Recent arrivals to Canada may need to undergo a 14-day self-isolation period depending on government regulation. If applicable, please ensure you have sufficient funds on hand to sustain yourself and your family during the mandated self-isolation period. It could take 14 days or more for you to be able to visit your preferred branch and access your funds upon your arrival in Canada. To learn more, click here.

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International Students

Let’s get your education in Canada started right.

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

Before you hit the books, the StartRight® program can help you start banking in Canada with access to no monthly fee account1, unlimited debit and Interac e-transfers2, unlimited international money transfers3 and more. It’s all part of why Scotiabank is the bank for International Students.

Studying abroad? Bank like you’re at home.

Before you hit the books, book an appointment with us to set up an account made especially for students. Enjoy no monthly fees1, unlimited debit and Interac e-transfers2, unlimited international money transfers3 and more with the StartRight® program. It’s all part of why Scotiabank is the bank for International Students.

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, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines4.

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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 here5.

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Worry about studying, not your bank account.

With the StartRight® program you can bank without monthly account fees1, get a credit card with no credit history4, and enjoy benefits like no-fee international money transfers and movie perks5free movies rewards4-5.

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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.

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Scotiabank. The bank for International Students.

Cash

Free chequing account with no monthly fees41.

Money Transfer

Get unlimited no-fee international money transfers3.

Cash Back

Unsecured credit card with a limit of up to $1,000 and movie rewards6-74-5.

Mobile Bank

Safe and secure online and mobile banking 24/7.

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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 arrive6-7. No Canadian credit history required.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.

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“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 international bank with close to 25 million customers and over 2,700 branches around the world.
  • Access to over 950 Scotiabank branches and 3,600 ABMs across Canada.
  • Personalized support at the branches in the language that’s most comfortable to you.

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