Frequently Asked Questions


About Coady programs

What programs are offered at Coady Institute?
Can I take more than one certificate program during one trip to Antigonish?
Can I apply to the diploma or certificate and a Youth or Women’s Centre program?
How much do programs cost?
Does it cost to apply to a program?
What about travel costs?
Are scholarships available?
How do I contact you with additional questions?

Applying for Coady programs

What are your admission requirements?
How will successful participants be determined?
Do I have to be working full-time in order to be considered for a Coady program? Can I be part-time or a volunteer?
I’m a student – can I apply to the program?
What if I am a person with a disability?
If I applied last year, can I re-apply?
How do I apply for a Coady program?
What are the application deadlines?
How long will it take to process my application?
Who is a suitable reference?
What information do you ask for from my reference contacts?
How do I apply for a Canadian visa?
I was refused a visa from the Canadian High Commission. Should I reapply?

Your on-line application

Can I save my application?
How do I return to an unfinished application?
What do I do if I did not receive an email with a link to my incomplete application?
What happens if I forgot my password to go back and complete my application?
What do I do if I can’t get to the next page?
The application is reading invalid email format.
Can I create a second application with different email address?
How do I know that my references have submitted their reference forms?
What if I have some other technical problem?

While at Coady Institute

What will be the class, weekday and weekend hours?
Can I work part-time while I am studying?
What are accommodations like?
If I do not want to stay in residence are there other options?
Does Coady have computers available to students? Is WiFi available?
What is the food like?
Can a family member or friend visit?

About Coady programs


What programs are offered at Coady Institute?

Programs include our internationally recognized 20-week Diploma in Development Leadership, as well as shorter certificate programs. We also offer, in conjunction with St. Francis Xavier University, a Master in Adult Education.

For a list of Coady Programs click here:  http://coady.stfx.ca/education/certificates/

For more information on Master of Adult Education click here: http://sites.stfx.ca/adult_education_graduate_studies/

Can I take more than one certificate program during one trip to Antigonish?

Groups of certificates are offered during May & June and in September & October.  You can apply for one program from each grouping.  This provides an opportunity to maximize your learning opportunity.  See the dates and courses offered on our Program Schedule.

Can I apply to the diploma or certificate and a Youth or Women’s Centre program?

Yes. It is important to make us aware that you have applied for a specialized program in addition to the diploma/certificate course.

How much do programs cost?

The cost of Coady programs varies due to length of course, location and scholarship support.

For more information on the Diploma and certificate programs costs please click on the individual course here: http://coady.stfx.ca/education/ 

For more information on programs costs at the Centre for Women’s Leadership please click here: /themes/women/programs/

For more information on programs costs for the Youth Programs please click here: http://coady.stfx.ca/themes/youth/

Does it cost to apply to a program?

There is no cost involved in applying for a Coady program. If you get an e-mail requesting payment of any kind in relation to a Coady program, please disregard such communication.

What about travel costs?

You are responsible for your travel costs. You are also responsible for costs related to visas and personal expenses while you are living in Antigonish. Coady Institute does offer a limited number of travel awards to cover travel for successful diploma applicants who have obtained their visa.  More information will be provided in the acceptance package.

Are scholarships available?

The Coady International Institute offers a range of full and partial scholarships.
 
Thanks to the generous financial support of Global Affairs Canada, as well as a number of individual and institutional donors, the Coady International Institute is able to offer partial scholarships to most candidates accepted into the Institute's training programs. Specific scholarships are available through The MasterCard Foundation Microfinance Scholars Program for certificates in the Coady Institute's Community-Based Microfinance and Livelihoods and Markets.
 
The Institute is rarely able to provide 100% scholarship. A limited number of travel awards may be allocated each year for the Diploma in Development Leadership Program. When completing the application form applicants will be asked if they wish to be considered for a scholarship and how they intend to cover the remaining costs of the program such as travel, visa application and fees not covered by a scholarship. Once a candidate is accepted into a Coady program, s/he will be informed of the level of scholarship support offered as well as the balance of costs for which the candidate is responsible.


For more information on scholarships at the Centre for Women’s Leadership please click here: /themes/women/programs/

For more information on scholarships for the Youth Programs please click here: http://coady.stfx.ca/themes/youth/

How do I contact you with additional questions?

For diploma and certificate programs, email us at coadyadmit@stfx.ca

For programs at the Women’s Centre, email us at womenlead@stfx.ca

For Youth programs, email us at coadyyouth@stfx.ca

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Applying for Coady programs


What are your admission requirements?

