Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

ADMISSIONS, DOCUMENT SUBMISSION, AND OFFER CONDITIONS

Is Brescia still processing applications? How will I hear back about my application?
A: Yes, we are still processing applications. You will receive updates to the status of your application through the Western Student Centre (student.uwo.ca), and by e-mail.
I am reconsidering my university choices due to COVID-19. Can I still apply to Brescia?
Yes, you can still apply to Brescia. You can add us as a choice on OUAC or connect with an Admissions Officer if you have any questions before applying.
I am concerned I will not meet admission requirements or my offer conditions. Will Brescia take this into consideration?
If you have applied to Brescia for September 2020 and have been adversely impacted due to COVID-19, please complete our COVID-19 Supplemental Form. We will consider the information you provide in addition to your grades.
My school has closed due to COVID-19 and I am currently unable to provide official documents. Can I still have my application reviewed for admission?
We understand that school closures may impact your ability to obtain official documents. To ensure that we are able to continue processing your application, we will accept unofficial copies of your transcripts to consider you for a conditional offer.
At this time, we will accept the following via email to make preliminary decisions on applications: (1) Scans or pictures of transcripts/documents you already have in your possession (transcripts, report cards, etc. (2) Unofficial transcripts or report cards downloaded from the issuing school or institutional website
Prior to the start of the academic year, all submissions will need to be verified with official copies which can be sent directly to our office. Please note: If you have already been accepted to Brescia, you do not need to submit additional documents other than final transcripts, unless otherwise requested. 
Can I defer my offer of admission?
Yes, you can defer your offer of admission if you meet the conditions outlined in your offer and confirm that you will not complete any additional education elsewhere during the deferral period. To defer, you must first accept your offer, and then contact us to request a deferral. You can defer your offer for a maximum of 1 year.
Students entering the Preliminary Year Program who wish to defer their offer should contact our Preliminary Year Program Advisor, Kaitlin Cole, at: kaitlin.cole@uwo.ca
Full information about the deferral process can be found here: http://brescia.uwo.ca/admissions/accepted-students/deferments/

 

BRESCIA BOUND BOX

What is included in my Brescia Bound Box?
1 plush blanket, 1 hair scrunchie,1 Brescia lanyard, 1 #BresciaBound laptop sticker, 1 personalized card.
Who receives a Brescia Bound Box?
Ontario students coming directly to Brescia from High School who have received an offer of admission or have accepted their offer of admission for our undergraduate programs prior to April 24th.
I do not qualify to receive a box, can I purchase one?
We have opened up the Brescia Bound Boxes to more applicants, please sign-up for one here while quantities last!
When will I receive my box?
Boxes are being prepared and mailed weekly in a staggered approach. We estimate that all boxes will be out for delivery by May 15th and arriving 5 – 10 business days thereafter.

 

RESIDENCE

I cannot get a passpost size photo for my residence application. Everywhere is closed. Will you take something else?
Yes, it does not need to be a passport photo. Any photo, including selfies, that are passport sized will be accepted.
Will I have a roommate? Will my residence room be safe?
Health authorities are recommending single occupancy rooms. All of the residence rooms in Clare Hall are single occupancy. Numbers of people in common areas will be limited.

 

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

What is the Brescia BOLD award (IDS 1200)?
The Brescia BOLD award covers the tuition associated with the half credit course IDS 1200 for first year incoming international students. The course is unique to Brescia and is an interdisciplinary study on living well, learning deeply, and leading to serve others.
Do I qualify for the Brescia BOLD award?
The Brescia BOLD award will be awarded to all international students entering their first year of study. You will have to enroll in the specific offering of IDS 1200 for international students.
My school has cancelled standardized testing (A-Levels, IB exams, etc.). How will you assess me for admission without this?
We are closely monitoring secondary and postsecondary education systems around the world, as well as the status of various tests that we require for admission. We will accept the adjusted assessment methods as determined by your education system in order assess your application and offer conditions. We will work with each applicant individually to offer as much flexibility as possible in cases where documents are delayed or unavailable.
Will I be allowed to come to Canada as an international student? Should I still apply for a study permit?
We recommend applying for a study permit/student visa as soon as you receive an offer of admission. The Canadian government continues to accept and process applications, although travel restrictions are currently in place for foreign nationals. IRCC is requesting that applications for study permits be made online only. Please refer to the Government of Canada and Western International websites for up to date information regarding study permit/student visa applications. If you require support to navigate these resources, please connect with our International Program Coordinator, Lissette Ochoa, at lochoa@uwo.ca.

