Campus Updates

New Tuition Fees for FDUV Domestic Students

April 25, 2022

We are pleased to announce a new tuition framework starting Fall 2022 for FDU Vancouver degree programs to apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  New tuition fees levels for each FDU Vancouver graduate and undergraduate program, designed to increase accessibility for domestic students, are listed on the FDUV website:

https://www.fdu.edu/campuses/vancouver-campus/enrollment-services/tuition-fees/

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

MAS Admissions to resume after government approval

March 14, 2022

As announced on February 28, FDU Vancouver is changing requirements for admission to the MAS program, effective Spring 2023, to ensure that students have the necessary academic background and proficiency in English to succeed in a graduate degree program.  Admissions to the MAS program for the Fall 2022 semester will continue under current requirements. For admission to the Spring 2023 semester the current requirements are suspended and the new requirements will be applied.  Applications for Spring 2023 open on May 1, 2022.

All FDUV programs are reviewed at least every five years to ensure the highest standards of quality and consent is granted after a review by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education Degree Quality Assurance Board.  FDUV has requested that the DQAB review our proposed changes to admission requirements, with other program improvements. We expect that this review will be completed and that there will be no interruptions in admissions to the MAS program.  All offers of admission will be valid and will be honored.  We are pleased to be working with DQAB to maintain the high quality of the MAS program and the value it provides to graduates. 

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

Master of Administrative Science Admission Requirements Will Change for Spring 2023 Admissions

February 28, 2022

The Master of Administrative Science (MAS) program offered by FDU on its Vancouver Campus attracts a high degree of interest and applications exceed available spots in the program.  Admission to the MAS program requires a strong academic background and proficiency in English commensurate with a graduate degree program. 

To support the objective of continuing to offer a high-quality program, admission requirements for the MAS program will change for applications to the Spring 2023 semester.   Applications for admission to the MAS program for Spring 2023 open on April 2, 2022, and the following requirements will apply:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B“)
  • For direct admission into the MAS for international students, a minimum IELTS 6.5 across all bands (no band below 6.5), or equivalent.

International students who do not yet meet the English language proficiency requirements for direct admission to the MAS program, and who wish to take MAS coursework while upgrading their academic English abilities, may qualify for acceptance into the Foundations in Academic Research (FAR) program or the Master Academic Foundations (MAF) program at FDU.  Students who successfully complete either of these programs will matriculate directly into the Master of Administrative Science degree program without further conditions.   

International students who have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0), who wish to upgrade their academic English abilities, but would also like to take Master of Administrative Science coursework at the same time, may enroll in the Foundations in Academic Research (FAR) program at FDU.  The Foundations in Academic Research program is a full semester of coursework that includes two MAS academic courses: Financial Administration and Theory and Practice of Administration, and a third course that provides students with foundational skills in research, academic writing, and oral communication appropriate to a master’s level program. At the end of the program, students will have earned 6 academic credits towards the completion of their MAS degree program. 

International students who have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (no score lower than 5.5), who wish to upgrade their academic English abilities, but would also like to take Master of Administrative Science coursework at the same time, may qualify for the Master Academic Foundations (MAF) program at FDU.  A student’s placement in this program is based on the outcome of an FDU English Placement Test.  The Master Academic Foundations program is a full semester of coursework comprised of three distinct courses for a total of 12-hours per week.  At the end of the program, students will have earned 3 academic credits towards the completion of their MAS degree program.

For further information on the MAS program, please visit https://www.fdu.edu/program/masters-in-administrative-science-vancouver/

 

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

January 31, 2022

This document summarizes the prevention measures that are being taken by Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus to reduce the risk of communicable diseases, including COVID-19, on campus. These measures follow the most recent recommendations in the Return to Campus Public Health Guidance from The BC Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC), published on January 25, 2022.  They are also informed by the Post Secondary Institutions Update Meeting on Jan 21, 2022 presented by Dr. Alexandra Choi, Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).

Context

Given the low-risk of in-class learning, a highly immunized population, and significant social benefits of in-person instruction, FDU – Vancouver Campus will return to on-campus instruction as strongly recommended by the BC Ministry of Health.

  • The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is the most circulated variant in BC and is resulting in a higher number of infections. However, it is also causing less serious illness (hospitalizations, deaths), especially in populations where those at risk (e.g. older adults) are highly immunized.
  • As it is becoming endemic in our population, exposure to the virus will occur irrespective of a student’s attendance at face-to-face classes on campus. According to VCH, most exposures to the virus tend to occur in high-risk settings, such as in homes and in informal social gatherings.
  • Educational settings are low-risk settings for COVID-19 transmission, particularly given the high rate of vaccination among the population, and among the student population in particular.
  • Additionally, newly arriving students must have been fully vaccinated to enter Canada and will have been tested again on arrival at the airport.

Actions to Mitigate Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

No one measure of protection against COVID-19 will be perfect.  However, when multiple measures are implemented to work together, the risk of transmission is greatly   reduced.

