Qualifying Areas of Study for International Students

International students are eligible to enroll in any Eastern College diploma program in our New Brunswick and Nova Scotia campuses.

As a private career college, international graduates of select programs at our New Brunswick campuses are eligible to apply for the New Brunswick Private Career College Graduate Pilot upon graduation. It is an immigration pathway for international students who graduate from select one-year and two-year programs of study that lead to careers in priority occupations in Education and Social Development, in Health, in IT and Cybersecurity, in Business Administration, and in Supply Chain and Logistics. International graduates of private educational institutions who are not currently eligible for the federal Post-Graduation Work Permit Program will be eligible to work and live in the province and obtain permanent residency.

On the other hand, Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program is expanding its International Graduates in Demand stream to include pharmacy technicians. Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician program can apply for both a work permit and permanent residency in Canada even before obtaining work experience. Pharmacy techinicians play a vital role in Canada’s healthcare system. Under the guidance of licensed pharmacists, they support pharmacy operations to enhance patient health through efficient and precise drug dispensing.  Eastern College’s Pharmacy Technician program has received full accreditation from the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term, spanning from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2027, in Halifax. Furthermore, our classrooms are designed to replicate real-world pharmacy settings and come with relevant equipment.

Qualifying Areas of Study

If you are enrolled in one of the qualifying programs for the New Brunswick Private Career College Graduate Pilot, you must be present in person and attend classes on campus. While online delivery is available for many Eastern College programs, this modality does not provide international graduates with the eligibility to apply for the aforementioned immigration pathway upon completion of their programs.

This program is focused on specific occupations and Eastern College is proud to offer the majority of the qualifying areas of study that include a pathway to these targeted occupations.

The following Eastern College diploma programs qualify for the New Brunswick Private Career College Graduate Pilot:

Accounting and Payroll Administrator

Advanced Systems Management and Cybersecurity

Child & Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker

Early Childhood Education 

Medical Administrative Specialist

Personal Support Worker

Video Game Development

Supply Chain and Logistics

Learn more about the New Brunswick Private Career College Graduate Pilot Program PDF

Nova Scotia’s International Graduates in Demand stream includes:

Continuing Care Assistant

Pharmacy Technician

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Before submitting your contact information, please make sure that you meet the English Proficiency Requirements. Applicants from countries where English is not the only language of common usage will be required to either submit proof of English proficiency.

The following are the required language proficiency test scores for all Eastern College 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 Academic Training – Minimum overall band of 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5)

CAEL – Minimum overall score of 60

University of Michigan English Language Institute (MELAB) – Minimum score 77

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP – General Test) – Minimum score Level 8

Duolingo English Test – Minimum score of 105

Download Admissions Requirements Document


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Eastern College is proud to be a fully authorized education partner as per EduCanada requirements. EduCanada is a collaboration between the provinces and territories through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and Global Affairs Canada which supports the international education offerings of Canada’s provinces and territories.