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    Nova Scotia Community College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Nova Scotia community college was established in the year 1996 and is located in Nova Scotia, Canada. NSCC is a public community college and is transforming lives through a network of 14 campuses and 3 community learning centres throughout Nova Scotia,Canada.

    Nova Scotia Community College offers more than 130 programs and hundreds of courses for its students which is more than 20,000 every year out of which 10,843 are full-time students. NSCC has four specialized institutes: the Nautical Institute, the School of Fisheries, the Aviation Institute and the Centre of Geographical Sciences. The School not only provides industry driven programs or courses but also customized training and applied research solutions to organizations to meet their desired business needs. 

    Nova Scotia Community College Rankings

    • Webometrics University Rankings ranked NSCC 95th in entire Canada in 2020.
    • Unipage ranked NSCC 86th rank in Canada in 2020.
    • NSCC ranked 44th by Forbes in Best Employers in Canada in 2019.
    • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education gave Gold Star Rating to Nova Scotia Community College.
    • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) also ranked Nova Scotia Community College as 1st in Top Performer Associate College.
    • Nova Scotia Community College ranked 3rd in waste reduction and diversion by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
    • The college ranks 4th in building maintenance and operation by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
    • Ranked 12th Best Community College in Canada by World Scholarship Forum in 2020.
    • ranks Nova Scotia Community College 5th in Top 5 Universities in Nova Scotia.


    Type of University Public
    Year of Establishment 1996
    Campus Setting Urban
    Total Enrollment 20,000
    Full-time Students 10,843
    Part-time Students More than 9000
    Total Programs offered More than 130
    Application Fee (International Students) $75
    Tuition Fee (International student) $11,020
    Financial Aid Available
    Student-Housing Assisted Off campus housing
    Language of Instruction English
    Intake Season Fall,Summer,Winter depending on the program
    Test Scores Accepted IELTS,TOEFL
    Scores Requirement IELTS - 6.0,TOEFL - 80(IBT)
    University Website

    Programs Offered at Nova Scotia Community College

    Nova Scotia Community College offers a variety of college programs, courses and training under various disciplines. As mentioned below:

    Academic Programs: These programs consist of various diploma, advanced diploma and certificate programs ranging between 15 weeks - 3 years. The programs are designed keeping in mind the student’s area of interest :

    Programs by Area of Interest
    Building and Manufacturing Carpentry, Electrical, Machining, Masonry and many more.
    Business Accounting, Administration, Finance, Public Relations and many others.
    Creative and Digital Media Animation, gaming, graphic designing, Journalism and others.
    Culinary and Tourism Baking, Pastry Art,Culinary management and tourism.
    Health and Wellness Dental assisting, Pharmacy technician, cosmetology, therapeutic recreation and more.
    Engineering Technologies Aircraft Maintenance, Electrical engg., Electronics engg. and many more.
    Environment, Sustainability and Natural Resources Emergency Management, Horticulture, Ocean resources and others.
    IT and Data Analytics Cyber security, Programming, Web development and others.
    Language and Cultural Studies Addictions and outreach, Child and youth care, criminal justice and many more.
    Marine, Fisheries and Oceans Industrial rigging, Marine Engineering, marine geomatics and others.
    Transportation Airplane Maintenance, car repair, diesel repair and others.
    Surveying, mapping and Geomatics Cartography,Geospatial data analysis, Remote sensing and others.

    For further details on these courses mentioned above click here.

    Academic Upgrading: Academic Upgrading is responsible for helping students earn a high school diploma or upgrade credits or their skillset. Under this program a student can explore through a wide range of courses which can help them upgrade their Math, physics, chemistry, Biology and English Credits. The typical length for this program is 1 year but varies for part time or blended students.

    This program also offers an Adult Learning program which gives students a chance to earn their adult high school diploma.

    Marine Certification Training: This program is for those candidates who are already working in the Marine or Fish harvesting Industry and want to add skills to their work profile or want to upgrade. This program can be customized according to the required needs of the training.

