Brescia offers new BOLD award for first-year international students to start course work amid the COVID-19 pandemic  

Media Advisory
May 4, 2020

London, ON – Brescia is pleased to announce that all incoming first-year international students joining in September 2020 will qualify for the new “Brescia BOLD” award. The award will cover the cost of tuition associated with the Brescia Bold first-year interdisciplinary studies half course being adapted specifically for an online offering.

The Brescia BOLD course is unique to Brescia and is a first-year requirement towards completion of all students’ academic degree programs. The course was initially developed in 2018 to support a cohort experience, a “high-impact” educational practice—a learning experience known for supporting student success. The Brescia BOLD course was also designed specifically with women learners in mind.

The new Brescia BOLD award was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist new international students in off-setting some of the costs associated with first-year studies and their transition to university life. As international student tuition fees continue to rise, students have the additional complexities of travel restrictions, visa processing time as well as parental safety concerns to consider. Brescia’s new award, valued at approximately $3,000 (CDN) will be applied directly to students’ tuition fees and cover the cost of the course.

The online BOLD course is taught by Brescia’s Vice-Principal & Academic Dean, Dr. Lauretta Frederking and Brescia’s Associate Academic Dean, Dr. John Mitchell. Brescia will offer this unique, virtual opportunity for international students who start first-year studies at Brescia, regardless of their geographic location, with the goal of building a community for new students.

Dr. Frederking notes, “No matter where our students are in the world, through the Brescia BOLD course they can learn together, with their faculty and peers. Asynchronous online learning maximizes flexibility for students in different time zones with variable access to technology. At the same time, participation and team work remains possible and a part of the Brescia Bold experience.”

Brescia values its diverse student community and the perspectives our international students bring to the learning environment. The new BOLD award is another way Brescia seeks to provide access to education and support international students—part of Brescia’s Ursuline mission and values.

Dr. Lauretta Frederking teaching the Brescia BOLD course (pre-pandemic)

For more information, please contact:

Rhea Johnson, Director, Communications, Marketing & External Relations at or 519-636-9408, or Marianne Simm, Vice-Principal, Students at

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