Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort are now open!

The deadline to apply to the program is September 25, 2023.

If you’re an international student in your final year of study in Nova Scotia, we want you to stay in our province!

Join a group of select final-year (graduating) international students who will be part of a unique program designed to help them forge a successful future here in Nova Scotia. This 10-month program provides participants with career development opportunities while helping them build strong community connections.

Upcoming info-sessions:

Date Time Venue Registration Link
Thu. Sept. 14, 2023 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM Online Register here
Fri. Sept 15, 2023 12:30 PM to 01:45 PM Online (For NSCC students) Register here
Mon. Sept. 18, 2023 01:30 PM to 02:15 PM Online Register here
Tue. Sept. 19, 2023 03:00 PM to 03:45 PM Online (For MSVU students) Register here
Tue. Sept. 19, 2023 05:00 PM to 05:45 PM Online Register here
Thu. Sept. 21, 2023 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM Online Register here

About the Study and StayTM – Nova Scotia Program

The Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia program provides participants with enhanced one-on-one and group support throughout their final year of study at a post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia. Our new program app allows participants to easily gain access to the resources, tools, and connections needed to launch a successful career and fulfilling life in Nova Scotia. The program also includes a managed mentorship component, providing opportunities for students to apply what they’ve learned, build connections, and gain a deeper understanding of Nova Scotia’s workplace culture and job market opportunities.

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

Who is eligible to apply?

The Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia program will run from October 2023 to July 2024. Applicants should be committed to living and working in Nova Scotia post-graduation and demonstrate outstanding leadership and initiative on and off-campus. Applicants must be international students entering their final year of study at a Nova Scotian post-secondary institution in September 2023. If you will be a final-year international student at one of the following institutions, you are eligible to apply:

  • Acadia University
  • Atlantic School of Theology
  • Cape Breton University
  • Dalhousie University (both campuses)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Nova Scotia Community College
  • NSCAD University
  • Saint Francis Xavier University
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Universite Sainte-Anne
  • University of King’s College

While there is no set GPA requirement, students are expected to be in good academic standing and to have contributed to their academic and social communities. Participants are required to complete all program tasks and activities. They must commit approximately four to six hours per month to the program, including time dedicated to the mentorship component.

Students must apply to be accepted into the program. Before you apply, please make sure you are eligible and meet all the mandatory requirements below:

      • You must be an international student entering your final year of study at a Nova Scotian post-secondary institution in September 2023.
      • You must be in good academic standing at your institution and be eligible for graduation in 2024.
      • You must have a valid study permit. Canadian citizens and permanent residents do not qualify for the program.
      • Upon time of graduation at your post-secondary institution, you must be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit.
      • You must be available to attend a mandatory program retreat taking place in October 20 to 22, 2023.
      • You must have an active LinkedIn profile.

Thank you for your interest in the Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia program. Applications received after the deadline will be put on a waiting list. All the applicants who applied to the program will be contacted by email about the status of their application, in the second week of October 2023.

To apply to the Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia program, download the iCent app


If you already have the iCent app downloaded to your phone for other institutions/programs, you need to log out from the existing dashboard and log in again using your university/college email address. Please see the image below for login steps. Alternatively, you can also use the web version of iCent to complete your application online at

Before you apply, please prepare a short letter of intent to express why you are a good candidate for the program and why you want to join Study and StayTM. Tell us about yourself and why you want to stay in Nova Scotia; explain how you have contributed to your campus and community, and in what ways you will contribute to Nova Scotia in the future. Include your name, campus, email, and LinkedIn profile. You may upload your letter of intent when you apply.



For more information about the program, contact Francielle Ciconetto at

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