Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ - Nova Scotia

If you’re an international student in your final year of study at university or college in Nova Scotia, we’d like to encourage you to stay.

Apply to join a group of select final-year (graduating) international students who will be part of a unique program designed to help them build a successful career and future here in Nova Scotia.

Students who are accepted into the Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia program will be provided with enhanced support during their final year of study. This will equip students with the cultural, language, career, and networking skills needed to launch a successful career and fulfilling life in Nova Scotia.



*Due to Hurricane Dorian and the aftermath of it, we have decided to extend the deadline.


About the Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia Program

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

A mentorship component is an integral part of the Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia program. Mentorship provides an opportunity for students to apply their learning, build connections, and gain a better understanding of Nova Scotia’s workplace culture and labor market opportunities.

In Nova Scotia, the program is administered by EduNova Co-operative Ltd. For more information about EduNova click here:

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  1. Applicants MUST be beginning their final-year of study in fall (September) 2019 and expect to graduate from their program of study in spring or summer 2020.
  2. The Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia program will run from fall (October) 2019 to summer (July/August) 2020. Applicants must be able to attend a mandatory program retreat on October 4th-6th, 2019.
  3. Applicants should be committed to living and working in Nova Scotia post-graduation and demonstrate outstanding leadership or initiative on and off campus.
  4. Chosen applicants will be expected to participate and complete all program tasks and activities and commit approximately four to six hours per month—including time dedicated to a mentorship component.
  5. Applicants must be currently studying in their final year in one of the following Nova Scotia institutions:
  • Acadia University
  • Atlantic School of Theology
  • Cape Breton University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Université Sainte-Anne
  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
  • NSCAD University
  • University of Kings College
  • Saint Mary’s University

*While there is no set GPA requirement, students are required to be in good academic standing without risk of academic probation and have contributed to their academic and social communities.

Before You Apply

Please review eligibility (see above) and the following:

  1. Applicants need to complete an online application process, highlighting why they want to live, work, and stay in Nova Scotia post-graduation.
  2. Applicants will include a one-page letter of intent detailing their skills, experience, and motivation. Students must show how they plan to contribute to the Nova Scotia community post-graduation.
  3. Mandatory: Applicants must have an active LinkedIn profile and will be asked to upload their link when applying.
  4. Mandatory: Selected applicants must be available to attend an Orientation Retreat from October 4th-6th, 2019.
  5. Mandatory: Selected applicants must be eligible for a two-three year Post Graduate Work Permit upon their time of graduation.
  6. The program will be delivered in English, with options for a French mentor.

Click here to watch the Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ - Nova Scotia Program video

For more information on the Nova Scotia Program or on other education and training opportunities in Nova Scotia, Canada, please contact: