What to Bring:
□ Valid Passport and Temporary Resident Visa, if required by Canadian Immigration
□ Study Permit Approval Letter & your letter of acceptance from NSCECE
□ Photocopies/digital/e-mail copies of all important documents
□ Medical insurance documents for extended health care coverage if you have it
□ Medical clearance (you will need this for your Co-op Work Permit – insert link here)
□ Proof of funds (i.e.: bank statement, etc)
□ Canadian dollars or money to exchange for immediate use upon arrival, Credit card
□ Power type A and B: Standard voltage is 120V, standard frequency is 60Hz
□ Business attire for presentations and events
□ Weather appropriate clothing for the season
Halifax Airport Taxi
Maritime Bus Airport Shuttle
Halifax Metro Transit
□ Orient yourself with Halifax & the Quinpool Road area
□ Contact your Global Peer Buddy
□ Attend International Student Orientation
□ Learn how to use public transportation
□ Go shopping for food and living essentials
In Halifax, Metro Transit is the public transportation service, provided by the Halifax Regional Municipality. Metro Transit has routes running throughout the regional municipality including Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax, Sackville, Timberlea, and Cole Harbour.
Public Transportation (Bus, Ferry) Single fare $2.50
Bus: Maritime Bus provides passenger and parcel service between New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia, with connections to Quebec and further west in Canada. Their website includes information on route maps, schedules and an online ticketing system.
Rail: VIA Rail, Canada’s main passenger carrier, runs The Ocean which departs from Halifax and runs through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Quebec, ending in Montreal.
Car Rentals: Cars, vans and trucks can be rented from many different companies in Nova Scotia. There are some general requirements to be met before renting. You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, your driving record will be checked by the rental company and you must provide a valid driver’s license and credit card.
· Thrifty ® Rent a Car – Thrifty.com at Adwww.thrifty.com/
· Enterprise® Car Rental – EnterpriseRentACar.ca at Adwww.enterpriserentacar.ca/
Driver and Public Safety
To protect drivers from serious injury, Nova Scotia has a law making the use of seatbelts mandatory. Failure to use a seatbelt by all passengers will result in a substantial fine.Nova Scotia also requires, by law, infant car seats, child seats and booster seats for all children who are BOTH under the age of 9 years and under 145 cm (4’9”) tall. Again, failure to comply with these laws will result in a substantial fine.
Car Insurance: In Nova Scotia, it is illegal to drive a car without being insured. Insurance protects you in the event of an accident, your car is stolen, or if your car sustains damage.
Regardless of where you choose to stay, you will need to purchase living essentials like pillows, blankets, dishes and of course seasonal clothing!
Stores close to campus:
WALMART: A popular store due to its low prices and good quality. You can also buy groceries.
DOLLARAMA: Known for affordable shopping. Broad range of products at fixed price from $1 to $3.
IKEA: Known for ready-to-assemble furniture and home accessories at an affordable price.
SUPERSTORE : Atlantic Grocer (with online shopping available for pick-up!)
There are plenty of shopping centres in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)
Nova Scotia is a haven for leisure and lifestyle activities. In fact, its natural beauty, its many leisure opportunities, and outstanding outdoor activities and exciting nightlife attract more than 2 million visitors every year. From seaside activities like swimming, boating and walking to great hiking trails, wonderful campgrounds and charming towns with inviting inns and bed & breakfasts, you will never be at a loss for something to do.
When you are ready to take a break from studying here are some places to visit:
Sports and Recreation
Sport and Recreation contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Participating in organized sports and recreation activities is also a good way to meet new friends who share a common interest. To find organizations throughout Nova Scotia that have sports and recreational programs for the whole family, visit Sport Nova Scotia and Recreation Nova Scotia.
National and Provincial Parks
In Nova Scotia there are two National Parks, the Cape Breton Highlands and Kejimkujik National Park. Both are considered among the most beautiful spots in Nova Scotia and Canada. There are numerous provincial parks in Nova Scotia. There is one Provincial Wildlife park in Nova Scotia. It is called the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and it is home to 45 different wildlife exhibits, 33 species of mammals, and 65 species of birds.
All persons in Nova Scotia have free access to the Nova Scotia Public Library System. You can only borrow books from the library if you have a library card, which is free. All library loans have a time limit. Children under age 15 require signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a library card. You can visit them here.
Arts and Entertainment
Nova Scotia understands entertainment. We have a proud tradition of music, dance, live theatre and house parties called ceilidhs (pronounced “kay-lees”, Scots Gaelic for “gathering”). We’ve also produced many wonderful painters, sculptors and craftspeople. There are galleries, studios, nightclubs, pubs, festivals, museums and theatres across the province to showcase our heritage, our traditions as well as local, national and international artists and performers. Visit the Coast for entertainment here.
