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Yes. You are required to follow McMaster’s approved COVID-19 readiness plan.

This readiness plan is mandatory for all new and returning international students.

Yes! Visit the Registrar’s Office FAQ page (under Aid and Awards) for more information about emergency financial assistance available to ALL students.

If you have received an offer for graduate studies at McMaster and you plan to accept your offer, you should apply for a study permit as soon as possible, as the process may be slower due to COVID-19.

Check your application status online. Even if you submitted a paper application earlier, you can link your application to an online account.

While there may be delays, student permit applications are in full operation and your application status should be updated.

Contact Anthony Cheah, McMaster’s immigration consultant. You can make an appointment through Oscarplus or email

UHIP is the University Health Insurance Plan that is mandatory at McMaster University for ALL international graduate and undergraduate students. The plan year runs from September 1st, 2020 to August 31, 2021. To be eligible for the plan, you must be enrolled at McMaster University, be an International student and also be physically in Ontario.

For students who are not in Ontario as of September 1: You are eligible for exemption from the plan.

What do I need to do?

To be exempt from UHIP for the fall term, you will need to email Ana Pereira at, and include the following information:

  1. Student Number
  2. Country where you will be physically as of September 1st, 2020
  3. Please retype this statement with your information in order to be exempt:

I, (your name) confirm that I (and my family, if applicable) will not be physically in Ontario as of September 1st, 2020. I request to be exempt from the UHIP plan from September to December 2020. If I arrive in Ontario at any time during the Fall term, I will connect with Ana Pereira in order to be added immediately to the UHIP plan.

Once the above information is received, you will be removed from the plan and UHIP charges will be removed from your student account for the fall term. If remote study continues past the fall term, you will receive updated instructions for the January term.

If you are in Ontario and are a registered student at McMaster, you will be enrolled in and covered under UHIP.

In early September, you will receive an email from Sun Life to your McMaster email with your UHIP card. Please print the card and carry it with you at all times in order to receive medical care.

More information on the UHIP plan along will be available starting in September.

Contact Anthony Cheah, McMaster’s immigration consultant. You can make an appointment through Oscarplus or email

The international student services team continues to be available to support students. We are offering one-on-one appointments via phone, email or an audio/video chat platform such as Zoom. To connect with us, please visit OSCARplus > Student Success Centre > Appointments > International Student Services to book an appointment.

Services at McMaster’s Office for the Development of English Language Learners (MODEL) are available online:

  • one-on-one consultations
  • conversation hangouts (limited number of students) through Microsoft Teams

Visit MODEL’s website for the most up-to-date information.

McMaster will send out emails to all international students when relevant updates become available. Please make sure that you are receiving emails from Graduate Studies and do not unsubscribe from the list.