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International Student Information

Now that you have applied to Providence, we know you may have many questions. Please know we are here to answer your questions and to provide the support you need — now and in the future. Please contact our International Enrollment Officer or our International Student Services Coordinator for more information.

 

Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), "a designated institution is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students." Providence has been granted the DLI status. For more information, please visit the following IRCC link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/prepare/designated-learning-institutions-list.html 

 

Apply to Providence

Do you still need to apply to Providence? Learn more about the admissions process, study permits and English language requirements for International Students. Please note our deadlines: Fall (September) deadline is July 31, and for Winter (January) deadline is November 15.

 

Apply early to Providence - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reminding international students to prepare for their trip to study in Canada by reviewing Canada's entry requirements and applying as soon as possible for their study permit. Starting July 31, 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for a study permit if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa. You can find out if these changes may apply to you by clicking on the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/campaigns/biometrics/facts.html 

 

Paying Your Tuition Fees

International students must pay all of their tuition and fees in full by the due dates. Payment may be made by accessing the Providence international payments platform through Western Union Global Pay: https://student.globalpay.wu.com/geo-buyer/providence#!. This service allows you, your parents or sponsors to pay in the currency of your choice without incurring any transaction charges, so the full payment you send will be received on time and in Canadian Dollars..

 

Arrival Day

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: For Fall 2018, August 26 and 27, 2018. 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: For Fall 2018, August 28, 29 and 30, 2018. 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 $40 per day for room and meals until the residences officially open and your meal plan starts.

Learn all about Providence and life in Canada during the International Student Orientation which is mandatory for international students.

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.

Public Health

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.

Money

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.

Restricted Items 

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. 

If you have any questions, contact the 24-hour telephone Border Information Service (BIS) line within Canada at 1-800-461-9999 or from outside Canada by calling 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064. Learn More about Canadian Border Services Agency.

Before you leave for Canada, please review the Immigration Documents section on this page.

Checklist of Items to Bring 

The following immigration and travel documents must be with you when you enter Canada:

  • Study/Work Permit (or Letter of Introduction from Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate); a Study Permit is not required if you plan to study a short term program of less than 6 months
  • Temporary Resident Visa (a TRV is required if your citizenship is from a designated country, see Citizenship and Immigration)
  • Proof of finances (bank statement or letter from supporters)
  • Acceptance letter from Providence
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Travel health insurance so you have health coverage until your first day of classes
  • Any necessary medical information and enough medication for you to use until you can see a doctor in Canada; this can take time so plan to have a minimum of a month’s medication
  • Plane ticket with confirmation numbers to allow easy check-in
  • A list of emergency contacts, including telephone numbers and email addresses
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hygiene products
  • Warm clothing and a winter coat if you arrive for the winter semester. If you cannot purchase a coat in your country, contact the International Student Services Coordinator
  • Photos of your family and friends (optional)
  • Allowable food or snack items (optional)

Due to the recent decision on the part of Manitoba Health to rescind free International Student Medical Insurance, Providence will work hard to have affordable options for International students and their families available.

To learn more, contact our International Student Services Coordinator.

Social Insurance Number

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.