International Applicant Information

Information for Potential International Students

All programs are at Island Career Academy are offered full time in class only. There is currently no option to attend online.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants from countries where English is not the only language of common us age are required to submit proof of English proficiency as measured by one of the following recognized tests: TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, CLB, or MELAB.

This documentation must be submitted as a first step towards enrollment. Only tests taken in the last two years are considered valid.

The following are the required language proficiency test scores for all Island Career Academy Diploma programs:

  • TOEFL Paper-based test: Minimum score of 550 required.
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: Overall minimum score of 80 required, with minimum scores of 20 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • IELTS General Training: Minimum overall Band of 6.0, with no single test score below 5.5.
  • CAEL: Minimum overall score of 60.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) – Minimum overall score of 8.
  • University of Michigan English Language Institute (MELAB) – Minimum score 77.

Secondary School Equivalency Requirement

International applicants must be the age of majority for Nova Scotia.

You must also provide proof of an original or certified copy of a either your High School/College or University diploma and transcript of marks.

Program Specific Entrance Requirements

Depending on the Island Career Academy program that you are applying for, there may also be additional entrance requirements. Please see each program listing for specific entrance requirements.

Visa and Study Permit Requirements

Before applying for a Visa or Study Permit you must have successfully met all admission requirements.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) requires that applicants have paid their registration deposit to their school in advance, and applicants must demonstrate that they have done this in advance of submitting their visa and study permit application.

Proof of financial support is required

You must provide that you can support yourself and the family members who accompany you while you are in Canada. For further information, please visit:

Students must have a valid Visa that allows them to enter and study in Canada.

Students require a valid study permit to attend a Designated Learning Institute.

Designated Learning Institution

Island Career Academy has been officially designated as a Learning Institute by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada.

Island Career Academy has received a Designated Learning Institution Number (DLI#). This DLI# indicates that we are permitted to provide international students with education by the Government of Canada.

Our Designated Learning Institution Number is O19370893142.

Students who wish to apply for a study permit, will need a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution. You need to include the Designated Learning Institution number (DLI #), on your application form.

To access the designated learning institution list, please visit: choose Nova Scotia and type Island Career Academy into the ‘filter items’ box.

For more information about studying in Canada, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website:

Students must provide a copy of their Visa or Study Permit to an Island Career Academy official, at the Island Career Academy Campus, prior to starting their program.

Passport Requirement

  • Students must have a valid passport with an expiry date that is later than their last day of studies at Island Career Academy.
  • Students must provide a copy of their passport, showing an expiry date that is later than their last day of studies, prior to starting their program.
  • Students must present their actual passport to be viewed by an Island Career Academy Staff member, prior to starting their program.