  • Relevant years of experience and education in community development work,
  • Member of a civil society, government or private sector organization working to create positive social change,
  • Ability to contribute in a participatory learning classroom experience,
  • Potential to improve and expand the impact of your work as the result of attending a Coady program,
  • Commitment to apply Coady learning in your organization and/or community,
  • Commitment to contribute to on-going learning within Coady alumni networks,
  • All instruction at Coady Institute is conducted in English. Proof of English language skills is required.


For more information about admission requirements for programs at the Women’s Centre, click here: http://coady.stfx.ca/themes/women/programs/

For more information about admission requirements for youth programs, click here: http://coady.stfx.ca/themes/youth/
 

How will successful participants be determined?

Please refer to our admission requirements information for acceptance criteria: http://coady.stfx.ca/education/admission_requirements/


I have difficulty with English. Can I still apply?

Applicants to the Diploma in Development are required to submit a written acknowledgement of ability to function within an English learning environment. The following are acceptable documents:

  • TOEFL test score of at least 550
  • Certificate from another accredited English language institute
  • A letter of recommendation attesting to your English language ability from an instructor in a recognized institution where English was your language of study


Candidates who are citizens of countries where English is the language of instruction are not required to provide this documentation

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Do I have to be working full-time in order to be considered for a Coady program? Can I be part-time or a volunteer?

You do not have to be working full-time. However, if you are not working full-time with an organization it is important that you clearly outline your experience and how you intend to use the learning/experience from our program to strengthen your leadership knowledge and skills in order to enhance your abilities to lead and act at the community, national and global levels. This is necessary in order for the selection committee to determine if you qualify for the program.

I’m a student – can I apply to the program?

If you have the necessary experience noted above, and have gone back to complete a relevant degree or course of study, you may be eligible. Please also refer to the qualification requirements for the program. A recent graduate may be selected based on experience and other proven commitment and abilities.

What if I am a person with a disability?

We will make every effort to assist with your special needs. For more information about the StFX Campus, visit http://sites.stfx.ca/accessible_learning/.

If I applied last year, can I re-apply?

Candidates who were accepted previously are welcome to re-apply. A new updated application may be requested.

How do I apply for a Coady program?

You must complete and submit an application form. References will be required.

What are the application deadlines?

Please refer the program description page to see the application deadline.

How long will it take to process my application?

Applications for all education programs are reviewed on an on-going basis. There are limited spaces available in each program; 22 seats in each certificate program and 44 in our diploma programs. We receive a large volume of application for all our education programs. During higher volume times it can take up to one month from the time an application is submitted until a decision is made by the selection committee.

Who is a suitable reference?

Those eligible to complete a reference are Directors of the applicant's employing organization or:

  • Official of the employing or sponsoring organization
  • Head of a recognized NGO
  • School Principal/College Teacher
  • Permanent Civil Servant
  • Religious/Faith Leader


What information do you ask for from my reference contacts?

References are asked to provide information about your professional background, experience and their honest assessment of your leadership skill and potential. They are asked how you and your organization may benefit from this program, and whether you have the capacity to undertake and fully contribute to the program.

How do I apply for a Canadian visa?

Once you have been accepted into a Coady program, you will be sent electronic documentation confirming your acceptance. It is your responsibility to apply for a Canadian visa and all other visas you require to come to Canada. Do not assume that you will receive a visa because you are accepted to a Coady program. Refer to the visa office website for up-to-date information and instructions. Include all required documentation in your application package. We sometimes receive requests from candidates accepted to our programs to contact the visa office on their behalf. We are not able to do this. The decision to issue a Canadian visa is made by the local visa office. We are not in a position to influence the decision made by a Canadian visa officer.

Find out where to apply for a Canadian visa here http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/apply-where.asp

Find out general information about applying for a Canadian visa here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

Find answers to more questions here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/index-featured-int.asp

I was refused a visa from the Canadian High Commission. Should I reapply?

This depends on the reason you were not issued a visa. Please contact the visa office for clarification.

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Your on-line application

Can I save my application?

Yes. On the bottom of each page there is a “Save & Finish Later” button. Click that and you will be asked to create a login and password. The password must be at least six characters long and contain at least one number.

How do I return to an unfinished application?

When you saved your incomplete application and created a login and password, we sent you an email. That email should have arrived within minutes of you saving the application. Please find that email. It is from donotreply@stfx.ca. That email contains a link back to your unfinished application.

What if I did not receive an email with a link to my incomplete application?

Please check your junk/spam folder. If the email is not there go to http://coady.stfx.ca/coady/about_us/ and send us a request to have the link resent.

What happens if I forgot my password to go back and complete my application?

Don’t worry. Click the “Forgot your password?” link on the login screen. You will be asked for your email address. Instructions to change your password will be sent to your email address. We cannot see your password so we cannot send it to you.

