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Welcome to Seminary. There are two distinct ways of applying to ACTS Seminaries. The degree program application is for students interested in one of our degree or diploma programs. The occasional student quick application will allow you to get started with a course or two, without going through the regular application process.
Qualified international students can be admitted on the same basis as other students. However, international students should take note of the following information.
Applicants are urged to submit their application and all required elements as early as possible. We recommend the complete file for international students be received at least 6 months prior to the anticipated start of your studies to allow the necessary time for the application with Immigration Canada.
May 1 for the Fall Semester.
September 1 for the Spring Semester.
January 1 for the Summer Semester.
Before the admissions committee can evaluate your application, we do need all application documents, including references and transcripts. Once the admissions committee has evaluated your application and decided to offer you admission to ACTS Seminaries, you will receive a letter of acceptance. This letter will include instructions on your next steps, including how to apply for a study permit and register for courses.
Once you have been admitted to your degree program, you will need to submit a $200 enrolment deposit to reserve your space in the program. This deposit will be applied to the tuition for your first course. Upon receive of your deposit, ACTS will send you the documents you need to apply for a study permit.
Canadian Immigration authorities may only grant a student visa to an international student if he or she has been accepted by a seminary into a specific program. Study permit applications may be started at the Canadian Immigration website, the regional Canadian Consulate in your home country or by writing to the Canadian Bureau of International Education, #408-151 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1P 5H3.
Trinity Western University has a housing website that you can access to see what’s available in the community. There may be very limited housing available on the campus for graduate students. The website will give you all the information you need, including a person to contact, so you can begin your search.
International students at ACTS have the freedom to work off-campus in practicums or internships that are a requirement of their academic program. Off campus employment is not available to international students in a Theological degree program, such as the ones offered through ACTS. Please consult the Immigration Canada website for full information and regulations governing all off campus work for International students.
All students are required to have medical insurance. Non-Canadian students living in Canada to attend school must enroll with BC Medical Services Plan. Because of the 90 day waiting period, interim medical insurance is available for non-Canadian students. American students, living in the US and commuting for classes, must have medical insurance that extends to their travels to and from Canada.
When you come to the school, you will be given an opportunity to get medical health coverage under BC Medical. Please check out the TWU Wellness Centre for more information. The Health and Wellness Center is located in the Douglas Centre Building. A map of the campus is available here.
The Writing Centre is available to help students with their writing skills and assignments. This is a good place to come when you need help on the many papers you have to write at ACTS. The Writing Centre is located in the Douglas Centre Building.
Students who study at ACTS are required to have sufficient English abilities for all academic programs. These abilities include reading, writing, speaking and listening in English. Students for whom English is a second language must provide an English Proficiency Score as a part of the application process. The minimum score requirements followed by ACTS are based on the TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The following minimum scores are required:
- MAMFT, MLE, MTS, MTh, and DMin: 100 TOEFL or 7.0 IELTS
- Diploma, MACS and MDiv: 90 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS
- Korean Global Leadership and Korean Worldview Studies programs do not requite an English Proficiency test
Students who want to submit their score using TOEFL, should use the Trinity Western University code 0876 in order for your score to be forwarded directly.
Students for whom additional learning in English skills is required, are encouraged to inquire with the English as a Second Language Institute program on the TWU campus.
Policies related to cost for children of international students studying at ACTS Seminaries to enroll in a local public school varies with each school district. ACTS students generally live in one of the following regions and should consult the school district offices for information.
All Masters and Diploma applications should be submitted by:
- July 1 for the Fall Semester.
- November 1 for the Spring Semester.
- March 1 for the Summer Semester.