International Students

Let’s get your education in Canada started right.

Banking in Canada made easy.

New culture. New school. New banking system. There’s a lot to figure out when you’re new to Canada. The Scotiabank StartRight® Program1 can help make your move easier.

New culture. New school. New banking system. There’s a lot to figure out when you’re new to Canada. The Scotiabank StartRight® Program1 can help make living and banking here easier.

Get your study permit faster with the Scotiabank Student GIC Program.

Meet all of the study permit requirements and pay for living expenses while in Canada. Available to international students from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines2.

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Already have your study permit? Open a Scotiabank International Account online today.

Use it to transfer money before you move and get set up with the StartRight® Program once you’re here3.

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Set up a student bank account today2.

Enjoy no monthly fees, unlimited transactions, movie rewards, and more3-4.

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What documents do I need to open an account?

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.

Here’s what the StartRight® Program
offers you while in Canada:

Cash

Free chequing account with no monthly fees42.

Credit Card

Unlimited debit transactions and Interac e-Transfers.

Cash Back

Unsecured credit card with a limit of up to $1,000 and movie rewards5-63-4.

Mobile Bank

Safe and secure online and mobile banking 24/7.

Love movies? Get the SCENE®* VISA* Card.

We can help you get a credit card with a limit of up to $1,000 and free movies rewards as soon as you arrive5-6. No Canadian credit history required.3-4

A little more on your credit history...

A good credit history can make it easier for you to borrow money, while a bad credit history – or no credit history – can make getting loans for things like cell phones, credit cards, and housing more difficult.

Learn how to build a good credit history

“I had a great experiencing opening my account as an international student. I couldn’t be happier with the service and professionalism at Scotiabank.”

Anjali StartRight® Program Customer

More reasons to love the StartRight® Program:

  • Scotiabank is Canada’s only international bank with close to 24 million customers and over 2,700 branches around the world.
  • Access to over 1,100 Scotiabank branches and 4,000 ABMs across Canada.
  • Personalized support in the language that’s most comfortable to you.

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