Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Credit

1. What kind of accreditation is offered through Outtatown?
2. Are the credits transferable to other colleges and universities?
3. Is it guaranteed that every Outtatown student will receive the credits?
4. What do I graduate with?

Admission Requirements

5. What are the admission requirements for Outtatown?
6. If I am admitted to Outtatown, am I automatically admitted to CMU Main Campus programs?
7. I have completed some University studies already. Can I still do Outtatown?
8. Is there an age requirement?

Cost of the Program

9. How much does it cost?
10. What is covered?
11. What is not covered?
12. Will I need to purchase any special equipment?
13. Does Outtatown qualify for student loans?
14. Can I raise support to go on Outtatown?
15. Can you suggest ways to pay for the year?
16. When do payments need to be made?

Faith

17. What denomination is Outtatown affiliated with?
18. Do I need to be a Christian to go on Outtatown?
19. Can I go on Outtatown if I am not Mennonite?
20. I grew up in a Christian home, but I am unsure of what I believe. Can I still go on Outtatown?

Community Life

21. What kind of accommodations will we stay in?
22. Will I get my own room?
23. Will I have telephone and email access throughout the year?
24. Do students get free time?
25. Can I bring a laptop or cell phone?

 

Academic Credit

1. What kind of accreditation is offered through Outtatown?

Students can earn up to 18 university credits through Canadian Mennonite University. For more information, see University Credit on our website.

2. Are the credits transferable to other colleges and universities?

Yes, but as is always the case with transferring credits between schools, the final decision will be up to the university that you want to transfer to.

3. Is it guaranteed that every Outtatown student will receive the credits?

No. Students must complete all assignments and put forth a satisfactory effort in the program to receive all credits. In addition, students must meet CMU Shaftesbury Campus Admissions Requirements in order to receive the university credits.

4. What do I graduate with?

All students receive a certificate for completing the year. An official CMU transcript will be available to students as long as they meet CMU Shaftesbury Campus Admissions Requirements based on a final high school transcript. Students who do not meet CMU Main Campus admission requirements will receive an Outtatown Credit Certificate, but will not be eligible for an official CMU transcript.

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Admission Requirements

5. What are the admission requirements for Outtatown?

Entrance to the program requires a completed high school diploma, however in order to receive credit for your work you will need to meet the CMU Shaftesbury Campus Admissions Requirements as found in the link in question 12 & 13.

6. If I am admitted to Outtatown, am I automatically admitted to CMU Main Campus programs?

No. You must meet CMU Shaftesbury Campus Admission Requirements.

7. I have completed some University studies already. Can I still do Outtatown?

Yes. Many students decide to take a year in the middle of their studies to do Outtatown.

8. Is there an age requirement?

Students are typically between the ages of 17-22.

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Cost of the Program

9. How much does it cost?

For current cost information, click here.

10. What is covered?

Food, accommodations, books, tuition, and travel with your site during the semester, many adventure activities, community events, museums, tours and cultural events.

The cost of your flight to your international location (Guatemala or South Africa or Paris & Burkina Faso) and your trip cancellation insurance will be provided to you prior to the start of first semester and will be added to your semester billing in First (Burkina Faso students) or Second semester (Guatemala & South Africa students).

11. What is not covered?

Health insurance, vaccinations, travel to and from Winnipeg each semester, spending money, some optional adventure activities, internet café use, and laundry. When students are on homestay weekends, or choose to go off-site during free time, their activities, meals and travel are not covered.

12. Will I need to purchase any special equipment?

Students will need a sleeping bag, compact air mattress and large travel backpack. Some other items are recommended, but not required. For more information, see our "Student Resources" section which outlines more specific packing needs.

13. Does Outtatown qualify for student loans?

Yes. CLICK HERE for more information.

14. Can I get financial support from my church?

Yes. Many chuches have programs in place to support students who are studying at Christian educational institutes or those who are involved in missions & services projects. We encourage our students to approach the leadership at their church to inquire about the possibility of financial support.

15. Can you suggest ways to pay for the year?

In the following link you will find some ways you can access our Bursaries/Scholarships, and links to Student Loan pages.

If you have further questions, or want to get more creative do ask our admissions counselors, or feel free to contact our office. 

16. When do payments need to be made?

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due following acceptance into the program.

Burkina Faso students:

  • Semester payment is due in early August (includes books & materials, tuition, room & board, flights and trip cancellation insurance, minus the $500 deposit).

Guatemala & South Africa students:

  • First semester payment is due in early August (includes books & materials, tuition and ½ of room & board).
  • Second semester payment is due mid December (includes ½ of room & board, tuition, flight and trip cancellation insurance, minus the $500 deposit).

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Faith

17. What denomination is Outtatown affiliated with?

CMU (and Outtatown) were formed by several Mennonite denominations, mainly Mennonite Church Canada and the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. 

18. Do I need to be a Christian to go on Outtatown?

No. However, Outtatown is a faith-based program, guided by Christian principles and ethics. The majority of the year is focused on learning more about what it means to follow Christ and looking at the world through a Christian worldview. Students who do not call themselves Christians are welcome, but asked to come with an open mind and a willingness to participate and learn about Christian perspectives.

19. Can I go on Outtatown if I am not Mennonite?

Yes. Our students represent a wide variety of Christian denominations from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

20. I grew up in a Christian home, but I am unsure of what I believe. Can I still go on Outtatown?

Absolutely. The Outtatown program is designed to give students an opportunity to explore faith, doubts, traditions, community, the Bible, and what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. As long as students come with a good attitude, a commitment to abide by the guidelines of the program, and an openness to explore Christian faith, they are welcome.

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Community Life

21. What kind of accommodations will we stay in?

Throughout your time on Outtatown you will stay in a variety of accommodations including: tents, hostels, camps, retreat centers, church floors, under the stars, and maybe in a cave or on top of a mountain…

22. Will I get my own room?

Probably not. Most times you will be sharing a room with 3-9 other students.

23. Will I have telephone and email access throughout the year?

Most places we stay have pay phones and either wireless internet hotspots or an internet café nearby.

24. Do students get free time?

An appropriate amount of free afternoons, evenings and weekends are built into the schedule to allow time for rest, doing assignments, and opportunities for students to take advantage of activities available at a particular location.

25. Can I bring a laptop or cell phone?

Yes. Students are invited to bring these items along if they can use them in a healthy way to keep in touch with friends and family. However, if having these items along would create a distraction enable an unhealthy attachment to people back home, we would encourage students to leave these items behind in order to be fully present in the Outtatown community.

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