When should I apply? When is the application deadline?
You can apply anytime up to the deadline! We generally begin receiving applications in September for the October 15th deadline, and in January for the February 15th deadline, but you are welcome to begin the application process before that.
Applications are due on October 15th for the Spring semester (January to April), and February 15th for the Fall semester (September to December).
What are the requirements to apply to the LLC?
To apply to the LLC, undergraduate students must have at least 60 s/h with a minimum average GPA of 2.75, and have taken POLS 234 or an equivalent course. See our Apply page for more details on application requirements.
I haven’t taken the pre-requisite course POLS 234. Can I still attend the LLC? What are equivalent courses?
The rationale for the requirement that students have a Canadian government course is that most internships are with Canadian political offices or NGOs that interact with political offices. You will also need some background knowledge for the courses. It is therefore important that you have a foundational knowledge of the Canadian governmental system.
POLS 234 is offered every semester at TWU, including as a summer course. Visiting students can contact us to ask if a course offered at their home institution is an acceptable equivalent. BUSI students can take BUSI 245 as an acceptable equivalent. POLI 309 and POLI 260 through Athabasca University (online) are also acceptable equivalents.
I’m not sure if the LLC is relevant to my major. Will the LLC fit into my program of study?
The LLC is open to students of all majors. We have had students studying everything from Business to Biology enjoy a semester at the LLC in internships relevant to their areas of interest.
Most of the LLC courses can be used to meet core requirements and practicum options from most programs. Plan ahead and enlist the help of your academic advisor to make it work for you.
I’m not a TWU student. Can I attend the LLC?
Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a university or college that is a member of Universities Canada or CHEC may apply to the LLC certificate program as a visiting student. Visiting students will be students of Trinity Western University for a semester at the LLC. It is up to the student to determine in advance if the courses will be transferrable to their home institution. Students should obtain a letter of permission from their home institution to ensure transferability of part or all of the course credits. We regularly enjoy having visiting students from a variety of other institutions!
Can I attend the LLC after graduating?
Yes, students who have already graduated have the option of obtaining a Graduate Certificate. They will participate in the same courses as undergraduate students but receive an extra assignment from the Director.
What courses are offered at the LLC?
LLC students take three interdisciplinary, interactive courses. The course offerings enable you to learn about leadership, public policy, ethics, and contemporary culture. You benefit from the insight of guest speakers who are leaders in government and public policy. The courses offer a strong conceptual framework for the practical realities students encounter in their internships.
You will complete 15 semester hours in total: three academic courses totaling nine semester hours, plus six semester hours’ worth of internship.
• POLS/HIST/SOCI 391: Canadian Governmental Leadership
• POLS/SOCI 392: Ethics and Public Affairs
• POLS 493. Law, Public Policy, and Cultural Change
• POLS/BUSI/COMM/HIST: Internship/Practicum*
*Students have also completed HKIN, GEOG, ARTS and Human Services practicum placements in cooperation with TWU faculty supervisors.
Do I have to take all three academic courses?
In order to obtain the Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs, you must complete all three courses, and it is generally expected that students will do so. However, in some circumstances students have been allowed to take only two, or two plus an alternative course (such as a directed study through TWU, an online course from another university or a course at one of the Ottawa universities); however, the program fee remains the same. Please speak to the director to determine if an alternative third course arrangement would be allowable in your case.
Who teaches the LLC courses?
The courses are taught by experienced professors and feature many dynamic guest speakers, from MPs to legal experts to NGO professionals. The current faculty roster can be viewed here.
How much does this program cost?
The Program Fee for a full semester at the LLC is $15,083. This includes tuition, housing and other costs special to the LLC program, such as orientation week, guest speakers, LLC swag, Community Life events and trips. In addition students are responsible for other TWU fees, such as the Student Association fee. For the current additional fees please see the Office of the Registrar’s website.
Is there financial aid available?
There is a variety of scholarships available specifically to LLC students in addition to TWU’s regular financial aid. Most of these scholarships applicants will be automatically considered for as part of their financial aid application. The Robert Borden Scholarship, awarded to one outstanding student each semester, can be applied for once a student has registered for financial aid.
Can I use my Torch Scholarship for this program?
Students on the Torch Scholarship who are applying for the fall semester will be accepted only if they are not taking the spot of a paying student. For the spring semester, Torch Scholarship students will be considered for acceptance equally alongside paying students. Torch Scholarship students still need to cover the housing and other additional fees if accepted to the program. Contact us for details on the current fees.
Are travel expenses included in the cost?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the LLC. This includes transportation from/to the airport, train or bus station. Transportation options from the airport include taxi, Uber or bus.
Should students require a transit pass to commute to or from their internship placement, this will be provided for them by the LLC.
How do I get an internship?
The LLC Director places all students in internship placements. After a student is accepted in the program, he or she will have an individual discussion with the Director who will ask about the student’s interests, experience and long term goals. If a student has an unusual interest, or something outside the usual range of internship placements, the Director may ask the student to participate in finding and securing an appropriate placement. More details on how this process works can be found here.
Will I have an interview for my internship placement?
Some offices will request an advance interview with a student by phone or Skype. This is becoming increasingly common. The LLC director will inform you if an advance interview is being requested.
All students will have an initial meeting with their internship supervisors, accompanied by the LLC director or an LLC staff member. In some cases, this initial meeting is treated by the internship supervisor as an interview.
I want to work in X office. Can you guarantee me a placement there?
The LLC director does their best to place students according to their requests, preferences and experience. However, due to a variety of circumstances it is not possible to guarantee any particular internship placement.
