NU Canadian Campuses

Northeastern University is committed to sharing with our students the most up-to-date information possible regarding study permits and ongoing travel restrictions.   Please know that we will work diligently to provide comprehensive advice, process all requests, and advocate for the needs of our students.

Travel Ready

The Government of Canada announced that starting November 30, 2021, there will be an easing of some quarantine requirements for travelers who meet requirements regarding being full vaccinated. Please see this link for more information 

  • For students who have been issued a visa, or electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), and are planning on travelling as soon as possible, please note that IRCC and CSBA has indicated students should not travel earlier than four weeks (28 days) prior to the program start date on their POA .  
  • We will send you instructions on preparing to become ‘travel ready’, including how to complete your quarantine plan, if required, information on our pre-arranged hotel, airport transportation service, and pre-travel testing requirements. We will verify everything is completed and submitted as required and issue a travel letter from OGS to facilitate your travel, 3-5 days prior to your departure date.   
  • Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for the team to review your documents.   

Flights & Airlines

  • Some airlines might have stricter or differentzrequirements for boarding.  
  • Please make sure you consult with your airline before booking your air ticket.  
  • We recommend you do not book travel until you have sent your visa or travel document to us.  
  • Please make sure that your flight ticket is changeable.  
  • You will need to download the Government of Canada ArriveCan App in order to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry to Canada.

Current Vaccination and Quarantine Instructions:  

  • Prior to departure to Canada, air travelers are required to upload proof of their vaccination status to the ArriveCan app on their phone, or on the ArriveCan website 
  • Essential travelers, including international students, are currently permitted to travel to Canada if they are not fully vaccinated, however they will be required to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Canada. 
  • As of January 15, 2022, unvaccinated travelers 18 years old and over will not be permitted to travel to Canada, including international students. For more information, please click here to read more about this requirement. 
  • Unvaccinated international travelers are not permitted to board a connecting domestic flight or train inside Canada, and so if you are not full vaccinated according to the Government of Canada’s definition, you must arrive directly to your destination city of study (Toronto or Vancouver). 
  • Even if you are fully vaccinated according to the Government of Canada’s requirements, you may be asked on entry to complete additional testing or quarantine.   
  • Failure to maintain quarantine as required can result in a fine of up to $250,000 CAD and your removal from Canada.

Vaccination Information: 

The following vaccines are acceptable for travel to Canada: 

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)  
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) 
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222) 
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S) 

Starting November 30, 2021, 03:01 AM EST, the following COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted by the Government of Canada for travel: 

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C) Starting November 30 
  • Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells) Starting November 30 
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) Starting November 30 

Toronto Campus : For students arriving to study in Toronto, Please refer to the Northeastern University Toronto Campus Pre-Arrival Checklist Winter 2022.   

Vancouver Campus : For students arriving to study in Vancouver, Please refer to the Please refer to the Northeastern University Vancouver Campus Pre-Arrival Checklist Spring 2022.  

Students waiting for Study Permit approval and those affected by current travel restrictions

IRCC Flexibility on On-line Learning 

IRCC has indicated that online studies completed between March 2020 and August 31, 2022, will be eligible for consideration for the Post Graduation Work Permit and included in the calculation of the duration of the PGWP.  

This is only for students who submitted a study permit application prior to starting their studies, or students who have a study permit approval, who cannot travel to Canada due to Covid 19, and who are being offered the online study option by their DLI. If a student is in Canada, they are required to attend classes in person. 

We understand that some students may experience delays in their study permit processing or may be unable to travel to Canada due to travel restrictions, and so a number of measures have been put in place to assist students who need additional time to make travel arrangements, or who will need to defer their studies.  

Each college has their own policies regarding late arrivals and deferrals, so please make sure you are reading the correct information below for your program.  

Arrival for New International Students


Students need to be in Canada, ready to study, by the first day of classes, on January 18, 2022. If you cannot be in class by the first day, your option is to complete your first semester online or to defer to the next intake for your program.  

Online Learning


Remote Study Option

New incoming students at the Toronto campus who are currently overseas can participate in classes remotely for the duration of the Winter quarter (CPS)/Spring Semester (COE). Please note that there are currently no plans to extend this accommodation for online study beyond the Winter quarter (CPS)/Spring semester (COE). Incoming Students are entitled to begin study prior to receiving study permit approval. However, if you do not have a study permit approval by the extended deferral deadline you are strongly advised to defer to a future intake. Please see below for more information. Please note that the accommodation for online study applies only to students who are overseas.

