Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are new to us or one of our alumni, we want to help you find answers to your questions about studying at Horizon. Below you will find information on a variety of topics.

In these curious times, we are pleased to offer you the choice to study with us fully on campus or fully online. You’ll find our College and Seminary course schedules on our student resource page. As well, check out our various online formats for study.

As always, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to assist you!

If you are looking for Christian leadership training, we are here for you! Thank you for considering Horizon College & Seminary!

General Questions

Horizon is located in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and in case you haven’t heard, we moved into a brand-new building in 2021! Learn more about our campus here, or watch our Quick Tour video!

Horizon’s 6-week term system, frequent modules, and online options means you can begin studies at many times throughout the year. All our upcoming course schedules as well as the academic calendar for the year are listed on our college and seminary course pages.

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Visit our campus page for information about our facility in Saskatoon! Horizon has a unique student community experience that is best experienced in person. However, our online classes are a great alternative if you are unable to attend class on-campus. Learn more about studying from afar on our Distance Education page.

Being a college student at Horizon has many benefits for your spiritual, emotional, and social health. Horizon provides the opportunity to gather together in community for worship and other social events. College students who are taking two or more courses or are working towards graduating from a program of studies at Horizon are encouraged to participate and expected to attend:

  • Welcome Week & Orientation
  • Retreat (during which fellowship and activities are planned for all new and returning students)
  • Weekly college chapel services
  • Life group meetings
  • Christmas Banquet
  • Prayer Emphasis Days
  • Missions Emphasis Days
  • Spiritual Emphasis Days
  • Convocation Events (Baccalaureate Service, Convocation Rehearsal, Convocation Exercises, Convocation Banquet)
  • Student Forums
  • Any other specially called meetings
    … as well as a weekly church service of your choice.

Chapels, our student-led 10:50, and life groups will run live and live-stream online.

In 2021, Horizon was thrilled to announce our 8-month Global Discipleship Certificate that partners with Multiply to combine studies at Horizon and a cross-cultural mission experience.

We are planning for students in the program to complete their ministry assignment in Thailand. Nevertheless, depending on restrictions regarding international travel, a final decision will be made regarding the location of the ministry assignment by October 31, 2021.

If you cannot attend class onsite or online due to illness, you will have an opportunity to catch up on your course later. Some course lectures are accessible via video-on-demand.

If you are unable to complete assignments on time due to COVID-19, we will adjust due dates as necessary without penalty. To acquire due date adjustments, you must communicate with your professor or the dean of the College or Seminary.

Questions about our Institution

Horizon is a multi-denominational Christian leadership college – a first-of-its-kind institution in Canada. We are biblically based and teach the Bible as an essential part of our curriculum, but our focus is on what you can do with that teaching as you integrate it into your life, vocation, and the rest of our curriculum that prepares you for competent Christian leadership.

Horizon is accredited with the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which is the international standard for Christian higher education in North America. Additionally, Horizon is an affiliated college of the University of Saskatchewan. This affiliation also gives students certain privileges at the U of S (e.g., library privileges, discount at the Physical Activities Centre).

The Association for Biblical Higher Education

Horizon Seminary is an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools.
ATS Association of Theological Schools

For information on employment rates for college graduates and completion rates, click here.

Questions about Denominations

There are different ways Christian denominations form institutions:

  • Denominational colleges represent the interests of a single denomination, shaping students to reflect what is special or unique about that denomination (e.g., Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada; Mennonite Brethren).
  • Trans- or Non-Denominational colleges represent what is common to evangelical denominations broadly and leave it to denominations to shape prospective leaders outside the college program.
  • Multi-Denominational colleges blend the denominational and non-denominational approaches. A multi-denominational college offers a basic curriculum common to evangelical denominations broadly, but invites partner denominations to integrate their special interests into the curriculum, shaping prospective leaders as part of their educational program.
Currently, Horizon officially partners with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Canadian Midwest District; the Church of God in Western Canada; the Mennonite Brethren, Saskatchewan Conference; and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, Saskatchewan and Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Districts.

Visit our denominational partner page for more information.

Horizon students come from various Christian backgrounds, not only from partnering denominations. Our curriculum will prepare you for competent Christian leadership broadly. If your denomination isn’t one of Horizon’s official partners, we will still work with you to integrate denominational requirements into your program so you graduate ready to serve. If you don’t have a specific denomination, you will still graduate ready to serve but may need to do additional training with a denomination after you graduate.

