CS2AC Episode 4: A Bahamian Graduate with a Degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University Explains How Embracing Change and New Experiences While Studying Led to Great Opportunities After Graduation

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CS2AC Episode 4: A Bahamian Graduate with a Degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University Explains How Embracing Change and New Experiences While Studying Led to Great Opportunities After Graduation

On this session of  the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Kenya Dames, a recent graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She pursued a Public Relations degree with a minor in Marketing.  

Kenya, who is from Grand Bahama, Bahamas, graduated from Grand Bahama Catholic High School  and headed to university after graduating. Kenya delves into the details of her degree, apartment set up and job advice . She also talks about how her co-op work experience through MSVU led to a full-time position with the Canadian government after graduation.

“...Me even being here was a sacrifice , and I refused to allow myself to be miserable for four years, getting a degree in something that I wasn’t passionate about…”

In this session you will learn:

  • What it was like for Kenya to switch universities
  • Why she chose an apartment off campus instead of on-campus accommodations
  • How she utilized Kijiji and Bed Bug registries when hunting for a new spot
  • How the MSVU International Office made a huge first impression on her 
  • About how she received $2,500/ semester from the MSVU bursaries program
  • Why she chose to work while being a student and her job-hunting tips
  • The importance of honing your people skills
  • How volunteering can be a great resume builder for international students
  • How MSVU walks students through the co-op process ( A Co-op work term combines what was learned in the classroom with job experience prior to completing one’s degree. )
  • Snow management tips for international student *Hint: Say No To Sheepskin Ugg Boots!*

A CAREER IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

  • Public Relations (PR) is about managing reputation
  • It refers to the relationship between a company and the public
  • See Details about MSVU’s Bachelor of Public Relations Degree here 

About the City

About Halifax:  As a Caribbean student in Halifax, you will not be disappointed while taking a break from the books!  The Halifax waterfront boardwalk is found alongside the world’s second largest ice-free harbour. There are also lots of restaurants, cafes and galleries for you to check out. Read more about Halifax (here).

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CS2AC Episode 3: Second-Year Software Engineering Student Describes Her Journey from the Corridors of Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica to the Halls of the University of New Brunswick

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CS2AC Episode 3: Second-Year Software Engineering Student Describes Her Journey from the Corridors of Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica to the Halls of the University of New Brunswick

On this session of  the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Raven-Lee Mills, a second-year Software Engineering student at the University of New BrunswickThis is a great interview because Raven does a great job of breaking down the details of her paperwork, engineering program and co-op. 

In this session you will learn:

  • How Raven learned about UNB and why she chose engineering as a career
  • What she needed to get accepted into UNB from high school in Jamaica
  • The documents she needed to submit in order to receive her study permit
  • The things she needed to do in order to work while she studied
  • What is a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and why an international student needs one
  • How she set up her bank account
  • How to obtain Proof of Address if you are an international student interested in renting
  • What on-campus jobs Raven had
  • How UNB helps students get set up to work outside of the classroom
  • Her first co-op work position and the value it provides her as an international students(A co-op work experience combines what was learned in the classroom with job experience prior to completing one’s degree. )
  • Her tips for combating the snow

JUMPSTART !

Things you can do now for classroom and career

Learn coding with Codeacademy

Store your projects on  Github

About the City

About Fredericton:  As a Caribbean student in Fredericton, you will not be disappointed while taking a break from the books!  Located along the Saint John river, there are lots of walking/ bike trails and museums. The small town atmosphere makes all feel welcomed. It is not uncommon for students to switch up the scene and hold meetings or study sessions in one of the many coffee shops around town. 

Resources

UNB Software Engineering Program

UNB Engineering Co-op Education Program

Applying for a Social Insurance Number

Find A Service Canada Near You

 See Winter Gear here and here

Stores around Fredericton that may be useful: Walmart, Best Buy, Sobeys, Superstore

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St. Thomas University : President’s International Scholarship

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Value: Varies up to a Maximum of Full Tuition and Differential Fees and Renewable for 3 additional years.

St. Thomas University (STU)

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

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Who's Eligible

Student accepted to St. Thomas University  

Awarded annually to top-ranking international students entering first year.

Academic excellence is the sole selection criterion.

To be eligible for the renewable portion of the award, students must achieve a minimum annual average of 3.5 on a minimum of 30 credit hours.

