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COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

At RUIC, nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our students. We know you may have questions about actions we’re taking to help protect our students, staff, and faculty. All courses, activities and supports at RUIC will be delivered online for the Winter (January) 2021 term. We will keep the RUIC community updated with plans for future terms as they become available, in line with government and public health recommendations.

The COVID-19 Safety Plan can be downloaded below to provide information on the plans for an eventual safe return to campus. Students planning to arrive or return to Canada should check the Pre-Departure and Arrival Page and the RUIC International Student Travel Guide for more information.

Should you have any questions in relation to the COVID-19 virus or wish to follow-up in relation to one or more of the students or families with whom you interact with, please feel free to contact us directly.


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

COVID-19 Information

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19 and include: 

  • fever 
  • cough 
  • difficulty breathing 
  • pneumonia in both lungs 
How is it spread?
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 metres/6.5 feet). 
  • Through respiratory droplets, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or in saliva when speaking in close proximity. 
  • According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 
  • Touching an object that has the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, eyes before washing your hands. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 
How can I prevent getting sick?
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Practice social distancing. 
What is social distancing?

According to the CDC, social distancing involves “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” whenever possible to limit the ability of the virus to spread. 

This means avoiding concerts, restaurants, bars or clubs, malls, conferences, and any non-essential locations where there are large groups of people who may not know they are sick yet. 

How will social distancing save lives?

While the same number of people will still get the virus, social distancing slows down the rate at which people get sick.

This gives hospitals and the health care system a chance to help the most severe cases to recover.

This also protects doctors, nurses, and health care workers as well as other patients in hospitals from spreading the virus.

This concept is called “Flattening the Curve”. If you want to understand more about how viruses spread and how social distancing can help save lives  click here.

Identifying COVID-19 symptoms can be difficult as they are like those of a common cold or flu: 

Ryerson University International College Updates

Should I still apply to RUIC?

We continue to encourage students to apply to RUIC. We are hopeful that the travel bans will be lifted shortly. If students are unable to travel, we will have alternative instruction methods available so students can start or continue with their studies uninterrupted.

Please note:

  • On March 18 the Government of Canada announced major travel restrictions until June 30th, 2020, allowing only citizens and permanent residents to enter.
  • The Canadian government has indicated that prospective students who were granted a visa/Study Permit to come to Canada prior to March 18 will still be allowed to come to Canada.
  • Students should confirm whether their courses are in-person or being remotely delivered at the time of their travel. If students cannot travel, they can still benefit from remotely delivered courses even if the courses are being delivered in-person. We ask that students reconfirm their accommodations prior to their travel as some accommodation providers will be closed for the summer.  Students will also need to follow Canada’s self-isolation regulations at the time of entry into Canada.

We encourage students to apply for permission to come to Canada through regular channels for visas/study permits. When these offices re-open and international travel is permitted, students may avoid further delays by having paperwork submitted in order to start classes.

How will we support newly arrived students during the 14 days of isolation regarding finding accommodation, food, and other necessities?

We are prepared to help identify temporary accommodation which will support students’ immediate shelter and dietary needs during isolation. In addition, we will design virtual orientation activities to help students engage with peers and adjust – as best as possible – to university life in Canada. Further information will be available before the start of semester for new students.

What will happen to my deposit if my semester is cancelled because of COVID-19?

Students’ deposits are completely safe. In the unlikely event that we will have to cancel a semester because of COVID-19, students will have the option to either defer to a later semester or receive a refund. 

Please note that the likelihood of this happening is extremely low. We have options available to ensure students still get the education and support they require. 


Ryerson University Updates

Can I still come to campus?

Students will not have access to campus buildings. If you need to enter a building, please contact Ryerson Security to discuss whether access may be granted under exceptional circumstances. 

For employees, if you have OneCard access to a building or space, your OneCard access will be maintained, however we ask that you do not come to campus unless absolutely necessary. Please inform Security if you are entering a campus building for your safety, as most buildings will be empty. Visit ryerson.ca/covid-19/ for more information. 

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