By Thea Gribilas and Sarah Tomlinson
Ryerson’s in-person international exchange has been suspended for the winter 2022 semester, the university announced in an email sent to students on Wednesday.
The decision was made in light of the federal government’s continued global travel advisory instructing Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel, according to Sandra Chung, The Creative School’s international coordinator.
“Our priority is to make timely decisions to ensure that you are able to make alternative arrangements,” the statement said.
“Note that we will continue to monitor the Government of Canada’s travel advisories and plan accordingly.”
The winter 2021 semester and fall 2021 semester exchanges were also cancelled, The Eye previously reported.
The university added that in order to provide next year’s students with the opportunity to go abroad, students will not be able to defer their exchange to the 2023 winter semester exchange.
Nevertheless, students can consult with their academic advisor to inquire about the possibility of submitting a brand new application for 2023.
“There is no guarantee of being accepted again into the 2022-23 exchange program given the limited number of spots available at partner institutions,” the statement reads.
The Ryerson International Exchange Opportunities and Scotiabank Mobility Scholarships have also been cancelled.
The university said it is offering a number of virtual global learning opportunities, for which students who were planning on going on exchange will have priority placement.
Information regarding other international opportunities such as co-ops, internships and other types of experiential learning for the winter 2022 semester is forthcoming.