Frequently Asked Questions
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 10 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.
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 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 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.
Do you accept transcripts electronically?
Yes, as long as the transcript is sent by an email address that is directly associated with your high school, school division, school district or school board.
How can I pay for an education at Providence?
An university education is an important investment. There are several options you can explore to help finance your post-secondary journey. 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.
If you would like to speak with our enrollment officers, they are available and ready to answer any of your questions. Please feel free to contact us.