Last Update : April 27, 2021
The plan presents the measures put in place at the Université de Sherbrooke to welcome students from abroad. It meets all of Canada's public-health requirements. Moreover, it complements the University's emergency protocol for dealing with the pandemic.
Preparedness Plan for International Students in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF - 186 Ko)
Please note that it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with all of the following instructions and to find out for yourself about the entry requirements into Canada as they may change between now and the time of your departure, depending on the evolution of the health situation in Canada and/or at your departure point.
Study permit holders are exempt from travel restrictions and may be allowed to enter Canada even during the pandemic, as long as their designated learning institution appears on IRCC’S List of Designated Learning Institutions with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan and provided that they also follow all instructions to this effect.
The University is in contact with all international students—both those already registered and those new to the upcoming semester—to inform them of the steps to be taken if coming to Sherbrooke or returning home, as the case may be. In addition, international students who inform us of their arrival date by email at firstname.lastname@example.org are matched with a student from the Université de Sherbrooke who can help them prepare and support them during their quarantine.
The following information is always available on the University’s website:
Travellers must also use the Declaration Form from the University to warn, prior to their arrival, that they are arriving from abroad and are quarantining themselves.
Travellers entering Canada must follow the rules set out by the Emergency Orders under the Quarantine Act to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes screening at the border and mandatory quarantine or isolation for 14 days. Failure to comply with any requirements or providing false information may result in fines, penalties or imprisonment. If you develop symptoms at any time, isolate yourself from others and contact local public health.
See the website of Government of Canada for more details about the rules for :
If you have symptoms or an unsuitable quarantine plan, you will be directed to a designated quarantine facility.
Go to your pre-booked hotel waiting for your COVID-19 test result.
If your arrival test is negative:
If your arrival test is positive:
Use ArriveCAN or call 1-833-641-0343 to check-in the day after you enter Canada and to report symptoms daily. You will be contacted by Government of Canada and provincial or territorial officials.
In response to pandemic-related needs, the University’s housing department has set aside 118 single rooms in four residences dedicated solely for student quarantine. These rooms, available to all Sherbrooke students, meet all public-health quarantine requirements.
Instructions and measures have been put in place to protect everyone's health and limit the spread of the virus. Any quarantined person must comply with these instructions. Visitors are prohibited from entering these residences.
When the quarantine takes place in a University residence, the housing department will contact the student before his or her arrival.
Each resident must complete the "Les essentiels de ma vie en résidences" training (Université de Sherbrooke or Estudiantine, as the case may be) before arrival. A section is devoted to the sociosanitary rules and measures in effect in the residences.
In addition, the housing department contacts students prior to their arrival asking them to buy the following:
These items may be provided to students upon arrival as required, at their expense.
When the quarantine takes place in off-campus housing, the University reminds people of the health measures to follow. A thermometer, face covering, and disinfecting cloths can be provided, if required. The arrival protocol presented in the following section is used to monitor compliance with quarantine instructions.
In addition, a temporary room will be assigned to any person who is symptomatic, requires preventive isolation (arriving from outside of Canada), has had close contact with a positive person, or has received a positive diagnosis.
Upon arrival at the quarantine site, and even before, the Université de Sherbrooke recommends the international student to contact the Université de Sherbrooke student with whom he or she has been matched., who will follow the student throughout the quarantine period. This help will have the following tasks:
This help is essential to the general well-being of the new student, remind him of the importance of screening for symptoms, and guide him to appropriate resources. Indeed, upon arrival and for the duration of their education, international students have access to orientation and psychological support services.