Studying at UPEI

Since June 2021, the Office of the Registrar has focussed its planning on the return of students to campus for the 2021 Fall Academic Semester, and has been in constant contact with incoming new and returning students, sharing information about the semester as it becomes available by email and on the upei.ca website. For most students, UPEI’s 2021 Fall Academic Semester begins September 8, 2021.

Pre-travel requirements for students arriving and returning to PEI

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions that limit travel to Canada and Prince Edward Island are in place. 

In an effort to outline the requirements for travel to PEI for new and returning students coming to UPEI for the Fall 2021 semester, UPEI has worked closely with the provincial government of Prince Edward Island to streamline the process. As part of this process, we ask that students travelling to PEI review the announcement on myUPEI outlining the steps to take in planning your travel.

All students have been repeatedly advised that if they are travelling to PEI from outside of Canada, they must fill out the UPEI Fall 2021 Travel Updates Form (Google form) so that UPEI can plan for their arrival and provide support leading up to their travel. This form triggers the issuance of a Confirmation of Enrolment letter that also serves as proof that the student is required to be on-campus. These confirmations are required for entry into Canada.

International students are encouraged to continue to seek the most up-to-date information about visas/study permits from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The International Student Office will provide regular updates from IRCC in relation to studying at UPEI and will support students as they plan to return to Canada. 

Please note it is the responsibility of students and their families to keep informed of any changes in travel and self-isolation requirements. Students are encouraged to check federal and provincial travel requirements often, as they could change without notice. Parents/guardians travelling with students must also follow all federal and provincial travel regulations.


IMPORTANT!

The Government of Canada requires that all air passengers five years of age or older test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Airlines will ask post-secondary students to provide proof of a negative test result. Please refer to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website for more information. 


UPEI Student Self-Isolation Plan

After consultation and receiving guidance from the PEI-CPHO, UPEI modified its previous self-Isolation plans for the 2020–21 academic year, and finalized the UPEI Student Self-Isolation Plan for students travelling to PEI for the 2021 Fall Academic Semester in late June.

In conjunction with the UPEI Student Self-Isolation Plan, UPEI delivers an online orientation module and travel guide for international students, which includes detailed information specifically aimed at those who are currently abroad and travelling to PEI. The guide also features information about the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN app, where students must upload travel information 72 hours in advance of arrival in Canada.

Safe return to the classroom

UPEI developed several protocols to ensure that face-to-face teaching and learning could be resumed safely during the Fall 2020 Academic Semester. The University worked closely with the PEI Chief Public Health Office to develop the Student Classroom Protocol for the safe use of classrooms that included physical distancing/occupancy, masking, and sanitizing measures. 

In Fall 2021,  the Student Classroom Protocol was lifted as current PEI-CPHO guidance indicates that physical distancing of 6 feet/2 metres and capacity limits will not be required in classroom settings. However, because UPEI has a different context than other public spaces in PEI, effective September 8, 2021, UPEI will move from a strong recommendation to a mandatory requirement to wear a non-medical mask in indoor public spaces where physical distancing of 2m/6ft cannot be maintained, except when eating or drinking. This includes classrooms and teaching laboratories.

The full Student Classroom Protocol may need to be reinstituted in the future based on public health guidance. 

Resources for students

As you prepare for the start of classes, whether you are physically in Prince Edward Island or in locations around the world, studying in-person or joining us virtually, here is some helpful information to get your semester off to a great start.

  1. UPEI uses Moodle as its online learning system. Your professors will be posting course outlines and materials here, so be sure to log on. The Welcome to Moodle page has information and a video to help get you started on Moodle. When you first log on, if you are a student that has a requirement to be on campus, we’ll ask for your contact information to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
     
  2. If you have a question about registration, your student account, or any general questions about UPEI, email studentsupport@upei.ca and your question will be forwarded to the appropriate area.
     
  3. If you are a first-year student and are looking for academic advising and course selection, contact the First-Year Advisement team. They'll be happy to assist you. 
     
  4. If you are a returning student looking for academic advising and help with course selection, you can speak with our UPEI Student Affairs team. Please email studentserv@upei.ca to make an appointment. We are meeting with students in person, online, or by phone.
     
  5. Whether you are starting at UPEI or resuming your studies, the Learning Support website has been developed to help you meet your academic goals this year. Take some time to review the different tips and strategies and help set yourself up to start strong this semester. 
     
  6. Students with documented disabilities can register with Accessibility Services. Please contact us at 902-566-0488 to arrange for an appointment with one of our accessibility case managers. 
     
  7. If you are on-campus attending in-person classes and/or labs, or visiting campus to study or meet, familiarize yourself with the following:

Admissions / Registration 

UPEI's Recruitment, First-Year Advisement, and Admissions teams always gladly accept applications. If you have questions about applying or have been accepted already and would like to register, please contact apply@upei.ca for more information, or visit upei.ca/apply.