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UPEI Scholarship: International Entrance Award

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Up $2,000 CAD

University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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Who's Eligible

Student accepted to University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

A student who graduated in the top 10% of their graduating class

A student entering first year of study in Canada

About this Award:

International Entrance Award

Maximum Amount: Up to $2000

A non-renewable entrance award up to the value of $2000. for a student who graduated in the top 10% of their graduating class and entering first year of study in Canada.

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5 Places to Source Caribbean Foods in Atlantic Canada

Leaving home to advance your education is an exciting experience. You’re in a new place, making new friends and learning new things. 

But, whether you’re on a meal plan or not, there will come a point where you want a taste of your dad’s macaroni pie or grammy’s chicken souse. If your supply of home grown snacks has  depleted, you may have to venture out into the snow to restock. 

Where do you go? Where do you start? Don’t worry, we have made a list of all the places in Atlantic Canada  that we frequent when it’s time to cook or buy some good Caribbean food. 

1. Mom and Pop Grocery Stores

These single-location stores are not very big, but can carry niche items that can be purchased in a small quantities. This is perfect for the college budget. Places like Victory Meat Mart in Fredericton, New Brunswick come to mind . The store  has been known to carry scotch bonnet peppers, Halal foods, salt fish and oxtail (on occasion).  

2. Supermarket Chains

When schooling in Atlantic Canada, you will most likely become familiar with two chains: Atlantic Superstore and Sobeys. Sprinkled throughout  New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, their international food isles are known to stock  Matouk’s and Grace Products. If you are known to ‘chef-it-up’, this can be a great place to source plantains, yams and canned ackee.

Doubles , flickr

3. Bulkbarn

Need a king’s ransom in yellow cornmeal because you’re in charge of making the pastelles for the Caribbean association this year ? Well bulk barn may be your place.  Bulk Barn is great because it allows you to purchase as much or as little of an item as you need.

Note: We have yet to find a source for fig leaves ! 

4. Farmers Market or Cultural Market

If you have ever been to a farmers market , you know that there are always tasty international treats to sample.  If you cross your fingers, you may find a fellow islander selling some authentic Jamaican or Trinidadian food. 

Jerk Chicken, flickr

5. Restaurants

Well if you’re not set up for cooking or perusing the farmers market, Atlantic Canada has its share of Caribbean restaurants that will hopefully quench your craving. From ‘A Taste of Jamaica’ located in Newfoundland to ‘Caribbean Bliss’ in Nova Scotia, a restaurant outing with friends is a great treat after you  finish an exam.

Jamaican Breakfast, flickr

We hope this helps. Happy eating !

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International Student Scholarship in Education: University of PEI – Joyce M. Hooper (Andrew) Scholarship

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Up $3,000 CAD

Deadline: April 15

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University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada 

Awarded to two students entering the Bachelor of Education program at UPEI.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Are international students
  • Are members of minority groups or who plan to teach in an area facing a teaching shortage
  • Community involvement will be a consideration.

About this Award:

These annual scholarships are established at the University of Prince Edward Island in honour and memory of Joyce M. (Hooper) Andrew, by her son Bill Andrew and his wife, Denise. Joyce Andrew and her husband Erwin resided in Milton, PEI. They had three sons: Bill, Brian, and Rollin. Her hobbies included knitting, quilting, cooking, reading, playing bridge, skating, and snowshoeing. Mrs. Andrew was a teacher. She was the chairwoman of the Provincial Exhibition Committee for the Prince Edward Island Women’s Institute. In 1948, as the wife of an R.C.A.F. serviceman, the family moved from the Island to Europe. Several family moves occurred throughout Mr. Andrew’s career. Following her husband’s retirement in 1967, the Andrew family returned to Prince Edward Island where they took up residence in South Milton. Apart from her Women’s Institute involvement, Joyce was active in church work. She was the Vice President and Secretary of Education of the Milton ACW and member of the PEI Board of Anglican Church women. For many years she was a Sunday School Teacher. To quote Mrs. Andrew “Being involved in volunteer work one becomes more aware of the needs and concern of not only one’s community, but the universal community. Action should follow awareness.”

