International student mobility programs for fall 2021

Dear faculty colleagues,

On behalf of the Provost, I’m writing to update you on UVic’s international student mobility programs for the fall term (September-December 2021). Programs include incoming and outgoing international exchanges as well as UVic-sanctioned international co-ops, internships, field schools, volunteer opportunities, practica, and other study abroad opportunities offered by academic faculties, departments and schools.

As you’ll know, UVic is currently planning for a return to in-person education for the fall, as per the provincial government’s direction, while also recognizing significant travel restrictions worldwide. Global Affairs Canada (GAC)’s current travel advisory remains at level 3, advising Canadians to avoid non-essential travel; travel insurance is currently limited or offered at a high cost. There are also quarantine, self-isolation and testing protocols in place for all individuals traveling or returning to Canada.

As such, and as per previous terms impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, outbound mobility programs remain on hold until GAC changes its travel advisories to level 1 or 2. Deans should waive, substitute or defer requirements for mandatory international travel in their degree programs during this period. Students may continue to request special authorization to travel, which will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Inbound mobility programs continue to be offered with consideration given to academic program capacity and in compliance with travel, immigration and public health requirements. Inbound exchange students and inbound fee-paying students wishing to travel to Victoria and attend the UVic campus during fall term 2021 may do so, provided all health and safety requirements put in place by the Provincial Health Officer and UVic are met. There may be additional restrictions for inbound international travel into Canada enforced by GAC that are beyond UVic’s control.

A changing health landscape

Recognizing that vaccination programs continue to roll out and that the national and global situation could change in the coming months, outbound and inbound mobility will be supported in the fall term if GAC’s official travel advisory for the destination country changes to level 1 or 2 and the other conditions outlined in the attached document are met. While it’s still too early to make predictions about the spring term, we are optimistic that we will be able to offer more opportunities to our students at that time. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.

Opportunities and contact information

The university remains committed to maintaining and encouraging international engagement of faculty, librarians, staff and students as much as possible during the current pandemic, while prioritizing the health and safety of all our UVic community members. Academic units and program leads who have global partners interested in supporting virtual student mobility experiences are encouraged to advance those opportunities for students.

Please contact the Office of Global Engagement via if you have any questions or would like further information about UVic’s student mobility programs, virtual programming opportunities and/or available resources.

International student mobility programs remain an important priority for our university, and we look forward to once again offering our full programming when health and safety allows.

Sincerely,

Susan

Susan Lewis, PhD
Acting Vice-Provost
University of Victoria

Attached: Inbound/Outbound Student Mobility Fall 2021