This page will provide you with all the information you need to apply for admission (entrance requirements, English Language requirements and application checklists). Please scroll further down and reach each section, as they contain important information regarding the application process.
Please make sure to check the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for important updates regarding international student travel.
1: Know what program you are interested in. The University College offers undergraduate degrees while the Theological Seminary offers graduate degrees.
2: Ensure you satisfy the entrance requirements and English Language requirements for the relevant school found below
3: Check the application deadlines for the September and January intake dates. Apply at least three (3) months before the start date to give enough time for application processing and for your visa application
4: Review the tuition fees and costs. These may change without any notice
5: Complete the online application form. The application fee is CAD$ 150 and can be paid by the following methods: through the online application form or through Western Union. The CAD$ 150 fee must be paid before your application can be processed, and is non-refundable. For more information on methods of payment, see the menu below.
6: Submit the supporting documents as stated in the Application Checklist below
7: You will be informed about your application status. If you are accepted, make the confirmation of enrollment deposit (non-refundable CAD$300)
8: Once the deposit is received, an acceptance letter will be sent to you and you can then apply for your study permit
9: Know the arrival and orientation dates as stated on your acceptance letter
10: Inform the International Student Services Co-Ordinator regarding your visa application status so arrangements can be made to pick you up from the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
When you start your application, you will receive an email from Providence University College & Theological Seminary with a link to your application form. Please keep this email as it will allow you to log back into your application in case you are still working on it (otherwise, you will have to start your application all over again). Make sure to check your spam folder for this email. If you have already started the application, but cannot find the email with the link, please let us know and we will resend you the email. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your assigned enrollment officer directly.
If you are already in Canada with a valid study permit, you may apply for admission after these deadlines
English is the language of instruction at Providence. If English is not your first language you must submit an official test score as part of your application. Once enrolled, if you appear to be struggling academically, additional English testing may be required. If your test results indicate the need, you will be required to improve your English skills through our Modern Language Institute before you can resume your regular studies.
English Proficiency Scores
We are now temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test of 115 or higher, as well as the IELTS Indicator as alternative options for English Proficiency testing.
Providence will convert your score to Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for placement. You may email, fax or mail your official scores to our International Enrollment Officer. Please use the institutional code 6585. If you have a high enough score you may enter Providence directly, as long as you meet entrance requirements. If you do not meet our required score you must begin your studies in our Modern Language Institute.
English Proficiency Waiver Options
A student may not have to provide English proficiency scores if they provide supporting documentation to show they meet at least ONE of the conditions below:
Ten consecutive years of residency in Canada that may include years of study in Canada
Three years of full-time education in English at secondary (high school) or post-secondary (university or college) levels in Canada
Graduation from a Manitoba high school (for which domestic admission requirements apply)
Graduation from a Canadian high school (for which domestic admission requirements apply)
Graduation from a Canadian curriculum high school outside of Canada with at least one Grade 12 English
Graduation from an American high school curriculum outside of the US with at least one Grade 12 English
Providence reserves the right to request additional documentation which may include the submission of a standardized test of English.
English exempt countries include: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belgium, Bermuda, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Dominica, England, Ethiopia, Faroe Island, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malta, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Wales, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
It is possible for you to have the official test score requirement waived. If you have successfully completed three years of secondary or post-secondary education at an institution that uses English as the language of instruction, please submit an official transcript. Further information about the institution or the instruction may be required before the waiver is granted.
If you have been in English classes in Canada and have CLB scores, please submit them in lieu of an official test score.
Providence reserves the right to require you to submit proof of adequate English skills before admission, regardless of your educational background, citizenship status, country of origin, or stated primary language.
Some programs, such as Counselling, require excellent speaking and listening skills in English. Additional English testing may be required before you are admitted.
CLB8 is required for entrance into undergraduate programs. CLB9 is required for entrance into graduate programs. After completing CLB8, if you successfully complete one semester of studies at Providence (minimum 4 courses), you are assumed to have CLB9 without further testing.
If you appear to be struggling academically, additional English testing may be required. This will be upon the recommendation of a professor or the Academic Deans. If the results of the testing indicate the need, you will be required to improve your English skills before resuming your regular studies.