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CS2AC Session 2: From the Shores of Trinidad to a degree in Finance, an MBA, and a Soccer Scholarship at University of New Brunswick

CS2AC Session 2 : From the Shores of Trinidad to a degree in Finance, an MBA and a Soccer Scholarship at University of New Brunswick

On this session of the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Keagan Marcus, a Trinidadian making strides as a businessman and entrepreneur in New Brunswick. Keagan obtained both his Bachelors in Finance and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Brunswick .  Listen as he walks us through his time as a student athlete (on a soccer scholarship), how he earned spending money as a student and how he went about finding pre-owned appliances for his dorm room.

In this session you will learn: 

  • The existing partnership between University of New Brunswick and UWI- Roytec 
  • What was needed to set up Keagan’s first dorm room at Aitken House
  • How he utilized the classifieds website Kijiji to purchase appliances
  • How Keagan balanced being a finance student and a soccer athlete
  • What he did to earn spending money during his undergad
  • Why he chose the path of entrepreneurship and what its like being an entrepreneur in Atlantic Canada
  • What advice he has for caribbean students combating the snow for the first time

We have a great article on what Kijiji is and how students can use the platform to navigate the various stages of university.

ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP

What is entrepreneurship ?

Entrepreneurship is more than just starting a business.

 “Entrepreneurship is much broader than the creation of a new business venture…At its core, it is a mindset – a way of thinking and acting. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value.”~ Bruce Bachenheimer

UNB & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

How UNB supports entrepreneurship

For Entrepreneurs and Innovators

  On its campus, UNB has the Pond-Deshpande Center . Founded by two  tech entrepreneurs that are also graduates of the school ,  this center’s main goal is to facilitate innovation/ entrepreneurship in New Brunswick.

 If you see yourself as someone with great ideas, you have this great resource right on campus !

About the City

About Fredericton:  As a Caribbean student in Fredericton, you will not be disappointed while taking a break from the books!  Located along the Saint John river, there are lots of walking/ bike trails and museums. The small town atmosphere makes all feel welcomed. It is not uncommon for students to switch up the scene and hold meetings or study sessions in one of the many coffee shops around town. 

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Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program

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$7,200 CAD – $14,700 CAD

Deadline: May 1, 2017 (Submissions currently closed)

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Who's Eligible

Candidates must be citizens of one of the following eligible CARICOM countries:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos.

Listen to what it was like for this Bahamian Student to live and study in Canada.

Andy, who is from Nassau, studied at the University of New Brunswick, received a scholarship and got work experience as he studied. Find out more about how he did it.

Overview: The Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program provides students and researchers from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research, in Canada, at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Canadian institution must apply.

The Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian institutions and institutions in the CARICOM. These agreements are created between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities. Students or researchers, hereby referred to as “candidates”, remain registered as full-time students in their home institution during this exchange.

 Up to 100 scholarships are awarded every year for a total of over 650 scholarships since 2007.

Scholarship offered by The Government of Canada- International Scholarships Canada

Candidates:

  • who have obtained Canadian citizenship or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible;
  • already participating in an exchange scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada are not eligible;
  • already enrolled in a degree or diploma program at a Canadian university or college are not eligible; and
  • must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country and paying any tuition fees regulated by that institution for the full duration of the exchange.

Guidelines

The Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships are facilitated through institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian institutions and institutions in the CARICOM. These agreements are created between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities. Students or researchers, hereby referred to as “candidates”, remain registered as full-time students in their home institution during this exchange.

Canadian post-secondary institutions

Canadian institutions are:

  • responsible for submitting applications on behalf of eligible candidates from institutions in CARICOM member states; and
  • encouraged to promote this scholarship opportunity to faculty and staff members, as well as to partner institutions in the CARICOM.

Canadian institutions with successful candidates:

  • should identify a single person responsible for the administration of the contribution agreement and another person with delegated signing authority; and
  • will receive contribution funding from Global Affairs Canada to disburse as scholarships to recipients.

Non-Canadian candidates

Candidates interested in this scholarship program should contact their home institution to:

  • make their interest known;
  • find out if there is an existing institutional collaboration or exchange agreement with a Canadian institution; and
  • request information about the application process and selection criteria specific to the Canadian institution.

Selected candidates are encouraged to:

  • ensure that they fulfill the requirements of the Canadian institution including academic requirements and language proficiency;
  • initiate the process for the transfer of credits to their home institution as soon as their Canadian courses have been identified;
  • follow the procedures of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as outlined by the Canadian institution (generally a study permit is required for course work and a work permit is required for research); and
  • contact alumni of the program through their home institution for advice and a local perspective on the scholarship experience.