Personal Actions

  • Get vaccinated: vaccines are the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus. Vaccines are freely available to everyone, including international students and their families. Everyone eligible is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including receiving the booster shot.
  • Assess yourself for COVID-19 symptoms daily:  students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 Symptoms before entering either location of the Vancouver campus. Please use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool Thrive Health  for guidance and follow the instructions provided.
  • Assess yourself for communicable disease symptoms daily:  similarly, students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors should assess themselves daily for the symptoms of other communicable diseases, such as the flu, and take appropriate action.
  • Stay home if you are sick: if you are ill, or have any symptoms of a communicable disease, you should stay at home.
  • Inform your instructor: if you need to miss class due to a communicable disease, please inform your instructor via your FDU email account, or through Webcampus, that you cannot attend class due to illness.
  • Always wear a mask when on campus: masks are required to be in place before you enter either campus location. A mask may be a medical or non-medical mask or may be made from a tightly woven fabric and must cover your nose and mouth.  Small or large clear plastic face shields are not acceptable unless also worn in conjunction with a mask.

Once on campus, the mask must be always worn, including at the entrance lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms, and washrooms. You may remove the mask temporarily and for short periods of time to consume beverages.

  • Physical distancing: although physical distancing (maintaining 2 metres between people) is no longer required in indoor public spaces, we encourage you to spread out within the available space and to consider and respect others’ personal space. Avoid gathering in large groups and move through the corridors so as to avoid congestion, especially at class start and end times.
  • Eating on campus: food may not be consumed on campus until further notice, as this involves the removal of masks for a prolonged period of time in which students would be in close proximity to others.
  • Hand hygiene: avail yourself of regular opportunities for hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water or using the hand sanitizer stations located throughout both campuses.
  • Positive test: If you test positive for COVID-19, you may return to campus only after you have fulfilled the advice of public health authorities for returning to public settings. People who test positive for COVID-19 will need to self-isolate and manage symptoms as outlined in the BC self-management guidance.
  • Commuting to campus by transit: if you are planning to use public transit to commute to campus, you may find TransLink’s Trip Planner tool to be a useful resource.  In addition to schedules, you can use this site to find the fastest route to get you here.

FDU Administrative Actions

  • Air ventilation and quality: the West Georgia Street location is a modern building constructed in 2015 to LEED Gold certification standards. This certification ensures the highest standard of indoor air ventilation quality and monitoring.

At the Cambie Street location, a much older building, facilities management has made improvements to increase the volume of outdoor air ventilated through the building. Air filters have been installed that capture 98% of airborne pollutants (including bacteria and viruses) and are replaced quarterly.  The indoor air quality has been tested and is within the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) guidelines. 

  • On campus gatherings: In compliance with Provincial Health Officer Orders, in-person discretionary gatherings and meetings will be conducted remotely until further notice. This includes non-curricular activities, such as student clubs and social gatherings.
  • Visitors on campus: Campus access is limited to FDU students, faculty and staff. Visitors will only be permitted who provide a direct benefit to student learning and wellbeing. All other visitors to campus will be restricted.
  • Informative guides: A variety of information guides have been posted throughout the campus to provide students information on best practices to aid in mitigating the risk of COVID-19 contagion.
  • Sanitizing stations: numerous hand sanitizing stations and sanitizing supplies have been strategically located throughout the campus and in classrooms, offices, and public workstations.
  • Plexiglas barriers: numerous Plexiglas barriers have been erected to provide safe working spaces for frontline staff. These will remain in place and maintained until further notice.
  • Contact tracing: contact tracing is no longer considered to be an effective public health intervention for control of COVID-19 in the community. FDU will provide notifications to faculty, staff or students about potential or confirmed communicable diseases cases (including COVID -19) only if requested to do so by the Medical Health Officer.

 

David O’Reilly

Deputy Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

FDUV to Return to In-person Instruction on February 7, 2022

January 31, 2022

FDU Vancouver announced in fall 2021 that classes for the Spring 2022 semester would be delivered in person only.  On January 5, 2022, we announced a temporary pause in the return to in-person learning, with face-to-face instruction resuming at any time beginning February 7, 2022. 

FDUV will return to full in-person instruction on February 7, 2022. Classes with scheduled times will be delivered on-campus only.  No remote learning will be possible.   

This decision is taken based on a better understanding of the reduced impact of the COVID omicron variant on vaccinated individuals, the very low risk of transmission on university campuses relative to the broader community, and the benefits to you of face-to-face teaching and learning. I encourage you to read the Return to Campus Public Health Guidance provided by the BC Ministry of Health which provides the background that was considered in making this decision  http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID_public_guidance/Public_Health_Guidance_Campus.pdf 

All members of the FDUV community are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID to prevent serious illness, and to obtain vaccination boosters as soon as they are made available to you.  Information on how to get vaccinated is available at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register  Vaccines are available to all FDUV students and their families.  

When on-campus students will be expected to follow the FDUV Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. This includes the requirement to always wear a mask while on campus, including in classrooms, and most importantly to monitor for illness and stay home if you are sick. A self-assessment tool is available at Access the self-assessment tool at https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en 

Students will be required to attend classes in person, and no remote learning options will be provided.  At the same time, members of the FDUV community can continue to meet using Zoom when appropriate, such as instructor office hours, which may be held in-person or via Zoom, at the instructor’s discretion.  

