We are on the campus of one of Canada’s oldest and most respected liberal arts universities, Acadia University. As the Faculty of Theology for Acadia University, we have a distinguished history of equipping Christian leaders for full-time and volunteer ministry around the world. 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. ADC’s diverse student 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 student population has approximately 500 international students from over 53 different countries and offers a wide range of recreational, cultural, social, and educational activities in addition to the academic programs.


Below you will find information all international students need to know about coming to Canada and studying at Acadia Divinity College.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Once you have received your Confirmation of Acceptance letter from Acadia, you should immediately begin procedures to obtain your Canadian Student Study Permit. A Temporary Resident Visa may also be required depending on your citizenship. To check requirements for visa click here (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp). The documents required for the application process are available from your nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate (https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/embassies-consulates); and you can obtain assistance in completing the forms at the closest visa office (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/contact-ircc/offices/international-visa-offices.html). Additional information is available from Citizenship and Immigration Canada: www.cic.gc.ca

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.

If you are a United States citizen, then you may be able to apply for your Student Study Permit when you are crossing the border into Canada. You will need to have proof of sufficient funds for studies at Acadia, the application fee, proof of acceptance at a Canadian university and proof of identification. Verify information with Canadian Border Services.

Some countries require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to fly into Canada. Please check if you require one here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Tuition and 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: https://acadiadiv.ca/tuition-fees/

Please note: All international students are automatically enrolled in the Acadia Students’ Union (ASU) Health Plan and the Acadia Student Dental Plan. Those students who have comparable coverage (i.e.: private insurance) may opt out by showing proof of their alternative coverage by September 30th, 2018 for fall term students and January 31st, 2019 for newly eligible winter term students. For more information on the health plan, please visit: https://acadiadiv.ca/tuition-fees/#health-plan, and for more information on the dental plan, please visit: https://acadiadiv.ca/tuition-fees/#dental-plan

Payment of Fees

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

For more information, please visit: https://financial-services.acadiau.ca/How_to_Pay.html

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 (http://www.rbc.com/canada/)
PO Box 640 Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1E1 CANADA
Tel: (902) 542-2221 Fax: (902) 542-4639

Bank of Montreal (http://www4.bmo.com/)
PO Box 1000 Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 1C9 CANADA
Tel: (902) 542-2214 Fax: (902) 542-9293

Scholarships and 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.

For more information on Scholarships and Bursaries, and their eligibility requirements, please visit: https://acadiadiv.ca/scholarships-bursaries/

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.

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, please visit: https://acadiadiv.ca/student-employment/

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.

On-Campus Accommodations: Acadia’s 11 residences offer a prime location for accommodations, only minutes from your classrooms, the gym, and library. Living on campus offers the ease of an eight-month, all-inclusive lease which includes furniture, heat, power, water, local phone service, phone with call display, high speed internet, in-house laundry facilities, and regular cleaning of public areas. There is an all-female residence (Whitman/Tully House), mature students residences (Raymond House, Roy Jodrey House), and options for private or shared rooms. Residences are not open during the winter break in December, however, if you know for certain that you will not be returning home for the break, please indicated that on your accommodation application. Prices vary by residence, room type, and number of meals you choose. You can visit the Residence Life website for more information: https://www.acadiau.ca/residence-life.html

Off-Campus Accommodations: Prices for off-campus housing varies depending on size, facilities, and location. Some apartments include the cost of utilities (electricity, heat, water, etc.) in the monthly rent, others do not. There is usually an 8-month or 12-month lease required for rental units. The average cost for living off-campus could ranges between $600 – $800 (CDN) per month for rent, $350 per month for food, and $300 per month in other expenses (utilities, internet, etc.).

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Catherine Cole

Manager of Recruitment and Admissions

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Acadia Divinity College is dedicated to equipping you with high-quality theological education and practical faith skills that are necessary for ministry now, in today’s world.With a distinguished history of preparing students for a variety of ministry roles, you will leave ADC prepared to serve effectively wherever God has called you to serve!