International Education

 COVID-19 UPDATE — January 21, 2021 

Mount Royal University is committed to supporting international students during this time of uncertainty.

The following document COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION FOR MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS outlines the procedures and considerations related to travel to Canada, and quarantine during COVID-19.

Ensure you complete the MRU Isolation and Travel Registry to inform us of your travel and quarantine plans. For further information, please contact the Office of International Education (


Amended travel restrictions to allow international students to enter Canada to designated learning institutions (DLIs) with approved COVID-19 readiness plans came into effect October 20, 2020. Mount Royal University is on the list of institutions with approved COVID-19 readiness plans in place. Asymptomatic international students with the appropriate documents to enter Canada and whose designated learning institution (DLI) is on the list of institutions with approved COVID-19 readiness plans in place are considered non-discretionary and non-optional. See further information on these new measures and the approved DLI list on IRCC’s website.

As of January 7, 2021, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to CanadaThe test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)–and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

As of November 21, 2020, if you're flying to Canada as your final destination, you must use ArriveCAN to submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the mandatory isolation order)
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessments

You must use ArriveCAN before you board your flight to Canada.

  • If you’re using the ArriveCAN app, your window to submit information opens 90 days before your flight.
  • If you submit your information by signing into ArriveCAN online, your window opens 14 days before your flight.

Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN:

  • a receipt will be displayed
  • be ready to show the receipt to a Canadian border services officer
  • you can show your receipt from the app as a screenshot or printout



On November 2nd, Alberta started a pilot that could reduce the quarantine period for international arrivals to the province, using COVID-19 testing. The pilot program will last for six months, or once 52,000 travellers have been tested.

Foreign nationals currently permitted to enter Canada, including International students enrolled in an approved Designated Learning Institution in Alberta (and their immediate co-arriving family members), are eligible for the pilot, so long as they also meet these requirements:

    • They must have travelled directly from an international destination to Alberta with no interim stopovers at other Canadian destinations;
    • They must enter Alberta through the Calgary International Airport or the Coutts Border Crossing;
    • They cannot have any symptoms of COVID-19 when they enter Alberta;
    • They cannot have had contact with a known COVID-19 case in the last 14 days;
    • After being tested, they may travel to another destination in Alberta to quarantine (e.g. Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, etc.), but must remain in Alberta for at least 14 days; and,
    • They must consent to participate and abide by the conditions of the program.

Any international student who does not meet one or more of these requirements, or who choses to withdraw from the program, must have appropriate plans in place to complete the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Alberta. This pilot does not negate K-12 and post-secondary institutional responsibilities to meet federal requirements for welcoming and quarantining international students:

    • All international arrivals must present an acceptable quarantine plan to Canadian Border Service Agency officers upon entry into Canada, and will need to follow this plan until test results are returned, and if the traveller tests positive for COVID-19 or develops COVID-19 related symptoms.
    • Institutions must maintain their Alberta Health-approved international student quarantine plans to be eligible to receive international students.

Our Vision: "Creating exceptional learning experiences for a world of possibilities"

Learning has no borders. To ensure the richest education possible, Mount Royal University has built an international education program that is widely regarded as a leading-edge. Through the development and delivery of programs related to student mobility and faculty exchanges, and through the provision of specialized student supports dedicated to our international student population, our focus is to ensure Mount Royal students can have the opportunity to enrich their education and expand their understanding of the world.

Choose your adventure

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Outbound Exchange

Spend a semester or two abroad immersed in another culture.

Field School

Travel and learn with
a group of MRU faculty
and students for 4-6 weeks.

Inbound Exchange

Incoming international students studying at Mount Royal

Work Experience

Complete your work term abroad.


Why should you study abroad?

Gain valuable skills and experienceFrom learning a few words in the local language to collaborating in the classroom, develop your intercultural skills and understanding, both personally and professionally.

Globalize your degreeMake your degree stand out by adding international experience to it. Studying abroad is also an excellent way to develop international connections.

Expand your perspectiveConnecting with people from a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds will be sure to help you see the world in new ways.

Personal growthGrow by jumping outside of your comfort zone!

Have an unforgettable experienceEverything from the people you meet in the classes you take will come together to create one unforgettable experience.


Are you looking to improve your English Language skills?

The Language Education for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program offers high-quality English language instruction, developing the language skills necessary for success in academic settings. This supports a smooth transition from language classes to credit studies in undergraduate programs.