Non-Canadian institutions

Non-Canadian institutions are encouraged to:

  • communicate with partner institutions in Canada to confirm or explore institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements;
  • promote this scholarship opportunity through their international offices;
  • identify strong candidates who meet the admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution;
  • provide the candidates’ names to the Canadian partner institution, which is responsible for submitting the scholarship applications; and
  • propose to selected candidates to gain additional linguistic training, academic upgrading and cultural preparedness before their departure.

Scholarship Value and Duration

Funding for Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships is made available by Global Affairs Canada through its legal title: the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

The Canadian institution will receive funding from DFATD for all successful candidates (students and researchers) in the form of a contribution agreement and will be responsible for providing the funds to scholarship recipients.

The scholarship value varies depending on the duration and level of study. The scholarship value for students is:

  • $7,200 CAN for college, undergraduate or graduate (Master’s and PhD) students for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study or research;
  • $9,700 CAN for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) for a period of five or six months of study or research; or
  • $14,700 CAN for undergraduate and college students for a period of eight months of study or research.

In addition to the funds allocated to the recipients by DFATD, the Canadian host institution may also claim $300 CAN per scholarship recipient to assist with administrative costs once the scholarship recipient arrives in Canada.

Eligible expenses

Canadian institutions will disburse scholarship funds to the scholarship recipient to contribute to the following costs:

  • visa and/or study/work permit fees;
  • airfare, for the scholarship recipient only, to Canada by the most direct and economical route and return airfare upon completion of the scholarship;
  • health insurance;
  • living expenses;
  • ground transportation expenses, including a monthly bus pass; and
  • books and supplies required for the recipient’s study or research, excluding computers and other equipment.

Payment Procedure

Subject to the terms and conditions of the Contribution Agreement, funding will be disbursed by a cheque issued to the Canadian institution upon receiving the following documents:

  • the Contribution Agreement signed by both the designated authority at the Canadian institution and the designated authority at DFATD; and
  • a Cash Flow Statement submitted by the Canadian institution to coincide with the arrival of the scholarship recipients to Canada.

Funds will be disbursed to the scholarship recipients according to the Canadian institution’s internal processes and in conformity with the Contribution Agreement concluded between DFATD and the Canadian institution.

The Canadian institution will retain proof of scholarship payments to the recipient(s) and other documents required as further outlined in the Contribution Agreement concluded between DFATD and the Canadian institution.

Should a recipient not take up the scholarship, all funds, including the administrative fee, must be returned to DFATD through the scholarship program administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions must be met during the period of the scholarship.

The Canadian post-secondary institution:

  • must be recognized by its provincial or territorial government;
  • must waive tuition and/or academic fees for selected students and researchers, as scholarship recipients must be registered full-time and paying tuition to their home institution;
  • must inform both the candidate and their home institution of any mandatory fees that, in exceptional cases, cannot be waived, prior to applying for a scholarship on the candidate’s behalf;
  • must enter into an agreement with the recipient stating that:
    • funding for the scholarship is provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD);
    • the recipient must provide the Canadian institution with records to account for major expenses such as travel and lodging; and
    • the recipient agrees to have their contact information shared with DFATD, for reasons such as: to be invited to join the Government of Canada Scholars’ Alumni Association (GCSAA), to attend events organized by the Canadian Embassy or High Commission in their home country and by DFATD in Canada, or for promotional and statistical purposes; and
  • will be required to provide qualitative and quantitative reports during the scholarship period.

Scholarship recipients:

  • must engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution (English and French language studies/Linguistic training are excluded);
  • in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry or other health fields are excluded from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care;
  • must be proficient in the language of instruction at the Canadian institution (English or French) before their arrival in Canada;
  • may not hold any other scholarship granted by the Government of Canada;
  • enrolled in courses must arrive in Canada by September for the fall semester or by January for the winter semester;
  • conducting research must arrive in Canada for the uptake of their award between June 1, 2017 but no later than February 1, 2018. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship. In exceptional cases, and with prior approval from DFATD, the arrival deadline may be extended to March 1, 2018; and
  • must ensure that they have appropriate health insurance for the full duration of the scholarship, as per the policies of the Canadian institution.

