Updates at EduNova – October 31, 2022


Free immigration coaching for Nova Scotia’s international graduates

The Post-Graduation Immigration Support Program has started to offer immigration advising sessions to eligible graduates! To be eligible for a free 30-minute virtual session with a regulated Canadian immigration consultant, graduates must have:

– Finished their studies at a post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia in the past year (between April 2020 to date)*;
– Have a Post-Graduation Work Permit or proof of application for one; and
– Have a job or job offer (from an NS employer, on a position based and taxed in Nova Scotia)

* Graduation date requirement extended temporarily – the date is to be reviewed again in 2023.

If you have contacts, who meet the eligibility criteria below, feel free to send them the program info sheet, linked below.

Click here to download our info sheet.

Study and Stay TM Nova Scotia – Program Retreat

A record number of 97 international students have been selected for the seventh cohort of EduNova’s award- winning Study and StayTM Nova Scotia program. These students, from 27 countries, are in their final year of study at ten post-secondary institutions across Nova Scotia.

From October 14 to 16, over 100 people gathered at the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, including 97 international students from the seventh cohort year of the Study and StayTM Nova Scotia program. Students participated in information sessions and workshops on career strategy, immigration pathways, intercultural development, and networking. A local group, The Taproom Growlers, shared traditional Nova Scotia songs of the sea with the students.

The program’s objective is to retain at least 80% of participating students one-year post-graduation. On average, students who complete the program are retained in the province at a rate of 86% and most of these students have secured jobs in their field of study. The high percentage of students who stayed in the province post-graduation speaks to the program’s ongoing success.

Click here to read the full media release about the Study and Stay TM Program retreat.

Agent Training Program 

We are excited to report that training for the first cohort of agencies under the Nova Scotia Agent Training Program has been completed. A total of 32 agencies attended the full program, following curriculum developed by CBIE and EduNova and are now eligible to graduate. The major themes of professionalism, honesty, transparency and accountability resonated with all the agencies in attendance. EduNova will now follow up with eligible graduates with graduation certificates and will include a list of these agents on EduNova’s website.

This is a historic achievement as Nova Scotia becomes just the second province in Canada to undertake such a training program. It demonstrates our commitment to achieving top-class standards in working with student recruitment agencies and finding best-fit study opportunities for students.

International Student Fam Tour

A group of 47 international students from the Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP) participated in a tour of Nova Scotia universities. The tour visited the campuses of Acadia University, Mount Saint Vincent University, University of King’s College, Dalhousie University, St. Francis Xavier University and Cape Breton University between October 28 – 31. This is the first FAM tour post-COVID, and the interest from students was excellent – there were 106 applicants for 47 available spots. Students came from a great diversity of home countries, including Vietnam, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Holland, Spain and others.

NS Curriculum Schools Virtual Information Event
EduNova is organizing a virtual event for students at NS Curriculum Schools in China, Bangladesh and Abu Dhabi on November 14,16, 21 and 22. The event will feature Nova Scotia-specific information as well as representatives from Acadia University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, St. Mary’s University, NSCAD University, STFX University, and Cape Breton University to speak about academic course offerings. The presentation will also feature a current student panel as well as a Q&A session with NS Curriculum students.

South Asia Agent B2B
EduNova is working with Bonard to recruit 20 agents from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal to meet with 15 Atlantic Canadian institutions for partnership discussions in a virtual B2B format. The event is scheduled for December 12-13 via the Zoom conferencing platform.

EduNova’s Disaster Relief Program

The EduNova’s Disaster Relief Program was rolled out to international students impacted by hurricane Fiona in Nova Scotia. EduNova received 458 applications from international students within the first four days of the online application being posted. Since there was so much need, and after consulting with ApplyBoard, the sponsor of this program, we decided to help the greatest number of international students possible. In total, 208 $50.00 Atlantic Superstore e-gift cards were distributed via email, awarded on a first-come, first-served basis after confirmation of enrolment from their home institution.