Many open-enrolment programs have a designated semester break. Continuing Studies programs, many Certificate programs, and Post-Degree Diploma (PDD) programs do not have scheduled breaks.
Here is the list of programs with scheduled breaks. If you are uncertain whether your program qualifies for a scheduled break, please consult your International Student Coordinator.
What is a scheduled break?
A scheduled semester break is defined as a break from full-time studies. This means a student can take 0-2 classes or remain a full-time student during the break. A scheduled break must be taken within the calendar year, either in the fall (September to December), spring (January to April) or summer (May to August) semesters, if the student remains enrolled as a full-time student in the semester preceding and the semester following the break. Students on Academic Suspension are not eligible for a scheduled break.
Langara College designates scheduled breaks during the following periods:
- The last day of the final exam date until the start date of the next semester
- Break between semesters
- Reading Break
- Scheduled Semester Break – one of either the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters.
Commitment Fees during Scheduled Breaks
International students are not required to pay the commitment fee of $1500 if they are not studying during their scheduled break. If your commitment fee is already charged and you have not activated your registration please contact your International Student Coordinator (ISC).
Students who are studying during their scheduled break are required to pay the $1500 commitment fee and activate their registration.
Full-time vs. part-time studies
Langara defines full-time studies as nine academic credits* or more including pre-requisite classes that are pass or fail. International students registered in a co-op placement or a work-term are considered full-time. Students studying in their last semester of study are considered full-time regardless of the number of credits registered.
A student that is enrolled in less than nine credit hours, outside a designated scheduled break period, is considered part-time.
* N’s and W’s do not count towards academic credit. A grade of S, F, or U does not carry academic credit but does contribute to full-time status. Please click here for more information on grades and notations.
Working during scheduled breaks
As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulations, students are eligible to work full-time hours during designated scheduled breaks.
Compliance reporting to IRCC
Langara College is required to report to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the enrolment status of all international students. Only students who are eligible for a scheduled break and have completed the following form prior to the regular semester withdrawal deadline in the academic semester they are wanting their break, will be reported to IRCC as on an “Academic Break”.
Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements of a scheduled break, do not complete this form, or complete this form after the regular semester withdrawal deadline will be reported as either part-time, or not registered.