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Covid-19 Updates

COVID-19 Safety Plan

FIC is committed to the health and safety of the community. As we navigate through COVID-19 together we are working to ensure confidence in returning to campus. 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 travelling to Canada page and the Travel Guide for more information.

COVID-19 Response

Updates by date of release

Summer 2021 Information

We know you are anticipating changes this year as the COVID 19 vaccine rolls out around the world. As FIC and SFU plan for summer 2021, we continue to balance the start-up of in-person activities against the possibility that restrictions will continue to remain high. Global mobility remains limited and we will prepare to offer the same type of flexibility as we have in the past so you can continue your studies.

We are planning to deliver mostly remote courses in the Summer 2021 semester and will consider in-person teaching under certain conditions. Most likely, FIC will begin with experiential courses, lab sciences and engineering courses and then will work through options and models for returning core courses to face to face delivery. We will have a final decision made in March about in-person teaching for the Summer 2021 term.

Fall 2021 Information

We want to let you know about our planning processes for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester as we work towards returning to in-person teaching and activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are evaluating different scenarios with SFU and health authorities including:

  • A large-scale return to our campuses this September; or
  • A significant return to face-to-face interactions, although with many pandemic protocols still in place.

We know there are still many concerns around travelling and global mobility. We will work to remain flexible with options for students to continue studying as we work through this transition as a community. We look forward to welcoming you to campus again when the time is right for you and your family.

More information will become available over the coming months, with a more complete update in June to support your personal planning processes. Several administrative and academic planning committees are working on this decision and we invite you to give us your feedback, ideas and suggestions through the student survey we will be launching in the next few weeks.

We will continue to learn from our experience with remote delivery and pay attention to useful innovations of the past year that we want to build into our future. Regardless of the direction for September, we do anticipate based on our current state of knowledge that by the end of the 2021-22 academic year, SFU and FIC will have returned fully to on-campus activities.

This announcement may bring up many questions we don’t have answers to yet so continuing to reach out for support is a good idea. Each student has a unique situation so feel free to contact advising during drop-in hours or by email for any questions and please check out the COVID-19 FAQs for more information and updates. Alternatively, MySSP is available for 24/7 support online in any language. Text, video chat or call 1-844-451-9700.

Please expect a further update about the Fall 2021 semester in June.

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