New International Student Orientation (2024 Winter)

As the university transitions to in-person classes, our orientation delivery will be both online and in-person. The date of the in-person orientation is Friday, January 5th. The registration and schedule will come out soon.

You will have :

  • Campus tour
  • Getting to know the different MSVU Student Services
  • Obtaining your MSVU Student ID, U-pass (bus pass)
  • Apply for Nova Scotia ID (application fee applied)
  • Meeting and socializing with other international students

2024 Winter New International Student Orientation Schedule (will be published soon)


If you have registered for the New International Student Orientation and have been assigned a campus residence, you can request early move-in by filling out the form: Early Move-in Request. Please be advised that the earliest move-in date is Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024. If you arrive in Halifax before January 3rd, you will need to book a hotel room for yourself.

Time and Date: to be determined

Location: to be determined

The NS ID Clinic will be on a first come, first served basis. If you cannot make it on this day, you will need to apply for your NS ID at an office of Access Nova Scotia (the link goes to the website of the NS government).

Required documents:

  1. Your passport (must be origianal!)
  2. A color copy of your passport information page (the page with your full name and photo)
  3. A second piece of your ID, any of the following:
    • MSVU student ID
    • Credit or debit card with your full name and your signature
    • Government issued ID in English with your photo and full name
    • Health Card with name and signature
  4. Print, fill out and bring with you the Photo Identification Card Form (must be a hard copy!)

Fee: CAD $17.70 (pay with a credit card or a Canadian debit card on site. No Cash!)

Time and Date: Monday, Jan 8th, 2024

Location: McCain 102 (No. 1 on the campus map)

Note: This service requires registration. If you don’t register or you miss the time slot you booked, you will need to apply for it either at a Service Canada Centre in the city or online (the link goes to the website of the Federal Government of Canada).

Required documents:

  1. Your passport (must be original!)
  2. Your MSVU student ID
  3. Your Study Permit and your Co-op Work Permit (If you have both, bring both. But if you don’t have a Co-op Work Permit, please only bring your Study Permit.)

Fee: No.

Things you need to do

The Pre-arrival webinars or workshops aim to prepare new international students for their upcoming new adventures at MSVU, Canada. We strongly suggest you register for the upcoming webinars or workshops and view the previously recorded webinars or workshops.

Register for Pre-arrival webinars or workshops

For undergraduate students, our Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success will help you register for your classes. Please email them at and make sure to include your full name, MSVU student number, and program of study.

For graduate students, please contact your Program Advisor directly. Contact information of your Program Advisor can be found on your Graduate Data Form. Your Data Form would have been emailed to you along with your MSVU Letter of Acceptance. Alternatively, you can email the Administrative Assistant of your faculty/academic department. You can find their contact information on the Mount’s Contact Us page.

For incoming exchange students, you must receive approval for all the courses you will be taking at the Mount. Please contact our International Partnerships Coordinator, Mr. Mahx Mason by emailing