If students wish to make changes to their Spring 2022 schedule they must contact Enrollment Services at esvancouver@fdu.edu by January 31, 2022.  

We appreciate that facing the risk of COVID infection is stressful, however low that risk may be.  Being part of a community is a way to be supported in times of stress, whatever the cause, and we look forward to being back together to rebuild the community that FDU Vancouver prides itself on.  At the same time, please reach out to FDUV Student Services if you need assistance in accessing the free counseling services available to all FDUV students. 

FDU Vancouver Counselling Office Hours are 11am to 2pm on Monday to Thursday.  Students can book appointments by calling 604-648-4497 or by emailing fduvcounseling@fdu.edu

Thank you for your understanding and support. 

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

Student Access To Campus by Appointment Only

January 10, 2022

In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment, student access to the Vancouver campus locations will be limited until the campus reopens on February 7th, 2022. 

If you need to meet a staff member in person, please call 604-648-4460 and your call will be directed to the appropriate department to make an appointment.

Please consult with the list below if you need to make an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor, to join an Academic Workshop or for other academic support needs.

 

Writing Centre Appointments:           https://writingcentre.youcanbook.me

Academic Workshops Sign Up:           https://fduworkshops.youcanbook.me/

Student Tutoring Appointments:           https://fdusubjecttutoring.youcanbook.me/

Smarthinking  On-line Tutoring:           https://services.smarthinking.com/login

Academic Advisor Appointments:          advisingcentre.youcanbook.me

 

Thank you,

 

David O’Reilly

Deputy Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

 

FDU Vancouver delays face to face instruction: Classes to begin via remote learning until at least February 7

January 5,2022

In light of recent public health announcements concerning the rapid spread of COVID and the negative impact this would have on students, faculty and staff, instruction for the FDU Vancouver Spring 2022 academic term will begin via remote learning (Zoom) and continue until February 7, 2022.   

This is a temporary pause in the planned return to face-to-face instruction for the Spring 2022 trimester, and face-to-face instruction could resume at any time beginning February 7. An announcement regarding any extension to this pause will be made on January 31 and will consider conditions at that time.  

The Spring 2022  trimester begins for new FDUV students with online undergraduate orientation starting January 10 and online graduate orientation on January 17.  Classes begin on January 17 for new and returning undergraduate students and on January 24 for new and returning graduate students.  

Following this temporary pause, students must be prepared to attend classes in person; no accommodation will be made (such as through the continuation of remote learning) for students who are not able to attend in person. Students who are out of the country must make appropriate arrangements to be present for classes, and must at all times abide by Canada immigration and border security requirements, including for mandatory vaccination and possible quarantine.  Students who are out of the country are advised to return at the earliest opportunity to provide for any possible delays.  

Normal FDUV attendance, withdrawal, tuition, and leave of absence policies will continue to apply. Again, students are expected to be able to be present for in-person classes when they resume after February 7.   

As always, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to ensure they are fully vaccinated, and observe public health recommendations with respect to masking, social distancing, and personal hygiene. 

 

Thank you,

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

FDU Vancouver Campus COVID update regarding Omicron variant

November 30, 2021

FDU Vancouver is monitoring the evolving situation regarding the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.   As always, our goal is to ensure the health and well-being of FDU Vancouver students, staff and faculty as we fulfill our academic mission.  We are guided by the advice of public health authorities and higher education authorities.  At this time that advice continues to be that post-secondary institutions are safe environments for in-person instruction.  Students should continue to make preparations for a full return to in-person instruction on the FDU Vancouver Campus for the Spring 2022 semester.  Remote learning will not be provided; the terms of the consent given to FDUV to offer degree programs by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training are for in-person instruction.

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

FDU Vancouver Campus Instruction Options for Spring 2022 Semester 

November 17, 2021 

As announced on October 22, 2021, for the Spring 2022 semester, FDU Vancouver classes will be delivered in person only; remote learning will not be an option.  Students will be expected to be present on campus in Vancouver.   

The Vancouver Campus is confident that campus health promotion practices and current public health measures, including public vaccination requirements and those required for entry into Canada, will ensure that the Vancouver Campus continues to be a safe and effective learning environment. To begin or continue their studies in Spring 2022, students are expected to be on campus.  

Students who are overseas must plan on returning to Vancouver to attend Spring 2022 classes and make appropriate travel arrangements. 

Students who began their studies through remote learning without having been approved for a study permit and who do not currently have visas that permit travel to Canada have the option of (a) taking a leave of absence from their studies until they are approved for a study permit or (b) if they are in the MAS, MHMS, or BAIS programs, transferring their studies to FDU New Jersey and continuing their studies through online learning.   

Students who are not able or willing to be present on campus in Vancouver for Spring 2022 should immediately contact Enrolment Services at esvancouver@fdu.edu and indicate whether they wish to request a leave of absence or instructions on how to transfer their studies to FDU online learning. 

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

FDU Vancouver Campus Return to In-Person Instruction for Spring 2022 Semester

October 22, 2021

This is an update regarding instructional options for those students who will be taking classes with FDU Vancouver during the Spring 2022 Semester.  As you know, because of Canadian government-imposed travel restrictions, which limited the ability of some new and current students to travel to Canada, FDU Vancouver gave students the opportunity to study via remote learning for the Fall 2021 semester.