Questions about Academics

At this time all registration is completed through the Registrar’s office. Only accepted students can register for courses. The Registrar’s office will communicate registration information to all accepted students. If you are interested in taking courses but have not yet applied please visit our admissions pages:

An individual must be accepted as an auditor before registering to audit a  course.

As an auditor, individuals do not complete the course work for academic credit but are expected to complete any required reading. As well, an auditor pays only a fraction of the course fees.

If you have not yet submitted the audit application, please email our Admissions department at info@horizon.edu to request the link. Once we have received and approved your audit application you will be contacted to confirm your course registration.

Yes, you can! We are rebooting the way we do distance education. Instructors are reshaping courses so you can learn from home, using the internet to participate fully with other students – both on and off-campus – who are taking the same course at the same time. Distance Education courses are offered in a number of formats , including online (video content), directed-study (text based), and by using the internet to stream you into live courses being offered on-campus.

For more information see our Distance Education page.

We are not yet able to offer a complete program by distance. Almost all of our program is accessible through live stream, recorded video, and directed study, but to complete a program you may still need to attend Horizon in person for a few 1-week modules. Alternatively, we would help you find a relevant institution near you or other means to take the missing classes and transfer them into your Horizon program.

We encourage students to work part-time while studying even full-time at Horizon. Our term structure introduces a lot of flexibility (e.g., except during modules, there are no Friday classes), and Horizon is located near numerous retail, grocery, restaurant, fast food, and other businesses that provide employment opportunities nearby.

CBE is an approach to education that requires students to demonstrate they’re actually competent in the knowledge and skills needed for real-life Christian leadership. There’s no “just passing”; you are actually prepared for Christian life and ministry.

Click here for more information.

To enable transferability, all Horizon courses are awarded a traditional grade (“A”, “B”, etc.) and students receive a traditional transcript. As an accredited institution, Horizon courses transfer to most other institutions similarly accredited by the ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education). Horizon’s affiliated status with the University of Saskatchewan means some courses also transfer to the U of S. Other universities and colleges also routinely accept Horizon transfers. Importantly, transferability is always at the discretion of the receiving institution, and is limited by specific program requirements. (E.g., if transfering into a program that requires mostly maths and science, fewer Horizon courses will be relevant).
Students can find their grades under the student tab on their Populi account. Populi is our course management system. If your Populi account is locked you will need to inquire with the Business Manager (business@horizon.edu).

Our competency-based education course management system is currently under development, therefore, students will need to contact their Professors for their competency levels.

A module is a course that allows you to fit the classroom instruction portion of the course into just 5 days, typically Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Following the classroom portion, you have six weeks to complete assignments and coursework.

Modules are a great option if you have limited time to spend in the classroom!

More information on modules here.

Horizon College & Seminary (HCS) considers transfer credit from a variety of post-secondary institutions. Applicants desiring advanced standing at HCS on the basis of previous work must have official transcripts forwarded directly from the institution where the credits were earned. The Registrar will then determine if a course is comparable to a HCS course. Please see our Transfers page for more information.

Accommodations are fundamental to support students with disabilities. While our supports and resources have some limitations, Horizon will work to give students with disabilities access and the opportunity to succeed academically.

Students are responsible to ensure that Horizon is aware of their request for accommodations. Students must provide the professional diagnosis and recommendations as outlined in the Medical Questionnaire. Note that student life and academic support is limited over the summer term.

Questions about Admissions

The requirements and admissions processes have slight differences depending if you are a new student, a college or seminary student, studying online (distance education) and/or an international student. You can find the information on the following pages:

You can find information on our college costs here and our seminary costs here.

We also have various college tuition discounts, seminary discounts, a promotion for referrals, for Canadian students and more!*

Email info@horizon.edu for information on current discounts and promotions.

*Subject to change.

You can find tuition rates and how to pay them here for college and here for seminary.

  1. Scroll down the page to the section that says ‘Pay Now’ and select the applicable option from the dropdown menu.
  2. Click the yellow button that says ‘Pay Tuition and Fees.’ You will be redirected to a PayPal site.
  3. Enter the total you wish to pay in the window and either login to PayPal OR use your credit card or Visa debit to complete the transaction.

Email info@horizon.edu if you need assistance.