Late Arrival in Canada

New students are encouraged to travel to Canada as soon as they are able to do so. However, Northeastern will facilitate arrival at any point during the Winter quarter/Spring semester. Please note that late arriving students are expected to begin classes at the start of the term; and are expected to transition to on ground instruction upon arrival in Canada.


CPS students are eligible to defer up to January 24, 2022. COE students are eligible to defer up to February 7, 2022.

If you do not have a study permit approval by the relevant deferral deadline, you are strongly advised to defer to a later intake. CPS students can request deferral here: Request Information – Northeastern College of Professional Studies. COE students can request deferral by emailing [email protected]

Please note: The COVID situation in Canada is rapidly evolving and the options presented to Northeastern University’s Canadian Campus students regarding arrival and study may be affected by future travel restrictions put in place by the Government of Canada. Students are advised to closely monitor the Office of Global Services – Canada page for up to date information on restrictions, guidance and policy updates.



New students who are unable to attend classes in person by January 18, 2022, have the option to enroll in online courses for the Spring 2022 academic term or to defer to the next intake for their program Students will not be able to register for online classes after January 31, 2021.  

Only students who are unable to travel to Canada due to study permit processing delays or other Covid 19 related travel restrictions will be accommodated in online classes. If you are inside Canada and choose to study online, you are putting your Post Graduation Work Permit at risk. 

Please see the FAQ for January 2022 below. We have outlined the options according to your program of study and we hope this will help you make an informed decision about your enrollment at Northeastern University. 

FAQ: Study Permit Processing

Q: I applied in October, and I am still waiting on my study permit approval.  When can I expect that approval?  

IRCC has stated that study permit applications submitted in November or later are unlikely to be processed in time for January. If you submitted your application after this date, you may not receive a decision on your application until after the start of classes. You may choose to study online for your first term, with your study permit application pending. There is no refund policy for students who choose to study online before their permit is approved and who receive a study permit refusal after the deadline to drop classes without financial or academic penalty.  

Choosing to study online without a study permit approval will mean you are accepting the risk of getting a refusal after the deadline to defer or withdraw from classes and you understand that you will be responsible for any tuition that is due for those classes. 

Q: If I have a study permit approval, will my online studies from outside of Canada count toward my PGWP eligible time? 

If you studied online in a PGWP eligible program between March 2020 and August 31, 2022, those studies can count toward PGWP, as long as you applied for your study permit prior to starting your studies and you were eventually approved for your study permit. 

FAQ: Quarantine Requirements

Q: Do I need to do a Covid test prior to travelling?  

Yes, the Canadian Government now requires all international travelers arriving in Canada to show proof of a negative Covid 19 molecular test. Please click on this link for details.    

Q:  What needs to be in my quarantine plan if I am able to travel?  

Please read the instructions above for students who have a valid travel document. Please submit your documents as advised to receive further instructions.     

FAQ: Studying

Q: If I don’t receive my study permit approval in time for the beginning of classes in January 2022, what are my options? 


If you don’t receive your study permit decision by the beginning of classes your option is to defer to the next intake for your program or to start your studies online. To request a deferral, please contact the Admissions department for your program. For CPS Toronto programs, the last date to request to defer to a future intake term is January 24, 2022. To request to study online for your first quarter, please contact [email protected] 

For COE programs, the last date to request to defer to a future intake term is February 7, 2022. 


If you are a new student studying in a program at the Vancouver campus, and you are unable to travel to Vancouver prior to the start of classes, you have the option to complete your first semester online, or to defer to a future intake term.  

If you choose to study online from outside Canada, once the last date to change courses has passed, which is January 31 for online or half semester classes, and February 7 for full semester classes, you will need to complete the entire semester online. You cannot arrive after the late arrival date and you cannot switch to on-ground courses mid-semester.  

The next opportunity to join classes in-person will be in your next academic semester, 

For Khoury programs, the last date to request to defer to a future intake term is January 18, 2022. 

Vancouver and Toronto 

Q: Will classes be online or in-person for the academic term starting January 2022?   

Northeastern University has returned to on-ground instructional delivery of courses for the 2021/2022 academic year and will no longer be accepting requests for Remote Learner Status. Some students studying at a Canadian campus are being accommodated with online course options if they are not able to travel to Canada due to pandemic-related circumstancesFor students inside Canada, you are required to attend classes in-person.  We are prepared and looking forward to meeting you all. All on-ground classes will be in accordance with public health and safety measures by the relevant local and provincial health authorities.  

