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International Students – Seminary

Learn about how to begin your journey at Heritage College & Seminary (DLI#: O110124108754) by reviewing the information found on this page. Click on each step found below for more information. Please note: international students are recommended to begin their studies in the fall semester.

International Student Application Process

1) Select Your Program

Choose a program from our list of masters degrees, diplomas, and graduate certificates. International applicants are advised to begin the application process at least nine months before their planned enrollment date. Please contact our seminary admissions team for assistance with choosing a program.

2) Review Admission Requirements

Review the Seminary Admission Requirements for International Students, application deadlines, and tuition information. 

You must also review the Heritage Theological Seminary Student Handbook and declare on your application form that you have read the Community Life Commitment section (Part B). 

Note: additional fees concerning COVID-19 or other related needs may apply. Students must also meet all Government of Canada eligibility requirements at the time of travel: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/eligibility.html.  Please contact our admissions team for more information on additional COVID-19 related fees or distance learning options.

3) Begin Your International Student Application Form and Submit Required Documents

International applicants must submit three references, proof of English language proficiency (see below for a list of accepted tests and scores), and official transcripts. Applications that are missing required documents will be considered incomplete. Important Note: submission of a completed application form and required documents do not guarantee admittance into Heritage.

i. Three References: Contact a pastor and two adult friends who know you and your walk with Christ and ask them to be references. References must be submitted directly to admissions@heritagecs.edu.

ii. Proof of English Language Proficiency: Proof of English language proficiency is normally required of all international applicants with the exception of citizens from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and countries of the West Indies (except Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, and St. Lucia).

Heritage only accepts scores from the following English language proficiency tests:

Important note: Test scores must be sent directly to Heritage from the testing agency. Results submitted by applicants will be considered unofficial, and official results from the testing agency will still be required. 

Heritage reserves the right to request an English proficiency test from all applicants as further proof of academic readiness.

iii. Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit transcripts from all previous educational experiences. Transcripts that are not written in English must be translated in full and notarized by an official translating company.

International applicants must also provide a credential evaluation report from World Educational Services (WES) Canada.  Applicants must request a “WES ICAP Course-by-Course Evaluation Report” and choose Heritage College and Seminary as the recipient. When your evaluation report is complete, WES will send your evaluation report along with a copy of your transcripts directly to Heritage. The official transcripts that Heritage receives from WES must match any transcripts provided by the applicant. Discrepancies between the official transcripts provided by WES and the transcripts provided by the applicant may affect the applicant’s eligibility to be enrolled at Heritage.

4) After You Are Accepted, Confirm Your Acceptance

Once you have confirmed your acceptance, you will receive a formal acceptance letter and a study permit letter from Heritage College & Seminary.

Students must check their eligibility to travel to Canada for in-person learning, as well as submit documentation and pay any additional COVID-19 related fees.

5) Apply for Your Study Permit

Study permit applications are processed and approved by the Government of Canada. For more information, or to apply for a study permit, visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) official website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship.html. All international students must obtain a study permit to study at Heritage and will not be able to begin their studies until all necessary government documentation has been approved.

6) Plan Your Arrival

Once your study permit has been approved, you must prepare for your arrival to Canada by:

Note: Students must arrive in Canada no later than one week before classes begin.

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