Halifax, Nova ScotiaLOCATION
Estd 1996Established Year

Nova Scotia Community College is located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Established in 1996, in the province of Nova Scotia (NS) consists of a network of 13 campuses and 3 training centers spread over 13 cities of NS.

Why choose Nova Scotia Community College?

  • Webometrics Ranking of World Universities ranked Nova Scotia Community College 95th in entire Canada.
  • UniPage placed NSCC at 86th rank in Canada.
  • In Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers, NSCC is on 44th place.
  • 86 % of NSCC are employed, mostly in fields of their studies.
  • 92% of employed NSCC graduates live and work in Nova Scotia.
  • 99% of offered programs include work-integrated learning opportunities.


Type of UniversityPublic
Total number of courses120+
Total Enrollment per year24,000
Full-time students11,000
Part-time students13,000
Faculty Members2000
Test Scores acceptedIELTS, TOEFL
Score required for UndergraduateIELTS: 6.0 TOEFL: 80
Basic Tuition fee, Undergraduate International Students$10,700

Nova Scotia Community College Programs:

NSCC offers certificates, diploma, and advanced diploma in more than 120 programs. Courses duration ranges between 1 - 3 years.

NSCC offers courses and programs in the following five areas:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Trades and Technology
  • Creative Industries
  • Information and Technology
  • Business

Some of the highlighting full-time programs of NSCC are tabulated as follows:

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)
American Sign Language/English InterpretationApplied Media & Communication ArtsArchitectural Engineering technician
Automotive Service & RepairBaking and Pastry ArtsBehavioral Interventions 
Business AdministrationBricklaying MasonryBusiness Intelligence Analytics
CAD Technician -MechanicalCarpentryCivil Engineering Technology
CosmetologyCriminal JusticeCulinary Management
Culinary SkillsCyber SecurityDental Assisting Level-ii
Digital AnimationDrafting-ArchitecturalElectrical Technician
Electronic Mechanical TechnicianEnergy Sustainability Engineering Technology (ESET)English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Even ManagementFinanceGame Development
Geographic SciencesGas TechnicianGraphic and Print Production
Health Information Management (HIM)Heavy Duty Equipment/Truck & Transport RepairHorticulture and landscape Technology
Human Resource ManagementIndustrial Engineering and TechnologyIT Data Analytics
IT Database AdministrationIT GeneralistIT Web Development
Law and SecurityMarine Engineering and TechnologyMarine Geometrics
Mechanical Engineering and TechnologyMusic ArtsMetal fabrication
Natural Resources Environmental TechnologyOceans TechnologyParalegal Services
Practical NursingRadio Television JournalismRefrigeration and Air Conditioning
Sheet Metal works Pre-ApprenticeshipSurvey TechnicianTherapeutic recreation
WeldingWelding inspection & Quality Control

Other than full time courses, they are numerous part-time courses. Other courses bridge the gap between secondary education and professional studies.

Zero Tuition Adult Learning programs are provides high school graduation diploma for adults.

Nova Scotia Community College Campus & Housing

The college has a network of 13 campuses and 3 community learning center which offer specializations in a number of professional areas.

  1. Akerley Campus: Located in Dartmouth, this campus homes culinary and tourism programs.
  2. Annapolis Valley Campus: It runs from two locations – COGS (Centre of Geographic Sciences) and Middleton. Annapolis campus has an international repute due to its popular geomatics training.
  3. Burridge Campus: Burridge campus is recognized for its environmental practices for managing waste and reducing its carbon footprint.
  4. Cumberland Campus: This campus enjoys of being the only the post-secondary institution in Cumberland county. Its main campus is located in Springhill.
  5. Institute of Technology Campus: Located near scenic Bedford Basin, the campus offers various programs in adult learning and IT.
  6. Ivany Campus: Home to Avaition institute, Ivony campus is operates from Dartmouth.
  7. Kingstec Campus: Kingstec campus is located in Kentville.
  8. Lunenburg Campus: Located at Bridgewater, the dramatic curved glass is attraction of this campus.
  9. Marconi Campus: Located at Sydney, NS, this campus facilitates resources to develop own small business ideas.It offers opportunities for students to work part-time.
  10. Pictou Campus: This campus located at Stellarton holds seasonal sports and events throughout year.
  11. Shelburne Campus: This is the smallest campus of NCSS located at Shelbourne.
  12. Strait Area Campus: Located at Port Hawkesbury, this campus is home to nautical institute.
  13. Truro Campus: This offers a wide range of programs and focuses on student’s health and physical activity.