Q: What is the refund policy for classes starting in January 2022?  

All refunds are issued in accordance with the policies of your College. Please see this link for more information: 

Please note that there is no refund policy for students who choose to start their studies online before their study permit is approved and who receive a refusal after the final date to withdraw. If you withdraw after the last date to drop classes, you will be responsible for any tuition and fees that are due.  

Q: May I attend online classes if I do not get a study permit approval by the start of classes in January? 

If online studies are being offered for your program, IRCC had indicated that online studies will count towards the PGWP eligibility and duration for studies completed between March 2020 and August 31, 2022. Online classes are not an option for students who are inside Canada. 


Q: I have received a study permit approval and travel visa. Do I have to come to Canada right away?  

IRCC is clear that the online study exception is for students whose travel or visa processing has been affected by Covid 19. If you are choosing to remain outside Canada to study for any other reason, this may not be considered to be studying under the terms of the IRCC online study exception.  

Q.If I am inside Canada, do I have to attend classes in-person?

If you are inside Canada you are required to attend classes in-person. Not attending classes in-person can put your PGWP at risk. 

Q: If I started studying online in a previous term, will my PGWP eligibility be affected? 

IRCC has authorized online studies to count towards the duration of the PGWP for studies completed between March 2020 to August 31, 2022. As such, if you study online while registered at a Canadian campus during this period, and you submitted a study permit application prior to starting your program, and you received a study permit approval before the end of your program, you will be able to use this period of studies to qualify for your PGWP and it will be included in the calculation of the duration of the PGWP.  

FAQ: Travel

Q:  When should I arrive in Canada? 

IRCC and CBSA advises students to arrive no earlier than four weeks (28 days) prior to the program start date on your POA. Some airlines might have stricter or different requirements for boarding. Please make sure you consult with your airline before booking your air ticket.  

For CPS and COE students, If you are going to arrive later than the first day of classes, please make sure to let your Academic Advisor and professors know this.  

Q:  Do I need to show proof of vaccination to enter Canada?  

If you are vaccinated, you will be required to show proof.  You are required to upload the Government of Canada ArriveCan app, or use the online portal to upload your proof of vaccination before being permitted to travel to Canada. As of the date of this update, there are no vaccination requirements to enter Canada as long as you are entering for an essential purpose. International students coming to Canada to study at a DLI with an approved Re-Opening Plan are considered essential travellers.  

Unvaccinated people who are entering Canada must complete a mandatory quarantine. These rules may change, so please keep checking back for updates, and make sure to participate in the OGS Canada pre-departure and travel webinars. Details will be posted on the Events pages of the Vancouver and Toronto websites.   

Q:  What do I need to bring with me when I travel to Canada?  

You must bring: your passport, a Proof of Acceptance (POA) letter from NU, your valid study permit or your Port of Entry Introduction letter (Study permit approval letter), a complete quarantine plan, proof that you have completed a Covid 19 molecular test prior to traveling, and proof that you have enough funds to support yourself in Canada.     

You should download the ArriveCAN mobile app to expedite your entry to Canada.   

You should also be prepared with a quarantine plan that follows all guidelines. You should also make sure you’ve completed an immigration medical examination if required and the results are still valid at the timing of your arrival.  

Please see this link for more items you may need to bring as suggested by IRCC:  

Q: Can my family travel with me?  

If your accompanying family member has the correct IRCC document to enter Canada, they may be able to travel with you. Please see this link for more information:  

 Make sure you do the following:

  • COMMUNICATE your plans to OGS and to your College- see contact info below 
  • MONITOR the Visa Application Centres (VACs) in your country for updates and information  
  • VISIT the IRCC website frequently for travel and permit processing updates  
  • MAKE A PLAN! Consider all of your options and alternatives, and choose the plan that is best for you, not necessarily what others are telling you they are doing. 

We encourage you to check your emails for future announcements and the links below for news and updates.  

Visa Application Centres for your country  

IRCC for permit, travel and processing updates  

Information on quarantine requirements  

Northeastern University COVID-19 information  

Contact Information: 

If you have specific questions that are not answered in the above, or online with our FAQ, you may email [email protected]. Please note that this email is experiencing a very high volume of emails so please be patient. Make sure you include your full name and student ID in the message and please do not send to multiple recipients, as this will slow down our ability to respond to your request. 

For questions related to your course registration, or to communicate your study plans, please contact your Academic Advisors as follows: 

CPS: [email protected] 


Khoury: [email protected]