For the Spring 2022 semester, FDU Vancouver classes will be delivered in person only; remote learning will not be an option.  Students will be expected to be present on campus in Vancouver.  

This decision is based on the lifting of travel restrictions, the relaxing of public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID, and the ongoing efforts by FDU Vancouver to promote general health-related behaviours to reduce the spread of viruses.  It is not subject to appeal and we will not make exceptions to accommodate student circumstances.  Please plan accordingly and make all necessary travel arrangements to be in Vancouver for the Spring 2022 semester.

Importantly, yesterday we received guidance from the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, through the Degree Quality Assessment Board, which stated that “all post-secondary institutions in the province should return to in-person instruction as much as possible beginning January 2022.” 

All locations of the FDU Vancouver Campus will be open with full use of classrooms at both the 842 Cambie and 89 West Georgia locations.  We hope that all spaces in each location will be fully accessible and will provide additional updates as needed. 

For current students who are overseas, you should plan on returning to Vancouver to attend Spring 2022 classes and make appropriate travel arrangements right away.  Additionally, the most recent guidance that we are aware of from Immigration Canada is that after January 2022 only study in person in Canada will contribute to the eligibility for Post Graduate Work Permits.  New students should make travel arrangements to arrive in time for new student orientation.  In all instances, please ensure that you observe all government requirements for entry into Canada.

We look forward to the FDU Vancouver community coming fully back together again, and to a vibrant teaching, learning, and co-curricular experience on the FDU Vancouver Campus. 

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

New COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Requirements for Travellers Arriving in Canada by Air

September 22, 2021

As of September 7, 2021, all other foreign nationals do not need to be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose if they have proof that they are fully vaccinated. Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be required to meet an exemption or be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose.

Beginning at 12:01 am EDT on September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be eligible to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism; however, these individuals must:

  1. Be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 daysprior to entering Canada
  2. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) 
  3. Have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular testresult taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada.  Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests,” are not accepted
  4. Be asymptomatic
  5. Submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan
  6. Be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act,and
  7. Take a test on arrival, if selected

Update on Learning Options for New and Returning FDUV students

August 17, 2021

In response to rising concern about the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the travel challenges faced by students who are outside of Canada, the FDU Vancouver Campus will be offering the following study options for students for the Fall 2021 semester:  

  • New students who are beginning their first semester of studies with FDUV and who are overseas and cannot travel to Vancouver before the first day of classes because of travel restrictions or visa processing delays will be able to begin their studies using synchronous remote learning (Zoom) technology.
  • New students who are able to travel to Vancouver or who are already in Vancouver will be able to begin their studies through remote learning or through in-person instruction.  At least some in-person instruction will be made available to these new students who wish it; students may be required to take a mix of in-person and remotely delivered classes.  Some courses will only be available in-person and some will only be available via technology mediated learning. 

 Information will be provided about hardware, software and internet access requirements needed to attend technology mediated classes.   

  • Returning students who are overseas and cannot travel to Vancouver because of travel restrictions or visa processing delays will be able to continue their studies using technology mediated learning, including synchronous remote learning (Zoom) technology or on-line courses.     
  • Returning students who are able to travel to Vancouver or who are already in Vancouver will be able to continue their studies in-person or, subject to class availability, through technology mediated learning.

Priority for registration in technology mediated learning classes will be given to students who are not able to travel to Canada.  Some courses will only be available in-person and some will only be available via technology.  Students should be aware that technology mediated courses may be scheduled at times that are inconvenient in local time zones. 

All students planning to travel to Canada or who are already in Vancouver are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated.  Vaccinations are free and widely available in BC. For information follow the guidelines on the Vax for B.C. page. 

Students should be aware that their eligibility for Post Graduate Work Permits can be affected by whether their studies take place in Canada or overseas.  

Students travelling to Canada are advised to understand and follow all Immigration Canada requirements and Public Health orders.   

FDU Vancouver will continue to take actions to mitigate the risk of COVID19 transmission on campus including but not limited to mask requirements.  Any further policy changes will be communicated as appropriate.  A policy requiring that students attending classes in person be fully vaccinated or a recent negative COVID test is not in place at this time, but may be announced in future.  

New student orientation sessions will be held as follows:   

  • Undergraduate Orientation – Monday, August 30 at 9 am (PST) 
  • Graduate Orientation – Tuesday, September 7 at 9 am (PST) 

The first day of classes for the Fall semester is as follows:   

  • Undergraduate Students – Tuesday, September 7 
  • Graduate Students – Monday, September 13  

Statement on the Missing Children of the Kamloops (Tk’emlúps) Residential School

June 2, 2021

The Fairleigh Dickinson University Vancouver Campus espouses values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all peoples. With others we are deeply saddened by the news this last week confirming the buried remains of 215 children have been found on the site of the former Kamloops residential school. The forced removal of Indigenous children from their families and communities that resulted from Canada’s residential school system is a stain on our history and an injustice whose legacy requires prompt and meaningful action. With other universities, we call on Canadians to speak up in support of Indigenous peoples and to demand action from our government, specifically to act more meaningfully on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its 94 Calls to Action.

