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Viewbook (2021-2022) for Incoming Exchange Students (PDF)

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Factsheet (2021-2022) for Incoming Exchange Students

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Admission Requirements

  • Average 73% on the numerical scale, or
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of at least 2 semesters at home institution

If English is not your first language or the instruction language at your institution, please submit one of the following documents as your proof of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL iBT: 86 with no score below 21, or
  • IELTS 6.5 with no score below 6.0, or
  • CAEL 70 with no score below 60, or
  • other official documents may be considered upon request

Nomination

MSVU does not accept application directly from applicants. Applicants must apply through the coordinating department responsible for exchange programs at your home institution. Your coordinator will email the following information to us at global@msvu.ca:

  • Nominee’s Full Name (Given Name and Family Name)
  • Nominee’s Date of Birth
  • Nominee’s Email
  • Nominee’s Program at Home Institution
  • Nominee’s Intended Term(s) at MSVU

Nomination Deadlines:

  • May 20 for Fall Semester (September – December)
  • Sep 20 for Winter Semester (January – April)

Application

Application Deadlines:

  • Jun 20 for Fall Semester (September – December)
  • Oct 20 for Winter Semester (January – April)

Application Steps:

    1. the completed Application Form
    2. a scanned copy of your passport identification page
    3. a professional headshot (such as an ID photo)
    4. original transcript (in English)
    5. proof of English proficiency
    6. course descriptions (in English) of all the courses you will have completed in your home institution before your exchange at MSVU

Additional Requirements

All exchange students must register in a full time course load, which ranges from 3 to 5 courses.

* Note that 5 courses would be the number of courses that a student would complete per semester if they plan to complete their degree on time. This means that 5 courses can be seen as equivalent to 30 ECTS.

*All course requests submitted are pending approval based on the following criteria:

  • Space in the class
  • Completion of any necessary prerequisites as evaluated by the course professor considering the request

Medical Insurance

Incoming exchange students are required to purchase medical insurance through MSVU upon their arrival.

The cost of Medical Insurance:

  • CAD$654 for a full academic year (2021-2022)
  • prorated for students participating in a one-semester exchange

Residence and Meal Plans

Students who would like to live on campus need to apply online: http://www.msvu.ca/residence.

The approximate cost is CAD$5700 per semester (2021-2022).

Practical Information

Study Permit Needed or Not: Click here to check.

Visa (or eTA) Needed or Not: Click here to check.

Processing Times of Application for Study Permit or Visa (eTA): Click here to check.

Preparation for Your Travel to Canada:

If you need any help with your preparation for a quarantine plan, our template might be helpful. Other information pertaining to COVID-19, please visit our website: COVID-19: International FAQ.

Checklist for Exchange Students (Fillable PDF)

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Guide to Course Self-Registration-Exchange Students (PDF)

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Connect with us

Questions regarding nomination, application, and admissions for exchange students, please contact:

Mahx Mason
International Partnerships Coordinator
global@msvu.ca
+1(902) 457-6199
Mount Saint Vincent University
International Education Center (SA101C)
166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS, B3M2J6
Canada


Questions regarding exchange agreements and policies, please contact:

Amy Braye
Manager, International Education Centre
amy.braye@msvu.ca
+1(902) 457-6130


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Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Scholarships

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships, granted by the Government of Canada via EduCanada, provide students from post-secondary institutions located in Latin America and the Caribbean with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Eligibility

In addition to the Admission Requirements above, candidates must be:

  • citizens of one of the following eligible countries/territories:
    • Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos;
    • Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama;
      North America: Mexico;
    • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela; and
  • enrolled as a full-time student at post-secondary institution in an eligible country/territory and paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of the exchange.

Candidates are not eligible:

  • if they hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency;
  • if they are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada; or
  • if they are already enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Nomination

Nomination Deadline: February 15

MSVU does not accept application directly from applicants. Applicants must apply through the coordinating department responsible for exchange programs at your home institution. Your coordinator will email the following information to us at global@msvu.ca:

  • Nominee’s Full Name (Given Name and Family Name)
  • Nominee’s Date of Birth
  • Nominee’s Email
  • Nominee’s Program at Home Institution
  • Nominee’s Intended Term(s) at MSVU

Supporting Documents

In addition to all the required documents listed above, the coordinator of the home institutions also need to submit the following required supporting documents to global@msvu.ca by the end of February.

Each document must be smaller than 5 MB and in .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif format for the application to upload successfully.

Institutions must ensure documents are complete and accurate as per the instructions. Revised documents will not be accepted after the deadline. Documents in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation.

  • Proof of citizenship:
    • a copy of the candidate’s passport or national identity card with a photo and valid dates
    • documents not accepted as proof of citizenship are: driver’s license, permanent residence card, work permit, student card, health card, birth certificate or baptismal certificate
    • proof of citizenship selected must be from the same country/territory as the citizenship selected in the online application form
  • Letter of intent from the candidate (maximum one page):
    • explains the nature of studies or research to be undertaken
    • provides rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, program and supervisor and how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career
  • Letter of proof of full-time enrolment from the home institution (maximum one page):
    • on official letterhead
    • dated within the last six months
    • confirms that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program
    • specifies the date (mm/yyyy) when the candidate expects to complete the degree
    • copies of transcripts, a student card or a letter of admission are not acceptable
  • Letter of support from the home institution (maximum one page):
    • on official letterhead
    • dates within the last six months
    • from the candidate’s instructor, professor or international director
    • explains the nature of study or research to be undertaken in Canada and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program
  • Graduate students only – Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor (maximum one page):
    • on official letterhead
    • dated within the last six months
    • signed by the Canadian supervisor
    • describes the nature and scope of the research collaboration with the student’s home institution
    • confirms their willingness to support and mentor the candidate during the exchange period
    • explains how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit from the exchange