International Education

 COVID-19 UPDATE — June 30, 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.

Whether flying into Canada or driving into Canada, there are several requirements that must be met before entering Canada. This includes providing a negative test result for COVID-19.


Further testing and quarantine requirements come into effect on February 22, 2021. 

For travellers arriving to Canada by air

As of February 22, 2021, all air travellers, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With limited exceptions, air travellers, will also be required to reserve prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be required to stay at their reserved hotel for up to 3 nights, at their own cost, while they await the results of their arrival test.

Hotel Booking: Travellers will need to book a hotel in the city in which they first arrive in Canada. Hotel stopover bookings are managed by GB Travel Canada Inc., and are available by phone only. Bookings can't be made directly with the hotel

If they receive a negative result on their arrival test, they will be able to take a connecting flight to their final destination. There will be a number of hotels to choose from near each of the four international airports accepting international flights, in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Costs of these hotel stays may vary slightly at each location. It is up to the traveller to choose where they wish to stay and book in advance of departure. Bookings must The price will include costs associated with the room, food, cleaning, infection prevention and control measures, and security as well as transportation.

These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.

Finally, at the same time on February 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight. All travellers arriving to Canada must also continue to submit COVID-related information electronically daily throughout the quarantine period. For a quarantine location to be deemed suitable, travellers cannot stay with at-risk subpopulations including people who work in hospitals or long-term care facilities, adults over the age of 65, or those who are immunocompromised or at risk for more severe disease outcomes. 

Testing and quarantine requirements for both air travel and land border crossings can be found on this link.  








All travelers 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


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.