Start your education right in Canada

Planning to study abroad? Bank like you’re at home

Start your financial and educational journey in Canada hassle-free.

  • No monthly account fees on a student chequing account.

  • Earn Scene+™ rewards on your everyday purchases.

  • Scotia Smart Money budgeting tool.

  • 4,000+ ABM and convenient branch locations.

  • Personalized banking advice.

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Get your study permit faster with the Scotiabank Student GIC Program


Meet all the study permit requirements and pay for living expenses while in Canada. Available to students from China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Senegal.

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Have a study permit? Open a Scotiabank International Account online today


Use it to transfer money before your move and get set up with the StartRight™ Program once you’re here. Available to students from Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, UAE, UK, Vietnam.

What documents do you need to open an account?

You will need to have:

  • Your Study Permit (IMM 1442) or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
  • One additional piece of government photo ID such as your passport or Canadian driver’s licence
  • Proof of enrollment from your Canadian Educational Institution such as your Student ID card or your course timetable

Love rewards? Get the Scotiabank® Scene+™ Visa* Card

We can help you get a credit card with a limit of up to $5,000 with no annual fees and 2x points towards Groceries*, Cineplex, Home Hardware and more. 

No Canadian credit history required.

*Eligible grocery stores.

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Get rewarded with the Scene+™ Student Banking Bundle


Earn up to $640 in welcome bonuses and savings when you bundle your banking1. While you are in Canada, open a no fee Student Account, apply for a credit card and set up your savings account.

Enjoy movies, travel, shopping, dining, groceries, and more rewards your way with Scene+

Earn Scene+ points on everyday purchases. Redeem those points on what you want – travel, gift cards from 60+ brands, tech, entertainment and even account credits on eligible Scotiabank products.

A little more on your credit history...

Are you wondering how to build credit in Canada? Having good credit will significantly help you get a phone plan, rent a home, and even finance a car.

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