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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) Nurse programs will be directly connected to you having your basic needs safely met. That is why we have partnered with settlement services for the following:

  1. Pick you up at the airport.
  2. Provide accommodations that you may rent month to month or sign a lease.
  3. Help obtaining your provincial Medicare health insurance. ACAHS has partnered with ( to provide your health care insurance while you wait for your provincial health insurance to become effective.
  4. Assistance with obtaining your Social Insurance Number (SIN).   This is typically the priority action as a SIN is required to open a bank account, obtain a cell phone and most importantly, be able to be employed.  You may work part time as a student and we are happy to connect you with potential employers.
  5. Assistance with obtaining a cell phone.
  6. Assistance with setting up a bank account.
  7. Assistance to identify transportation resources.


Our Personal Support Worker (PSW) Nurse Diploma programs blend online virtual classroom for the theory, Monday thru Friday 8am-2pm. 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 Nurse program. This often leads to employment offers that are associated with immigration pathways.

ACAHS does not issue Post-Graduate Work Permits (PGWP’s).


International Application Process

Step 1: Complete an online application for our Personal Support Worker (PSW) Nurse programs by going to our website and clicking on the orange “Apply Today” tab. There is no cost to complete this application. 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 Nurse 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. Academic records.
  4. We will require a non-refundable processing fee of $100 CAD.

Personal Support Worker (PSW) Nurse for International Students

Our PSW Nurse programs was developed by 3 University of New Brunswick Nurse 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 Nurse graduates are prepared to work in any environment that employs PSW’s (ie. Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Special Care Homes and private dwellings) and your certification is portable between the provinces.

Graduates will receive their Personal Support Worker Nurse Diploma and may apply to bridging programs with other privately regulated colleges and universities.

To know more about our programs for our international students click on the following links:


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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