Many open-enrolment programs have a designated semester break. Some Continuing Studies programs, Certificate programs, Diploma 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?
For students in Regular Studies program:
A scheduled semester break is defined as a break from full-time studies. This means a student can take 0-2 classes (less than 9 credits) or remain a full-time student (9 credits or more) 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.
For students in Continuing Studies program:
A scheduled semester break is defined as a break from full-time studies. During a scheduled break, this means a student can study part time, full time, or take the semester off. Please review this list to see whether your program has a scheduled break. Students eligible for a scheduled break must remain enrolled as a full-time student in the semester preceding and the semester following the break.
Langara College designates scheduled breaks during the following periods:
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.
Regular Studies full-time vs. part-time
For students in Regular Studies program, Langara defines full-time studies as nine academic credits* or more including pre-requisite classes that are pass (S) or fail (U). International students registered in a co-op placement or a work-term are considered full-time. Students in their last semester can be part-time students.
A student who is enrolled in less than nine credit hours is considered part-time. During a designated scheduled break, studying part-time is permitted.
* N and W grades 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. There is information on grades and notations online.
Continuing Studies full-time vs. part-time
For students in Continuing Studies program, full-time studies are defined as a minimum of 14.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)* that semester. Students in their last semester can be part-time students.
* An international student who has received a Letter of Acceptance for their full-time program, a passing grade or a grade of Satisfactory (S), Fail (F), or Unsatisfactory (U) does contribute to student’s full-time status. There is information on grades and notations online.
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. Learn more on the IRCC website.
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.