New students starting September 2020 - FAQ

The following FAQs are arranged based on various categories of incoming students. Please click the appropriate category below. Also note that all immigration related information is accurate as of June 16, 2020. This information will be updated as we receive any new details from the Department of Immigration, Refuge and Citizenship Canada.

MEng International Students

Can I come to Canada to start a program in September?

Only students with a study permit approved before March 18 are currently eligible to enter Canada to begin a program of study. If that changes, we will update our information immediately.

Can I begin my program online in September without a study permit?

Yes, you can register and start your program online, however, starting your program without a valid study permit may affect Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). For more information about Postgraduate Work Permits, please contact Western International at iesc@uwo.ca.

I am currently in Canada and have a valid study permit (or have been approved for one) Can I begin my program in September?

Yes, you can register and start your program. All graduate courses in the Fall term will be offered online, however, if you are in Canada with a valid study permit, the online format will not affect your Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility. For more information about Postgraduate Work Permits, please contact Western International at iesc@uwo.ca.

If I start my program in Fall 2020 remotely, and I am still unable to join the program in person in January 2021, how will this affect my program?

You can continue your program remotely. The graduate programs in the Faculty of Engineering will offer online courses in the Winter 2021 term and in the Summer 2021 if needed to ensure that students who cannot come to campus will be able to complete the MEng program remotely. However, it may affect the eligibility for Postgraduate Work Permit. For more information about Postgraduate Work Permits, please contact Western International at iesc@uwo.ca.

Will I be required to provide official/final transcripts before I can register in the program?

You will be obliged to provide official/final transcripts, but Western can extend the deadline by 90 days to accommodate disruptions in the production of transcripts. Electronic transcript submission is acceptable, however, it must be emailed directly to Western from Institution’s Registrar Office. The email address to directly submit electronic transcripts is: gradapps@uwo.ca.

Can I defer my admission to January/ May/ September 2021?

You must pay your tuition deposit to secure your spot in the program prior to requesting a deferral. Deferrals are issued for 1 term. If deferral is allowed, the tuition deposit will be applied to your new start term. For September 2020 admission offers, deferrals are not allowed for May/September 2021 terms. Students who wish to delay the start date to May or September 2021 term, must submit a new admission application. They will be given priority in the admission offer.

Is there a deadline for deferral request?

Students originally admitted for Fall 2020 must request a deferral prior to July 24th, 2020.

MEng Domestic Students (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident)

Do I need to be on Campus to start my program in September 2020?

No, it is not necessary. All graduate courses in the Fall term will be offered online so you can start your program remotely.

If I start my program in Fall 2020 remotely, and I am still unable to join the program in person in January 2021, how will this affect my program?

You can continue your program remotely. The graduate programs in the Faculty of Engineering will offer online courses in the Winter 2021 term and in the Summer 2021 if needed to ensure that students who cannot come to campus will be able to complete the MEng program remotely.

Will I be required to provide official/final transcripts before I can register in the program?

You will be obliged to provide official/final transcripts, but Western can extend the deadline by 90 days to accommodate disruptions in the production of transcripts. Electronic transcript submission is acceptable, however, it must be emailed directly to Western from Institution’s Registrar Office.

Can I defer my admission to January/ May/ September 2021?

You must pay your tuition deposit to secure your spot in the program prior to requesting a deferral. Deferrals are issued for 1 term. If deferral is allowed, the tuition deposit will be applied to your new start term. For September 2020 admission offers, deferrals are not allowed for May/September 2021 terms. Students who wish to delay the start date to May or September 2021 term, must submit a new admission application. They will be given priority in the admission offer.

Is there a deadline for deferral request?

Students originally admitted for Fall 2020 must request a deferral prior to July 24th, 2020.

MESc/PhD International Students

Can I come to Canada to start a program in September?

Only students with a study permit approved before March 18 are currently eligible to enter Canada to begin a program of study. If that changes, we will update our information immediately.

Can I begin my program online in September without a study permit?

No, you need a valid study permit or approval for study permit before September 1st, 2020 to register in the program.

I have a valid study permit or approval for study permit but cannot travel to Canada due to travel restrictions. Can I begin my program online in September?

Yes, you can start your program remotely. All graduate courses in the Fall 2020 term will be offered online. For information about its impact on the Postgraduate Work Permit, please contact Western International at iesc@uwo.ca.

I am currently in Canada and have a valid study permit (or have been approved for one). Can I begin my program in September?

Yes, you can register and start your program.

If I start my program in Fall 2020 remotely, and I am still unable to join the program in person in January 2021, how will this affect my program?

You must consult with the Graduate Program and your supervisor to discuss how to continue their program remotely.

Will I be required to provide official/final transcripts before I can register in the program?

You will be obliged to provide official/final transcripts, but Western can extend the deadline by 90 days to accommodate disruptions in the production of transcripts. Electronic transcript submission is acceptable, however, it must be emailed directly to Western from Institution’s Registrar Office. The email address to directly submit electronic transcripts is: gradapps@uwo.ca.

Can I defer my admission to January/ May/ September 2021?

You must consult with your Supervisor and Graduate Program. A deferral of your program could influence your funding package and/or project availability.

If I start my program remotely outside Canada, will it affect my funding package?

Your funding package will remain the same but there are restrictions with regards to the access to funds. Graduate office will communicate with you soon to provide more details.

Can I be employed by Western University (for example, as a Teaching Assistant)?

If you do not have a study permit and a Canadian Social Insurance Number, you cannot be employed.

Is there a deadline for deferral request?

Students originally admitted for Fall 2020 must request a deferral prior to July 24th, 2020.

MESc/PhD Domestic Students (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident)

Do I need to be on Campus to start my program in September 2020?

Please consult with your Supervisor and Graduate Program.

If I start my program in Fall 2020 remotely, and I am still unable to join the program in person in January 2021, how will this affect my program?

You must consult with the Graduate Program and your supervisor to discuss how to continue their program remotely.

Will I be required to provide official/final transcripts before I can register in the program?

You will be obliged to provide official/final transcripts, but Western can extend the deadline by 90 days to accommodate disruptions in the production of transcripts. Electronic transcript submission is acceptable, however, it must be emailed directly to Western from Institution’s Registrar Office. The email address to directly submit electronic transcripts is: gradapps@uwo.ca.

Can I defer my admission to January/ May/ September 2021?

You must consult with your Supervisor and Graduate Program. A deferral of your program could influence your funding package and/or project availability.

If I start my program remotely within Canada, will it affect my funding package?

No, your funding package will remain the same.