 

CAMPUS TOURS AND EVENTS

Are campus tours available?
Brescia has suspended on-campus tours until further notice. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and campus community in consultation with the local Middlesex-London Health Unit. A virtual tour of our state of the art residence and dining pavilion is available here: http://brescia.uwo.ca/about/at-a-glance/virtual-tour/.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

Are there any changes to admission scholarships due to COVID-19?
We are pleased to offer automatic entrance scholarships, as well as additional admission scholarships by application. At this time, there are no changes to any of our scholarship deadlines or criteria. You can view our admission scholarship opportunities here: http://brescia.uwo.ca/tuition/scholarships/admission-scholarships/
How do I submit my documents for the additional scholarships?
Scholarship application forms are fillable and will be accepted via email to brescia@uwo.ca
What is the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) and how do I apply?
The CESB will provide financial support to recent graduates and post-secondary students who are unable to work or find employment due to COVID-19, or are not earning over $1000, and who are not eligible for either the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). The benefit will provide $1,250 every four weeks for eligible students or $2,000 every four weeks for eligible students with disabilities or those with children or other dependents. The CESB is available from May 10 until August 29, 2020. Applications are open and students can apply through the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

OTHER FAQ’S

What can I expect in September? Will I be able to begin classes as planned?
We are committed to ensuring that newly enrolled students, including international students, can begin their studies in September, and supporting each student throughout this process. Brescia is offering students four tupes of course offerings: (1) Traditional in-person courses, where physical distancing measures are in place. These courses will show up on the timetable with both class times and room locations. Brescia sections are 530-539. (2) Blended (that include both an online and in-person requirement). Sections for blended courses at Brescia are 230-239. (3) Online only. These courses will be noted in the “notes” section of the timetable and will not have a course meeting time. (4) Online with class times; for these classes there will be live virtual lectures/discussions that will also be recorded for students to view at a later time. Some of these courses may be referred to as “synchronous”. These courses will have room times, but no room locations. *All Food and Nutrition labs will be offered in person, with physical distancing. Lab students will be offered appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

 

