We welcome students from all countries and look forward to providing a unique learning and living experience at one of our campuses across Nova Scotia.
The process for international applicants differs from that for Canadian citizens and permanent residents/landed immigrants. You will follow the standard Admission process, but with a few additional requirements as outlined below.
Studying in Canada
International applicants require a valid student visa to study in Canada. If you currently have a valid student visa, please provide this information on your application.
Completed applications must be received prior to May 1, 2013, to be considered for September 2013 enrolment. Applications received after May 1, 2013 must include proof of a valid student visa.
The application fee for applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada is $75 (CAD). This non-refundable fee must accompany your application.
To ensure consistency and quality of service, all application-related documentation except for official French transcripts from Nova Scotia public high schools must be submitted in English.
Any transcripts, records, and documentation submitted to NSCC in a language other than English must be translated to English by a certified translator (indicated with a stamp or seal and signature on the document). The official English translation and the original version are required (a translation alone is not acceptable).
Applicants using international credentials to meet admission requirements may be asked to submit documentation to an NSCC-approved credential verification service provider to be evaluated for equivalency. In the event that NSCC Admissions is unfamiliar with an institution's curriculum, or in the event of unclear or incomplete information, NSCC reserves the right to require applicants to submit original documentation to World Education Service (WES). Information and fees for this service are outlined on the WES website.
All NSCC programs are delivered in English. All applicants must comply with the guidelines for documentation and for demonstrating English language proficiency as outlined in the Admission Requirements sections on language requirements and Transcripts & Required Documentation.
Payment of Tuition Deposit
Once you are admitted to a program, you must confirm your intention to enrol by paying the required non-refundable tuition deposit of $400 (CAD) within the timeframe indicated in the letter/email you receive from NSCC. This deposit counts towards your tuition. If you do not pay the non-refundable tuition deposit within the required timeframe indicated in your letter/email, you risk losing your seat in the program.
The tuition deposit is only refunded if the program is cancelled by NSCC. The deposit is forfeited if you decide not to attend NSCC after you have paid, and cannot be held on your student account for future use.
International Student Fee
The International Student Fee supports continued improvement and development of dedicated services and supports for International students. This includes tools such as an International student guidebook that is designed specifically to support orientation for International students.
The International Student fee is payable before the start of your academic year. For programs beginning in September 2013, tuition and fees are payable on August 2, 2013. You can pay fees with a credit card through the MyNSCC "Make a Payment" service or contact Admissions to pay by phone with a credit card.
The annual tuition for international students is under review. The first tuition payment (50% of the annual tuition less the non-refundable tuition deposit) is due 20 business days prior to the start of classes, which is August 2, 2013. The second tuition payment (50% of your annual tuition) is due January 10, 2014.
In order to receive a refund on tuition fees, international students must formally withdraw, which involves writing a letter or completing a withdrawal form available from Student Services. The following refund schedule is available to international students who formally withdraw from programs:
In all cases, the refund is less the non-refundable tuition deposit
- Before first day of class: full refund
- In the first month: refund 83%
- In the second month: refund 67%
- In the third month: refund 33%
- After the third month: no refund
If a program is cancelled, all fees, including the tuition deposit fee, will be refunded to you. For details on other program costs including international student health insurance, Student Association, and program fees, visit http://www.nscc.ca/fees.
International Health Insurance
All international students are required to carry medical insurance, which must be purchased through NSCC. All documentation relating to your approval to study in Canada must be completed by August 2, 2013 prior to the start of classes. The cost of this insurance during the 2012-2013 Academic year was $650 per individual. Family coverage is also available.
Other Program Fees
There may be other fees associated with your campus and program. These may include co-op tuition, Student Association fees, supplies, and textbooks. These fees will be outlined in your admissions package.
Contact Admissions for additional information.