Horizon provides PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) for new applicants. On a case-by-case basis we are able to award credit for prior knowledge and life experience.

If you have attended another college or post-secondary institution, we are often able to transfer your credits and help you complete your degree. If you spent time at YWAM or Capernwray, or with some similar organization after high school, your experience may count toward college credit at Horizon. Please note that non-accredited colleges are considered on a case-by-case basis.

People come to Horizon for various reasons, from diverse evangelical traditions, and at different points on their walk with Christ. Our students range in age from freshly graduated high school to freshly retired, all seeking God’s next best direction for their lives. Horizon isn’t a place where one size is meant to fit all, but a place where you can be who God has created you to be.

Because we recognize that not everyone’s story is the same, we are able to take prior learning and experience into account during the admissions process.

Yes! We have several college scholarships available. Visit the college tuition page for details.

Additionally, there is a Women’s Bursary available for the Sisterhood Women’s Cohort from Horizon Seminary.

 

Yes! Please contact our office, (306) 374-6655 or info@horizon.edu, to set up a date and time.

Yes! Horizon College & Seminary accepts homeschooled students.

For more information please see our Admissions Policies on what you need to do to apply.

Yes! Horizon College & Seminary is a Designated Learning Institution, enabling international students to study at Horizon.

For more information please see our International Students page.

Students are encouraged to apply at least 3 weeks prior to the start of a term to ensure adequate time to process their application for acceptance, order textbooks and do any required pre-course work.

Exceptions to this will be at the discretion of the Registrar’s office.

The International student application deadline for fall entrance is by March of the same year. The deadline for a winter start (in January) is by August.

Yes! Horizon College & Seminary is a designated college under the Canada Student Loan Program. This qualifies students to apply for various sponsored loan programs as well as the national program under the EI code CPAO. Students expecting to use loans should make arrangements in early summer. Detailed information and applications for Student Loans are available on the Government of Canada website.

Studying on Campus During COVID-19

Horizon follows all Saskatchewan Public Health Orders.

Masks – Masking is mandatory in public indoor spaces effective until February 28, 2022. After this date, students are encouraged to mask or not mask according to their personal preference and both choices will be respected.

Computer and web camera – Even students planning to attend fully on campus need home access to internet, a computer (not a cell phone), and a web cam to be visible during online classes. Since students needing to self-isolate are not allowed on campus, students must be prepared to attend classes online via live-stream at any point in the year.

If you are able, we encourage you to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for your safety and the safety of those around you. Nevertheless, Horizon does not require proof of vaccination before allowing individuals on campus.

See here to find out where you can get a vaccine.

Public Health Orders do not currently require physical distancing. Maximum capacity will be determined by pre-existing occupancy limits, such as fire code.*

No. However, all employees, students, and visitors are expected to self-monitor for COVID-19. Every day you enter campus, you acknowledge that you have no symptoms and are to the best of your knowledge free of COVID-19.

We encourage students and employees to use rapid antigen tests as a part of their self-monitoring. Rapid tests are free of charge and are available at a number of community locations around the province, including at many local libraries. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus recently, please notify Horizon administration (assistant@horizon.edu or 306-374-6655).

If you become symptomatic while on campus, you must notify Horizon administration, leave campus, and self-isolate immediately. You will be directed to call the HealthLine at 8-1-1 and follow the directions of Public Health. If you cannot leave campus immediately, you will, if needed, be provided a mask and directed to a designated isolation room to wait.

Increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols and practices remain in place. In addition, hand sanitization stations remain available throughout the building.

All employees, students, and visitors are expected to self-monitor for COVID-19. By entering campus, people acknowledge that they have no symptoms and to the best of their knowledge free of COVID-19.

Students who are self-isolating may join their classes via live-stream. Students unable to attend class online due to severe illness will be given an opportunity to catch up on their course later. Some course lectures are accessible via video-on-demand.

Saskatchewan is welcoming post-secondary students from all over Canada and the world. Our institution has taken measures to ensure the health and safety of students and the campus community.

International students are required to follow the Government of Canada’s policies and regulations, including testing and quarantine measures. For the latest updated information, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

More information about international post-secondary study in Saskatchewan can be found here.

*subject to change.

Thank you for considering Horizon! We are committed to seeing God’s Kingdom advance through leaders like you and warmly welcome you to study with us!

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