Arrival on Campus


Whether an exchange student needs a study permit and/or visa will depend on the home country and length of study.  All international students studying for more than 6 months in Canada must have a Study Permit. Students from some countries will require visas, even if they do not require a Study Permit.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain this authorization.Processing times for visas and study permits can be long.  Therefore students should begin applying as soon as they receive their acceptance letter from StFX.

For more information on study permits and visas, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.


The closest airport to Antigonish is outside Halifax, the provincial capital. Halifax Stanfield International Airport has many daily arrivals of flights from a number of airlines with connections to major cities in Canada and the eastern United States. Some flights arrive directly from Europe, but many European travelers usually are routed through Montreal or Toronto.


Generally, students are responsible for arranging transportation from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Antigonish. On the airport website there is information about transportation services from the airport to Antigonish. The distance is approximately 200 kms and takes approximately 2.5 hours by public transport.  The provinical inter-community bus service is Maritime Bus.

International students arriving on campus for the fall semester, 2019, are invited to participate in the International Student Orientation (August 30th) and New Student Welcome (August 31st).  Transportation will be provided for those students who register with the StFX International Student Orientation  prior to arriving in Canada.  Students may arrive on campus August 28th and 29th. To participate in this transportation option, students must identify their arrival time in their International Student Orientation registration.


Exchange students arriving at the beginning of term will be provided an orientation to campus. For the fall and winter semesters, this orientation will be part of the International Student Orientation program offered to new international students through the StFX Office of Internationalization.

Exchange students will be given directions and assistance with

  • Learning about on-campus services
  • Moving into residence
  • Acquiring a student identification card
  • Activating their StFX email account and Webfx wireless access
  • Using Banner/Mes Amis to manage their StFX profile
  • Accessing mail services on campus
  • Activating their library card
  • Activating their Recreation Centre pass
  • Understanding their course schedule


All international exchange students are required to purchase insurance from the StFX Students Union Health Plan. This will cost approximately $500 per semester. The StFX plan includes coverage for medical services, prescription drugs, and dental care.

Along with the health coverage offered by these plans, a primary advantage to international students is that any costs of medical services in the local area are billed directly to the STFX plan. This reduces any difficulty with paying for services in advance and having to submit receipts to an outside insurer