International students travelling to Nova Scotia

On November 3, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada added Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions with a COVID-19 readiness plan to the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) list of schools that can reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada and who

As we previously announced, all winter 2020 semester courses will continue to be offered online; access to any of our campuses, at any time, will be restricted and require prior authorization for every visit. We based our decision to deliver fall courses online after extensive consultation with the provincial health authority, which approved our location-specific reopening plan based on modifications to current operations to minimize the risk of spreading COVID -19 at our campuses.

Each of these buildings presents distinct challenges to physical distancing and sanitization measures, particularly the historic Fountain campus that features many constrained passageways and narrow stairwells.

NSCAD University welcomes all international students travelling to Nova Scotia to study online with us, provided they meet all federal and provincial requirements for travel noted below.

As of February 22, 2021, all international students planning to travel to Canada to attend classes at a post secondary institution will be required to complete additional testing and more stringent quarantine requirements.

  • travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine
  • air travellers entering Canada will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in the country before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. Air travellers will also be required to reserve (prior to departure to Canada) a three (3)-night stay in a government-authorized hotel and must stay at their reserved hotel for up to three (3) nights, at their own cost, while they await the results of their arrival test.

Read more details in the Government of Canada announcement and backgrounder.

After international students are cleared to enter Canada, their safe transition to Nova Scotia will be subject to the province’s strict public health protocols including a mandatory, 14-day quarantine period that must bee overseen and arranged by the universities at which the students are enrolled. Read the province’s FAQs here.

This public health requirement is mandatory for all schools, and those without their own residence facilities (like NSCAD) must ensure oversight of the quarantine process. At NSCAD, international students have two options for a 14-day quarantine period once they have been accepted for admission and have their NSCAD network log in credentials (username/email address and password):

  1. Complete your 14-day quarantine at the Sheraton Four Points, 1496 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS. The starting price for the room, transportation to the hotel and three meals per day is CAN $1839.27 (taxes included). To choose this hotelling option, please use this link to review additional information and complete the required form.
  2. Complete your 14-day quarantine period at your apartment, private residence or anywhere else in Halifax that meets the requirements of the Non-Hotelling International Student Quarantine Plan Application. To choose this non-hotelling option, please use this link to review additional information and complete the required form.

We look forward to seeing you online in 2021!