Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the CSOP For?

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Who should attend the CSOP? Do I have to be an academic or an experienced activist?

People who can benefit from the school include NGO staff and interns, peace educators and activists, teachers and professors, students (university or graduate), government officials, community leaders, religious leaders, people interested in peace work.  Anyone with an interest in peacebuilding is welcome.

I am not Mennonite or Christian. Am I really a good fit here?

Yes, The CSOP is for peacebuilders from all faiths, all countries and all identity groups. The CSOP is a learning community of diverse peacebuilders who come together to learn, network and engage in peacebuilding. The school is designed to be an environment characterized by (a) education for peace and justice, (b) learning through thinking and doing, (c) generous hospitality and radical dialogue, and (d) the modeling of invitational community.

The CSOP is hosted by CMU, a Christian university that is rooted in the historic Anabaptist tradition of peace, justice and service. Drawing on our 450-year faith-based peace tradition, we want to create a space where people from different backgrounds and perspectives can connect in positive and respectful ways—learning together, supporting each other and creating networks of engaged peacebuilders.

People of all races, cultures, religions and belief systems who seek to teach others, to learn, and to experience a place of peace fit well into the Canadian School of Peacebuilding.

Am I qualified to attend?

All participants must:

  • be fluent in spoken and written English, and
  • have a secondary school diploma and at least two years of university or equivalent work experience.
 

Logistical Questions

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Will I have access to the university library and other resources?

Yes, while participating in the program you will have access to the Canadian Mennonite University library, internet, and other resources on campus.

How do I arrange for on-campus meals and lodging?

On-campus lodging and meals are offered as packages.  All lodging and meal packages must be reserved and paid for in advance. Unfortunately, we are not able to customize packages. 

Single and double rooms are available in two different dormitory buildings:

Concord Hall
Rooms are furnished with desks, chairs, and closet space. Double rooms have two single beds and all rooms share a washroom with the room next door. Bedding is included.

Poettcker Hall
Rooms are furnished with desks, chairs, two single beds (or bunks), and closets. Bedding is included. The washrooms are located down the hallway.

 

Meals will be provided in the CMU dining room.  Weekend meal packages will consist of boxed meals that can be heated in a microwave oven. Ramadan meal packages are available and consist of boxed halal meals that can be heated in a microwave oven.

Details for Lodging and Meal packages, including price can be found at http://csop.cmu.ca/costs/.

On-campus meal packages can be reserved as part of the CSOP online application or by submitting the 2017 CSOP Lodging and Meals Form, together with the 2017 CSOP Application and Registration Form.

Off-campus lodging is the responsibility of the participant.

 

Application Questions

What is the application process?

On our website you can apply online or you can download a PDF registration form, which can be returned by email to csop@cmu.ca or by mail to the address on the form. We suggest that you submit your application as soon as possible, especially for participants requiring visas for Canada, as the visa process can take a long time. Payment is required to complete your application and to reserve your place in the course. Once your application is complete, we will review it and will be in touch by mail or e-mail.

I am currently a student at another university. Can I take a CSOP course for academic credit?

As a current student of another institution, you are required to have a Letter of Permission (LoP) sent from your home institution to CMU. This process allows your home institution to evaluate if/how a CSOP course will fit into your degree program. This letter is important as it ensures that the credit you earn at the CSOP can be transferred to your program at your home institution. Please request that an LoP be sent as soon as possible to:

Canadian School of Peacebuilding – Letter of Permission
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg MB  R3P 2N2
CANADA

What is the application process for graduate students?

In order to evaluate your eligibility to receive graduate credit, we need a copy of your undergraduate transcript in addition to the Application & Registration form. Please ask the institution at which you completed your undergraduate degree to send a transcript of your work to:

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Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg MB  R3P 2N2
CANADA

 

I’m having trouble with the online form. What should I do now?

If you have trouble with the online form, please download our PDF application and registration form. You can complete the form and then either scan and email it to csop@cmu.ca, or mail it to:

Canadian School of Peacebuilding
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg MB  R3P 2N2
CANADA

If you do have trouble with the online form, please send an email to csop@cmu.ca, explaining as precisely as possible what the problem was. We would like to know about any problems so that we can improve our form and processes for our participants. Thanks.

Can I take more than one class each week?

No. Each class meets from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday, so it is only possible to take one class per week.

Can I come for just one week or do I have to come for both weeks?

You can come for one week or stay for two. Classes are 5 days, Monday to Friday.

I'm not able to come for a 5-day class. Can I sign up for just one or two days?

No, it is not possible to sign up for just part of a course. CSOP courses are designed to build community and learning over the full length of the course.

 

Payment Questions

How much does it cost to attend the CSOP?

All costs are detailed on our website at csop.cmu.ca/costs. The course fees are the same for international participants and domestic participants.

What are my payment options?

