If you’re an international student currently studying in Nova Scotia, we’d like to encourage you to stay.

Apply now to join a group of select students who will be part of a unique program designed to help you forge a successful future here in Nova Scotia. Students who successfully gain entry to the Stay in Nova Scotia Program will be provided with enhanced support, both during their studies and after graduation, to ensure they are equipped with the cultural, language, career, and networking support needed to launch a successful career and fulfilling life in Nova Scotia.

Benefits of the Stay Nova Scotia (SNS) program

SNS is a comprehensive international student support and career transition program focused on specific tasks that include: employment-related events, activities, workshops, and a career mentorship and experiential workplace learning component. Participants will be supported as they transition from ‘student’ to ‘professional,’ benefiting from this unique program in the following ways:

  • Receive one-on-one employment and transition support from an EduNova Retention Coordinator, in addition to support from campus and community
  • Develop professional networks through a province-wide cohort of peers and business networks
  • Attend a 2-day Cohort Retreat to introduce participants to the program, each other, potential employers, and Nova Scotian business and government leaders
  • Reflect and learn through career assessments and self-values analysis
  • Develop a personalized career and goal-setting plan while gaining a better understanding of the Nova Scotia labour market
  • Build valuable employment skills including professional job search, resume, interview techniques
  • Develop workplace knowledge, language, and professional connections
  • Gain enhanced communication skills to talk to employers and intercultural communication for the workplace
  • Develop personal branding techniques and enhance your professional on-line profile
  • Participate in peer and community workplace mentorships
  • Attend an Employment Skills Training conference
  • Complete a workplace placement through a specialized job voucher program (Experiential Learning)

Who is eligible?

Final year international students from the following institutions are eligible for participation in the program:

  •  Acadia University
  • Cape Breton University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Université Sainte-Anne
  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Nova Scotia Community College
  • NSCAD University
  • University of Kings College
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Atlantic School of Theology

Applicants must be beginning their final year of study in fall 2016 (eligible students will be graduating from their program of study in spring 2017). The program will run from fall (October) 2016 to summer (June) 2017. International student applicants should be interested in remaining in Nova Scotia post-graduation and have demonstrated outstanding initiative on and off campus.

While there is no set GPA requirement, students should be in good academic standing and strong contributors to an academic and/or social community.

Before You Apply

  • Applicants must indicate their suitability for the program by completing the online application process, highlighting why they want to live and work in Nova Scotia. The application process will also be used to assist with matching students with career mentors.
  • Applicants must submit a resume/summary of experience and recommendation letter from a student advisor, guidance counsellor, teacher, school principal, or employer (for paid or volunteer work).
  • Applicants must have a LinkedIn profile and will be asked to upload the link to their profile.
  • A retreat for the cohort of successful students will be held October 14-16, 2016. Students must be available to attend the retreat.
  • The program will be delivered in English, with options for French in the mentorship component.
  • Applications must be received by September 30, 2016. Applicants will receive notice of being accepted into the program by October 4, 2016.