    The training can be delivered to the candidate’s site or at NSCC Nautical training Institute located at Port Hawkesbury,NS, and the School of Fisheries in Shelburne, NS.

    Training for Businesses: Under this training and development course the developers, curriculum experts and instructors at NSCC participate with industry,organizations or private sector to enhance their productivity by working on specialized training, upskill courses. The college offers both types of modules either to conduct the programming or specialized training at the workplace or at any of the NSCC campuses across the province.

    Residence Facilities at Nova Scotia Community College

    NSCC doesn't provide any in house residential facilities but does assist its students with off-campus housing facilities. As, the college has partnered with to provide students with up to date data on rental or any assistance seeking a roommate.

    The Campus Housing listing :

    • Akerley Campus(Dartmouth)
    • Amherst Learning Center(Amherst)
    • Annapolis Valley Campus(Middleton and Lawrencetown sites)
    • Aviation Institute (Dartmouth)
    • Burridge Campus(Yarmouth)
    • Cumberland Campus(Spring Hill)
    • Digby Learning Centre(Digby)
    • Institute of Technology Campus(Halifax)
    • Ivany Campus(Dartmouth)
    • Kingstec Campus(Kentville)
    • Lunenburg Campus(BridgeWater)
    • Marconi Campus(Sydney)
    • Pictou Campus(Pictou)
    • Shelburne Campus(Shelburne)
    • Strait area campus and Nautical Institute (Port Hawkesbury)
    • Truro Campus(Truro)

    For any additional house information students can click here.

    Nova Scotia Community College Campus

    Nova Scotia Community College Campus

    Nova Scotia Community College has a total of 16 campuses located all across Nova Scotia. All the campuses are fully equipped with cafeterias, fitness facilities, and specialized classrooms.

    The university has a Student Association, and all students after enrollment automatically become a member of the Student Association. The Student Association is governed by an elected representative and its goal is to promote balanced lifestyle, health and wellness and to encourage students to participate in the events held at the college.

    An advising team which helps students from the international community to settle in the college and also to help them find the needed resources is there in the college. A Career services team ensures that students who are looking for jobs are mentored, and helped by creating a resume, enhancing their interview skills and networking.

    Admission Process

    International students who want to seek admissions at Nova Scotia Community College can follow the below-mentioned application process:

    How to Apply: Students can apply for a maximum of two programs via the Online Application Portal.

    Application Fee: Students need to submit a non-refundable application fee of $65.

    Application Deadline:

    Basic Admission Requirements:

    • Original Transcripts with their translation in English
    • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS)
    • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Person Check

    English Proficiency Requirements

    Since the language of instruction at the university is English, thus international students wanting to apply to Nova Scotia Community College need to submit the proof of English Proficiency. As a proof of English Proficiency, the college accepts the scores of IELTS, TOEFL, Can Test, CLB, CAEL, MELAB, MET, and PTE scores. The required minimum scores to be eligible to seek admissions at Nova Scotia Community College is tabulated-below:

    English Proficiency Test Required Minimum Score
    IELTS Academic Test 6.0 in each test
    TOEFL iBT 80
    TOEFL Paper Delivered Test 60
    TOEFL Paper Based Test 550
    Can Test Average score of 4.5
    CLB Level 8 in each test
    CAEL 60
    MELAB 77
    PTE 55

    Country-Specific Requirements

    Country Requirements
    India Marksheets and Certificates of 12 grade or higher secondary school issues by CBSE, ICSE or state boards.
    Copies of Academic Records with their English Translation.
    Pakistan Higher Secondary School of Intermediate Certificate. Copies of Academic Records with their English Translation
    Nepal National Examinations Boards Grade XII Certificate.
    Academic Transcripts from the last attended institution.
    Afghanistan Copy of Doreyah Aali issued by the Ministry of Education with listings of subjects and grades.
    Copies of Academic Records with their English Translation.