We send our condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation for the tragic loss of their children. We ask that the lives of these children be properly honored and respected, with those of all who were taken to residential schools across Canada, many of whom also remain in unmarked graves. We ask that these children be returned to their families and communities in the proper manner.

FDU Vancouver Campus acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The land on which we gather in Teaneck-Hackensack and Madison is the traditional territory of the Lenni Lenape people.

FDU Vancouver Campus preparing for in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester

March 25, 2021

With other private and public universities in British Columbia, FDU Vancouver Campus is following the advice of the Ministry of Advanced Education and public health authorities to prepare for in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester.  We are hopeful that as vaccines are distributed and social distancing and other restrictions are lifted, we will be able to welcome new and returning students back to our campus at 842 Cambie street and to our new location at 89 West Georgia, in Vancouver.   We are awaiting guidelines from authorities that will support the safe resumption of on-campus teaching, learning and co-curricular activities.  We expect that these guidelines will take into account all that is necessary to continue to ensure a safe and healthy campus environment.  At the same time, we must be prepared for a variety of circumstances, given the challenge of precisely predicting what the COVID situation will be in September.  We also recognize that, as an international campus, many of our current students are overseas and have yet to return to Canada, and new students are awaiting study permits to allow them to come to Vancouver.  Therefore, we are developing plans for a variety of situations, even as we hope to return to full on-campus instruction in September.  For the Summer 2021 semester beginning in May courses will be continued to be delivered through online or remote learning. 

Over the coming months FDUV leadership will be developing plans for different circumstances, following updates that we will be receiving to the post-secondary Go-Forward Guidelines and in line with Worksafe BC requirements.  We will keep everyone informed as these plans are developed. 

 

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada

December 31, 2020

Starting January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. Please consult the news release for air travellers. Travellers should consult with their airline regarding the appropriate documentation required for travel.  Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.  Travellers should monitor the IRCC website for up-to-date information.

 

 

 

 

 

FDU Vancouver Campus Update for Spring 2021

November 3, 2020

As provincial and federal authorities are developing new policies and guidelines in response to the continued presence of the COVID-19 virus, to keep us all safe and healthy, FDU Vancouver is doing its part to support the well-being and academic progress of our current and future students.

For the Spring 2021 semester, academic programs of the Vancouver Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University will continue to be delivered predominantly through remote learning using synchronous Zoom technology, as well as through the scheduling of asynchronous online courses.  A small number of courses will be available for face-to-face instruction, limited to first semester students in specific classes who are able to and who wish to be present on campus.  These classes will also be offered through remote learning for those who prefer or who are not able to attend in person.

We have adapted the Vancouver campus to meet provincial health authority COVID-19 safety requirements and have implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 readiness plan to welcome students from overseas to enroll at FDU Vancouver. 

To be able to enter Canada as a student:

  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.

Your travel to Canada will be considered essential (non-discretionary) if you have all of the required documents and your DLI is on the approved list.

FDU Vancouver is a Designated Learning Institution and has had its COVID-19 readiness plan  approved by provincial educational authorities to reopen to international students and has been added to the list of approved DLIs:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html#wb-auto-42

We look forward to welcoming new students to begin their studies in Canada at FDU Vancouver and joining the community of students already in Vancouver or who are studying from overseas.  Although at this time we are physically distanced, we look forward to connecting with you and inviting your participation in the many online activities we use to stay together!

 

 

 

 

 

FDU Travel and Self-Isolation Guide

September 28, 2020

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Canadian government has imposed restrictions that limit travel to and from Canada and has implemented an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires travelers entering Canada to quarantine for 14 days to manage the spread of COVID-19.

FDU Vancouver has created a Travel and Self-Isolation Guide to provide you with the information you need to prepare for travel to Canada and to succeed during your 14-day self-isolation, including where you will stay and how you will meet your needs while quarantining. 

Quarantine is mandatory, even if you do not have any symptoms.  Travelers without a quarantine plan can face severe penalties including fines, jail time, or inadmissibility to Canada. 

Please continue to consult the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website for up-to-date information.

 

 

 

 

 

FDU Vancouver Campus COVID Safety Plans

September 8th, 2020; Updated October 1st, 2020

A message from Campus Executive, Dr. Wilfred Zerbe

As we begin the Fall semester the health and safety of our students, instructors and staff is paramount, particularly as we increase limited use of our 842 Cambie Street location.  We have implemented a number of plans to guide this, including a COVID-19 Return to Campus Safely Plan, that closely follows the recommended considerations for preparedness from the COVID-19, Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector produced by B.C. Post-Secondary Institutions with the support of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.   We have also developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan following the WorksafeBC guidelines for returning to a safe and healthy workplace environment for all our faculty and staff, and a COVID -19 Outbreak Response Plan should FDU become aware of any confirmed, probable or suspect cases of COVID-19 while on campus.  We strongly recommend that you review each plan.

