Newly Admitted Students
Welcome! Below you will find instructions for getting started and useful information to help make your transition into seminary life as smooth as possible.
New Student Orientation
Every Fall and Spring semester, the day before classes begin, we provide our incoming students a NSO (new student orientation). Incoming students will receive vital information that pertains to their academic and community well-being, meet faculty, and of course, other fellow students. Check the events page as September or January draw near for details and to RSVP.
All courses at ACTS Seminaries are full-semester courses. Courses may be offered in one of several different formats (course format will be designated on course syllabi):
- In-class – most courses at ACTS are offered in this format with a 3-hour lecture once per week on campus.
- Modular – during the Summer semester and reading breaks in the Fall and Spring, courses are offered as in-class intensive format for a minimum of 1 week. Course work is due before class time and after class time.
- Online – occasionally, classes are offered purely online, meaning that there is no in-class portion of the course. All lectures, assignments, and interaction with professors and students will be done online.
- Live-streamed or simulcast – many courses will also be offered in live-streamed format where students will be able to connect to the classroom time through the internet in real-time.
- The seminaries at ACTS expect their students to engage written assignments with graduate-level thinking, argumentation, research and style. Students who have been away from academics for a period of time, who have a technical rather than humanities background, or who speak a first language other than English may find this a challenge. This four-hour tutorial is intended to introduce or refresh graduate-level writing skills.
- Because areas such as formulating research questions and strategies are the focus of the compulsory RES 500: Research Strategies course, the main focus of this session will be on the mechanics of writing graduate-level term papers.
- Register for this class here. Available only in Fall and Spring semesters.
step two | CONTACT
Contact your Academic Advisor who will help plan and coordinate your time at ACTS Seminaries in order to successfully achieve your educational goals. We invite you to contact your advisor with any questions you may have about your tenure at ACTS. Find your program below and contact the advisor for your program.
- Diploma in Christian Studies/Master of Arts in Christian Studies
Dr. Paul Chamberlain
- Master of Divinity
Dr. Randy Wollf
- Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Dr. Ian Verseveldt
- Master of Theological Studies/Master of Theology
Dr. Rob Hiebert
- Master of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis
Dr. Doug Trick
- Doctor of Ministry
Dr. Daryl Busby
- Korean Worldview Studies
Dr. Paul Yang, Worldview Studies Director
For financial aid information, please contact Jenna Findlay.
All other questions or concerns can be forwarded to Dr. Howard Andersen, the ACTS Academic Director.
four | SET-UP
International Students (including US citizens) – there are a few additional arrangements that will need to be made.
- To study in Canada, you will need to acquire a Study Permit, also known as a Student Authorization or Visa. This should be done as soon as possible after you have been admitted to TWU.
- In order to do this, students must apply to the Immigration Office or High Commission in your country of residence. This Office will advise you of visa requirements and procedures. You will need to show a valid passport and the official acceptance letter and Student Information Form provided by the university at your time of admission, as well as evidence of your ability to pay the full year’s tuition, room and board, and personal expenses.
- TWU requires all non-Canadian students who reside in B.C. during the academic year to enroll in the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (BCMSP).
- BCMSP provides all basic health care needs and helps avoid surprise medical bills. The BCMSP website outlines the details of the health care plan.
- The annual cost of insurance is approximately $750 (CDN). This cost covers interim health care coverage for three months and BCMSP coverage for nine months.
- When you arrive on campus for Orientation, you must visit the Wellness Centre in Douglas Centre to complete the paper work for your health coverage. This process will take about 5 minutes and all you need to bring with you is your student visa. In addition, at this time the Wellness Centre will be able to answer all questions about health coverage for family members who may be joining you in Canada.
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