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28 May 2020 219 Book icon 7 mins Share

Canada is ready to welcome international students. New Zealand and Australia will follow suit

Find out the admission and enrolment updates from universities in Canada, New Zealand and Australia as they gear up to welcome international students.

28 May 2020 219 Book icon 7 mins Share
Canada is ready to welcome international students. New Zealand and Australia will follow suit

Canada has already relaxed its visa restrictions for international students, with New Zealand and Australia looking likely to be the next in line to open their doors. Most universities are allowing students to continue their studies online and then attend face-to-face classes once the lockdown and travel restrictions are lifted. Institutions are not putting a halt to their admissions and enrolments. Processes have been shifted online and students can submit the required documents digitally. With this in mind, we have some key updates on the application, admission and enrolment procedures for prospective international students to universities in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Study in Canada

According to information on the Canadian government website, if you have a valid student permit or if you were approved for a study permit before the 18th of March 2020, you are exempt from travel restrictions. However, you should have a 14-day self-quarantine plan, even if you do not have any symptoms of coronavirus.

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is providing information sessions and webcasts to help you find out more about the university, admission procedures, requirements and more. The webcasts for international students started on May 25, for which you can register. The application process and admissions are continuing online, and students can expect more updates towards the end of May. The university are still working on finding ways to ensure that newly enrolled international students can begin their studies on time.

York University

At York University, fall semester classes will be delivered online. The institution has a dedicated admissions FAQ page where they address student concerns and the manner in which studies are disrupted by the pandemic. The good news is that the admissions team at the university continues to process applications. They are also offering additional time for students to complete applications, for those who may need it. The page discusses and provides information on deferral options. You will definitely find an answer to your questions or concerns on this page.

University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo has underlined their excitement about the prospect of welcoming international students to their campus in September 2020. The university remains committed to helping students prepare for the fall semester, no matter where they begin their studies. For more detailed information on questions related to how to proceed if you were admitted to the university to begin studies in fall and about the need for a study permit you can consult the university website. In addition, make sure to check out the website for news for incoming students.

Centennial College

Centennial is also ready to welcome international students after the mandatory 14 days self-quarantine. However, if you are unable to travel to Canada to begin your studies, you can rely on their virtual classes which will be launched in the summer semester. From the 25th of May several of the programs will begin online. The college is accepting applications and sending offers for the intakes in May and September. The International Education FAQ page has extensive information that should answer most of the questions of international students.

George Brown College

George Brown College is also accepting applications online. However, the mode of delivering the lectures will depend on the instructions given by the government. They are encouraging students to accept an offer even though the uncertainties due to the pandemic persist. Their COVID-19 information for applicants has direct links for applications and offer acceptance.

Seneca College

Seneca college reiterates the information shared by the government regarding the relaxed travel restrictions for international students. If you begin your studies from outside Canada, you will need a study permit or a permit under implied status. Once you begin, you can complete up to 50 per cent of your program from outside of Canada. If you have submitted your application and have some documents pending to be submitted, you can send a scanned copy to the email address -  You can also refer to their Student FAQ page for more information.

Humber college

Summer semester began on the 19th of May at Humber College. Humber continues to process applications for future semesters. You can use the university’s contact form to raise your questions and the university will ensure that the right person gets back to you with a response. They also urge students to follow their social media handles for more up to date information.

Niagara College

Niagara College has updates for its new students who are planning to join the institution in Spring of 2020. The term has been suspended and a new leave of absence will be issued for students. More updates regarding the aforementioned has been provided on the university website.

Ryerson University

The university is ready to welcome students who might be able to travel to Canada, now that the restrictions are relaxed. International students can schedule appointments with international student advisors, usually conducted using Google Hangouts. 

Study in New Zealand

As per the student visa COVID-19 information on the New Zealand government website,  a new visa condition has been announced. Visa holders are required to comply with the instructions from a health officer and failing to do so might result in detention and deportation. If the ‘first entry before’ date on your visa has passed, you will have to apply for a new visa. If the date is not passed and you intend to travel at a later date, you can submit a request to change the dates.

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology

According to the information available on the COVID-19 updates page, Toi-Ohomai is liaising with international students who are unable to begin their classes. Should you have questions or concerns you can contact the international team using the email address - Toi-Ohomai aims to reduce the impact of the travel restrictions in place currently and you might be able to defer your studies to semester two.

