Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™

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Nova Scotia (2018-2019)

Applications are closed for the 2018-2019 program year.

If you would like to recieve information about the next applicaiton period, contact Jennifer Wesman at jennifer@edunova.ca.

New Brunswick (2018-2019)

Applications are closed for the 2018-2019 program year.

If you would like to recieve information about the next applicaiton period, contact Kathie Ouellette at Kathie.Ouellette@gnb.ca.

Prince Edward Island (2018-2019)

Applications are closed for the 2018-2019 program year. 

If you would like to receive information about the next application period, contact Kady MacDonnell at studyandstaypei@upei.ca

Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ program

The Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ program is for exceptional and motivated final year international students who are committed to living, working, and contributing to communities in Atlantic Canada.

Each Atlantic province (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador) will offer a province-wide program that connects final year (graduating) international students directly to the labour market, helping them to build valuable employment skills, gain workplace knowledge, and build meaningful and professional connections through workshops, networking, and mentorship.

The goal of the Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ program is to support international students to stay, live, and work in Atlantic Canada post-graduation. The program provides participants with essential skills, resources, and support as they transition from ‘student’ to ‘professional’.

Participating students are provided with one-on-one enhanced and group support throughout their final year of study to ensure they gain the education, tools and connections needed to launch a successful career and fulfilling life in Atlantic Canada.

A managed mentorship component is an integral part of the program, providing opportunities for students to apply their learning, build connections, and gain a deeper understanding of Atlantic Canada’s workplace culture and labour market opportunities.

Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ focuses on:

  • Cultural and social adaptation
  • Professional communication
  • Career and labour market support
  • Networking and professional connections
  • Access to immigration resources and support
  • Mentorship

Before you apply please make sure you are eligible, meet all the mandatory requirements and review the information below:

  1. Are you an international student entering in to your final year of study at an Atlantic Canadian post-secondary institution in September 2018?
  2. Are you in good academic standing at your institution and eligible for graduation in 2019?
  3. Do you have a valid study permit? Canadian citizens and permanent residents do not qualify for the program.
  4. Upon time of graduation, will you be eligible to apply for a 2-3 year Post-Graduation Work Permit?
  5. Are you available to attend a mandatory fall program retreat for 3 days (2 nights)? (In Nova Scotia, the retreat dates will be Oct. 12-14. In New Brunswick, the retreat dates will be Oct. 19-21.  In Prince Edward Island, the retreat dates will be Oct. 26-28 )
  6. Do you have a LinkedIn profile ready to upload? If not, please prepare one before applying at https://ca.linkedin.com/
  7. Do you have a professional headshot ready to upload? Choose a headshot photo before starting your application; if you don't have one, you can take a photo of yourself with your phone and upload that.
  8. Before you apply, please prepare a short Letter of Intent that will help us to consider you as a candidate for the program. This is an opportunity for you to ‘pitch’ yourself by telling us a little about yourself, why you would make a good candidate for the program, how you will benefit the cohort (group), what you have already contributed to your campus and community, and what you will contribute to your Atlantic province as a graduate.

Be prepared to give yourself time of approximately 30-60 minutes to complete your application.

Want to know more? Check out a video that highlights Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ program, which in Nova Scotia, was formerly known as ‘Stay in Nova Scotia’.