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Study and Stay™ – Entrepreneurship Program 

The Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia Entrepreneurship Program, in partnership with the Saint Mary's University Arthur L. Irving Entrepreneurship Centre and TD Entrepreneurship Inclusion Initiative, supports international student entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia through networking, skill development and resource sharing, to further the success of our international entrepreneurs and the province’s growing economy.   

Program participants are provided the opportunity with a transformational business learning experience while offering the opportunity to focus on the development of their entrepreneurial aspirations with support and resources to help them succeed.

If you own a business or have an idea and are looking for support to help move your business forward this summer, apply to the Study and Stay™  - Entrepreneurship Program today!

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Participants of the Study and Stay™ Entrepreneurship program will have exclusive access to resources in the following areas:

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Business development and skill building.

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Develop and strengthen entrepreneurial skill sets. 

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Preperation and participation in a pitch competition. 

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Support of program advisors, coaching, and resources.

Program Eligibility 

Applicants must be an international student at a Nova Scotian post-secondary institution. Applicants should be committed to living and working in the province of Nova Scotia post-graduation and demonstrate outstanding leadership and initiative on and off campus.  

While there is no set GPA requirement, students are expected to be in good academic standing, contribute to their academic and social communities, and be eligible for graduation within the year of completing the program. Applicants must have a valid study permit (Canadian citizens and permanent residents do not qualify for the program). Upon time of graduation, applicants must be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit. 

Participants will be selected directly from the businesses they are applying to work for through pitch events, where students can demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills. We ask all applicants to have an active LinkedIn profile and be available for a mandatory program event.  

Applicants will be contacted by email regarding their application status by the date set each year by the Program Coordinator. Applications received after the deadline will be put on a waiting list.  

 For more information on the program, please contact