Residence at NSCC:

On-campus residence is available only at Truro Campus, Truro, Nova Scotia. Davis Hall can accommodate 160 students during fall and winter semesters.

It offers three types of rooms to choose from:

  • Single Room
  • Double Room
  • Super Single Room

Nova Scotia Community College Admission Process

NSCC prioritizes the admission on the basis of resident ship and citizenship. Priority lists as follows:

  • Citizenship of Canada and Mailing address in Nova Scotia (i.e. residents of Nova Scotia)
  • Citizenship of Canada and Living outside Nova Scotia
  • Not a citizen or a resident of Canada


Before applying for the college, students must need to arrange the following documents:

  • Official transcripts
  • English Language Proficiency test score

English Language Requirement

International Students, whose first language is not English, are required to submit the scores of one of the English Language Proficiency tests.

Test NameMinimum score
550- PBT
CLBMin level 8

What to do next?

Students must check all the courses and its requirements at the NSCC official website i.e. and can proceed as follows:

  • Go through all the courses and choose the top two programs one wishes to apply for.
  • Check for minimum eligibility and if you comply with the same.
  • Review the tuition, program costs and additional fee details before applying to the course.
  • Once selected the program and reviewed everything, apply online through the website

Application Fee

  • The application fee for domestic students is $25.
  • The application fee for international students is $75.

Expenses to be incurred at Nova Scotia Community College

The expenses to be born while studying at Nova Scotia Community College are given below:

Tuition Fee

Part time programs are charged on per unit basis; one unit equals to 60 study hours. Tuition fee for various specializations is given in the table below:

SpecificationFull time feePart time fee(per unit)
Certificate and Diploma Programs$ 3,315$ 439
Advanced diploma programs$ 5,075$ 621
Academic and Career Connections$ 1,360$ 172
International Students$ 10,700$ 1,028

Student Residence Rates

The rates of on campus accommodations at Davis Hall, Truro Campus are as follows:

Room typesPricing
Single Room$ 6700
Double Room$ 6200
Super Single Room$ 7200

Work while you Study:

Full-time students with valid study permit are eligible to work on campus for unlimited period of time

The work period off campus is limited to a maximum of 20 hours/week during the academic session. Students can work full time during academic breaks.

Students are required to have an SIN to be allowed to work on and off campus. Students can get an SIN at a Service Canada office in Waterloo or Brantford. They need to provide the study permit and other documents while applying for SIN.

Financial Aids and Student Scholarship NSCC:

Nova Scotia Community College offers more than 900 scholarships, bursaries and awards.

Some are awarded to students of specific campuses or program or year of study, most are open to all the NSCC students.

Basic criteria for awards/Scholarships:

  • Academic performance
  • Need of Finance
  • Leadership
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Career Interests

Few of the financial aids and Award programs are as follows:

Student Award Program: This program has a number of categories specific to the courses and amount of aid.

Name of ProgramAmount of AidSpecific Programs
Cabot Links – One-year Program$ 1500
  • Boulanger & Baking Arts
  • Baking and Pastry Art
  • Culinary Skills
Cabot Links – One-year Program$1500-$2500
  • Business Administration
  • Business-Tourism
  • Culinary Management
Clearwater Sponsorship ProgramFull Tuition
  • Marine Engineering Technology (Diploma/ Advanced Diploma)
  • Marine Navigation Technology (Diploma/Advanced Diploma)
Michelin Technical Sponsorship Program$3000
  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Electro Mechanical Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Instrumentation
  • Industrial Mechanical
Shannex Pathway to Success Program$2000
  • Continuing Career (CCA)
Stantec Sponsorship Program$1500
  • Civil Engineering Technology Diploma
  • Environmental Engineering Technology Diploma

Donald R. Sobery Bursary Program:

Students receive $ 2000 as financial aid. Students under this scheme must have a need for aid. The applicants should be referred from a community organization or law enforcement agency operating in Nova Scotia.

Urgent Financial Aids: Campus based urgent aids are available only to current students who are finding it difficult to continue education because of lack of funds.

NSCC Alumni Network

The alumni network of NSCC is spread worldwide. Alumni of NSCC get numerous benefits and services from the college which include insurance services, discount offers, rental offers, access to job listings on NSCC website, etc.

The Alumni Legacy Award is given to the off-springs of the alumni entering the college. The award is of $500.


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