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Information for international students

We understand this is a challenging time, especially with so many unknowns.

Please know IDP’s global community is #InThisTogether as we navigate the restrictions and frequent changes in place due to COVID-19.

Education changes the world. Your decision to study internationally is helping make the world a better and more connected place. This is something to be proud of.

We’ve compiled key information that we hope will help you progress your study goals.

Things are changing quickly and while we do our best to keep up, each country has different advice, so please make sure you are following official government sources for the latest information on COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date information, we recommend regularly checking the Government of Canada website.

IDP counsellors are here to support you

Our education counsellors have been working closely with universities and institutions in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Ireland and New Zealand, as well as government departments.

We’re here to discuss arrangements that can be put in place to help you commence or continue your studies.

Chat via phone, zoom or email with your local IDP office.

Changes to IDP events

Many of our events are now taking place online. At these events, representatives from universities connecting with future students using video conferencing.

Changes to IELTS testing

Testing continues in many places around the world, with additional precautions in place to help create a safe space, however, you may experience some disruptions.

Learn more about changes to test centre procedures in your region, please visit

Also, find out more about free preparation materials available at this time.

Will this impact my university start date?

If you are commencing your studies but unable to enter Canada due to the travel restrictions, you will need to get in touch with your university or school as soon as possible to discuss your enrolment, even if you are not able to enter Canada.

We recommend you contact your university or school as soon as possible to discuss your possible study options or deferring your studies to start later in the year.

If you would like more information or support, you can also contact your IDP Counsellor or local IDP office.

Common questions from international students about COVID-19

What are the border protection measures for COVID-19?

Every country will have their own border protection measures for COVID-19. It is recommended you visit the respective countries travel restrictions before you plan your travel.

If I have a student visa, can I still visit my country of study?

This will depend on your country of study. You can visit the respective country’s visa and travel updates before you plan your travel.

Will my accommodation be affected?

For questions about your accommodation, you should talk to your accommodation provider first. You can also talk to a student service contact officer at your education provider.

Will I still be able to work part-time?

If you have a part-time job that you cannot attend due to self-isolation or travel restrictions, you should contact your employer. Let them know of your circumstances and your compliance with advice from the respective country’s Department of Health.

What does ‘self-isolate’ mean?

This means you should not attend public events, work, school or visit public areas of university and higher education campuses. You should not attend class in person.

Only people you live with should be permitted to come inside. There is no need to wear masks at home. Arrange for others (such as friends or family who are not required to be isolated) to get food or other necessities for you.

If you must leave your home or residence to seek medical care for example, wear a surgical mask.

Further information on self‑isolation can be found on the respective country’s Department of Health website.

If I have to self-isolate, how do I attend classes?

For questions about your start dates, attendance requirements, fees and any topic relating to your study, contact your university or institution. They will guide you on any changes.

If classes have commenced and you are self-isolating, you should notify your lecturer or student services contact officer of your circumstances to determine whether alternate arrangements can be made, such as remote learning opportunities.

In case, your education provider is unable to help or support, you can reach out to the ‘Student support services’ of the respective country.

I have been in an affected country in the last 14 days and am feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, what should I do?

Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website for the latest advice and requirements.

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