In addition, I wish to draw your attention to the following key points:

  • While the campus is open for instructors and staff between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, we continue to encourage faculty and staff to work from home where appropriate.
  • You should not come to campus if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with a possible positive case.
  • Students are only permitted on campus in order to attend required classes and only during those time and only in the assigned classroom or to attend prearranged meetings.  In general, virtual meetings are preferred.
  • Each time you enter campus you are required to sign-in, using your smartphone and the QR codes that are posted.  Please sanitize your hands on entry.
  • You are required to wear a mask on campus, except when in your office or otherwise maintaining physical distance, such as in a classroom where students are seated and socially distanced.
  • For in-person classes, strict occupancy limits have been set for each classroom and seating has been arranged to maintain minimum distance between occupants.
  • We are providing a disinfectant spray and paper towel set at each teaching station so that instructors can sanitize their working space before class begins. Similarly, we are providing a separate disinfectant spray and paper towel set in each classroom so that students can sanitize their desktop before class begins. 
  • Please observe the required classroom entrances and exits, and the hallway traffic flow directions. Please also observe the parts of campus that are closed to use.
  • Additional multiple daily cleaning of high touch areas has been scheduled. 
  • Your support in encouraging others to follow these expectations would also be appreciated.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the attached plan, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself, David O’Reilly, or Gillian Hartinger.

Thank you for your support for each other.

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

Start your studies with FDU from your home country!

July 20, 2020

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) prides itself on preparing students to become world citizens through global education. The University offers high-quality global learning opportunities and values diversity as an academic strength. The Vancouver Campus is a diverse community of learners from around the world who enjoy small class sizes and personalized support.   

Because Fall 2020 courses will be delivered both on campus and through remote learning, FDU is creating the opportunity for you to begin your studies from your home country and then to complete your degree either online or by traveling to Vancouver once travel restrictions are lifted.  

For FDU Vancouver, “remote learning” means live, at-the-same-time instruction using video-conferencing software (Zoom) to provide a highly interactive, participative learning experience.  

We have been delivering our courses through remote learning for the summer term and will continue to do so in Fall 2020.

For Fall 2020, first-semester courses in all programs at the FDU Vancouver Campus will be delivered in two ways:  (1) on campus, providing new students with the option to travel to Canada to pursue their studies, and (2) through remote learning, for students who are not able to travel to Vancouver or who prefer that option.    

If you have received a Letter of Acceptance from FDU Vancouver you can register for and complete your first semester of classes even if you do not yet have a study permit or cannot travel to Vancouver to begin your studies. 

During your first semester, and while you are completing courses through remote learning, you can continue the process of applying for a study permit and then, if successful, and if travel restrictions allow, travel to Vancouver to continue your studies in person. 

The time you spend studying in Canada after you arrive, or the time you spend studying from outside of Canada (provided you have a study permit before September 7th), will count toward a Canadian Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).  

If you do not receive a Canadian study permit, you can continue your studies online through FDU if you are applying to the Master of Administrative Science, Master of Hospitality Management Studies, or Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies.

Information on all online degree options provided by FDU is available here: https://online.fdu.edu/

PATHWAYS TO YOUR DEGREE:

* This is based on Canadian immigration policy as of July 1, 2020 and is subject to change.  Students are responsible for complying with immigration regulations.

** The length of your degree program will affect the length of the PGWP. Students may need to take additional courses to be eligible for up to a 3-year PGWP.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I let you know that I want to start my studies from my home country?

We will contact accepted students with a survey and further information so you can let us know about your study plans!

When do classes start? 

Classes for the Fall 2020 semester begin on September 8th for undergraduate students and on September 14th for graduate students.  Spring 2021 semester undergraduate classes begin on January 18th and graduate classes begin on January 25th.  Students must attend orientation, which takes place one week prior to the first class.

What should I do if I am planning to travel to Vancouver?

You are responsible for ensuring that you meet all government and airline travel requirements.  At the moment, travelers to Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days and you will be required to show how you plan to do this.

What happens if my visa is denied? Can I continue taking my courses? 

Yes, if you have been accepted to the Master of Administrative Science, Master of Hospitality Management Studies, or Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies programs. You can continue your courses online through FDU.  More information is available at https://online.fdu.edu/

What happens if I get my visa but can’t travel? 

If you are not able to travel you can continue your studies online.  All FDU courses are transferable between campuses. 

What happens if I do not get my study permit before January 2021? 

If you do not receive a study permit before January 2021, you can re-apply for a study permit for later semesters or you can continue your studies online through FDU if you are applying to the Master of Administrative Science, Master of Hospitality Management Studies,  or Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies. Currently, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology cannot be completed online.

Information on all online degree options provided by FDU is available here: https://online.fdu.edu/

Can I travel to Canada in the middle of the course if travel restrictions are lifted? Can I switch to face-to-face courses in the middle of the term? 

Students are welcome to come to Vancouver as soon as they can; however, it may be more cost-effective to wait until the end of the term. Students are encouraged to complete their courses in the mode of instruction they started with.

What will my remote classes be like?  

For FDU Vancouver, “remote learning” means live, at-the-same-time instructions using video-conferencing software (Zoom) to provide a highly interactive, participative learning experience.  

