NSCAD University has a long history of working with international artists, craftspersons and designers because we understand the value in cultural diversity. We welcome students from all over the world to study at NSCAD and provide study abroad opportunities for our full time students as well. The universal language of art, craft and design is spoken at NSCAD and we invite you to join us.

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English Language Proficiency Requirements
 TOEFL  at least 90 with no test less than 20  at least 94 with no test less than 22
 IELTS  at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0  at least 7.0 with no band less than 6.0
 CAEL  at least 69 with no band less than 60  at least 69 with no band less than 60
 CanTest  at least 4.5 with no part less than 4.0  at least 4.5 with no part less than 4.0
 CAE  at least B  at least B
 MELAB  at least 82 with no band less than 80  at least 82 with no band less than 80
 IB  at least 5 in English A1 or A2 HL  at least 5 in English A1 or A2 HL
 AP  at least 4 in English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition  at least 4 in English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition

Study Permit (Student VISA)

Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides study permits for internationals who have been accepted to a designated learning institution.  For students who have been accepted to NSCAD University an acceptance letter will include a DLI (Designated Learning Institution) # which is 019021269652.  This paperwork will need to be included in a submission for a Study Permit that will need to be processed prior to entrance to Canada.  For a complete overview of the process for applying for a Study Permit please visit the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website.

Under a Canadian Study Permit students are eligible to work in Canada within the guidelines provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  Service Canada can provide a Social Insurance Number for students to be paid to work in Canada.  Once a student has arrived in Canada they can visit a Service Canada location to apply for and obtain a Social Insurance Number in order to work in Canada.

*Students attending NSCAD as a visiting or exchange student for less than 6 months do not require a study permit.

International Health Insurance

All international students, both those on student exchange or those pursuing a full degree at NSCAD, are required to have adequate health insurance.  NSCAD University ‘s International Health Insurance Plan is automatically included in your NSCAD fees and provides coverage for 12 months from September – August.  Students studying on a one semester exchange are provided coverage at a prorated cost.

NSCAD’s insurance provider covers medical and dental needs on an emergency basis.  This is not a plan to that covers pre-existing conditions or is intended to replace regular health check ups.  Please visit your family doctor before traveling to Canada for any ongoing or general health or dental needs.

International students who have been in Halifax for more than 12 months may be eligible for coverage under the Nova Scotia Health Medical Services Insurance plan.  To discuss eligibility and the process for applying students need to contact MSI directly.  Once enrolled in the MSI plan, the regular health insurance plan provided to domestic students through SUNSCAD will be available.

Students can find out more about their health plan by visiting our Student VIP International Health Insurance website.  On this site students can access important information regarding the policy and resources available.

Financial Planning

Students coming to NSCAD for an international experience are encouraged to have the finance in place to support their time here. It is also wise to have a plan for fluctuating exchange rates and trips home. International students are welcomed in Halifax and there are lots of opportunities to explore and experience all Canada has to offer, so a solid financial plan can help ease concerns and let you make the most of your time here.

The University recommends that prospective international students budget a minimum of $20,000.00  –  $25,000.00 (Cdn) not including airfare for 8-12 months of study Canada.