Update: international student travel resumes

February 28, 2022

The Government of Canada has lifted its global travel advisory as of February 28, 2022. Given this change, and in alignment with our Safety Abroad Policy, Western has resumed international university-sanctioned student travel.

Students are no longer required to complete the Special Authorization to Travel (SAT) request to proceed with their international experience, except in cases where the travel destination is under an official level 3 or 4 advisory issued by Global Affairs Canada. 

Please note: international travel continues to be subject to significant disruptions, including enhanced screening and border measures. It is critical that students follow the steps to travel closely, including reviewing Global Affairs Canada advisories, completing pre-departure modules, reviewing insurance coverage, and entering their travel information in Western’s travel registry. 

The Office of the Registrar has also resumed adjudicating applications for the Global Opportunities Awards and International Learning Awards. Applications already submitted will be reviewed in queue. 

For students still interested in applying for these awards for travel in 2022-23, the spring application deadline is extended to March 7, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by early to mid April.  

Students who began an international learning experience under the Special Authorization to Travel process prior to February 28, 2022, are not eligible for funding, as outlined in the SAT form.  

For questions, please contact goaborad@uwo.ca