Where to study

There are many opportunities to receive additional education in Nova Scotia. Most programs and courses require a high school or general equivalency diploma (GED). Some training is available for mature students who have no previous formal education.


Universities require high school completion. Some special courses might be needed for specific programs of study. University preparatory classes may also be required for admission. Once you complete your university studies, you will receive a degree in your area of study. Most university degrees require 3 or 4 years to complete.

There are 10 universities located in Nova Scotia, 6 have their main campus in Halifax and 4 have their primary campuses in municipalities outside of Halifax. A number of universities have multiple campuses, for example Dalhousie University’s main campus is in Halifax, with the Dalhousie Agricultural College located in Truro. Similarly, Université Sainte-Anne’s main campus is in Church Point, with smaller campuses in Halifax, Tusket, Petit-de-Grat, and Saint-Joseph-du-Moine.

For specific information on the programming and application requirements for each university please refer to the university’s web page:

A study permit is required to attend a university in Nova Scotia. Please refer to the information on applying for a study permit on IRCC’s website.

Community college

At Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) there are over 150 programs of study. They have a wide selection of training courses and programs, ranging from mechanical engineering, to culinary arts, to child care studies. The NSCC does not offer degree programs like universities. They do offer certificates and diplomas in specific occupational fields. There are 13 NSCC campuses throughout Nova Scotia. NSCC programs are generally less expensive than university degree programs.

A study permit is required to attend the NSCC. Please refer to the information on applying for a study permit on IRCC’s webpage.

Private career colleges

Private career colleges are privately owned and operated businesses that offer training certificates. They can be in many different fields such as secretarial, paralegal, and flight attendants courses. The tuition fees for different programs vary.

If you are interested in studying at a private career college in Nova Scotia it is important to review the requirements for a study permit and determine if the institution where you would like to study is on IRCC’s list of designated learning institutions.