    Cost of Attendance

    The cost of attendance for international students to study at Nova Scotia Community college is mentioned-below:

    Fees Cost (in $)
    Application Fee $75
    Tuition $11,020
    Part-Time Tuition $1,058/unit
    Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit $1,000
    International Student Fee $1,000
    College Service Fee $100
    Student Association Fees Varies by Campus
    Health and Dental Plan $881
    Nova Scotia Health Card Fee $292
    Metro-Transit U-Pass  $178

    A single unit equals 60 hours. Students can pay via online mode by credit card, phone by credit card, or mail using a personal cheque.

    Scholarships and Financial for International Students

    Nova Scotia Community College offers international students various scholarships, grants, and bursaries to afford study in Canada. Major source of financial assistance is via the Student Awards Programs. The university has nearly 1,100 scholarships and bursaries to help students cover their tuition fee. Some of the scholarships are campus-specific and granted at that particular campus. Whereas, there are scholarships which can be availed by students studying at any of the campuses of the university.

    The scholarships are offered to students based on various criterias such as financial need, leadership, volunteer experience, career interests, and academic outstanding. Current students or students who have confirmed their admission in the college are eligible to apply for the scholarships and awards. Some of the awards given by the university are mentioned-below:

    Donald R. Sobey Award - This bursary offers students who are referred by a community agency and are enrolled or going to enroll at Nova Scotia Community College on full-time basis. The value of the bursary is $2,500.

    Sponsor A Students - This awards offers students with financial support for their education in the university as well as gives practical exposure in their chosen field through on-job training.

    Urgent Aid - The Urgent Aid is specifically designed and granted to students who demonstrate extreme financial need so they can continue their education in the college.

    Work-Study Program

    Nova Scotia Community College offers work-study programs for international students. Foriegn national students who have a valid study permit can work upto 20 hours per weekend upto 40 hours per week during academic breaks.

    Most of the programs at the Nova Scotia Community College need students to work or or co-op placements, thus international students must apply for a work-permit to work study in Canada. The other eligibility criteria for students to avail work off campus are mentioned-below:

    • Enrolled in a program that leads to a degree, diploma, certificate or is at least six month long.
    • Have a Social Insurance Number
    • Have a valid study-permit
    • Are a full-time students at any Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

    Alumni Network

    The university has a wide alumni network who are working in reputable positions. The university offers several benefits and services to its Alumni. The benefits and services for the alumni are mentioned-below:

    • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Program
    • Free Perkopolis Membership
    • Lifelong Access to Library Services
    • NSCC Alumni Rings
    • Reunion Support or Alumni Locator
    • Requests for Transcripts

    The university also offers career resources for its alumni. The university offers networking opportunities, conducts webinars to help the alumni of the university seek employment of their choice or help them further for their post-grad study. The university has a seperate database of its alumni so companies can see their profile and hire them.

    The university offers several options for its alumni after graduating from the university. Apart from the job search and help in post-grad study, the university also has a separate Career in Gear for students who want to switch to different career options or want to enhance their skill set.

    Students Placements

    The university regularly posts jobs on their portals so students can go through them and apply if they want to seek employment. Services like resume writing, job search techniques, cover letters, interview and network skills are offered to the student by the college. A guide for safe job search is also issued to students. Students can easily go to the job search portal, fill in their details and preferences and start their job hunting.

    Employers are encouraged to hire students from the Nova Scotia Community College by posting a job on the portal free of cost. The university also offers salary support of maximum of $25,000 for employers who hire students from Nova Scotia Community College.

