international students

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International students face unfair burden with MSP fee

The B.C. government’s Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium is a major stressor for international students. Many international students, including myself, are not comfortable with the high $75 monthly premium for…
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Nocturnal studying, disconnection, and stress: The life of an international student studying online from South Asia

Time differences have disrupted my body clock, social life, and connection with Canadian culture  Like many students, I started online classes in September 2020. However, unlike most of my classmates…
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Three U.S. students speak about election and pandemic fears

While the political division and uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. might feel far away for many Canadians, these crises have real consequences for international students in Canada.

International students facing altered plans, tuition fees, and homesickness amid COVID-19

For international students, COVID-19 is causing unique struggles. With international travel halted for the foreseeable future, international students are stuck behind borders.
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Martlet survey reveals students feel online classes are not the same quality as in-person instruction, have mixed reviews of UVic’s response to COVID-19

408 students responded to questions about online classes, affordability, and UVic’s COVID-19 response As summer classes progress and B.C.’s COVID-19 case count trends downwards, students finally have time to process…
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UVic announces undergraduate classes will be “predominantly online”

Many undergraduate students won’t be returning to in-person classes in the fall as UVic will provide “predominantly online” instruction. Further clarification will come with the fall timetable at the end…

Uncertain international students in need of international travel guidance

"There are over 642 000 international students in Canada and more than 3 000 at UVic. A lack of guidance from governments and universities during the COVID-19 outbreak has left…

Repatriating travellers face uncertainty during journeys home

As travel restrictions are being implemented worldwide to slow the spread of coronavirus, those living or working abroad are facing uncertainty returning to their countries of origin.

Tough decisions for international students during COVID-19

Facing an ever-growing list of flight cancellations and border closures, international students studying at the University of Victoria face difficult choices amidst the uncertainty caused by the global pandemic. Do…