Additional Opportunities

StfX offers its students more than classroom learning. While enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment, students can take advantage of a variety of enriching opportunities. This can help students distinguish themselves after university while also making the most of their time at university. Check out the opportunities below:

Living Learning Communities

Students in the Climate and Environment program will have the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom and the laboratory to their everyday life. EcoLiving is a living and learning community designed to give likeminded students the opportunity to undertake an environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyle together while living on campus at StFX. The community will be a transformative experience for students, asking them to critically examine the impact their lifestyle and every day activities has on the environment. Students co-habitating in the living and learning community will also have exclusive access to opportunities around campus that centre on environment and climate concepts and/or issues. This arrangement will appeal to students who are passionate about environmental sustainability and interested in casual and academic ways of mitigating their environmental footprint while living on campus and engaging activities that will strengthen the interconnection of classroom and outside life.

 

International Exchange

There are many benefits to participating in International Exchange. You experience different cultures and languages, and make new friends from all over the world. You can better appreciate cultural diversity and international exchange experiences help students become more independent, better at solving problems, and better at facing new challenges. When you are carving a career path after you graduate from StFX, the fact that you have been successful living and learning in another country will say that you like a challenge and can adapt successfully to new social and cultural environments.  These are the kind of ‘soft skills’ that employers and graduate programs value in addition to academic accomplishments.

How do you go about participating in an international exchange experience?  Visit the International Exchange website to find out more about:

  • Our exchange placement options & how they connect with your degree requirements
  • How to apply for a placement
  • Getting  accepted by StFX and then nominated to a host university
  • Applying  to the host university
  • Getting  accepted by the host university

 

Service Learning

StfX has a long tradition of engaging in Service Learning. Service learning has been a part of StFX since 1996, and students consistently report that their learning experience was enriched through service learning. Service learning are experiential, hands-on ways through which students enhance their classroom learning. Students provide services in communities (both locally and internationally) and participate in reflection that encourages students to build a relationship between what they learn in the classroom and how they experience their service opportunity. Some students participate in service learning locally, whereas others chose to participate in immersion service learning. In the past, students who participated in immersion service learning have gone to place such as Toronto, Belize, Peru, and Guatemala.

To find out more about Service Learning, click on the following link:
https://www.stfx.ca/academics/service-learning

 

Co-operative Education

Co-op is an educational program in which you alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time paid employment in positions related to your academic and/or career interests. As with the BASc in Climate and Environment program, BASc co-op students will be able to explore Climate and Environment from multiple disciplinary work experiences.

The Co-op Process:

1) Meet with your Co-op Coordinator who reviews the program requirements, helps you to develop your academic co-op plan, and identifies various positions/organizations that best match your skills and career interests.

2) Complete our professional development courses. Through dynamic and engaged teaching, Co-op staff review course curriculum that helps co-op students be more be more successful in the program and also on work experience.

3) Complete a minimum of 12-16 months of work experience. Your work term sequencing options:

  • 4 months plus 8 months
  • 8 months plus 4 months
  • 12 months consecutive with a single employer

While on work term, the Co-op staff engages with students and their supervisors to promote a purposeful learning work experience. Through reflective assignments, students gain more meaning about who they are as a student and as a professional. Finally, co-op students complete our COOP 405 (3 credit) course that runs in September or January. Students complete a formal debrief with their co-op peers, group presentations, and paper.