I want to take a remote learning course from my home country but I am not sure my internet is fast enough. Can I try it and see if it works?  

If you can have a Zoom video conversation with a friend in another city, you should be fine.  Try it!

You can test your Zoom connection here: https://zoom.us/test

My country is in a different time zone than Canada. Does it mean that my courses will be delivered during my night time? 

FDU courses are delivered synchronously, which means that you must be online at a scheduled time. However, we do our best to schedule courses at times convenient for students in the Middle East and Asia.

Do I need to buy any special equipment if I want to take remote learning courses? 

You should have access to a computer (desktop or laptop) with a video camera, or the equivalent, and internet access.

I am not sure my computer skills are sufficient to take on a remote learning class. Will I get any help? 

Yes! FDU Vancouver provides students access to online tutors so that students are fully supported throughout the term. We also run a variety of interactive workshops that support students’ computer and academic preparation skills.

I am not sure my English is good enough to take a remote learning course. Will I get any additional support? 

Yes! FDU Vancouver provides students access to writing centre support and online tutors so that students are fully supported throughout the term. We also run a variety of interactive workshops that support students’ English writing and academic preparation skills.

What are FDUV’s language requirements?

All new FDU Vancouver students are required to take the FDU English Placement Test before beginning their studies.

https://www.fdu.edu/campuses/vancouver-campus/learning-support-services/academic-writing-test/

How do I complete my FDU English Placement Test?

We offer you an opportunity to take this test remotely from your home country! If your test results indicate that you are required to take Pre-University of Pre-Master’s English classes, you can begin taking these classes in remote learning mode even if you cannot travel to Canada. Please note that these classes are pre-requisites to the regular courses required for your graduation and are offered at a flat reduced rate. This is a great chance to upgrade your English skills and start preparing for the success in your programs during the time when you cannot yet travel to Canada.

Or you can complete your language test on arrival in Vancouver.  

More information on Pre-University and Pre-Masters English courses:

https://www.fdu.edu/campuses/vancouver-campus/vancouver-programs/

Under what circumstances am I eligible for a refund? 

New Fall 2020 students are eligible for a full refund in the event of visa rejection and prior to registering for courses. If you decide to start the Fall 2020 term from home while trying to reapply for a visa or waiting for one, you will have until September 21, 2020 to drop the courses without penalty. In these cases, the university will refund the full deposit minus a non-refundable fee of $316.

Our standard refund policy will apply for students who decide to continue their studies as of the third week of the fall term. For more information on our refund policy and penalties, please visit our website:

https://www.fdu.edu/campuses/vancouver-campus/enrollment-services/tuition-fees/refund-policy/

How will my eligibility for the Canadian Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) program be affected by studying from overseas rather than in Canada?

The Canadian Government has made temporary changes to the PGWPP for students who start or continue their studies outside of Canada in 2020.  Time spent studying outside of Canada (until December 31, 2020), will count towards PGWP eligibility and length of the PGWP issued, provided that the student completes at least 50% of their program in Canada, meets all the other program criteria, and has a study permit or study permit approval prior to commencing their program.

Can I start my studying from my home country in Spring 2021 rather than Fall 2020? 

Right now, the opportunity to take FDU Vancouver courses through remote learning is only available for Fall 2020.  We hope that by Spring 2021 we will be back in a full face to face mode and to be able to welcome you to Vancouver!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2020 Admissions Update

April 15, 2020

FAQ for future students.

Thank you for your interest in being a student on the Vancouver campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. We pride ourselves on the quality of our programs, the personal support we provide and we hope to be welcoming you to our campus in the near future. 

The following are commonly asked questions about how we are responding to the challenges created by the COVID-19 virus and to help you with your planning.

FDU Vancouver is accepting new students for Summer 2020.  We will be providing online registration and orientation and delivering courses through remote learning.

What do I need to be able to begin my studies in Summer 2020?

You need to have received a letter of acceptance from FDU Vancouver, paid your deposit, and have either a letter of introduction or already have a valid visa that would normally allow you to travel to Canada and obtain a study permit.  Because of travel restrictions, we are allowing students to begin their studies from outside Canada.

What if I am already in Canada with a study permit?

Awesome!  Please contact vancouver-admissions@fdu.edu and we will get you going for summer enrolment!

Can I complete my degree through remote learning?

No. Students who begin their program of studies through remote learning will complete their coursework in Vancouver when the remote learning period ends and will be expected to travel to Vancouver. The remote learning period is temporary to provide for social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How is FDU Vancouver helping new students begin their studies?

We are endeavoring to be as flexible as we can to accommodate this unique and challenging situation, even as we do our best to maintain the integrity of our admissions and registration policies and practices. For example, we are being more flexible about deferring program start dates. 

What will I need to be able to begin my studies from outside Canada?

Summer 2020 courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University Vancouver will be delivered by “remote learning”.  While students and instructors will not meet face to face, classes are designed to be engaging, interactive, and to encourage participation.  

Classes will be scheduled for a specific time and students will participate in video conferencing, online presentations, and discussions with their instructor and their classmates. 

You will need access to a computer, access to the internet, and be able to take classes at the time they are offered in Vancouver time.