I don’t want to work in politics. Are there non-political internships?
Yes of course! A wide variety of internship possibilities exist, and we have had students doing everything from urban planning to magazine/newspaper writing to street youth outreach to international anti-poverty advocacy to sports event management as part of their internships. Ottawa, as the nation’s capital, has a wide variety of organizations where you can intern.
Is the internship paid?
Internships offered through the LLC are unpaid, but students do receive course credit for them. This arrangement allows the LLC access to many internship placement opportunities we would not otherwise be able to obtain.
Do I have to live in the mansion or can I live off campus?
Community life is a big part of the program and as such students are expected to live at the LLC, except in special cases such as students coming with a spouse.
Can I bring my spouse/family with me to the LLC?
You can, but whether or not they will be able to stay at the LLC will depend on enrolment numbers for the semester.
In some cases, there has been enough space for students with a family to have a private room. Non-student family members will need to cover the cost of their accommodations if they do stay at the LLC.
In other cases, married students have rented an apartment nearby for the semester. In these cases students who live off-campus can get reimbursed for the accommodations portion of the LLC Program Fee.
Can I drive to and park my car at the LLC?
There is very limited to no parking available at the LLC for students. In the Fall semester we can sometimes accept 1-2 student cars. In the Spring semester there is no space for student cars. Pleasecontact us in advance if you are hoping to bring a vehicle to the LLC. Parking fees for students are the same as TWU Langley’s current rates.
Of course, family members or friends dropping you off at the LLC by car can use the LLC parking spaces temporarily if spaces are available.
What is the Community Life like at the LLC?
In living with around 20 other students and a Community Life Coordinator, the LLC enables you to learn, grow and share your experience within a close knit community. Engaging in discussions in and out of class, leaving for your internships together, and coming home afterwards to share about your experiences with your food group over dinner; amid all of these daily experiences lifetime friendships are built. A full-time Community Life Coordinator lives on site and helps plan community activities throughout the semester, from house-wide games and the mansion murder mystery, to class trips to Montreal or the Sugar Shack and Diefenbunker. As well, there is a large TWU alumni community in Ottawa that is happy to encourage and help you. And of course each new LLC class adds to the community life in its own way, coming up with everything from Documentary Mondays to Fat (Food) Fridays. You can always follow the LLC on Instagram or browse #LLCottawa to see what the current group of students is up to.
What types of extra-curricular activities are available for students?
The LLC mansion is located downtown, so there are all sorts of easily accessible things to do nearby. In fall, go for a bike ride along the Ottawa River. In winter, a skate along the world-famous Rideau Canal. Take in free fireworks at Parliament, visit museums for free on Thursdays, or join local organizations to hand out hot chocolate to homeless people on a cold winter’s night. Dress to impress and join your friends for a night at the Opera on a student budget: the National Arts Centre offers world-class theatre, dance and classical music and there are student discounts. Suit up and rub shoulders with MPs and Senators at an evening reception on Parliament Hill. Join a local gym, or participate in yoga on the Parliament Hill lawn. Plan a weekend trip to Toronto, Quebec City or New York. Connect with one of Ottawa’s vibrant church communities on Sunday morning, and walk through a local market or festival to enjoy live local music and fresh food on your way home Sunday afternoon. Catch a professional hockey and football game with some friends. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Is there chapel? What is the faith community like at the LLC?
While there is not chapel every day at the LLC, there are plenty of opportunities and ways to connect with one another in faith. Lead or participate in a bible study or prayer group with fellow LLCers, or connect with a small group (or a large one) through a local church. You will meet pastors from churches all over Ottawa in your first week at the LLC, all eager to welcome you into their church communities for your short time in Ottawa. There’s even a “church crawl” early in the semester put on by local organizations, for incoming university students to discover local churches, to worship together, and of course to win prizes and get free stuff.
Is food provided at the LLC?
Your first few meals during orientation week will be provided for you by the LLC, but after that it’s up to you! We encourage students to form food groups and take turns cooking meals on different nights of the week. These “food families” become a highlight for many students, a place to share about your day at your internship and learn something from everyone else’s. There are several grocery stores within easy walking distance of the LLC. As well, a cooking class during Orientation Week will get your cooking off to a good start.
Can my parents/family/friends visit me at the LLC?
Yes, of course. We have a guest suite which parents of students can reserve, depending on availability. Contact the LLC for availability and booking. Brothers/sisters/friends can stay in the dorms provided that your roommates agree, and each student gets three free dorm nights for guests to use.
When does the semester start/end?
Generally, but not always, the semester starts on the first Monday of September for the fall, and the first Monday of January for the spring. The semester is 14 weeks long, with departure dates usually on the second Saturday of December for fall, and the second Saturday of April for spring. You will find out the exact start and end dates for your semester at the class meeting after you receive your acceptance.
Can I arrive before the start date?
No, as we are busy preparing the house for orientation week, students are not permitted to arrive early.
Can I stay past the end date?
Yes, students can usually stay past the end date, although you will have to cover the cost of your accommodations beyond the end of the semester. How long you can stay is determined by the LLC’s schedule and room availability in the time following the semester.
When is reading break?
There is no reading break at the LLC, as it would be unreasonable to expect internship offices to give their intern a week off in the middle of their internship term. Instead, the semester ends earlier than the regular TWU semester.
How should I prepare before I come? What should I pack?
I’ve read through all the FAQs and I still have more questions!
Please contact us and we will be happy to help.