International Exchange Students

StFX is pleased to welcome students from universities around the world.

Incoming students apply to StFX after their nomination from their home university is confirmed.  They may study for a single semester or a full year, depending on the agreement between StFX and the exchange university.

The Education Abroad Advisor advises incoming students before their arrival on campus, guides them through the course registration and housing arrangements, and provides support throughout their stay at StFX.


HOW TO APPLY

FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE

Applicants must be nominated by one of StFX's exchange university partners. Interested students are encouraged to find out as much as possible about the academic and social experience students have while studying at StFX. Also, they should research the study options and ask for advice through the International Exchange Office of their home university.

Summary information about studying at StFX can be found in the Exchange Student Guide 2019-2020 for international students (also available at the Forms and Guides page on this site).

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

The application consists of:

All exchange applications should be emailed directly to the Education Abroad Advisor, Ashley Sheppard, at asheppar@stfx.ca by the deadline. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For study dates beginning beginning in September, STFX must receive nominations of incoming students by May 1 with student applications received by May 15.

For study in January, nominations need to be submitted by October 1st and student applications must be received by October 15th.

ACCOMMODATIONS REQUESTS

Students wishing to reserve a room on campus should indicate this at the bottom of their application form. The student will then be contacted about whether there is residence space on campus.  The earlier StFX receives a residence accommodation request, the more likely a student will be assigned their first choice of type of accommodation.

ACCEPTANCE LETTERS

Once an application has been approved by the StFX Admissions Office, the student will receive a letter of acceptance accompanied by a ‘visa’ form. The ‘visa’ form is needed to apply for a Residence Visa or Study Permit (if required). The acceptance letter is emailed to the email address provided by the student on the application form. Students should be sure to print clearly their information in order to prevent any delays in receiving their acceptance letter.


PREPARING FOR ARRIVAL

STUDY PERMITS

Exchange students who are planning to study at StFX for 2 terms (8 months) are required to obtain a study permit. Information on obtaining a study permit can be found at:  www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/student.asp

ACCOMMODATION

As a StFX exchange student, you have the freedom to choose where you would like to live.

Living On Campus

All information about on-campus residence can be found on the StFX University Housing website. You may apply as soon as you have received your official acceptance letter. Please note that students who decide to live on-campus must purchase either a meal plan or declining balance plan (DCB). The DCB functions like a debit card when the student purchases food items on campus.

For more information on room types: www2.mystfx.ca/university-housing/room-types

For more information on rates/fees as well as meal plans: www2.mystfx.ca/university-housing/rates-fees

If you have any questions about residence or your application status, please email asheppar@stfx.ca.

Living Off Campus

You are not obligated to live on campus during your exchange at StFX. If you prefer to arrange your accommodations independently, please click the button before for a comprehensive list of resources that will help you begin your search. 

HEALTH INSURANCE 

All exchange students are required to purchase medical insurance from the StFX Students’ Union Health Plan. This coverage is $543 (CDN) per semester. For more information about the health and dental coverage under this plan, please visit: www.theu.ca/health-dental.

ARRIVAL IN CANADA

In preparation for arrival in Canada, exchange students are asked to email the Education Abroad Advisor to register for the International Student Orientation. The orientation aims to provide students who are new to Canada with the information they require to start their time at StFX on the right foot and find success during their studies, and beyond.

The International Student Arrival and Orientation program includes:

  • Airport welcome (Halifax Stanfield International Airport)
  • Transportation to campus
  • Residence move-in
  • Campus and local tours
  • Introduction to International Student Society and fellow international students
  • Information sessions on living and learning at StFX including:
    • Health insurance and how to access health care in Nova Scotia
    • Adapting to the Canadian classroom
    • Supports and services at StFX
    • Housing information and life in the town of Antigonish
    • Immigration and working in Canada information

Exchange students who are beginning their studies at StFX in September 2019 should plan to arrive on the StFX campus on August 28th or 29th.

  • August 28 - Arrival Services (Day 1)
  • August 29 - Arrival Services (Day 2)
  • August 30 - International Student Orientation
  • August 31 - StFX Welcome Day (General Student Welcome)
  • September 3 - Classes Begin

Exchange students who are beginning their studies at StFX in January 2020 should plan to arrive on the StFX campus on January 3rd or 4th.

  • January 3 - Arrival Services (Day 1)
  • January 4 - Arrival Services (Day 2)
  • January 5 - International Student Orientation
  • January 6 - Classes Begin

ACADEMIC MATTERS

ACADEMIC YEAR

The academic year at StFX is from September to April.  The fall semester ends during the third week of December.  The winter semester begins the first week of January and continues into the thrid week of April. Other than the Christmas break, there is a week long break in late February.

COURSE REGISTRATION

Registration for courses offered in fall and winter semesters begins in June.  Courses fill up quickly and after that there is no guarantee that more students will be allowed to join a class.  Exchange students must provide their course choices to the International Exchange Coordinator as early as possible to have the best choice of courses.  Every effort is made to accommodate exchange student choices within the constraints of restricted class sizes, course pre-requisites and course content.

Exchange students are not restricted to enrolling in courses in a specific academic discipline.  But, without required course pre-requisites, they may not be allowed to register in specific courses.  Senior level seminar courses are usually restricted to graduating degree students. Once a term begins, students have a week during which they can change their course registrations.

A full course load per semester is 15 credits.  A single semester course is given 3 credits and a full year course is worth 6 credits.  Full year students may have a mix of full year and single semester courses to a maximum of 30 credits.

Not all courses are offered each year or each semester.  Final course offerings for the upcoming year are posted in mid-June. This is referred to as the Course Timetable.  Students sending their applications before June, should use the current Course Timetable to indicate their course preferences.

COMPLETION OF STUDY

The Office of Internationalization arranges for academic transcripts to be sent to the exchange student's home university, once the final grades are registered in the StFX system.  Should students wish to order additional copies of their transcript, they may do so at the StFX Registrar's Office website.