Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best days for arrivals and departures for the 2019-2020 school year?

For students arriving for the Fall (September) Semester, we ask them to arrive between August 31 - September 3, 2019. School begins on September 4 or September 5 depending on the school/Regional Centre for Education.

The Fall Semester ends January 31, 2020. We recommend students plan their flights home between January 30 - February 2, 2020. Students arriving can plan to arrive February 1, 2020. 

The school year ends on June 30, 2020. Students can begin to depart after June 27 as exams should be complete at this time. All students must be gone by June 30, 2020. 

Please note, our host family program ends on June 30, 2020. Students cannot stay past this date. 

What are the school holidays for the 2019-2020 Academic School Year in Nova Scotia?

Labour Day – September 2
Thanksgiving Day – October 14​
Remembrance Day – November 11​
Holiday Break – December 23 to January 3 inclusive​
Heritage Day – February 17​
Spring Break – March 16 to March 20 inclusive​
Good Friday – April 10​
Easter Monday – April 13
Victoria Day – May 18

Which airport should my student fly into?

For most students they should plan their flights to land at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For students placed in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education, we ask the students to arrive and depart from the Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport (YQY), if possible.

For students placed in Amherst, we ask students to arrive and depart from the Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM) in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Who will meet students when they arrive in Nova Scotia?

In most instances, students will be met by their host families or a program representative who will take them to their new home. The NSISP has staff acting as airport greeters at the airport to meet all students and to be of assistance,  if necessary. Some students (especially those who are arriving on very late flights) may have to spend the night at the airport hotel before departing for their host family. There is no charge for the student's room at the hotel. You can confirm with your student’s school board representative if the students requires an overnight at the hotel.

Will students be provided with an orientation when they arrive in Nova Scotia?

Students participating in the NSISP are given a two-day overnight orientation session within one month of the school start date. The orientation is designed for students to meet other international students in their area, to ask questions, and to learn more about the Program and expectations of the students.

What are the requirements for a student to graduate from a Nova Scotian School?

In order for a NSISP student to graduate from a NS high school, they need to study in a Nova Scotian school for at least one year and meet all graduation requirements. Students who wish to graduate should also complete the intent to graduate form prior to their arrival in Nova Scotia.

What are the graduation requirements?

A minimum of 18 Credits as outlined below:

  • A maximum of 7 grade 10 credits and a minimum of 5 grade 12 credits
  • 3 English Credits (one at each grade level)
  • 2 Math Credits
  • 1 Science Credit (from Science 10, Sciences 10f, Biology 11, Chemistry 11, or Physics 11)
  • 1 Science Credit (from those listed above or from Geology 12, Human Biology 11, or Oceans 11)
  • 1 Credit in Canadian Studies (from Canadian History 11, or African Canadian Studies 11)
  • 1 Credit in Global Studies (from Global History 12, Global Geography 12)
  • 1 Credit in Physical Education
  • 1 Fine Arts Credit (from Art, Drama, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music or Canadian Music Studies)
  • 2 Further Credits in Mathematics, Science, or Technology

*No more than 7 of the 18 credits may be from courses coded as Grade 10 and at least 5 must be from courses coded as Grade 12.

**Only one credit will be given for a course in the same subject at the same grade level, although both will show on the student transcript. For example, if a student completes English Communications 12 and English 12, it will only count as one credit toward the 18 credits required for graduation.

Does the insurance provided by NSISP cover pre-existing medical conditions?

Health insurance is provided by Medavie Blue Cross. Information about the coverage is available at: .   Please be advised pre-existing medical conditions and treatment required in Nova Scotia as a result of pre-existing conditions are not  covered by Medavie Blue Cross insurance. Please see the section of the website entitled "What Your Insurance Policy Does Not Cover." A sickness or injury that, at the time of departure from their Home Country, might reasonably be expected to require an Insured Person to undergo Medical Treatment, surgery or hospitalization.

Can students play school sports in Nova Scotia?

International students are eligible to play in Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) sports. International students must try out for the teams and be selected for the team the same as Canadian students. Please note if you are 19 years of age before September 30th, you will not be eligible to compete in Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation sports; however, you may still play sports in your local community.

What sports can international students compete in?

NSISP students can compete in 18 NSSAF sanctioned sports including:

Competitive Cheerleading
Cross Country
Skiing – Downhill
Softball Slo- Pitch
Team Table Tennis
Track & Field

Can NSISP students change regional centres for education (RCE)? What is the process?

Students who have been in the NSISP one year may request an RCE change. A $400 application fee will be assessed to students who request RCE changes. Students must complete the “Change of RCE Request Form” for their request to be considered. The form will be evaluated by the NSISP Central Office and, if approved, the student will be placed in the next available RCE following the placement formula.

Will NSISP staff assist students with their visa and study permit applications?

The NSISP is not able to provide assistance for students to renew their study permits or visas under Bill C-35, a federal law. This Bill makes it illegal for anyone, other than an authorized representative, to conduct business for a fee or other consideration at any stage of an immigration application. The NSISP has carefully selected an accredited local immigration consultant who students can contract to help them apply for these renewals while studying in Canada. There is a fee for this service and you can find more information on this service by reading the NSISP Immigration Consultant Summary found on the NSISP Website.