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International Students

Please note: Until further notice, HRCE is not accepting fee paying applications (Category II). 

The Halifax Regional Centre for Education welcomes students from other countries who wish to attend school in Nova Scotia. We offer an excellent academic environment, as well as extra-curricular activities at all levels.

All international students must have proof of current health insurance issued by a Canadian provider before the child will be permitted to attend school. 

Category I

  • Children of a parent(s) who hold a valid Work Permit issued by the Government of Canada, for the Province of Nova Scotia. Tuition is not charged for these students for the duration and timeframe of the parent(s) Work Permit.
  • Children of a parent(s) who are in Canada on a valid Study Permit issued by the Government of Canada, for the Province of Nova Scotia. Tuition is not charged for these students for the duration and timeframe of the parent(s) Study Permit.

How to Apply

Visit your neighbourhood school to register.

  • Parents/guardians must present the child's proof of age, legal name (as listed on birth certificate, passport, immigration papers, legal name change certificate or adoption documents), proof of residency (such as a current utility bill), educational records and/or documents, proof of valid medical insurance along with expiry date at the time of registration.
  • In addition, a copy of the parent's Work Permit or the parent's Study Permit, including proof of relationship with the child will be confirmed by the attending school. If the parent is divorced, a copy of the custodial papers must be provided.
  • There is a $50 processing fee for any non-tuition paying students who require a Letter of Acceptance from HRCE.

Category II

Until further notice, HRCE is not accepting fee paying applications. 

  • Students who do not have Canadian citizenship and who come to live with a relative/friend to attend school in the HRCE must pay tuition of $9,500 CDN per school year. International students, who wish to attend school while living with a relative in Canada must have a legal guardian who is a Canadian citizen. The exception would be the student who is living with a parent while attending school.
  • It is important to note that should you apply under Category II status, HRCE may not be able to guarantee enrollment within certain school catchment areas due to  enrollment pressures.  It is recommended you contact one of our HRCE representatives before committing to a residential area. Transportation costs related to attending a school outside the catchment area will be at the expense of the international student. 

DO NOT proceed to a school prior to contacting International Services.

Students currently enrolled as Fee Paying Students (in possession of a Letter of Acceptance) please note list of schools below, closed to Fee Paying Students:

Charles P. Allen High Family of Schools

Basinview Drive Community School
Bedford South School
Hammonds Plains Consolidated Elementary
Kingswood Elementary
Madeline Symonds Middle School
Rocky Lake Junior High
Rocky Lake Elementary
Sunnyside Elementary (Eaglewood Drive)
Sunnyside Elementary (Fort Sackville)
West Bedford High School
West Bedford School
Citadel High Family of Schools
Citadel High
Gorsebrook Junior High
Halifax Central Junior High
Highland Park Junior High
Inglis Street Elementary
Joseph Howe Elementary
LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary
Oxford School
Sir Charles Tupper Elementary
Springvale Elementary
St. Agnes Junior High
St. Catherine's Elementary
St. Joseph's-Alexander McKay Elementary
St. Stephen's Elementary
Westmount Elementary
Halifax West High Family of Schools
Atlantic Memorial - Terence Bay Elementary (Atlantic Memorial)
Brookside Junior High
Burton Ettinger Elementary
Clayton Park Junior High
Duc d’Anville Elementary
Fairview Heights Elementary (Annex Building)
Fairview Heights Elementary (Main Building)
Fairview Junior High
Grosvenor-Wentworth Park Elementary
Halifax West High
Park West School
Prospect Road Elementary
Rockingham Elementary
Millwood High Family of Schools
Harry R. Hamilton Elementary
Millwood Elementary
Millwood High
Sackville Heights Elementary
Sackville Heights Junior High
Other Schools
Ash Lee Jefferson Elementary
John W. MacLeod-Fleming Tower Elementary
Portland Estates Elementary
Waverley Memorial Elementary

Category III

The following categories do not need to go through this office but you will be asked for papers as you enroll your child in school. No tuition will be applied.

  • Permanent Resident or Landed Immigrant Status
  • Refugee
  • Convention Refugee

Send application and documents to:

Halifax Regional Centre for Education
(Attention: International Services)
33 Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1X7

Phone: +1 (902) 464-2000 ext. 2548

Wire Transfer and EFT Information

(Effective September 20, 2016)

Please note: Any intermediary or beneficiary charges are to be paid by the remitter.

Receiving Bank Information
CIBC, Main Office
1809 Barrington Street, 15th Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J 3A3
Telephone: (888) 947-6643

Account Information
Name: Halifax Regional Centre for Education
Institution: 010
Transit: 00003
Account: 8217319
CC Code: 001000003

To ensure that your payment is credited to your account please notify both of the following, once payment has been made:

International Services
E-mail:; Phone: (902) 464-2000 ext. 2548

It is extremely important the NAME OF THE STUDENT also be included on any bank transactions along with an email notification to


Students interested in our homestay program should visit the Nova Scotia International Student Program website (link) or contact them by email at