Nova Scotia is a historic and scenic province located on the southeastern coast of Canada with only 20 km of land joining it to the rest of Canada. Nova Scotia is almost entirely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Its population of nearly 1 million people makes it the most populous province in the Atlantic region, and its capital city, Halifax, is the largest urban area east of Montreal.
Nova Scotia has a long and proud tradition of educational excellence. Wherever graduates go—overseas or within Canada—their education is recognized and respected by other universities, colleges, colleagues, peers, and employers. Secondary school diplomas from Nova Scotia gain students entrance into colleges and universities around the world.
Nova Scotians are proud of their province and feel strong attachments to its history, culture, traditional family life, and its outward-looking vision. If you walk down a busy Nova Scotia street today and you will meet people from all parts of the world who now call Nova Scotia home. Throughout its history, the province has welcomed newcomers, and this tradition remains unchanged.
Life in Nova Scotia has always been closely tied to its geography and the ocean that rings its shores. There are more than 7,500 kilometers of coastline to explore in the province and you are never more than a one hour drive from the ocean anywhere in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia has always produced a large number of talented artists, writers, singers, and musicians but the last half century has seen a remarkable increase in talented individuals gaining recognition and popularity outside of the province and outside of Canada.
Nearly 10% of students on our campuses are from outside Canada. There are currently over 9,000 international students enrolled in Nova Scotia’s universities, colleges, secondary schools, and language schools. They come from more than 140 different countries, attracted by the combination of solid teaching, respected credentials, affordable costs and a safe, welcoming society.
One of the major reasons this part of Canada attracts so many tourists, international students and immigrants is the warm and friendly welcome that Nova Scotians extend to those who come “from away.” The relatively small size of its urban communities, its low crime rate, and the province’s tradition of accepting and embracing newcomers make Nova Scotia one of the safest and most friendly places