Top FAQs Regarding Road to January 2021 (Updated Frequently)

Last Updated: June 19, 2020

Notable Updates: Place Reservation Payment

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About This Article

This article will be frequently updated to answer all frequently asked questions and address any updates concerning the shift from September to a January start date for the incoming class of ALU/C students.

Above, you will find the time of last update and the key updates to note. This FAQ document is broken down into the following sections:

 

Both Campuses

  • Does this mean deadlines for Undergraduate admissions will be extended?

Yes, we will extend select deadlines for Undergraduate admission (i.e. the deadline for submission of our Undergraduate application). If you have already received an offer of conditional/full admission to ALU/C, this does not pertain to you and does not impact you in any way.

 

  • What are the new deadlines for completing different sections on the Admitted Student Portal?

We do not yet have all new deadlines that you will be required to meet in order to join us in January. However, we are working actively to map your Admissions journey from now until January and will provide you with frequent updates to announce or update all deadlines. Please check your future weekly emails from the Admissions team for more information. 

 

 

  • What are the new dates for tuition payment as well as payments by installment?

 

We are yet to come up with new dates for tuition payment, however we have introduced a Place Reservation Payment that all students (except ALU Scholarship recipients) are required to pay in order to reserve their spot at our institution. To learn more about the Place Reservation Payment please see our Top FAQs about the Place Reservation Payment.

 

  • If I’m a conditionally admitted student, what does this mean for my conditions of admission? 

If you are conditionally admitted, all conditions of admission still hold. This means you will have to complete all conditions of admission in order to join us in January. To find out more about your conditions of admission, please visit the “Academic Results” page located on the drop-down menu at the top right-hand corner of your Admitted Student Portal.

 

  • If I’m a scholarship recipient, what does this mean for my scholarship? 

If you have received a scholarship, congratulations! This shift to a January start date does not affect your scholarship offer. The Financial Aid Office will be in contact with you should there be any updates to your offer.

 

  • If I have received a Presidential Grant, what does this mean for my grant?

If you have received a Presidential Grant, congratulations! This shift to a January start date does not affect your grant award.

 

  • Does this mean deadlines for financial aid applications will be extended? 

Yes, we will extend select deadlines for financial aid applications (including the Presidential Grant and ALU Scholarships). The exact extension deadlines will be communicated shortly. 

 

  • Will students whose scholarship and/or grant applications were rejected be given another chance to apply? 

Unfortunately, no, if you were not awarded a scholarship or grant after review of your application, you will not be able to apply again. This is due to the high volume of scholarship applicants, strength of our applicant pool, and limited spots available. You are more than welcome to try again from the start in future intakes.

 

  • What are applicants expected to do in the meantime (until January)?  

We understand that this delay to the start of the program will impact every student differently, and we know you were eager to join us on campus in September! We understand your disappointment, but also see this extra time before the start of term as an opportunity to begin your ALU learning journey online! We will have online programs, opportunities to engage your peers, and experiences designed especially for you in this time. 

 

  • If borders open up, will ALU make accommodations for students who still want to come to Mauritius or Rwanda before the start of term in January? 

No, unfortunately, we will not be able to make accommodations for students to travel and live in Mauritius or Rwanda before the start of term. Unless you are a resident or citizen, you will not be able to enter either country until you are an active student. This is a regulatory requirement.

 

  • What happens with English Immersion?

For students required to participate in English Immersion, this program is considered a foundational part of your ALU learning journey. This course will take place before the start of term in January and we will provide you with more details shortly. 

If you believe you can otherwise demonstrate English proficiency, please submit test results for the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, Duolingo English Test, or any certified English course as proof in the “Academic Results” section on your Admitted Student Portal.

 

ALU Rwanda

  • What does this mean for the REB equivalence process? Should I still apply for equivalence?

Yes, we ask you to continue actively applying for your equivalence certificate with the REB on their IREMBO platform and submit your proof of application on your Admitted Student Portal as soon as possible. The sooner you apply for and receive your Equivalence certificate, the sooner we can offer you a full offer of admission and guarantee your spot in our class! Additionally, due to COVID-19, the REB has a large volume of applications to go through and it may take more time to process your application. For more information on the REB equivalence process and who needs it, please see our Help Desk article What is an Equivalence Certificate? (ALU Rwanda only).

  

  • What if I already got documents like the police clearance?

 If you have already obtained your police clearance document, you may be asked to obtain an updated police clearance report closer to the start of term. We will communicate this to you when we have more information.

  

  • When do I need to get my passport?

 We ask that you continue to apply for your passport now. If you are not a citizen or resident of Rwanda, you will require a passport to enter the country and remain in the country as a student. Many passport and immigration offices are experiencing delays and have a large volume of applications to go through. Therefore, it is important you apply now to secure your passport as soon as possible. Remember: your passport must be valid for the duration of your studies at ALU. Please check your passport’s expiration date and re-apply if necessary.

 

ALC Mauritius 

  • What does this mean for the Mauritius visa application process? 

We ask that you please press pause on your Mauritius visa application process. We will not be able to apply for your visa with the government of Mauritius until we are closer to the new start of term in January. The Mauritius Passport and Immigration Office will require that certain documents (such as the Medical Report and Bank Statements) are dated no older than September 2020 at the point of submission.

If you have not yet obtained or uploaded your documents: Please wait to obtain and upload your documents for the time being! We will restart this process in September. The only document you are encouraged to apply for and obtain at this moment is your passport.

If you have already submitted your documents on your portal: Unfortunately, if you have already submitted your documents on your portal, you will have to refill those application forms and obtain a new medical report dated no older than September 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know when to restart the process in September. The only document you are encouraged to apply for and obtain at this moment is your passport.

If you have already mailed your documents to ALC Mauritius: Unfortunately, if you have already mailed your documents to ALC Mauritius, you will have to do this process once more. You will be required to refill all application forms and obtain a new medical report and bank statement closer to the start of term in January. We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know when to restart the process in September 2020.

 

  • When do I need to get my passport?

 We ask that you continue to apply for your passport now. If you are not a citizen or resident of Mauritius, you will require a passport to enter the country and remain in the country as a student. Many passport and immigration offices are experiencing delays and have a large volume of applications to go through. Therefore, it is important you apply now to secure your passport as soon as possible. Important: If your passport is expiring in 2023 and was previously accepted by the ALC Immigration Support team, it is unfortunately no longer valid. You will be required to renew your passport for your visa application.

  

  • When do I need to obtain my medical report?

 You will be asked to obtain your medical report three months before the new start of term in January. This is because your medical report must be no older than 3 months at the point of submission. This is a regulatory requirement by the Mauritius Passport and Immigration Office. We will communicate all new timelines and deadlines with you when we have more information.

 

  • If I’m taking the Bridging Programme, do I still need to complete it?

 Yes! If you are currently participating in the Bridging Programme, you are required to complete this programme by the current final exam date (June 12th) in order to join us in January. We currently do not plan on offering another cohort for the Bridging Programme.

  

  • Will you add a second cohort for the Bridging Programme?

 No, at the moment, we do not plan on offering another cohort for the Bridging Programme. This means, if you are currently participating in the current BP cohort, this is the only opportunity you will have to complete the programme and join us in January.

 

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