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Top 14 Questions That First Year Students Ask Providence

Thursday, April 30, 2020

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Let’s face it. Choosing the right university for you can be an overwhelming task. There are lots of choices and options out there. We’ve compiled a list of the top 14 questions students ask to help you determine if Providence is the place for you. Providence has a lot of heart! Our strengths not only rest in the quality of our programs, but in our knowledgeable and caring faculty and the strength of our close-knit community.

How do I know Providence is the right university for me?

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to at least half of these questions, then Providence could be a great fit for you!

  1. Does Providence offer the program you’re interested in studying? We offer more than 20 University College programs and 15 Seminary programs. For a complete listing, CLICK HERE.
  2. Do you want to go to a university where professors know you by name, and due to smaller class sizes, you’re able to participate actively in the learning process?
  3. Do you want to live and learn on a beautiful, 100-acre prairie campus where you can focus on your studies and build a close-knit community of friends?
  4. Do you want the opportunity to explore how faith and learning apply in real-world places of work?
  5. Do you want to gain valuable knowledge and experience so that you can step confidently into a professional career, knowing you’re ready to face new tasks and challenges?
  6. Do you want to connect “calling” to career and become a difference-maker in your field of choice?

Is Providence a Bible college?

No, we are a University College and Theological Seminary, offering a Christian post-secondary education where you are able to study the Bible as well as professional undergraduate programs such as Aviation, Business, Biology, Health Sciences, Psychology (etc.) or graduate programs such as Counselling, Church Ministry, Educational Studies, (etc.).

What is a University College?

Historically, the term “university” has been used to designate institutions that award degrees in academic disciplines such as humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, (etc.). The term “college” typically refers to an institution offering professional training such as aviation, business administration, TESOL, (etc.). Since Providence offers both academic and professional training, we are a University College.

Do I have to be a Christian to attend Providence?

No, you do not have to be a Christian to attend Providence. However, every student is required to take between 24 to 30 credit hours (approximately 8 to 10 courses) in Biblical and Theological Studies. You will also be required to agree to our COVENANT OF COMMUNITY LIFE.

What should I take if I don’t know what program I want to go into?

There are required courses that every student has to take regardless of their program. You can start by taking these required courses, after which you can declare a major. (A major is the area you’d like to specialize in. For example, you’re getting a Bachelor of Science in Biology.) An academic advisor is available to help you choose a major and register for the courses you need to graduate.

I want to be a nurse. I want to be a teacher. Does Providence offer these programs?

While Providence doesn’t offer a nursing program, we do offer a Bachelor degree in science with prerequisite HEALTH SCIENCE courses such as Human Anatomy, Histology and Physiology. If you want to pursue further studies in nursing after your time at Providence, these courses can be transferred to other institutions such as the University of Manitoba or Red River College.

It’s the same with teaching. Although Providence doesn’t offer a Bachelor of Education, you can start your BA, BBA or BSc at Providence. And then, pursue additional courses at another institution to qualify to become a school teacher.

Are Providence programs accredited?

Yes, they are! Providence is chartered by the province of Manitoba to offer Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees. The University of Manitoba accepts Providence degrees to meet the requirements for entry into graduate studies. The Province of Manitoba recognizes Providence degrees towards teacher certification (for example) along with a Bachelor of Education from a public university. We are accredited by the following bodies: ABHE, TESL Canada, and ATS.

Will credits from another university or college transfer into Providence?

If you send us an official copy of your previous post-secondary transcript(s), we can give you an evaluation of which courses you will receive for credit as soon as we receive your application.

Does Seminary offer flexible learning environments for courses and programs that can accommodate a busy professional’s schedule? (i.e. What’s a modular week?)

Yes, our online and distance education allows you to pursue your studies at anytime, anywhere. Seminary offers modular, hybrid and online courses. For example, a modular week is offered several times every year at Providence. It is basically a condensed course that is offered for one week, from Monday to Friday, and held all-day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

How can I pay for an education at Providence?

University education is an important investment. We will prepare more details on this topic in a future news article. But to start, the federal government has recently announced nine billion dollars in STUDENT AID to help combat the effects of COVID-19 on the economy and on the availability of summer employment opportunities for students. This aid package includes several initiatives for eligible students such as a New Canada Emergency Student Benefit and doubling the money for Student Grants.

In addition, Providence offers various SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES. You can get a job on campus or in a nearby town/city while you study. And, if needed, you can arrange for a payment plan with our Business Office.

What extracurricular activities are offered at Providence?

We have competitive ATHLETIC TEAMS that play soccer, futsal, volleyball and basketball. You can can join student leadership (i.e. student council), student-run clubs and intramural sports. Everyone is welcome to participate in various recreational activities and events that are planned throughout the year.

What is the fall semester going to look like with COVID-19?

Providence is planning for various scenarios in September so that we can provide the best experience for our students. We’re hoping for a regular fall semester, for students to arrive on campus, and for courses to be delivered in our classrooms and labs.

However, we’ll keep our students up-to-date about COVID-19 directives from our provincial and federal government. Our Crisis Management Team will ensure that proper plans and procedures are in place to maintain a safe working and learning environment for everyone.

We’re working hard to have supports in place to ensure a smooth transition for those who are entering their first semester at Providence this year.

When is the deadline to apply?

We accept applications right up until the start of the semester. However, we recommend that students apply to Providence before the SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES to be considered for financial awards.

How much does it cost to attend Providence?

It depends on what program you choose to take. For instance, getting your BA in Aviation is more expensive because of all the in-flight training hours you need to graduate. However, basic tuition for a Canadian undergraduate student is $4,545 per semester (or $909 per three credit course). If you want to live on-campus, it costs $3,578 per semester (includes full meal plan). Our ENROLLMENT OFFICERS are happy to help you with the application process and to discuss costs with you. 

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