Important information:

  • For college and undergraduate applications, a written institutional collaboration and student exchange agreement or memorandum of understanding between the Canadian institution and the candidate’s home institution must be in place at the time of application.
  • For graduate applications, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable but not mandatory. If there is no existing exchange agreement, graduate applications which involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian institution and the candidate’s home institution will be accepted.
  • Applications submitted directly by a candidate or their home institution will not be accepted.
  • Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously received a scholarship under the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program, the Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program, the Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship or the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program.
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient.

Application Process

The Canadian institution must apply on behalf of the candidate(s) by submitting the online application form and uploading all supporting documents prior to the deadline. Institutions may submit multiple applications and may be asked to rank their applications, based on their strategic priorities. A single person should be responsible for the administration of the program. Canadian faculty or staff members who are submitting an application must notify the person responsible for the administration of the program at their respective institution as the institution may be requested to rank multiple applications.

Canadian institutions are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online application. Further information is available on the International Scholarships Canada Application Tool Help webpages.

If institutions experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

Canadian institutions must:

  1. Complete an online application for each candidate.
    • Institutions which do not have an account first need to Register an account.
    • Under “For Non-Canadians” section, scroll down to the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program and click on Apply Now.
  2. Enter data in the fields marked mandatory, following instructions for each item, or copy and paste it from another source. Note that:
    • the name of the candidate must be the same as it is on their passport; and
    • the official name of the candidate’s home institution must be provided in their national language.
  3. Upload all required supporting documents.
  4. Upon completion, verify the data prior to submission.
  5. Print the form for their records using the print function in the browser.
  6. Click SUBMIT to send the form electronically to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The institution will receive a confirmation message and reference number once the form is submitted.

NOTE: Institutions will have the ability to save applications and complete them at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the institution’s profile homepage.

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB in order for the application to upload successfully.

  • Proof of citizenship: a copy of the candidate’s passport or national identity document with valid dates. Note: a driver’s licence, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship.
  • Proof of full-time enrolment: a letter in English or French from the home institution, on official letterhead, dated within the last six months, confirming that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program and will continue to be enrolled upon their return and providing the expected completion date of the degree. Note: copies of transcripts, a student card or letter of admission are not acceptable (maximum one page).
  • Letter of intent from the candidate: a letter in English or French from the candidate describing the nature of their research or studies to be undertaken and explaining the rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, the program and the supervisor. The candidate must also indicate how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career (maximum one page).
  • Letter of support from the home institution: a letter in English or French from the candidate’s instructor, professor or international director on the home institution’s official letterhead explaining the nature of study and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program (maximum one page).
  • Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor: applications for graduate students must include a letter from the Canadian supervisor indicating their willingness to support and mentor the candidate. This letter must be on institutional letterhead, be signed and demonstrate support for the candidate during the exchange period and demonstrate how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit (maximum one page).
  • Signed copy of Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement with the partner institution: a written agreement or understanding, in English or in French, signed by both institutions indicating that tuition fees will not be charged and containing any other clauses of mutual interest. Note: a signed copy of this document is mandatory for undergraduate and college applications. For graduate applications, if the exchange is made under a signed agreement, it is strongly suggested that it be included with the application.
  • Privacy Notice Statement: a copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants signed by the candidate.

Selection Process

The following guidelines are followed for the review, assessment and selection of applications:

  • All online applications received by the deadline will be pre-screened to ensure they meet eligibility requirements established for the program.
  • Eligible and complete applications, including the supporting documents, will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • merit of the proposed research or study that the student will undertake in Canada;
    • benefit to the home institution, supervisor and peers;
    • benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers; and
    • strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed exchange.
  • Should there be a larger number of applications than funding available, the Canadian institution will be asked to rank its eligible applications based on its institutional strategic priorities.

Conditions

Only applications submitted directly by Canadian institutions will be considered.

The scholarship administrator is not able to provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates.

These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding from the Government of Canada.

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College in Atlantic Canada: 10 Helpful Links for International Students Before and After the Acceptance Letter

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Deciding to leave your country and pursue higher education is a big step!

Whether you are applying to Cape Breton University (4 year programs) or Holland College (2 year programs),there are so many new avenues to navigate as an international student from the Caribbean. 

The question is where to start?! Here are a few links to get you started. 