ADMISSION UPDATES BY CANADIAN PROVINCE

Ontario
  • The Ministry of Education has confirmed that all students will receive final grades at the end of the school year. Teachers will assess progress on at-home work and assign final grades.
  • Midterm grades continue to be submitted to The Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC). More information is also available on the OUAC FAQ.
  • Universities will receive grade updates from the OUAC between April 23 and May 1. All applications that have not received a decision will be reviewed when these grades are received, and an additional round of offers will be sent at this time. All Ontario high school applicants will receive a response by May 27th.
  • The Ontario Ministry of Education has confirmed that the literacy requirement for students graduating in the 2019-20 school year has been waived. Students otherwise on track and eligible to graduate, will graduate.
  • If you are registered to take a course outside of your home school, please ensure it is a Ministry-accredited and approved school that offers the same rigorous curriculum and level of instruction as your high school. Grades must be reported through OUAC.
Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut
  • The Alberta Ministry of Education has confirmed that all students will receive final grades and a report card appropriate to their grade level.
  • Grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled; high school students on track to receive 100 + credits will still be eligible to graduate.
  • If in the future it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, your current Grade 12 grades will be accepted as final grades.
British Columbia/Yukon
  • The B.C. Ministry of Education has reported that every student in Grade 12 will receive a final mark for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Students who are on track and eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this school year will graduate.
  • If in the future it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, your current Grade 12 grades will be accepted as final grades.
Manitoba
  • The Manitoba Education has indicated that no student will be held back and students on track to graduate will graduate.
  • Grade 12 provincial assessments have been cancelled however assessment of learning will continue. All students will receive a final grade and report card.
  • If in the future it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, your current Grade 12 grades will be accepted as final grades.
New Brunswick
  • The Department of Education has announced that Grade 12 students on track to graduate as of January 2020 will graduate in June 2020.
  • If in the future it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, your current Grade 12 grades will be accepted as final grades.
Newfoundland and Labrador
  • The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has announced there will be no public exams this year.
  • Students who are on track and eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this school year will graduate.
  • If in the future it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, your current Grade 12 grades will be accepted as final grades.
Nova Scotia
  • The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has announced that all tests and exams are cancelled. This includes provincial assessments, Nova Scotia Exams, and final exams in all courses. Families will receive March and April report cards and end of year report cards.
  • Students who are on track and eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this school year will graduate.
  • If in the future it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, your current Grade 12 grades will be accepted as final grades.
Prince Edward Island
  • The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has announced that Grade 12 students on track to graduate and engaged in learning prior to the school closures will have the opportunity to graduate.
  • If in the future it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, your current Grade 12 grades will be accepted as final grades.
Quebec
  • Your results will be sent automatically via the OUAC if your Quebec CÉGEP code is included on your application.
  • Rather than giving a final numerical mark, instructors may grant “equivalence,” indicating that the objectives of the course have been achieved.
Saskatchewan
  • The Ministry of Education has indicated Grade 12 students will receive a final grade based on their current grade (as of March 13). Students will be afforded the opportunity to improve their mark – if they choose – through distance and alternative learning methods provided by their school division.
  • Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
  • If in the future it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, your current Grade 12 grades will be accepted as final grades.

 

INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION UPDATES 

China
  • Final Chinese Senior secondary documents must be submitted as they become available. Brescia will accept electronic documents submitted by your school. Students with concerns about document submission should contact their Admissions Officer.
GCE Advanced Level
  • Examination boards have cancelled May/June exams in all countries but have confirmed that grades and certificates will be provided for students.
  • The cancellation of May/June exams will not preclude you from satisfying your offer conditions.
  • The examination boards aim to make results available at their regularly scheduled dates through standard means, and final results based on the adjusted assessment methods will be accepted.
  • Our policy regarding transfer credit for A-Level exams remains unchanged.
International Baccalaureate
  • The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has announced that all eligible students will be awarded a Diploma and will be given a grade for each subject.
  • The IBO aims to make results available at their regularly scheduled dates through standard means, and final results based on the adjusted assessment methods will be accepted.
  • Our policy regarding transfer credit for IB higher level courses remains unchanged.
US High School/Accreditation
  • Your average will be calculated using final grades in academic courses at the senior level.
  • If final grades are unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, current grades will be accepted as final grades. Pass/fail grades will be considered on a case-by-case basis if final grades are not available from your school.
  • Our policy regarding transfer credit for AP exams remains unchanged.
Other International School Systems
  • We anticipate having the grade information we need to make decisions in the majority of cases. Educational jurisdictions around the world are adjusting their evaluation and assessment methods and submitting results to universities accordingly. We will accept the adjusted assessment methods as determined by your educational jurisdiction in order to assess applications and conditions.
  • Your average will be calculated using final grades in academic courses at the Grade 12/senior level, or equivalent, from your system of education. If final grades are unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, current grades in your senior level courses will be accepted as final grades. Pass/fail grades will be considered on a case-by-case basis if final grades are not available from your school
University/College Transfer
  • Your final transcript must be submitted directly by your school to Brescia. If your school is not issuing official transcripts, we will accept unofficial copies that are sent directly from your school. Students with concerns about document submission should contact their Admissions Officer.
  • Where marks are available for grades designated as “Pass/Fail” or “Credit Granted,” transcripts should be submitted with grades showing.

 

For more information about the Admissions process at this time, please visit: brescia.uwo.ca/admissions