COVID-19 international student supports
UM no longer requires staff, students or visitors coming to our campus to have proof of vaccination. Wearing masks continues to be mandatory until further notice. KN95 masks are highly recommended, but 3-ply medical masks (ASTM Grade 2) are the minimum acceptable. UM will supply all necessary masks.
The majority of classes are held in-person, but UM will continue to offer a range of Distance Education courses. More information can be found on the COVID-19 website.
Please note: Information and relevant updates concerning Fall Term 2022 can be found on the COVID-19 information for students webpage.
Throughout your journey at UM, don’t hesitate to ask for information and support through a private and confidential conversation with an International Student Advisor (ISA) at the International Centre. We are here for you and are committed to your success!
There are many avenues for international students to receive additional support at the University of Manitoba, including:
Other supports, programs and resources for students can be found on the COVID-19 student information page.
The Government of Canada has removed COVID-19 border and travel measures effective October 1.
Manitoba's proof of vaccination requirement is no longer mandatory. Some businesses / venues may choose to continue to require proof of immunization for access. Manitoba's immunization card and verifier app will continue to be available for this purpose.
It is important to review the general information that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada provides on its website to help international students prepare for their arrival in Canada.
Arriving in Winnipeg
It is mandatory for international students in Manitoba to have primary health coverage. Through Manitoba Blue Cross, the University of Manitoba provides a comprehensive plan that offers comparable coverage to what Manitobans receive. For more information about the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP), visit the UM International Centre’s health coverage page.
Please note that newly enrolled international students are covered on an emergency basis for up to one (1) calendar month prior to the start of their first academic term. During this period, medical treatment and testing for COVID-19 will only be covered if symptoms began after departure from your home country.
If you travel to Canada and are not able to register in the Fall 2022 Term, then you will not be covered under the Manitoba International Student Health Plan from September 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. Similarly, if you are not able to register in the Winter 2023 Term, then you will not be covered under the health plan from January 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023. Students admitted for Summer 2023 will need to be registered in the summer to be covered May 1 to August 31, 2023.
We strongly encourage you to purchase private medical insurance that provides coverage until the start of your classes. We also recommend that you confirm with the insurance provider that your coverage includes any medical costs related to COVID-19. Not all insurance providers cover these costs.
What to do if you get sick
Review information on the student resources page.
Many grocery stores offer delivery and pick-up options. For a list of grocery stores, please visit the international students page under the ‘Living and Learning in Winnipeg’ tab.
If you need emergency access to non-perishable food items, please visit the student information page under 'Personal support' for details on how to utilize the university's food bank.
Information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is continuing to update their response to the evolving situation and how that may impact students’ status in Canada as international students. New information is posted on their website on a regular basis. Please continue to monitor the following IRCC webpages as they update information related to temporary residents (e.g., international students) in Canada:
Learn more about your conditions as a study permit holder in Canada.
Extending your status
For international students who are in Canada and whose study permits will expire soon, IRCC advises to apply online to extend your study permit before it expires. For more information on extending your study permit, visit IRCC’s page about the process.
Post-Graduate Work Program
Work in Canada after you graduate: You may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) after you graduate. Find out the eligibility requirements.