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Stay in Nova Scotia (SNS): Employment Preparation & Residency Program

The Stay in NS program is a province wide cohort program that connects international students directly to the labour market, helps them to build valuable employment skills, workplace knowledge, and build meaningful and professional connections. The goal of SNS is to work together to support international students to stay, live, work, and to build meaningful professional connections in Nova Scotia. This network of support is essential as students transition from ‘student’ to ‘professional’ post-graduation. Students will be provided with one-on-one enhanced and group supports throughout their time in Nova Scotia to ensure each student gains the education, tools, support, and community connections needed to launch a successful career and fulfilling life in Nova Scotia.

A managed mentorship component is an integral part of the SNS program, providing opportunities for students to apply their learnings, build connections, and gain understanding of Nova Scotia's workplace culture and labour market opportunities.

The program focuses on:

  1. cultural and social adaptation;
  2. language and communication;
  3. career and labour market support;
  4. making meaningful and professional connections; and
  5. experiential learning, such as practical, on-the-job learning and/or community work.