How do the universities help international students during the pandemic?
Many educational institutions are implementing policies to reduce the financial burden on international students. For instance, the University of Waterloo pays the cost for days 4 to 14 for students who self-isolate on the campus in Kitchener, ON. The University of Calgary organized a Zoom-based buddy system in its quarantine system. Volunteers stay in contact with the students on their self-isolation. The University of Toronto established a $9.1 million fund to help international students to pay for the hotel quarantine and created quarantine space in its dormitories for some of the students. Smaller communities like the University of Lethbridge, AB and Thunder Bay (Lakehead University), ON, organized home renting and buying goods services for the students on quarantine. Such policies may help the Canadian education system to overcome the stormy period helping to attract more international students.