Dear international students,
I want to take this opportunity to speak to you directly in what I know are very challenging times for you, as they are for all of us at UBC.
International students in Vancouver and the Okanagan are facing unique struggles right now. I know some of you are also experiencing financial hardship.
I want you to know UBC is here to support you however the university can. You are part of the UBC family even when we are required to be physically distant from one another.
UBC is working closely with other universities and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to clarify immigration issues that matter to you. Much of the information we have to date is in the FAQ section of the UBC International Student Guide. If you need to know more, please to talk to your international student advisors.
We know many of you also have questions about housing, about financial supports and what’s next for your studies here at UBC.
We understand your concerns and can assure you, financial and mental health support from UBC is available to international students.
Graduate and undergraduate international students are best advised to speak to Enrolment Services about available emergency financial help. Graduate students should also reach out to their research supervisors or graduate program with questions about their funding.
I encourage our students to review these important resources:
- Undergraduate students in Vancouver:https://students.ubc.ca/covid19
- Undergraduate students in the Okanagan: https://students.ok.ubc.ca/international-students/covid19/
- Graduate students in Vancouver: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/covid-19.
- Graduate students in the Okanagan: https://gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca/about/updates-covid-19/.
As always, information about UBC’s response to COVID-19 and resources available is at www.ubc.ca.
Santa J. Ono
We know not all of your questions have answers right now. We’re working as hard as possible to get you the information you need as quickly as possible. This is a fluid and evolving situation and we are grateful for your patience as we work through it at all levels with as much flexibility as we can.
I want to conclude by thanking you all. Thank you for choosing UBC, for enlivening our campuses, for bringing your unique ideas and perspectives to us. The confidence and resilience it took for you to apply to UBC, be accepted by the university and travel here from around the world and make a new home in British Columbia is remarkable.
I have every faith that your strength, combined with your own support network, fellow students, faculty and staff will help to see us all through.
Stay safe and stay well.
UBC President and Vice-Chancellor