Do you still need to apply to Providence? Learn more about the admissions process, study permits and English language requirements for International Students.
You should plan to arrive at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport on International Student Arrival Day. Please contact the International Student Services Coordinator as soon as you have booked your flight to share your travel itinerary and to coordinate pick up at the airport. A Providence representative will meet you at the airport’s baggage claim area. Please note that there is no bus or train service to the Providence campus.
International Student Arrival Dates: There are set days for international students to arrive. If you arrive on the allotted International Student Arrival Dates, you will not be charged for pick up.
International Student Orientation Days: Check the Providence Important Dates for orientation dates. All international students, including USA students, are required to attend. During orientation you will be introduced to Providence and life in Manitoba and Canada.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you miss orientation you will be charged $325.00 to cover the costs for personal orientation.
If you stay in residence during orientation the cost is $35 per day for room and meals until the residences officially open and your meal plan starts.
Improve Your English
Learn all about Providence and life in Canada during the International Student Orientation which is mandatory for international students.
Improve Your English
If you need help with English, prior to enrolling please explore our Modern Language Institute and inquire about our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. Modern Language Institute
We welcome students from the United States to join our diverse community. US students pay Canadian tuition rates! US Student Information
Make sure you have all your important documents before you come to Providence. Students coming to Providence need a study permit and may need other work permits, transit visas, and a social insurance number.
Coming to Canada begins with a stop at a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) port of entry. Planning ahead will ensure you have a worry-free border crossing. Here are a few helpful tips:
List Your Goods
Prepare a list of all the goods you are bringing into Canada, including the value, make and model/serial numbers, if applicable. Upon your arrival give your list of goods to the Canada Border Services Agent at the “port of entry.” Depending what is on your list, the Border Services Agent may give you a Temporary Admission Permit (Form E29B). In certain circumstances, a refundable security deposit may also be required. If you ship your goods by a commercial carrier, you may choose to have the goods cleared at the first point of arrival in Canada or have them sent to the CBSA office nearest to Providence (in Winnipeg). The carrier will notify you when the goods arrive and you can clear them through border services.
As a student you may bring personal items for your stay in Canada. You can temporarily import your personal and household items free of duty and taxes. This means that in addition to clothing you may also bring furniture, tableware, silverware, appliances and even motor vehicles. The following conditions will apply to the goods that you bring with you:
The goods cannot be used by a resident of Canada;
you are not permitted to sell or dispose of the goods in Canada;
and you must take all non-consumable items with you when you leave the country at the end of your stay.
You may also bring gifts worth up to CDN$60 each for your friends or relatives in Canada without paying duty, as long as these do not consist of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. Do not wrap gifts until after you have cleared the border, since an examination may be required.
Carry Appropriate Identification
Canadian law requires that anyone entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. To enter Canada you will require a valid passport and, depending on your citizenship, you may also need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). To find out if you require a TRV, review this list.
Identify Your Children
If you are travelling with children, you should carry identification for them regardless of their age. If you plan on arriving as a single parent travelling with your child/children, a letter of permission may be required that contains contact information of the other parent or legal guardian. If you have legal custody of the child/children or if you share custody, please have copies of relevant legal documents, such as custody rights.
If you plan to travel to Canada with children who are not your own or for whom you do not have full legal custody, CBSA may require you to present a notarized letter of consent from the child’s parents or legal guardians.
If you have an illness upon arriving in Canada, or if you have been in close contact with someone with a communicable disease, you must inform a border services agent, who can determine if you require further assessment.
If you are importing or exporting monetary instruments equal to or greater than CDN$10,000 (or the equivalent in a foreign currency), whether in cash or other monetary instrument, you must report this amount to the Canadian Border Services Agency when you arrive or before you leave Canada. Learn More.
There are many restrictions on importing items into Canada. Restrictions apply to firearms, weapons, explosives, fireworks, ammunition, obscenity, hate propaganda, child pornography, illicit drugs and other products that pose a danger to the public. There are also controls and restrictions on importing plants, animals, animal products and food items. Without the proper documentation, the CBSA may seize or order the removal of certain food, plants, animals or their related products. To avoid problems do not bring these types of items into Canada. Also, in Canada health products may be regulated differently than they are in other countries. Drugs that are available without a prescription in one country may require a prescription in Canada. Canada has restrictions on the quantities and types of health products that can be brought in. Bring any required medications in the original containers (with labels) and show them to the border services agent.
Health insurance is available free to you and your family members through Manitoba Health Insuranceif you have a study permit that is valid for more than six months from the date that you apply for insurance. To learn more, contact our International Student Services Coordinator.
You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs. You must have one of the following conditions or remarks printed on your study permit in order to apply for a SIN for on-campus work:
May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies
May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria
If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions or remarks, you must submit a request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.