University of Auckland

The University of Auckland states that supporting their future students is their priority. Amendments have been made to the admission requirements and students will have additional options to meet these requirements. Applications and admissions are being handled remotely. If you have an offer in hand for the year 2020, you can submit your documents to the university using the email address - 

However, if you would like to defer your studies, you will be given an additional offer to start your course in 2021. The validity of the English tests and qualifications have been extended to 2.5 years. Don’t worry if you do not have your final results and certificates on hand, your application will be reviewed based on your previous scores and indicative results. More details can be found on the COVID-19 updates for applicants page on the university website. 

Auckland University of Technology

International students at the Auckland University of Technology have the option to enrol and study part-time if their course allows this. For more details on this, you can contact the Student Hub using the email address - If you have already enrolled, you can request for a refund or ask for the fees to be held in credit to enrol in future. The Student Hub will be able to offer you any guidance in this regard.

University of Otago

The University of Otago is still accepting enrolments and you can do that through their website. The due date for applications information page will give you more details based on the programme you intend to apply for.

University of Waikato

The University of Waikato has given consideration to what can be done to help international students who are unable to begin their studies due to the travel restrictions. The Student Service Team is available via telephone -  +64 (0)7 838 4176 or via the email address - You can discuss a plan with the university that would suit your personal circumstances. The university is also ready to offer extra learning support and relax the programme completion dates so that you can take the course at a pace that is comfortable for you. After all, studying online is not easy for people who are new to it. Once the travel bans are lifted and you can access the campus, you will be given additional time to catch up. The COVID-19 update page is designed specifically for international students and is quite comprehensive, with information regarding enrolments, visas, travel and a lot more.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

At Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, you can apply online, any time. The university will assist you with any questions during the application process. Applications will still be processed for courses that start mid-year. You can also submit all the necessary documents online. The institution’s FAQ page has more information for international students who are already enrolled for the courses.

Other institutions in New Zealand

The Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) encourages its students to remain enrolled as it will ensure that they remain on track with their studies. The institution’s COVID-19 FAQ page provides more information. You can also reach out to the Student Enrolment and Information centre for any support. Lincoln University acknowledges and takes direction from government guidelines and requests that students refer to the Immigration New Zealand website for updated information. You can contact the university at for any questions in the meantime. Universal College of Learning do not have any specific update for future international students and encourages students to refer to the New Zealand government website for more information.

Study in Australia

Australia is hoping to allow international students into the country by July 2020. The government has allowed its universities to issue a new Confirmation of Enrolment and enrol students, with classes being offered online initially. 

Federation University

The Federation University is accepting applications for semester two of 2020. The deadline for submitting the required documentation is on the 6th  of July 2020. The university has communicated that semester two learning will happen online. If the travel restrictions have impacted you, you can opt to study online or defer. You can also reach out to the university using the email address - or call +03 5327 9446

Kent Institute Australia

Kent Institute suggests that students should take leave or defer from study if they are currently not in Australia.


Students who have applied and been accepted to CQUniversity can begin their classes online until the travel and visa restrictions are lifted. Students who opt for this will be eligible to access support services at the university. They are also providing a free six-week program to students and it will cover topics including academic skills, careers and living in Australia. However, if you prefer to defer your studies, you can do so, and the International Admission team will help you with this. They can be reached via email - The information for international students on the university website also provides more insight into these issues.

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University is allowing its students to study from home during semester one of 2020. The Confirmation of Enrolment for international students will not be impacted if they remain enrolled. However, if you require an extension to the Confirmation of Enrolment, you can contact Student Support via email - The summer semester starts on the 9th of November and CDU hopes that the international students will be able to make it back to Australia to commence their studies.

James Cook University

For students who are yet to begin their courses, James Cook University offers you the option to defer your studies. International students can refer to the university FAQ page for more COVID-19 updates. 

Southern Cross University

The university’s COVID-19 FAQs page is aimed at providing more comprehensive information for students of Southern Cross University. As per the information in the FAQ page, students who are unable to arrive in Australia to begin or continue their studies can opt for deferral. However, these requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The future looks promising even amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic. For more information and to stay on top of things why not check out our page dedicated to International Student News?

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