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.
International Student Services are offered through Joann Reynolds Farmer, Coordinator Off Campus, International and Advising.
For students interested in applying to NSCAD as an exchange student from one of our partner institutions or for students applying to our undergraduate and graduate programs as an international student please visit MyNSCAD to proceed with your application process.
* SAT/ACT scores are not required for applications to NSCAD University
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants whose language of instruction either in high school (for at
least 3 years) or at the post-secondary level (for at least 1 year) is
not in English must submit evidence of their ability to carry on studies
in English. This evidence must be provided through one of the
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT CHART
| TEST || UNDERGRADUATE|| GRADUATE|
| 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|
These test results must be sent directly from the testing service to
NSCAD University, Admissions Office, to be considered valid. No offer of
admission will be made until such scores are received. For more information on our English Language Partners, please see: International Applicants.
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) #. 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.
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.
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 tuition
and provides coverage for 12 months from September – August. Students
studying on a one semester exchange can be provided coverage at a
International students who are staying in Halifax for more than one year will have the option of applying for Nova Scotia Health Coverage through Medical Services Insurance. 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.
additional information, contact Joann Reynolds Farmer, Coordinator Off Campus, International and Advising at (902)444-7213.