOUeXQ8wSmPAWQ

What are my accommodation options to quarantine when I arrive in Toronto?

George Brown College has identified certain accommodation options for students who are planning to travel to Toronto to attend their academic program of studies.

Accommodation options

Students are responsible for making their own accommodation plans by reaching out to the contacts (or arranging a private accommodation) before travelling to Canada. Students are also responsible for all fees/costs related to their accommodations. 

Will I have health insurance coverage if I arrive earlier than my semester start date?

Upon request, insurance for new George Brown students will start 30 days before the effective date stated on the application on file with the Insurance Administrator, provided the premium has been paid if the Insured Person arrives before such effective date. Early arrival covers acute conditions that require immediate assistance, hospital/ER, walk-in clinic, doctor visits, hospitalization but excluding pre-existing conditions.

Students should directly contact the Student Association Health Benefits Office at healthbenefits@sagbc.ca with any health insurance-related queries.

Is There a Withdrawal/Refund Policy For New International Students Starting In The Winter 2022 Semester?

For most international students enrolled in the Winter  2022 semester, the standard George Brown College withdrawal/refund policy will apply. The final date to withdraw with a partial refund is January 21, 2022.*

However, George Brown College will have an exceptional withdrawal/refund policy in place for registered Winter 2022 International students who are studying online from outside Canada AND have applied for their study permit before the start of their program.

Students eligible under the exceptional withdrawal/refund policy can apply for a full refund of pre-paid tuition** (less $100 withdrawal fee) if:

  • Your study permit application is refused; AND
  • You have submitted the refusal document from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada) to George Brown College (intlwithdrawal@georgebrown.ca) within 2 weeks of receiving your study permit refusal from IRCC together with your Withdrawal/Refund Form.

The Winter 2022 Exceptional Withdrawal/Refund Policy is in place until April 15, 2022*** with no extension.

*For students pursuing studies from within Canada (online or in person) a study permit or implied status for study permit is required. Therefore, the Day 10 withdrawal/refund policy applies, which has a deadline of January 21, 2022.

**The tuition refund will not include some material fees or the health insurance premium. Students are not eligible for a refund for any semesters prior to Winter 2022.

***Students must contact the college via email (intlwithdrawal@georgebrown.ca) within 2 weeks of receiving their study permit refusal from IRCC with the IRCC refusal documentation and the Withdrawal/Refund form in order to be eligible for the exceptional policy. This policy is in place until April 15, 2022.

 

Student supports and resources

Will there be a new student orientation?

Yes. Our Student Success team organizes an online orientation for new students. Find details at georgebrown.ca/current-students/orientation

How can I connect with students across the college?

While we’re off-campus students can still connect with other students in the following ways:

Online learning is new to me. Where can I find support?

Check out our Online Learning site for tips and resources on how to be a successful remote learner. It offers five modules you can complete at your own pace.

Students can also find academic support at our Tutoring and Learning Centre (TLC). The TLC offers online services including real-time chats.

And our Library Learning Commons staff are available online to help students with research questions.

I have a disability and I'm worried about online learning. Where can I find support?

Students can register with Accessible Learning Services for academic supports. Accessible Learning Services provides academic, career, and well-being support online or by phone.

Will I have to buy special software or equipment for an online program?

Students can connect with their program coordinators to confirm online technology requirements for their courses.

All full-time students have access to AppsAnywhere. You can find information at georgebrown.ca/current-students/websites-apps-and-technical-support/appsanywhere.