Before the Acceptance Letter

Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork! Language tests, visas and essays are all apart of the college application process for an international student. We’ve listed some basic resources below for you. 

1. Official BusinessThe Government of Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship Canada (CIC)Website – As an international student, no matter the country, you will spend a lot of time here.  This site is where you will apply for a study permit , a work permit (when necessary) and a travel visa or eTA for accompanying family members. 

2. Transcript Assessment WebsitesWorld Education Services (WES). Depending on your program, your future college or university may need to assess how the credentials you obtained outside of Canada compare  to theirs. Your school will tell you if this this is necessary. 

3. English ProficiencyInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS)– When applying to a program taught in English and English is not your first language, proof of English proficiency is necessary. For example, Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, requires an IELTS overall score of no less than 6.5 if english is not your mother tongue. 

Your institution will inform you of the score they  require. Other proficiency exams include TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). 

4.  Learning About CanadaEducanada, well, educates you about life in Canada. The site features a student life section, an international scholarship section and a work after graduation section.  

After the Acceptance Letter

Once you’ve been accepted and all immigration paperwork is squared away , you may start thinking about  travel and what life in your future home will be like. The links below are a great start.

5. Booking your tickets – Sites like kayak.com are really helpful platforms for price comparisons.

6. International Foods at the Canadian BorderThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency – If your mom is like ours, she may try and send you with the entire contents of the kitchen cupboard. But, it would be wise to check and see if the sweet bread, frozen conch and beef patties  she is sending are border friendly. If they are not, border patrol will dispose of the goods and may even enforce a fine. See the list of things you can bring into Canada. 

7. Keeping Up with the WeatherEnvironment Canada– Maritime weather is like no other and when winter rolls around, you will want to know what outside feels like before stepping out . Environment Canada provides official weather forecasts, warnings and storm tracking for all of Canada.  You can type your east coast city or town in the ‘Access City‘ box (found at the top right of the website).  

8. Local NewsCBC News – This is one of the best ways to stay in tune with what is going on in your town, city or province. Each city has their own dedicated page, so specify your location from the dropdown list under the ‘Local’ tab.  Also, this is another great way to keep up with the local weather!

9. GroceriesAtlantic Superstore– If you don’t have a meal plan or you are opting for an apartment, chances are you will be needing groceries. Check Atlantic Superstore’s website for weekly discount flyers.  

10. Previously Used Appliances & Furniture– Kijiji is a great place for a used microwave or mini fridge. Check out this article on how international students can use it for other things like hair and tutoring services . 

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Bahamian Students: PUBLIC SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

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Name of Scholarship: Public School Scholarship Programme

Range: From $7,500 US to $15,000 US/ academic year

Deadline : Last Friday in March in the Year Student is Applying

  THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS NOW OPEN!

UPDATED FOR 2018

Please note that scholarship requirements may have changed. The information presented below represents criteria at the time of writing. We encourage you to confirm that requirements have not changed.

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Overview

The Schools Below Have A Partnership With This Scholarship

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Eligibility/Criteria

  • Must be a Bahamian Citizen
  • Must be enrolled in a public senior school
  • First preference given to students who will be first in their family to receive a college education
  • A GPA of 3.00 or greater for academic students
  • A GPA os 2.75 or greater for technical and vocational  students
  • Must pursue one of the outlined careers of national need
    • Have at least five (5) BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education) Examinations with grade of a “C” or above inclusive of Mathematics and English Language (Academic Student Requirements)
    • Must be eligible for a Student Visa/Study Permit, complete all Visa requirements and pay all associated fees

Listen to what it was like for this Bahamian Student to live and study in Canada.

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Documents Needed

*You will need to have scanned and saved the required documents in PDF format.

    • Copies of relevant examination certificates and test scores (AP, BGCSE, ACT, SAT, etc.)

      • Three(3) letters of recommendation:Two (2) from teachers at your school AND One (1) from a guidance counselor at your school

        • A copy of the college/ university acceptance letter

          • An up-to-date official school transcript

            • A copy of the first four (4) pages of your passport or certificate of citizenship

              • A copy of your valid National Insurance Card

              • A valid Police Character Certificate

                  • A medical certificate (Required before the issuance of the award)

Essay Requirement:

Applicants are required to submit an original essay on the following topic:

What does a College Education mean to me? (If you are the first in your family please indicate the value this opportunity will bring to you and your family.)

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