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We strongly recommend you submit your application and all required elements as early as possible. Applications received less than four weeks prior to the start of the semester may not be evaluated in time to start in your chosen semester. 

International students must submit their application form and documents at least six months prior to the anticipated start of your studies to allow the necessary time to receive your study permit from Immigration Canada.

Yes. ACTS Seminaries is accredited with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

As a graduate school committed to excellence, ACTS Seminaries must maintain high admissions standards. Normally an applicant must possess a bachelor degree from an accredited university or college in order to enter our graduate level programs.

However, we do recognize that students can be prepared for graduate study through a variety of other means. ACTS Seminaries does admit a limited number of mature students who do not have a bachelor degree but have been prepared to succeed through their life and work experience, formal and informal education and leadership skills. To see if you qualify, talk to one of our enrolment advisors.

Our average class size is 14 students. We want to keep our class size small to allow for greater interaction between you, your classmates and the professor.
All our degrees can be taken full-time or part-time. We try to schedule courses, including traditional on-campus, online, live-stream and one week modules, to fit your schedule. Our enrolment advisors will help you choose courses and move through your degree program in the most efficient way possible.

ACTS Seminaries is the graduate school of theology for Trinity Western University. As an ACTS student, you have access to all TWU library resources, campus facilities and programs. Students graduating from ACTS also receive a co-joint degree from Trinity Western University.






Questions Concerning International Students


Qualified international students can be admitted on the same basis as other students. However, international students should take note of the following information.


  • You can submit your application form online. There is a $150 application fee.
  • Once your application is approved for admission, you will receive an official Letter of Admission (via email and post).
  • To confirm your admission, you will need to pay a $200 tuition deposit. This deposit will be applied to the cost of your first course.
  • When your deposit is received, we will send you an immigration chart with which you can apply for a study permit. You will also be able to register for courses.

Study permits are granted by the Canadian Immigration office. We will provide you with the documentation you need for your study permit application, but you will need to apply directly with Immigration Canada. Further information may be acquired from the Canadian Immigration website.

Students who study at ACTS Seminaries are required to have sufficient English abilities for all academic programs. These abilities include reading, writing, speaking and listening in English. Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide an English proficiency score as a part of your application. 

The following minimum scores are required:

 

TOEFL iBT

IELTS

Diploma, MACS, MDiv

90

6.5

MAMFT, MLE, MTS, MTh, DMin

100

7.0

Korean Programs

Not required

Not required

Students who want to submit their score using IBT, should use the Trinity Western University code 0876 in order for your score to be forwarded to our application.

Students for whom additional learning in English skills is required, are encouraged to inquire with the ESLI program (English as a Second Language Institute) on the TWU campus.

The Writing Centre is available to help students with their writing skills and assignments. We encourage all students to make use of the resources provided by the Writing Centre.

Housing

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.

Employment

International students at ACTS have the freedom to work off-campus in practicums or internships that are a requirement of their academic program. You can also work up to 20 hours per week off campus in a paid employment position while you are a student. 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.

Policies related to cost for children of international students studying at ACTS Seminaries to enrol 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.

Langley School District

Surrey School District

Abbotsford School District



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