International students can return to Nova Scotia colleges and universities in November

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Nova Scotia will welcome international students to colleges and universities once again starting in early November.

According to a news release, nearly two dozen schools in the province will resume welcoming international students, with additional COVID-19 precautions in place.

"International students play a vital role in Nova Scotia's social and economic well-being," stated Labour and Advanced Education Minister Lena Metlege Diab in the release.

"We are thrilled to begin welcoming them to our post-secondary institutions again, knowing that we have the necessary protocols in place to keep both students and communities safe."

Public health officials have been working “closely” with schools to prepare for the arrival of international students, who are expected to arrive in Nova Scotia over the next few months beginning in early November.

Below are some of the public health protocols in place to ensure the safe transition of international students:

In 2019, Nova Scotia welcomed more than 12,000 international post-secondary students from more than 150 countries.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is expected to publish an updated list of designated learning institutions in Canada approved to receive international students on Nov. 3. The federal department updates the list every two weeks.

Noushin Ziafati, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle Herald