If you are considering going to school in Canada for religious and theological studies, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Religious and theological studies schools and programs in Canada can be competitive; therefore, it's important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Some of the classes that you will want to take are speech/communications and social science courses to ensure that you are well prepared for the schools and programs that make your list. Languages and creative arts are also beneficial for certain programs in this field. Make sure that you can meet the minimum English or French proficiency requirements by taking any English or French and communications classes in high school. Undertake to read and study independently. This is a good way for international students to develop interests, expand knowledge and improve the vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for these intellectually wide-ranging programs. This will also help you if admission requirements include a personal essay, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and issues specific to this area of study.
There are several additional things that international students can do to prepare and increase ther chances of being accepted:
Admissions committees at religious and theological studies schools in Canada are often interested in international students' personal qualities, which can be developed through participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs, whether related to your area of interest or not. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.
Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving ministry or outreach components, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.
Show your commitment and respect. Religious and theological studies in Canada are specialized fields involving sometimes sensitive issues of world views, ethics, morals, and personal beliefs. Participation in faith-based or multi-cultural activities in your home country will show the admissions committee that you are serious and open-minded to the kinds of issues and questions this field involves.