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International Students

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ACAHS recognizes the decision to study abroad is quite possibly the biggest decision of your life. With that in mind, we will treat you and your journey as if we were you. We feel very strongly that your ability to be successful in our Personal Support Worker (PSW) program will be directly connected to you having your basic needs safely met. That is why we have partnered with Welkom-U ( for the following settlement services:

  1. They will pick you up at the airport.
  2. They will secure a nice place for you to live that you can pay month to month or decide to sign a yearly lease.
  3. They will help you obtain your provincial Medicare health insurance. ACAHS has partnered with ( to provide your health care insurance while you wait for your provincial health insurance.
  4. They will help you obtain a cell phone.
  5. They will assist you with setting up a bank account.
  6. They will help you identify transportation resources.
  7. They will help you obtain your Social Insurance Number (SIN). You will need this to work in the province. You may work full or part time and we are happy to connect you with PSW employers.


Our Personal Support Worker (PSW) program blends online virtual classroom for the theory, Monday thru Friday 8am-1pm. You will not have to attend in person classroom sessions. As long as you have a learning device and wifi, you can study from anywhere in New Brunswick.

Your PSW practicum will be hosted by a long term care facility in your community. Most students work for these long term care facilities while they are students in our PSW program. We encourage this! We also encourage you to work with a long term care facility that is designated under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) or who is willing to participate in the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP). Both of these programs are established pathways to Permanent Residency.


International Application Process

Step 1: Complete an online application for our Personal Support Worker (PSW) by going to our website and clicking on the orange “Apply Today” tab. There is no cost to complete this application. In your application be sure to include the following:

  1. Copy of your passport.
  2. Academic Records
  3. English proficiency Testing (if English is your second language)

An ACAHS representative will then reach out to you to review the admission requirements and process with you.

Admission Requirements for the Personal Support Worker program include:

  1. Copy of your passport. We need this to confirm your identity and you will need this to be admitted into Canada.
  2. If English is your second language, we will need to see a copy of your language testing results.
  3. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  4. You must have a high school diploma. This high school diploma must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) to ensure that it meets the Canadian high school diploma standards.
  5. If you have a post-secondary diploma or degree, we do not need to see a WES validated high school diploma. Simply send us a copy of your post-secondary diploma/degree.
  6. We will require a non-refundable processing fee of $100 CAD.

Personal Support Worker (PSW) for International Students

Our PSW program was developed by 3 University of New Brunswick Nursing Educators with curriculum resourced from an Environmental Scan of all PSW programs throughout Canada (except Quebec). Our curriculum was also developed based on the New Brunswick PSW Certification standards. As a result, our PSW graduates are prepared to work in any environment that employs PSW’s (ie. Hospitals, homes, long term care facilities etc) and your certification is portable between the provinces. Should you move to another province the process, for having your PSW nursing credentials approved by that province, is the same as it is for RN’s and LPN’s to have their designations recognized.

It is a 54 week program comprised of 37 weeks of online classes , 15 weeks of practicum, 2 weeks of break time and two 12 hour laboratory sessions.

ACAHS Language Requirements

All applicants to ACAHS must demonstrate and confirm adequate English language proficiency.

English language proficiency must be demonstrated in one (1) of the following ways:

  1. The applicant has studied in a Canadian high school
    • For a minimum of one (1) year; and,
    • Has obtained a minimum of 70%, or a “B” in grade 12 English (ENG4U/EAE4U or course equivalent)
  1.   Minimum English study in the applicant’s home country
    • The applicant has studied the English language in a secondary school for a minimum of 3 years and achieved a minimum grade of B or 70% in Grade 12 English (or equivalent course) OR
    • The applicant studied at an English language institution for a minimum of one year at the post-secondary level.
  1. Completion of an Official Language Proficiency Test.  We recognize the following language proficiency indicators:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum score of 80 with no subject test less than 18 (IBT Test).
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International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Minimum score of 6.0 with no test score less than 5.5
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Cambridge English
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 169
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Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)
  • Minimum score of 60
  • Test Centre and Online tests are acceptable
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Duolingo English Test
  • Minimum score of 100 out of 160 with no subject test score less than 90
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PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic)
  • Minimum score of 65 with no subject test less than 60
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* Test scores must be valid and verifiable. Testing must be within the last 3 years prior to applying for program admission to ACAHS.

Language Pathway Programs

Successful completion of the following pathways can be submitted to ACAHS for admission consideration:

McKenzie College

New Brunswick

International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC)

Toronto or Vancouver

Important Links for International Students

Due to federal regulations, ACAHS is not able to provide any assistance with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Study Permit Application.

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