    Once the job has been posted by the employer students can download the job posting and submit the resume, cover letter and any other required documents to

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    Nova Scotia Community College Overview

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    Student Population
    DLI Number
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $8,512 / Year

    Admission & dates

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    Test Scores For International Applicants

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    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6--

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $8,512 / Year
    On Campus
    Single Room
    $6,700 / Year
    Double Room
    $6,200 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Program wise accreditation
    Engineering Programs
    Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
    Environmental Careers Organization of Canada

    College Rating

    Based on 6 Students Rating

    8.5 out of 10
    8.0/10Social Life


    7.5 /10

    My father was in the aviation industry and there from childhood I wanted to be a part of the aviation industry. So after high school I was looking for courses related to the aviation industry. while going through the courses I found this college, I liked the reviews and curriculum and finally filled the application form online for $75.

    Course Curriculum :

    The work of the course is to maintain and modify airframes, air structures and technologies. The course provides hands-on experience in real aircraft for practice. In theory, it covers concepts like the working of the engine associated systems for the aircraft and airframe.

    8 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular
    10.0 /10

    During my grade 12 year we get information given to us by different post secondary schools. I went to a different school (Cape Breton University) for almost five years after graduating highschool and realized I wanted to switch career paths. I decided to take this program at Nova Scotia Community College. I looked up on their website all about the school, the tuition, the courses I'd be taken within the program and realized this is what I want to do. I found out you could take this program fully online which then made me want to take it even more because now I could still work full time and go to school. With already having student loans from previous schools at CBU, I needed to continue to make money to pay for this program instead of loans. I had a high 90 average graduating grade 12 which was an absolute honor to be gifted with the awards I was at graduation.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course curriculum is great. It is organized and is very helpful throughout your studies.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    9.0 /10

    Nscc is a very popular college and has many locations across Nova Scotia. I opted for kingstec nscc because I loved the physical location and being in the valley. The admission process was simple, as all I did was send an application form with a $25 dollar fee which could have been waived at their open house if I applied then. I applied in February and got accepted in June. I had only applied to nscc at two locations which were kingstec in Kentville, and the campus in Yarmouth. I had high hopes in being accepted as I graduated grade 12 year with high honours.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course curriculum is a lot but is not too challenging. I find it does repeat a lot of outcomes throughout multiple courses.

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    5 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    7.7 /10

    I was an average student right from the beginning and with present-day competitive world conditions, my parents were afraid of how my education or career would take shape. Since my father is a Software Engineer, he tried to impregnate as much coding knowledge as possible in me through his never-ending lectures on them. Of course, that made a guiding path for me to walk upon, making me dream of my education base in software. Also, I was very specific about taking up a two-year course since I wanted to keep the duration of it limited and hence came Nova Scotia's Diploma in IT Programming as an unexpected breeze. With my high school transcripts, Study Permit necessities and an application fee of $75, I completed my admissions process swiftly.

    Course Curriculum :

    In this program, I am learning to create software solutions, writing effective code, and following established coding and design standards. Throughout my studies, I will be working in some of the individual and in some team projects as well. With the help of this curriculum, I am also getting trained to liaise with clients who have non-technical backgrounds.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    7.8 /10

    Since my father is a Software Engineer, he tried to impregnate as much coding knowledge as possible in me through his never-ending lectures on them. Also, I was very specific about taking up a two-year course since I wanted to keep the duration of it limited, and hence came Nova Scotia's Diploma in IT Programming as an unexpected breeze. With my high school transcripts, Study Permit necessities, and an application fee of 75 USD, I completed my admissions process via the online application portal.

    Course Curriculum :

    It is not just those classroom hours that make my college time. Outside classes, I lead a number of communities and volunteer service events. Those periodically organized workshops and webinars ensure to improve my skill-set as much as they have paved the way for me to transform from a reserved to an actively socializing person.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
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    Book Store

    Coles - Amherst Centre0.50 km
    Amy's Used Books0.80 km

    Shopping Mall

    Amherst Town Square0.11 km
    Amherst Centre0.53 km
    The Brick Warehouse and Customer Pick-Up0.65 km
    Amherst Plaza2.36 km


    Amherst (Highland View Regional Hosp) Heliport1.69 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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