If you apply online, it is possible to pay online with a credit card.  Offline payment options are as follows:

  1. Credit Card. We accept Master Card or Visa. If you wish to pay offline by credit card, please call 204-487-3300 and ask to speak with Valerie Smith or Shirley Thiessen, either one of whom can take your credit card information.
  2. Cheque. We accept payment by personal cheques from Canada and the United States of America ONLY. All cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Mennonite University.
  3. Money Order. All money orders should be made payable to the Canadian Mennonite University.
  4. Wire Transfer. Our preference is to receive payment in Canadian dollars. If this is not possible we will also accept US dollars. Please contact csop@cmu.ca for more details on payment by wire transfer.

Please note that your registration is not complete and your place in the course is not reserved until we have received full payment.

Are there scholarships or travel subsidies available?

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The Waseskun (the Cree word for “the moment after a storm when the sun begins to shine through”) Canadian School of Peacebuilding Bursary has been established to provide financial support to an Aboriginal or Métis participant. All Aboriginal and Métis CSOP participants are eligible to apply for the Waseskun Bursary. Funds for bursary assistance are limited. CSOP/CMU cannot guarantee any assistance, but will consider and assess each application carefully in relation to all other applications received. To apply, please submit a completed Waseskun CSOP Bursary Application 2017 along with a CSOP application (csop.cmu.ca/registration).

Unfortunately, beyond the Waseskun CSOP Bursary, we do not have scholarships, student sponsorships or travel subsidies available this year, though we hope this will be a possibility in the future. We are aware that the costs may be a barrier to attending the CSOP for some qualified applicants and we would like to be able to provide assistance to such candidates. However, we simply do not have funds available for scholarships, subsidies or grants at this time. We hope you are able to find alternate sources of funding and that you will be able to join us at the CSOP this summer.

Can I pay when I arrive?

No. We require full payment in advance in order to complete your application and reserve your seat in the course. 

What is your refund policy?

If a student wishes to withdraw from a class, and does so by April 1, 2017, we will refund 100% of the tuition fee, minus a $40 administrative fee. That gives us time to contact others to fill that seat. A student can receive a 75% refund if he or she withdraws between April 1 and the start of the second day of classes. However, in the case of an international student who must withdraw because his or her visa was denied, between April 1 and the first day of class we will provide a 100% refund, minus a $70 administrative fee. Please note that the $50 late application and payment fee is nonrefundable. After the start of the second day of classes we will no longer give a refund.

 

International Participants

How do I find out if I need a visa? For which type of visa should I apply?

A list of Countries and territories whose citizens require visas in order to enter Canada as visitors can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp. If you require a visa, you will need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Since our program is less than six months, a Study Permit is not required. The TRV is sufficient and is normally a simpler process.

What support can you provide to help me as I go through the visa process?

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Once we have received full payment and your application has been approved, we will send you an official letter of invitation to use in the visa application process.   Normally these letters are scanned and sent by email. If you wish, we can send you the original via XpressPost, but you will need to assume those costs ($50-100).

What should I include with my visa application?

As you are preparing to apply for a visa, you may find the information on the following websites to be helpful:

Why do I have to pay before receiving a letter of invitation? Do I get a refund if my visa application is denied?

We do not issue letters of invitation unless we have received full payment. The reasons for this are:

  1. When an applicant has paid, we can include this information on the letter of invitation. We believe that being able to confirm an applicant’s ability to cover the costs of being here strengthens the application.
  2. Only issuing letters of invitation to those applicants who have paid helps to ensure our letters go to support only serious applicants, which protects the credibility of the CSOP and serious CSOP applicants.

While we feel this policy is important, we also want to be supportive of international applicants and we have developed our refund policy with this in mind.  Our refund policy is as follows:

"If a student wishes to withdraw from a class, and does so by April 1, 2017, we will refund 100% of the tuition fee, minus a $40 administrative fee. That gives us time to contact others to fill that seat. A student can receive a 75% refund if he or she withdraws between April 1 and the start of the second day of classes. However, in the case of an international student who must withdraw because his or her visa was denied, between April 1 and the first day of class we will provide a 100% refund, minus a $70 administrative fee. After the start of the second day of classes we will no longer give a refund. Please note that the $50 late application and payment fee is nonrefundable. Refunds require 6-8 weeks to process."

We have tried to develop policies that minimize the risk for serious applicants and also allow them to present a strong application when applying for a visa.

Can I get a letter of acceptance before I pay to assist me as I seek funding?

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Once you apply, as long as you meet the entrance requirements for the CSOP, we would be able to send you a letter of conditional acceptance which you could use to assist you as you seek funding to attend the CSOP. Please note that such acceptance would be conditional and that without full payment you would not be accepted to the CSOP and your place in the course would not be reserved. If you wish to pursue this, please fill out the attached application form or apply online and send a note to csop@cmu.ca requesting a conditional acceptance letter.

 

Do I need health insurance?

Yes. If you do not have valid health insurance for Canada, you are required to purchase health insurance before you come to Canada.