October 27th, 2020

Humber to offer both online and limited in-person education in Winter 2021 term

As the global pandemic continues, we remain committed to providing you with a rich, career-focused education, academic and student services and supports, and innovative opportunities for connection and collaboration with faculty and peers at Humber and around the globe.

We know that this coming Winter semester will be different for everyone. We welcome those of you who are starting at Humber, and welcome back those who are continuing or completing your studies. No matter where you are in your educational journey, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to you.

Following our announcement last month that the Winter 2021 term would include both interactive online and in-person education, Faculties have completed a thorough review of their programs and courses for the upcoming semester. To ensure the health and safety of our community, 52 per cent of our programs will be offered entirely online, with the remainder having both online and in-person components. Eighty-four per cent of courses, including all electives, will be delivered online.

You can find the complete list of programs, their mode of delivery and course-specific information here.

Please note that some program/course information may be delayed as delivery for those specific areas may be dependent on outstanding information from external or affiliated parties. If this is the case, we will communicate to the impacted students as soon as possible.

I want to remind you that the Winter term is scheduled to begin on January 18, 2021 and end on April 30, 2021. Please visit the 2020-2021 academic calendar for other key dates.

Academic Delivery
Winter term academic plans have been designed to meet students’ needs and follow Humber’s tradition of excellence in teaching and learning, and expertise in delivering online courses. Please note:

  • Online learning will include virtual experiential activities and opportunities for students to engage meaningfully with their professors and each other using various technologies.
  • On-campus learning will only occur for courses where it is safe and necessary to do so.
  • Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components.
  • The amount of time that students will be required to be on campus will be limited to those specific courses.
  • Regardless of delivery mode, all classes will include regular interaction with your peers and faculty.
  • Your professors will be accessible and have regular office hours. They will also make online lectures and coursework available outside of classes (i.e. posted on Blackboard)
  • Work-Integrated-Learning remains an important part of our program delivery. Each program will determine how it is integrated into respective curriculum during the Winter term. This includes off-campus activity such as field and clinical placements.
  • The college may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.

Virtual Open House
We know that new students may have questions about the upcoming semester and life as a Humber student. This Fall’s Virtual Open House will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information is available here.

Student Services, Fees and Financial Support
Student services will remain primarily online for the Winter term. Please see the latest list of services and their mode of delivery. Winter Orientation will be offered entirely online. More information will be available and sent to students in December.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased financial stress for many students. In order to help ease this stress, Humber established the Support our Students Fund to assist new and returning students who are experiencing financial hardship. This fund will continue to provide support in the Winter term.

Financial aid information, including bursaries and scholarships, can be found on our website. If you have questions, please email finaid@humber.ca. We’ve also posted information about government support for students.

There are no changes to tuition fees for the Winter 2021 term. Tuition fees are established in accordance with the requirement of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. They support the cost of academic program delivery and general college operations. Tuition is not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online), as it funds ongoing instruction, assessment and administration of programs and courses. Humber has also made additional investments to support the transition of the majority of our courses and services to online delivery. 

Compulsory student fees reflect our ability to deliver services. These fees were adjusted for the current term and the same adjusted fee structure will be implemented for the Winter term. Information will be posted online shortly.

Your Safety and Well-Being
The safety of our community members remains our top priority. We understand that direction and advice from government or public health authorities may change quickly and we may need to respond just as rapidly. This may mean needing to slow down or reduce on-campus activity or shift our approach, and we are prepared to do that.

We will provide you with clear, ongoing communications and keep you informed of any impacts on your studies or our services. Please visit our websiteReturn to Campus microsite, and Updates and FAQ pages for information about college initiatives and what to expect when coming to campus. We are posting updates regularly.

We are committed to helping you develop the skills you need to lead and innovate. Our decision to offer a mix of online and in-person classes means that you can continue to pursue your career and academic goals, rather than put them on hold, during this uncertain time.

We are here to help you move forward and achieve your goals.


President Signature

Chris Whitaker
President, CEO Humber I.T.A.L.