March 11 - student mobility update

Western continues to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation and takes direction from federal, provincial and local health authorities.

On March 10, the Public Health Agency of Canada updated the list of countries affected by COVID-19.

To protect the health, safety and wellness of the university community, Western has cancelled future university-sanctioned international travel for all students until June 1, 2020. This includes exchange, study abroad, faculty-led programs, internships, research placements, community-engaged learning, practicums, conferences or any other international travel that is approved by a Western faculty member, department, staff member, Faculty, or non-academic unit. This applies to all students – undergraduate, graduate, professional or other.

For students already abroad, Western International is working closely with our international partner institutions, program coordinators and academic units to support them in either staying or planning for possible return.

For questions related to international student travel, please contact Western International at travelregistry@uwo.ca or 519-661-2111, ext. 89309.

Students who have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days are asked to follow these important directives from the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

Western International is reaching out to students who may already be in the regions above to provide up-to-date information and support required on a case-by-case basis. Western is also working closely with our institutional partners to monitor the situation and provide support.

The Western International team is also working closely with Western faculty and staff who have been involved in coordinating planned student travel for this period.

Academic Considerations

Given the circumstances, we ask Deans and other academic leaders for their flexibility and assistance with respect to course credit transfer considerations, and other academic accommodations that may be required for students who are affected by this cancellation.

Advice for Travellers

Western International strongly encourages faculty and staff to avoid non-essential travel to the affected regions. If faculty and staff do plan to travel to affected regions please complete the Safety Abroad Steps for Faculty and Staff, and advise your Dean and colleagues of your travel itinerary and plan. We also recommend the use of International ISOS. Before travelling, individuals can access detailed in-country reports and download the assistance app. They can also access worldwide emergency assistance 24/7.

Questions may be directed to travelregistry@uwo.ca.