Congratulations on your acceptance to graduate studies at Trinity Western University! We are looking forward to having you join us.

Everything you need to know and do before you begin your studies at TWU is found online below.

If you have a question that is not answered online, please feel free to contact the Graduate Admissions Office at gradadmissions@twu.ca or 604.513.2019. We are always happy to help.


Financial Aid

Our graduate programs offer a variety of scholarships, grants, awards, and/or assistantships that provide financial assistance for students registered in full-time graduate studies. Students should contact their graduate program for specific questions regarding scholarships and aid. All awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.


Enrolment Deposit

Students are required to pay a deposit of $300 after they have been admitted to a program and prior to gaining access to course registration. This payment is credited towards your tuition for your first semester and is refundable up to one month prior to the commencement of classes. Please note, for international students from outside of North America this deposit is non-refundable. This $300 deposit can be paid by cheque, online banking or bank transfer. For payment instructions, visit the Office of the Registrar website.

The enrolment deposit is due on the dates below, or two weeks after acceptance if the date below has already passed.

Fall: June 1
Spring: November 15
Summer (May-July): March 15
Summer (August): June 15


Course Registration

Course registration can be accessed online at the student portal after the enrolment deposit has been paid. Course registration opens on the dates outlined below.

Fall: May 15
Spring: November 14
Summer (May-August): March 13

For specific information on course selection for your program, contact your Academic Advisor (as outlined in your admissions letter), the Graduate Admissions Office, or the contact person below.

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies – Martin Abegg
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Laurie Donaldson
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities – Jayne Cummins
Master of Arts in Leadership - Sheila Bailey
Master of Arts in Linguistics – Sandra Topelko
Master of Arts in TESOL – Louise Green
Master of Business Administration – Darlene Hahn
Master of Science in Nursing – Angie Koslowsky


Tuition Invoice & Payment Options

Once you have completed online registration, an invoice of your tuition and other related fees will be available at the student portal.

Due dates for the first tuition payment are as follows:

Fall: First Friday of August
Spring: First Friday of December
Summer (May-August): First Friday of April

NOTE: For the summer session you are allowed to wait to pay your first tuition payment one month prior to the commencement of classes and you will not be subject to late fees though you will not be able to access MyCoursesuntil payment is received.


Tuition Fees

For more detailed information on tuition and fees, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.


Housing

Graduate students can research off-campus housing opportunities in the local area through our online database. On-campus housing is available from mid-May to mid-August. Options include furnished 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in McMillan Hall and costs are $300/week for 1 bedroom single occupancy, $215/week for 2 bedroom double occupancy, and $430/week for 2 bedroom family occupancy.

For more information on housing, contact an administrative assistant listed below.

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities – Jayne Cummins
Master of Arts in Leadership - Sheila Bailey
Master of Arts in Linguistics – Sanda Topelko
Master of Business Administration – Darlene Hahn
Master of Science in Nursing – Angie Koslowsky


Parking

Parking passes are required for all students for all semesters. For students beginning in the fall semester, there will be an opportunity to purchase a parking pass as part of the online check-in process. You will be emailed regarding this process in mid-August. For students beginning in the spring or summer semesters, you can purchase a parking pass from the Office of the Registrar in the Mattson Centre upon arrival on campus. Information on parking pass fees and other details can be found here.


Email

All students will be issued a university email account ending in @mytwu.ca. This email address will be the account where all university related communication, including class cancellation, payment deadlines, and financial aid information will be sent.

For students beginning in the fall semester, there will be an opportunity to activate your email account as part of the online check-in process. You will be emailed regarding this process in mid-August. For students beginning in the spring or summer semesters, you can activate your email account by logging on the student portal and following the prompts to activate your account


Student ID Card

This card will serve as both your student ID as well as your library card. To obtain an ID card, visit the Campus Services Office in the Reimer Student Centre upon arriving on camps and provide proof of enrolment (such as a current course schedule). Your picture will be taken and your ID card will be issued the same day.


US Students

American students who will be studying in Canada often need to make a few additional arrangements for their studies. Below are a few common areas of preparation, but if you have additional questions please feel free to contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Student Visa

To study in Canada, you will need to acquire a Study Permit, also known as a Student Authorization or Visa. Although it is possible to apply through the mail, it is time consuming. U.S. citizens and permanent residents should apply at a Canadian port of entry (i.e. a border crossing or an Immigration Canada checkpoint in Canadian international airports such as Vancouver International Airport).

To receive your Study Permit, you must present the following documents:

1. Proof of unconditional acceptance. Your official letter of acceptance to TWU satisfies this requirement. Be sure to keep your original letter. A copy will not work.

2. Proof of identity. A national identity card (such as your birth certificate), a valid passport or an alien registration card satisfies this requirement.

3. Proof of financial support. You must indicate that you can support yourself while you study in Canada. Evidence may include current bank statements, proof of payment of tuition fees, bank draft, letters of scholarships awarded and signed letter from supporters.

4. A processing fee of $125 (U.S. funds and Visa credit cards are usually accepted).

Remember to request a Study Permit for the complete duration of your studies at TWU, which is usually two years. Keep in mind that Immigration Canada is not obligated to provide an authorization lasting more than one year.

Certain points of entry do not process Study Permits, e.g. the Lynden/Aldergrove border crossing. Check with the Graduate Admissions Office to find out which ports of entry to use.

Medical Insurance

TWU is committed to ensuring students are well cared for in order to get the most out of their time at university. This includes ensuring that students’ health care needs are provided for while they study. To do this, 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 (http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/faqs.html) 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.

For students who are taking an online program (such as MA Leadership, MSc. Nursing, or MBA) but will be on campus for a few weeks in the summer, BCMSP is still required. The cost is $74 for students who will be here for less than a month, or $148 for up to three months of coverage.

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.

Car Insurance

If you plan to bring your vehicle with you to Canada, check with your insurance provider regarding their specific terms and policies for having your vehicle outside of the United States.

Student Work Permit

Information on obtaining a work permit for on-camps, off-campus, and post-graduation employment can be found at the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website.

Spousal Work Permit

Immigration regulations allow the spouse of an international graduate student to obtain a work permit for the period of time of the spouses’ student visa. Further information on this can be found online at the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website.


International Students

International students who will be studying in Canada often need to make a few additional arrangements for their studies. Below are a few common areas of preparation, but if you have additional questions please feel free to contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Student Visa

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.

Medical Insurance

TWU is committed to ensuring students are well cared for in order to get the most out of their time at university. This includes ensuring that students’ health care needs are provided for while they study. To do this, 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.

For students who are taking an online program (such as MA Leadership, MSc. Nursing, or MBA) but will be on campus for a few weeks in the summer, BCMSP is still required. The cost is $74 for students who will be here for less than a month, or $148 for up to three months of coverage.

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.

Student Work Permit

Information on obtaining a work permit for on-campus, off-campus, and post-graduation employment can be found at the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website.

Spousal Work Permit

Immigration regulations allow the spouse of an international graduate student to obtain a work permit for the period of time of the spouses’ student visa. Further information can be found at the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website.


Orientation

Each program offers Orientation prior to the commencement of classes. Information on Orientation for your program will be sent to you, or you can email the contact person below for more details.

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies – Craig Allert
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Laurie Donaldson
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities – Jayne Cummins
Master of Arts in Leadership - Sheila Bailey
Master of Arts in Linguistics – Sandra Topelko
Master of Arts in TESOL – Louise Green
Master of Business Administration – Darlene Hahn
Master of Science in Nursing – Angie Koslowsky