International Students

13 Different Countries & Growing

As the Faculty of Theology for Acadia University, ADC is on the campus of one of Canada’s oldest and most respected liberal arts universities in beautiful Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 

Our diverse population of over 200 students come from more than 13 countries and represent 20 denominations. In addition to our own students, the greater Acadia University population has approximately 500 international students from over 53 different countries.

With sprawling, green, 250-acre grounds, we are home to historical buildings dating back to 1838 – which means ivy-covered walls, aesthetic study spaces, and even a student-run farm that supplies vegetables direct to campus. 

Offering full-time and part-time degree, diploma, and certificate programs, our students are challenged by their professors to ask questions, explore the depths of their faith, and cultivate their calling through rigorous intellectual instruction, meaningful spiritual formation, and practical ministry experience. 

We have a distinguished history of equipping Christian leaders for full-time and volunteer ministry around the world, and we can’t wait to be part of your journey.  


International applicants who wish to come to Canada to complete some, or all, of their chosen program must apply as a full-time student to a full degree program (Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theology), or Doctor of Ministry). Our certificate and diploma programs do not qualify for a Canadian study permit.

**Please note that admission for international applicants is a competitive process.


Due to visa processing times, international application deadlines vary. Click here for the full listing of deadlines by country.

Fall Session

(begins in September):

February 15th: International Group 1*
May 15th: International Group 2**
July 15th: US Applicants
Winter Session

(begins in January):

July 15th: International Group 1*
September 15th: International Group 2**
November 15th: US Applicants
Summer Session

International students are not eligible to begin their program during our Summer semester as we do not offer enough courses for a full-time course load. Exceptions can be made for those wishing to complete their program entirely online from their home country.

*International Group 1: Africa and Asia
**International Group 2: Caribbean, Central America, Bermuda, Greeland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, South America, Europe, Oceania

Note: These deadlines refer to the submission of a complete application package. If documents are not received by the deadline/or post-marked, it will be at the discretion of ADC’s Admissions Committee whether a file will be considered.


Mailing Address for Transcripts

Acadia Divinity College
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
B4P 2R6


Since English is the language of instruction at Acadia University, candidates must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing, and students whose first language is not English may be required to present the result of the TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test (DET). Acadia’s English requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL: 90 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 with no subtest score below 6.0
  • CAEL/CAEL Online: 70 with no subtest below 60
  • PTE Academic: 61 with no subtest score below 60
  • Cambridge English, Advanced: 176 with no subtest score below 169
  • PELMO: 65 with no section below 30.
  • DET: minimum score of 115, with no sub score below 90

Only English test scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Acadia by mail will be accepted. Acadia’s number for submission is 0901.

Applicants from the following countries are exempt from providing an English Language Proficiency Test: Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Christmas Island, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Switzerland, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

If a student has studied in an English medium of instruction for three years and can provide confirmation from the institution, the language proficiency requirement may be waived. This confirmation should be a sealed letter from the institution, either included with the transcripts when mailed or sent separately.


Apply for a Student Study Permit

Depending on your length of study in Canada, you will probably need a study permit. You may also need an electronic travel authorization or visa in order to study at Acadia, depending on your home country. Also, depending on your age, you may require a Custodian in Canada.

In order to obtain a Study Permit, application materials must be evaluated, and an offer of admission must be made. When the offer of admission has been made, a Confirmation of Admission letter will be issued, which is required to obtain a Study Permit.

The process of obtaining your required immigration documents will differ between offices abroad and in some cases can take up to six months to complete. Depending on the visa office, you will receive your Student Study Permit before departing for Canada or you will receive a Letter of Introduction to present to Canadian Immigration when you arrive in Canada. If you have issued a Letter of Introduction, the immigration officer at the port of entry (when you enter Canada) will issue your Student Study Permit.

Under no circumstances should you leave for Canada until you have obtained either your Student Study Permit or Letter of Introduction from the Canadian visa office abroad (unless you satisfy Immigration Canada’s requirements for students studying in Canada without a Study Permit).

The application fee for a Student Study Permit is $150.00 CDN. This fee does not guarantee a Study Permit will be issued. Please note that the fee is charged when you apply for your permit and whenever you need to extend it. You should request to have your initial Student Study Permit issued for the full term of your studies in Canada.

For any questions regarding these permits and documents, please visit the official Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website or visit your local Canadian consulate or embassy.

Information regarding Canada’s Citizenship & Immigration regulations for studying in Canada:

Do I need a permit to study in Canada?
This link will take you to an “eligibility questionnaire”. This helps to determine if you need a study permit to come to Canada. The questionnaire consists of 23 questions. If there is a blue “?” at the end of a question, you can scroll over this to have it explained in more detail. Please note: For question #8, Acadia is considered a designated learning institution.

