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USA Student Information

By applying to Providence, you’ve demonstrated that you are ready for an education that integrates faith and learning. You’ll learn in a diverse community where students from outside of Canada represent 18 percent of our student population. Providence is accredited by United States-based accrediting organizations, which means the degree you earn will have value in the world. Our location is just one-hour north of the Canada/USA border which will make it easy for you to return to the US for holidays and other breaks.

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This USA student-focused information should provide the answers to the questions you have. If we can be of further assistance, please email us at info@prov.ca or call us at 1-800-668-7768. We’ll be here to support you — now and in the future.

Have mail to send to us? Please feel free to use our American postal address:

Providence
P.O. Box 129
Lancaster, MN
56735-0129

Providence will help you discover your program so that you can use your unique talents and skills for serving others in your future career.

You’ll deepen your faith through Christ-centred courses, Bible studies, prayer groups and interactions with Christian mentors and students.

As an American, your cost to attend Providence is significantly lower than comparable schools in the US. Learn More

As a new student to Providence, you will be picked up at the Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport by our International Student Services Coordinator or by a student International Assistant. They will meet you at the airport’s baggage claim area. Please email the International Student Services Coordinator your flight information as soon as you have booked your flight.

In some cases because of scheduling conflicts, another Providence representative may pick you up. 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 learn about Canada, As an international student, you will be introduced to Canada, the Province of Manitoba and Providence. 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. 

Coming into Canada from the USA 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. When entering Canada, you must show Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant documents, such as a passport book or passport card. If you are a permanent resident of the US you must show your Permanent Resident Card (green card).

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.

Manitoba recognizes American driver licenses and license plates as long as you are a student. When you are driving in Canada, make sure you always have your valid USA driver’s license and your Providence student ID card as proof of your student status. To learn more, contact Manitoba Public Insurance or contact our International Student Services Coordinator.

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.