NSISP Mission Statement
The Nova Scotia International Student Program is a joint venture comprised of the seven English Language School Boards in Nova Scotia and the Department of Education. The NSISP Operations Committee has established a mission statement to guide its actions and direct their common vision. The Homestay Coordinator plays an important role in achieving this vision and being successful as a program.
The NSISP is committed to creating global citizens by promoting the growth of intercultural understanding and increased international educational opportunities for Nova Scotian students and students from around the world.
Philosophy of the NSISP and Relationship with the Department of Education
The province of Nova Scotia has an international student program like no other in the country or perhaps the world. In most other areas, individual schools or regional centres promote an international student program alone. In Nova Scotia, seven English language regional centers and one french school board work together to promote education in Nova Scotia through the International Student Program.
The Nova Scotia Department of Education (DoE) is a major contributor to the NSISP. The DoE has a representative on the Management Committee. The support of the DoE is important to the NSISP and gives Nova Scotia a great deal of credibility internationally
NSISP Staff Structure:
Explanation of Roles
Each regional centre is organized in a similar manner with similar positions, though job descriptions may vary. The ISP administrators of each school board are the representatives of the Operations Committee. The structure of the NSISP is as follows:
Regional Centres ISP Staff Structure:
The Nova Scotia International Student Program has signed contracts with agents from around the world to recruit students. The role of these agents is to attract students wishing to study abroad and encourage them to consider a program best suited for them.
International students have many options when wanting to improve their English. For English language studies, the top destinations are the United States, England, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, in that order. They can choose to attend a private school, public school, or a specialized English Training program. They can choose programs with a boarding/residential option or a homestay option. Agents help families pick the program best suited for the student.
Agents assist students in selecting the NSISP, help them complete their application, obtain their student visa, book their airline tickets, and make their payment to the NSISP; following arrival they are a line of communication between the natural family and the program for academic purposes or if there are areas of concern.
Marketing and recruiting trips of the NSISP continue to improve student numbers by attracting new agents, renewing professional relationships with existing agents, and attending student recruitment fairs.
During the year, agents will visit Nova Scotia to see our schools and learn more about the program in general. It is important to take time to spend with them if asked. They are the direct link to interested students abroad.
The economic impact of the NSISP on Each Regional Centre
The cultural impact international students make on a family, school, and community cannot be easily measured and is great. The diversity the international students bring to schools and communities is the main reason for the program. The goal is for Nova Scotia students to meet students from around the world. The benefits do not end there though.
These students, and their visiting families, make a tremendous economic impact on Nova Scotia and its communities—large and small. Through tuition, homestay fees, and spending money, our communities, local businesses, and schools feel a financial impact from the international students studying in Nova Scotia. It is estimated the activities of the NSISP add $15-20 million to the Nova Scotia economy each year.