Do I need a visa to come to Canada?
If you do need a visa, you will select the button that says “Apply as a tourist or for a transit visa”

Will I be eligible for a Post Graduate Work Permit?
Yes, graduates of our degree programs are eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit, assuming the meet all other requirements as indicated by IRCC.

Citizens of the US applying for study permit: You may apply at the Canada/US border or one of the visa offices. You will need to have all of the proper documents for a study permit application. Find those at this link. You should always verify this information with Canadian Border Services prior to your departure for Canada.


Tuition & Fees

Acadia Divinity College does not charge international tuition fees, which means all our students pay the same price. You can find the list of tuition and academic fees by program here.

All international students are automatically enrolled in the Acadia Students’ Union (ASU) Health Plan and the Acadia Student Dental Plan:

International Health Plan Rates (for the 2020-2021 academic year):

  • Single Coverage: $775.00
  • Family Coverage: $1750.00

International Dental Plan Rates (for the 2020-2021 academic year):

  • Single Coverage: $165
  • Family Coverage: $365

Students have an opportunity to opt out of health and or dental by submitting a request at studentbenefits.ca before September 30th for the fall semester, and January 31st for newly eligible winter semester students.  Proof of alternate extended health insurance is required to opt out of the health plan.  If an International student is located outside of Canada*, they will be able to opt out by self-identifying at studentbenefits.ca to have the fees removed without proof of alternate coverage.  No proof is required to top out of the dental plan, but students must make the request at the studentbenefits.ca portal.

For complete details regarding health and dental benefits for Acadia Students visitstudentbenefits.ca

*Normally, International students must be completing their studies within Nova Scotia to be eligible.  However, for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, due to travel restrictions, International students can be doing online studies in anywhere in Canada in order to be eligible for benefits on the ASU Medical/Health and Dental Plans.

Please note: Should you be successful in obtaining a study permit, upon arrival in Canada you must prove that you can support yourself, and the family member who come with you, while you are in Canada. Minimum funds needed to support yourself as a student includes both tuition and living expenses. As such, we strongly recommend that you pay tuition and fees before you arrive in Canada. For more information on proof of financial support, please review the guidelines provided on the Canadian Government’s website here.

Scholarships & Bursaries

The generosity of donors over time has made it possible for Acadia Divinity College to offer significant scholarship and bursaries to its students. Our financial assistance program ensures that every eligible student receives support every year.

ADC has two types of internal financial aid available to new students:

Entrance Scholarship: Awarded to applicants who have achieved the equivalent of an 80% average in their final year of high school or a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.5 on their most recently completed degree. This scholarship is valued at $4,330 per year for the normal duration of the program you are accepted into.

Bursaries: For students who do not qualify for the Entrance Scholarship, once offered admission, they are invited to apply for financial aid bursaries. Amounts vary depending on the level of study.

Please note that we do not offer full scholarships. For more information on Scholarships and Bursaries, and their eligibility requirements, please visit our website here.

Payment of Fees

You can pay your student fees via cheque, money order, bank transfer, bank draft, or traveller’s cheques. We strongly encourage you to pay your fees before you arrive in Canada. You can contact Acadia University Student Accounts about fees at (902) 585-1297 or email, student.accounts@acadiau.ca

For more information, please visit Financial Services’ How to Pay page.

If you want to transfer your fee payment directly to the university account, Acadia’s bank details are as follows: (Reminder: Please quote your student number on the transfer to ensure it goes to your account)

Bank of Montreal
424 Main Street
Wolfville, NS
B4P 1C9

Bank ID # 001
Bank Transit # 02063
Bank Account # 1010-842
BMO International (for Canadian or other currencies) (BIC) = BOFMCAM2
BMO Routing # (for US funds) (ABA) = 026005092
BMO Routing # (for European funds) (IBAN) = 02061010842

It may take several weeks for your funds to be transferred through regular banking channels. Your local bank should be able to tell you how long it will take to transfer funds to Canada. If you want to transfer funds by setting up a new bank account, banks in Wolfville include:

Royal Bank of Canada
PO Box 640 Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1E1 CANADA
Tel: (902) 542-2221 Fax: (902) 542-4639

Bank of Montreal
PO Box 1000 Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1C9 CANADA
Tel: (902) 542-2214 Fax: (902) 542-9293

EMPLOYMENT & Accommodations



Students studying in Canada with a valid study permit issued after June 1, 2014 are permitted to work on or off-campus. This allows international students to work up to 20 hours per week during the regular academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks. For further details, please see: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp

Acadia Divinity College also offers College Assistantships. These positions run for the entire academic year and provide students income to help finance their education. For more information about available positions, visit our website here.


Your choice of accommodation will depend on personal preference, cost, and availability. The options include living on-campus in university residences or off-campus in commercial housing. Please note: There are no university residences that will accommodate families.