International Student Services

Click this link for more information: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE

Coming from Abroad

Before arranging any travels, check if you are eligible to enter Canada, prepare documents to support the essential journey, and know what to do upon arrival at the airport or border.

Before You Start at Providence

Once you accept your offer, there are essential steps to take:

  • Find out which documents you need to study in Canada
  • Check out the New to Providence guide for students

Your Guide to Resources While You are at Providence

These tools can help you unlock your potential during your time as a Providence student:

Learn about the immigration documents and information you may need during your studies.

  • Study permits
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
  • Maintained status
  • Communicating with IRCC

Make sure you have the right coverage for your time in Canada and at Providence. medical insurance for international students:

  • medical insurance for international students
  • MobileDOCTOR
  • Keep.meSAFE
  • Manitoba Health Services

Whether you're hoping to get a part-time job or work after graduation, there are important things to know.

  • Working in Canada
  • On-campus work
  • Off-campus work
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit

Planning Ahead

There are important things to consider before you make any major decisions during your degree.

  • Taking time away from school
  • Travelling outside Canada
  • Immigration impacts of withdrawing from courses

Understand how taxes work in Canada and get a SIN for awards and scholarships, or to work.

See what you need to prepare if your family is planning to visit or join you.

  • Immigration documents for your family
  • Inviting friends and family to visit
  • Public school registration for Providence International students' children.

We're Here to Help!

International students may need a bit of assistance adjusting to life in Canada and studying at Providence.

Orientation sessions, which are mandatory for all new International students, are given at the beginning of each term (September and January) to help prepare students for their studies at Providence. Beyond orientation, we provide ongoing assistance and support for students dealing with immigration guidance (renewal, and/or acquiring documents), medical visits and international health insurance, and for the many cross-cultural issues that arise during the school year. We also train our Resident Assistants in cultural sensitivity and strive to meet the needs of our international students by planning events such as international chapel, various cultural nights, banquets, BBQs, etc.

Transition Services

  • New international student pick-up service from the Winnipeg (YWG) airport
  • Learning about the university culture, Canadian culture, and cultural differences
  • Setting up your health insurance
  • Setting up your bank account in Canada
  • Setting up your cell phone in Canada
  • Setting up your social insurance number
  • Assisting with the purchase of cars for students
  • Support for registering students’ children in elementary, middle, and high schools

Ongoing Services

  • Immigration supports (preparing required documents, enrollment letter, family invitation letter, etc.)
  • Provide immigration information (study permit extension and PGWP)
  • Provide you with academic support
  • Advocating on your behalf with professors, providence administration, medical doctors, government agencies, and health insurance team
  • Provide pastoral care & cross-cultural counselling (pray for you, talk to you to see how you are doing, address any questions or concerns)
  • Sunday worship service on campus
  • Help you to connect with other students (current students and alumni)
  • Sick care supports (ex. bringing food from the cafeteria to residence students and checking on your health)
  • Provide emergency daycare (for children aged 2 to 11 years old for a duration of 1 to 6 hours per day, or newborn to 2 years old, for a duration of 1 to 3 hours per day.) This is only in case of an emergency.
  • Tax return supports

Transportation Services

  • Weekly grocery shopping support
  • Immigration-related transportation (medical exams, document notarization, and scheduling appointments with immigration lawyers and RCIC's)
  • Medical supports (doctor's appointments, pharmacy, etc.)
  • New family member airport pick-up
  • Driver's license knowledge and road tests


  • International students welcome BBQ party or banquet for both new and current students, their families, and recent graduates
  • Semester and year-end wrap-up party
  • International chapel
  • Pumpkin carving contest
  • Cultural night
  • Spicy noodle contest
  • Ice cream social
  • health insurance workshop
  • Study permit extension workshop
  • PGWP workshop

* All events above are subject to change depending on the circumstances