Submit official secondary school transcripts by post to Providence, Attn; Enrollment, 10 College Crescent, Otterburne, MB R0A 1G0, Canada
Official English Language test scores (IELTS, TOEFL, etc). Please check our English Language Requirements section
Once all of the above documents, your application will be assessed for admission. If you are accepted, you will be asked to make a $300 CAD Confirmation of Enrollment deposit (non-refundable) before your letter of acceptance is issued.
Personal Reference Form to be completed by your close friend and emailed directly by him/her to email@example.com
Official and valid English Language test scores (IELTS, TOEFL, etc). Please check our English Language Requirements section above. Test scores must not be more 2 years from the time you apply for admission.
Submit official university/college transcripts
If you are applying to the Applied Counselling Certificate / M.A in Counselling / M.A. in Counselling Psychology / M.Div Pastoral Counselling track / M.A. Educational Studies Student Development track, please submit all of the above and
$70 CAD EQ-I assessment fee, which will be combined with your application fee in the online application form (total fee = $220 CAD)
Criminal Record Check from your local police, email copy of the results to firstname.lastname@example.org and keep the original
Complete the EQ-I Test, which will be sent to you by email
Once the above documents have all been received, we will assess your application and inform you of the admission decision. If you are accepted, a $300 CAD Confirmation of Enrollment deposit (non-refundable) will be required before your letter of acceptance is issued
As a student from a country other than Canada or the United States, you must send full details of your academic background, including official transcripts from your high school or post-secondary institution. Graduation from a recognized high school program is mandatory. You are required to have a study permit in order to attend Providence and to prove you have the funds to pay for your first year of study, including tuition, books, fees, living expenses and travel to and from Canada.
To reduce the potential for fraud or misuse of the program while protecting Canada’s international reputation for high-quality education and improving services to genuine students, the following rules came into force on June 1, 2014. These rules:
Limit the issuance of study permits to applicants who will be studying at a designated learning institution, including institutions that are designated by provinces and territories on the basis of meeting minimum standards;
Require students to actively pursue their studies while in Canada; and
Allow full-time international students enrolled at designated institutions in certain programs to work part time off campus and full time during scheduled school breaks without a work permit.
Seminary Entrance Requirements
Students must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 2 full years of study (60 credit hours). Please note that some programs may have a higher GPA requirement or additional pre-requisites.
You must come with a study permit if you plan to study at Providence. You can apply for a study permit online or at any Canadian Visa Office in your country. Apply as soon as possible because processing times for Study Permits can range from six to eight weeks depending on the location of the Canada Visa Office. A study permit is not an entry document.
To obtain a study permit, you will need to have the following documents:
A valid passport (recommended) or driver’s license and birth certificate and marriage (if applicable) certificates.
Your "letter of acceptance" from Providence along with the designated Learning Institute number.
Proof that you have enough money to support yourself (and any dependents) for your first year in Canada (i.e., bank statements, letters from people supporting you financially, etc.).
A letter from your sponsoring organization, if you are being sponsored.
A fee will be required to obtain your study permit. If your spouse or family is accompanying you, they must have proper identification as well (passports or driver’s license and birth certificates). Your children (under 18 years old) will not need study permits to attend school in Canada as long as a parent holds a valid study permit. A study permit allows you to work in Canada for 20 hours during the semester or full-time during the four-month summer break.
Post Graduate Work Permit
Once you graduate from a Providence Degree program you may also be eligible to obtain a one-to-three-year Post Graduation Work Permit to work anywhere in Canada. A fee will be required to obtain any work permit.
Other Available Work Permits:
Spouse Work Permit: Allows the spouse of a full-time Providence student to work and support the family.
Work Permits: Available to help complete degree programs that require work experience, an internship, or a practicum. Providence will inform you if you need a Work Permit for entry into your program.
If you have a Study Permit you may work in Canada until your permit runs out. You must apply for a PGWP before. You will, however, be required to complete an immigration medical examination in order to be able to work with children or in health care settings. For more information, please contact our International Student Services Coordinator.
Many countries require a Transit Visa if you are going to be travelling through them on your way to Canada. If you are travelling through other countries on your way to Canada, be sure to ask your travel agent if you need Transit Visas for those countries.