When will the Summer 2020 semester start?

The summer semester on the FDU-Vancouver campus will begin with New Student Orientation on May 19, and classes will begin on May 25.

Can I defer the start of my studies?

Yes. If you are accepted for the next semester but are not able to enter Canada because of travel restrictions, we will be happy to defer your program start date to September 2020 or January 2021. Our team will provide you with an updated Letter of Acceptance required for your visa application.

What happens if my application for a visa is not successful?

As always, if you are not able to obtain a visa your deposit will be refunded. And as always, if you elect not to study at FDU any tuition that is prepaid will be refunded following the expiry of your letter of acceptance.

I am still in my home country and will be traveling to Canada to begin my studies. Am I able to enter Canada?

International students are exempt from air travel and border restrictions IF they hold a valid study permit, or hold written notice of approval (letter of introduction) for a study permit that was issued before12 pm EDT on March 18, 2020.  Students with written notice of approval issued after this date will not be able to travel to Canada until after the travel restrictions are lifted.

Travel advisories and exemptions are fluid at this time. Please consult the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website for up to date information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship.html.

What happens if I travel to Canada to begin my studies?

Please consult the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website for up to date information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html At this time, travelers should expect to be required to have a plan to quarantine themselves for 14 days, including where they will stay and how they will meet their needs while confined.  Quarantine is mandatory, even for travelers without any symptoms.  Travelers without a quarantine plan can face severe penalties including fines, jail time, or inadmissibility to Canada.

To board a flight to Canada, travelers must tell the airline that they are exempt from the travel restrictions.  Travelers must bring a non-medical mask or face covering and wear it as directed by authorities.  They must show documents which establish they are travelling to Canada for an essential reason (e.g. study).  They must show a valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA) and a passport that is valid to fly to Canada.  Airline officials will do a health check to confirm travelers do not have symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

What if I am not able to travel? What happens to my deposit?

If you are not able to come to Vancouver to take up studies at FDU as a result of government ordered travel restrictions in your home country and chose not to defer the start of your studies to a later semester, your deposit will be refunded. Refund requests for the summer 2020 term must be received by October 14, 2020, at vancouver-admissions@fdu.edu

I have received an offer of admission from FDU Vancouver, what do I do now?

You have 60 days to accept our offer and to send us your deposit. We look forward to welcoming you when you arrive.

How can I find accommodation in the Vancouver area?

Please visit FDU Vancouver’s Housing Page for a list of housing options. If you have any questions about student housing, please contact our Director of Student Services, Jobin Mojtabavi at jobin@fdu.edu.

What should I be doing to protect myself from COVID-19?

Most importantly, we encourage you to follow the advice of public health professionals in your community regarding personal hygiene and social distancing. We want you to arrive at FDU Vancouver healthy and happy!

What if I have other questions?

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you to our campus! Please contact us at vancouver-admissions@fdu.edu and we will assist you by e-mail or by other convenient online means.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus Update

For current FDU Vancouver students, faculty, and staff:

There has been a number of cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, and these are being very closely managed. Please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control for more information and for information about signs and symptoms. Updates regarding the status of this disease can also be found on the following websites:

Health Canada

Vancouver Coastal Health

What should I do if I have concerns about my health?

Students, faculty, or staff who require immediate assistance should contact their health provider.

8-1-1 is free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. By calling 8-1-1, you can speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a health professional.

FDU has moved to remote (online) learning. How can I get help with this?

For faculty and Students: Please refer to FDU’s resource guide for remote learning and scroll down to the appropriate section.

Additional resources for students:

Additional resources for instructors:

I am currently enrolled and my course is being delivered remotely. Can I return to my home country?

Yes. To the extent we reasonably can, we will support students who elect to return home.

However, you will be responsible for meeting all online course learning expectations. Some online learning technologies may not work from your home country. Time zone differences may affect your participation in synchronous class activities. It is also possible that country regulations may not permit online course delivery. For these reasons, we cannot promise that we can accommodate all online learning needs if you are out of Canada.

Travel restrictions are changing daily and could potentially affect your return to Canada for future studies. Please ensure that your study permit and your temporary resident visa (applies only to certain countries) will be valid for the foreseeable future. If your study permit expires within the next 6 months, please contact Fernanda Barros in Student Services at fernandab@fdu.edu.

If you intend to return home, please inform your academic advisor, and send an email to Enrollment Services at esvancouver@fdu.edu. It is essential that we have this information.

Can I travel for personal reasons?

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff located on our Vancouver Campus and are planning on traveling for personal reasons, please take necessary precautions and ensure that you abide by travel advisories posted on the government of Canada website. Please be aware of the restrictions that are in place for all travelers.

I am a faculty member or staff member. Can I travel for university purposes?

Travel for University purposes requires the approval of the Vancouver Campus Executive and will follow the FDU policy.

Will FDU Vancouver courses continue to be delivered remotely?

FDU Vancouver classes will continue to be delivered by remote learning until the University, on the advice of public health authorities, returns to face-to-face teaching. FDU Vancouver summer semester classes will begin on May 25 for currently enrolled returning students.