See more here: http://novascotiaimmigration.com/live-here/leisure/#sthash.RFBPKtcK.dpuf
Finding a suitable apartment in Halifax can require time and patience. To help you find a place to meet your needs, check out the following links for more information on Halifax apartments:
NSCECE does not have student residences. Students are expected to make their own arrangements for housing.
If you have never driven before, you must successfully complete the 3 stages of Nova Scotia’s Graduated Drivers License System.
It is expensive for most international students to own and operate a motor vehicle in Canada. If you decide to buy and own a motor vehicle, it is mandatory in Nova Scotia to register it and to hold an insurance policy on the vehicle.
Also remember that in Canada, we drive on the right-hand side of the road. The use of seat belts is mandatory for all car passengers.
Important: It is against the law in Nova Scotia to use a hand-held cellular phone, or text messaging device, while driving. Under this law, you may only drive and talk on a mobile phone by using the hands- free function. You may still use a cell phone to report emergency situations.
Spring & Fall
Winter usually extends from December to March. February is the coldest month in Halifax with an average daily high of -6 degrees Celsius and a night time low of -9 degrees Celsius. To keep yourself warm in the winter, layers are suggested. We recommend the following items: A heavy winter coat, water-proof boots with good grip, water-proof mittens, a hat that covers your ears, a scarf, a warm sweater, thermal pajamas for sleeping, and warm socks.
Wind Chill: Wind chill is the meteorological index that combines the effects of wind speed and temperature. The wind can make you feel much colder than the air temperature might indicate. The reason is that the wind blows away the thin layer of warm air that normally surrounds your body. The stronger the wind and the lower the temperature, the more rapidly you lose body heat. Often, students from warmer climates are surprised by the wind chill and are at risk for frost bite!
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Your Global Peer will have first-hand international experience with anxiety and culture-shock that accompanies being a new international student. They are able to offer support and information about student life at NSCECE.
All the students involved with the Global Peer Program will have the chance to participate in events and fun activities organized by the Intentional Student Society. They will allow new international students to make friends from different cultures around the world and build a strong Global community. We are here to help you make the connections you need to succeed!
Co-op work permit is the phrase Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses for a student work placement, work term, internship or co-op work placement. Most international students at NSCECE will need a co-op work permit during their program.
This work permit application is online and there is no fee for this permit. The application guide for the co-op work permit can be found here.
A medical exam is required to ensure you have the right conditions placed on your study permit or work permit that allows you to work in these jobs before starting to work. Visit IRCC’s website to find out more information. Your medical exam must be conducted by an IRCC-approved Panel Physician and your medical exam report (referred to as your ‘e-medical’) can be submitted with your co-op work permit application.
Frequently Asked questions
What is a co-op work permit?
A co-op work permit allows you to work full-time during the academic year. MOST international students require a co-op work permit.
When do I need a co-op work permit?
If your program of study requires one or more work terms, work placements, clinical, practicum, co-op or internship placements, you will require a co-op work permit. MOST international students at NSECEC require a co-op work permit.
I am doing a work placement, but it’s unpaid. Do I still need a co-op work permit?
Yes. All “work” requires a permit, even if it is unpaid.
er and where do I get it?
You can get a co-op letter from the Registrar. This letter will confirm that work is a mandatory part of your program.
When should I apply for my co-op work permit?
You can use your letter of acceptance to NSCECE as proof that your program has a mandatory work placement. You can also get a co-op letter (“letter of confirmation”) from the A Registrar. This letter will confirm that work is a mandatory part of your program.
Full-time students with a valid study permit are permitted to work off-campus without a work permit up to 20 hours/week and full-time during scheduled school breaks (i.e. summer and December Holidays). You must be enrolled in the term following the break to be eligible to work full-time.
You may work off-campus without a work permit if you:
I have to discontinue my studies at NSCECE. What do I do?
Students wishing to withdraw from the College are required to complete a Program Withdrawal form which can be obtained from the Student Success Counsellor
I have to take a leave of absence for one semester. What do I do?
NSCECE does not currently have a leave of absence policy. You will have to withdraw from your program and then either reapply if you need courses in the first semester of your program or submit a Return to Studies form to be considered for readmission to your program.
How does taking a leave of absence or discontinuing my studies affect my immigration status in Canada?
Your study permit requires you to continuously pursue your studies and NSCECE will be reporting students’ registration status to IRCC. You may have to change your status to visitor and re-apply for a new permit. If you are taking a leave of absence please contact the Student Success Counsellor for assistance.
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. You must apply for a SIN through Service Canada. The Halifax office is conveniently located next door to our College on Quinpool Road.
Click here for complete information on how to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
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