COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources

Classes and academic activities


Thank you for your continued patience as UFV adapts to the COVID-19 situation. Our goal is to keep you and the UFV community healthy while continuing to provide top-quality education through flexible and engaging methods.

Fall 2020 semester

All courses and exams will be delivered in an online format to help limit the spread of COVID-19. All post-secondary institutions in BC will be operating under similar formats for fall 2020.

Any classes or forms of hands-on learning that can’t be delivered online will be deferred to January 2021 where possible. In cases were rescheduling isn’t possible, we will plan for face-to-face instruction with appropriate measures in place to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.

The Fall semester will begin on August 31 with a two-week intensive session with a limited set of courses available for students. Visit the Condensed University Block Experience (CUBE) webpage for more information.

The regular semester will now begin on Monday, September 14 and go until Friday, December 11. The final exam period will begin on Monday, December 14 and conclude on Monday, December 21.


Registration began on July 2nd. Please pay your registration deposit well before your registration date to ensure you are able to access the registration system.

View the registration step-by-step.

Additional fall classes information

The School of Creative Arts website has been updated with new details about face-to-face instructions, material kits, and pre-booking access to SoCA spaces and equipment. Visit the SoCA COVID-19 webpage for more information.

Almost all classes in the School of Creative Arts will be offered in a fully online format in Fall 2020, with a handful of courses utilizing blended instruction (both online and face-to-face instruction), these are: VA 231, VA 283, VA 351, and VA 383. Demand for online classes has been extremely strong, and we are actively monitoring waitlists and adding seats to online classes whenever possible.


On Friday, June 5, all 17 Canada West member universities made the difficult decision to cancel the first term competition in team sports for 2020-21 season (regular season, playoff, and championships) in men's and women's soccer, football, women's rugby 15s, and women's field hockey. 

As of July 15, the Canada West Golf tournament scheduled for October 2-4 is set to go forward as planned.

Decisions about cross country and swimming will be announced by October 8.

Note: UFV will honour athletic financial aid commitments made to student-athletes in Canada West sports for the 2020-31 season. 

Read the full statement regarding the 2020-21 first term team competitions.


Off-campus placements (internship, co-op, practicum, etc.)

UFV departments are working with off-campus partners to determine whether programs can be safely continued or resumed in Fall 2020. Safety plans will be developed in consultation with our partners before students will be allowed to participate in any learning activity off-campus, and student will be expected to follow all safety protocols.

See the off-campus activities guidelines »



UFV’s research guidelines have been updated in response to COVID-19 for all people involved in research work at UFV. These guidelines will continue to be updated as the situation develops and new information is received. Please view the COVID-19 updates page on the Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies website for full details.

The office is distributing research assistant contracts, timesheets, and expense claims as usual either in hard copy or email, but is located inside the Library (G-Building, Abbotsford campus), and behind locked doors. Students may call 604-557-4074 or email for assistance with documents or questions regarding current and planned research and scholarly activities.

Student travel grants

Student travel grants assist students to present at conferences both in and outside of Canada. The Research Office is currently reviewing student travel grant requests on a case-by-case basis, carefully weighing factors such as location, event/conference information, and mode of travel to ensure students’ safety.

Please contact with questions.

Frequently asked questions — All students

The option of requiring a doctor's note to document a short term illness is suspended. 

  • If you're enrolled in an online class and you become ill, you may not be able to attend a scheduled online session or complete your work. Please contact your instructor to explain your situation.
  • If you need to miss a scheduled face-to-face learning activity, you need to submit a student declaration of absence form to your instructor and work together on a plan for how you can make up the activity.
  • If you're unable to complete your course work due to illness, you can work with your instructor on preparing an Incomplete Grade Contract.

Work with your tour leader or email UFV International to outline some critical dates. The safety of our students is our top priority but some destinations may pose less of a risk than others. 

If you are a student with further questions, including those about assignments or other program/course-specific issues, please contact your instructor through regular communications channels such as email.

Please check with your professor through the usual method you use to contact them. This could be through email or blackboard.

UFV will make attempts to minimize the impact to students in cases where documented health issues affect students' studies. View the withdrawals & refunds page to learn the steps you need to take.


Frequently asked questions — International students

Visit UFV International permits and visas information page.

Please contact UFV International at

Press play on your education this fall

Keep learning with UFV Online and join our welcoming and supportive online community. We are here to help you make the most out of your online studies.

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