What if I can’t get to the next page on the application?

Some fields on the application form must be filled in. You cannot move to the next page until they are completed. If you try to move on, the mandatory fields will be highlighted in red.

I see an error message about invalid email format.

You can enter only one email address into an email field. Please do not try to type or copy and paste more than one. To ensure you are entering the correct email you must enter the email again in the following field and the two must be identical.

Can I create a second application with a different email address?

Please do NOT create a second application using a different email address. We contact you using your email address, and if you provide more than one, we need to find and combine both of your applications, which can slow your application.

How do I know that my references have submitted their reference forms?

When each of your references successfully submits a recommendation form, you will also receive an email confirmation that it has been received. You are encouraged to ensure that your references are able to submit this form well before the application closing date. It is your responsibility to ensure that these are submitted. If you are in doubt whether the referral has been submitted, please contact your references directly.

What if I have some other technical problem?

The Coady application form has been online for several years and thousands of people from more than 100 countries have successfully submitted applications. When people have a problem, we suggest that they try using a different browser (Firefox, for example, instead of Internet Explorer) or even try using a different computer. Sometimes clearing the cache in the browser or restarting the computer solves the problem.

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While at Coady Institute

What will be the class, weekday and weekend hours?

Class sessions typically run Monday to Friday from 8:30 am (08:30) to 5:00 pm (17:00). However, there may be some special evening sessions, assignments, as well as weekend trips and activities.

These are rigorous and highly sought-after programs. Participants should be aware that there will be little time to conduct regular work activities during this period and come prepared to be fully committed to the program.

If you would like to visit friends or family or sightsee on your own outside of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, we suggest that you plan for time after the end of the program. The Coady International Institute will not be responsible for organizing any personal travel.

Can I work part-time while I am studying?

It is not practical for you to work part-time while in Antigonish. Besides the full class time Monday to Friday, you are expected to read and work on assignments during some of your own time in the evenings and on weekends.

What are accommodations like?

Accommodations are provided in standard student residences on the beautiful St. Francis Xavier University campus. Residences are a 5 to 10 minute walk from the dining hall and classroom block. We encourage all participants to stay in residence to build a community of learning with fellow participants from around the world.

If I do not want to stay in residence are there other options?

Participants are encouraged to stay in residence so informal learning can take place with other participants. Local hotels are available at market rates (approximately $120/night) for those who prefer a different level of accommodation. You can indicate this preference on your Special Needs form and make arrangements directly with the hotel. Three local hotels are listed below. An internationally recognized credit card will be required when making reservations.

Homeward Inn, Antigonish
www.homewardinnscanada.com
1-902-863-1552

Maritime Inn, Antigonish
www.maritimeinns.com
antadmin@maritimeinns.com
1-902-863-4001

Claymore Inn, Antigonish
www.claymoreinn.com
1-902-863-1050

Does Coady have computers available to students? Is WiFi available?

We have 10 computers and a printer available in the Marie Michael Library. There are also many computer labs on campus that Coady students can access. Most labs are open until 11pm each night. All computer labs have printers for your use.

All buildings on campus, including the residences, are equipped with wireless internet. Your room will also have a computer jack. If you choose to bring your own computer and would rather use a jack than wireless we advise you to bring your own network cable. You should also bring a plug adapter that fits a North American outlet. Most outlets fit both a grounded and ungrounded plug (WA-5 and #3). Voltage is 110 but computers automatically adapt to this voltage (with the right plug) as do most phone rechargers and camera rechargers. However, hair dryers and other personal appliances should not be used if designed for 220 voltage – voltage transformers can be purchased but these are quite costly.

You are responsible for your own computer. On-campus technical support does not support personal laptop issues and are unable to provide troubleshooting advice for personal laptops. Therefore, any issues that you may have with your laptop such as viruses or connectivity are your personal responsibility.

What is the food like?

Meals are provided for all participants in Morrison Hall, the central dining hall for all StFX university students. A meal plan of 19 meals a week (breakfasts, lunches and dinners) is provided for in your accommodation and meals fee.

Morrison Hall serves primarily traditional Canadian fare. Efforts are made to accommodate the tastes and needs of foreign students. The cafeteria houses different stations each serving different meals (for instance the salad bar, pizza station, soup station and international station). The international station has white rice available for all meals. If you have special needs regarding meals remember to indicate them on the Special Needs form you receive with your acceptance package.

Can a family member or friend visit?

Family members and friends cannot stay in residence in order to ensure the privacy of other participants and to optimize the learning opportunity. Unfortunately we cannot offer visa letters for family members or arrange external accommodation or travel.

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