COVID-19: Student Resources and Information

*This page is updated regularly as new information emerges.

In response to the recent and ongoing events surrounding COVID-19, UBC has put together information for students that range from FAQs to providing regular updates.

Please take the time to read and go through the links below to see if there are any possible resources that may benefit you during these times.

UBC & COVID-19

UBC has a dedicated website that addresses its response to the outbreak. This site includes latest UBC updates, tips on prevention, information for students and resources provided by UBC, the province of BC, and the Canadian federal government.

G+PS & COVID-19

A Message from Dr. Susan Porter, Dean and Vice Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies webpage on COVID-19 provides very helpful FAQ sections on:

  • Assessments
  • International Students
  • Housing
  • Admitted Students
  • General questions
  • Dissertations
  • Finance

The G+PS page provides information specifically geared towards graduate students and may be more comprehensive than the general UBC website when it comes to COVID-19’s potential impacts on your studies.

You can also read G+PS’s letter to all graduate students here.

President Ono’s Letter to the Community

President Santa Ono publishes frequent updates at the link provided. His COVID-19 related posts are predominantly focused on the UBC community as a whole.

A message from the Board of Governors to everyone at the University of British Columbia

Today, a message of heartfelt appreciation has been posted to the Board of Governors website, recognizing the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices made by our UBC community as we navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19.

International Student Help

(from the G+PS letter to students) We know many of our international graduate students may have questions about returning to Canada, your options to stay in Canada, traveling abroad, completing your studies, and working in Canada. To help answer some of these questions, International Student Advising (ISA) has recently published an FAQ on the UBC International Student Guide. If you have any questions not addressed in the FAQ, we encourage you to reach out to ISA directly. Please note that although ISA is not providing in-person services at this time, they will continue to advise students by email (include your student number): isa@students.ubc.ca.

Indigenous Student Help

Indigenous graduate students with inquiries or issues with financial difficulties/distress should contact an Indigenous Enrolment Services Advisor. The Indigenous ESA Team can be reached at aboriginal.support@ubc.ca

Financial Help (Enrolment Services)

(from the G+PS letter to students) While we haven’t yet determined the most effective ways to ease the burdens many of you face, we are exploring a range of options. We will keep you informed as measures are taken, and are also communicating with programs to better learn what is needed. Please note the following:

  • Be assured that all major University-wide multi-year scholarships will continue to be paid throughout the eligibility period.
  • If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation (extraordinary expenses, loss of employment, etc.) we strongly encourage you to schedule a confidential advising appointment with an Enrolment Services Advisor. An advisor will assess your financial situation and provide the best course of action for you. It may not be possible for Enrolment Services to provide immediate support in all circumstances, but meeting with an advisor will also enable the University to gather a clearer picture of the needs that exist and to direct its financial support resources more effectively.
  • We are reviewing information about the support offered by the federal and provincial governments, to understand what may be applicable to graduate students – recognizing that these supports may help some, but certainly not all, students who require financial support.

Please note that if you are currently receiving UBC/Tri-Agency funding, your funding will stop if you go on a leave of absence. We encourage students to find creative ways to continue with research or to continue on with another aspect of their study as opposed to going on a Leave of Absence. We also recommend that students keep in touch with their supervisory committee to ask them for input and suggestions on working remotely. 

Wellbeing

(from the G+PS letter to students) The pandemic and related public health measures are naturally causing significant stress and anxiety for many. At the same time, there is much to be grateful for in our current environment, including the many people across UBC and beyond stepping up to make the situation better. The following are among the resources available to you now:

  • Mental health support, including Student Health Services and Counselling Services, continue to be provided (virtually). Note that EMPOWER ME provides confidential counselling 24/7, and it’s free for all UBC students. Please review other related student services.
  • There are also numerous resources on enhancing wellbeing in the current environment at the above sites. One example is the Wellness Centre Online, a space for engaging in topics relevant to student wellbeing. Students can self-enrol.

For ISGP Students

We will be hosting another Zoom Community Gathering within the next month. Please check back here for the confirmed date.

Additional Useful Links