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Important Note:

  • Exchange Programs are cancelled for Fall 2021 (September – December).
  • Please see “Practical Information” below to know if you need a study permit or not.

Viewbook and Factsheet

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

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Factsheet (2021-2022) for Incoming Exchange Students

Factsheet for Incoming Exchange 2021-2022 (PDF)

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


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

  • 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 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:

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.

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

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

Questions regarding exchange agreements and policies, please contact:

Amy Braye
Manager, International Education Centre
+1(902) 457-6130

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