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St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) International student Admissions  & Application
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)

St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)

St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) international student admissions & applications
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)
Institution overview
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), founded in 1853, is one of Canada’s finest universities, combining a high-quality learning experience with an extraordinary residential campus. Located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, StFX is home to 4,200 undergraduate students.

Students live and learn in the spirit of academic excellence, community development, and social justice. Small classes with a high level of faculty interaction and hands-on research opportunities are hallmarks of StFX. Students choose from programs that encourage broad, substantive learning experiences in Arts, Science, Business and Education. Our faculty members participate in an inclusive learning culture with students, supporting student success both inside and outside the classroom. The first university in Canada to have a formal Service Learning program, StFX holds leadership, community development, social justice and global awareness as institutional values.

Nearly 90% of first-year students, and 50% of all StFX students live in residence on campus. The immersive residence environment strengthens the bond between students and is at the heart of the StFX experience. Students come to StFX to lay the groundwork, they leave ready to change the world.

Over one-third of students are employed part-time on campus, and students organize and participate in 100 clubs and societies.
Students at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)
International Students
Students from 46 countries call StFX home. At StFX, international students are immersed in residence and student life programming that supports their transition to university, and excites them for their new adventure in Canada.  Our international admissions and student life teams support international students in their transition to StFX by providing an airport pick up program, an international student orientation week, social and academic activities throughout the year, and immigration support.
General Requirements
For high school graduates, minimum requirements include an average of 70% in Grade 12, with no individual course grade below 65% in each of the required subjects. Entrance to all programs is competitive and, as enrolment is limited, higher averages may be required
English Language Requirements

An English language proficiency test is required for students whose first language is not English. If a student has completed a minimum 2 years of study at an institution with English as the language of instruction, an English proficiency test is not required.

  • The IELTS test is strongly preferred.
  • The minimum IELTS requirement is an overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0.
  • Scores below 6.5 can enroll in our EAP program
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES PROGRAM

Students who apply for admission and do not meet the minimum English language requirements can enroll in StFX’s EAP program. The program offers intermediate (Level 5) and advanced (Level 6) English for Academic Purposes courses to prepare students for undergraduate studies at StFX

Level 005

For students accepted with IELTS scores of 5.0 or 5.5 overall (no band below 4.5), this is the intermediate level of EAP @ STFX. Students will learn to read and write academic essays and develop skills in listening and speaking through presentations, debates, and discussions.

Length: 13 weeks (325 hours)
Class Times: 8:30-2:30, Monday to Friday
Location: StFX campus, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Tuition Fee (textbook included, tax exempt): $4300 CAD

Level 006

For students accepted with IELTS scores of 6.0 overall (no band below 5.5), this is advanced level of EAP @ STFX. Students will learn to read and write academic essays and reports, carry out academic research, and develop skills in listening, note-taking, time-management, and effective study. Speaking ability will improve through presentations, debates, and discussions.

* With the permission of the coordinator, students may take one additional academic course during their EAP course.

Length: 13 weeks (325 hours)
Class Times: 8:30-2:30, Monday to Friday
Location: StFX campus, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Tuition Fee (textbook included, tax exempt): $4300 CAD *plus optional course tuition & fees

International Baccalaureate
StFX welcomes applications from International Baccalaureate students. Graduates of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma will be considered for admission with a minimum score of 24. Students admitted to StFX with a score of 30 or higher on the IB Diploma, and who have received a score of at least 5 on all higher level and standard level courses, will be granted up to 30 credits. Students who have completed IB courses but who do not possess the diploma may receive individual university course credit if they have achieved grades of 5, 6, or 7 in higher level courses.
Student life at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)
Advanced Placement
Students who have completed courses in the AP Program may be eligible for up to 30 transfer credits for selected AP courses with a national exam result of 3, 4 or 5.
British System of Education (UK/GCE)
Students must complete English and four other academic courses at the Ordinary level as well as four GCE AS level examinations or two GCE A level examinations with a minimum grade of A, B, or C for admission to any program. A student who has received exceptional results at the Ordinary level may be considered for admission. Students who achieve a final grade of A, B, or C in approved Advanced “A” level courses may be eligible to receive transfer credit.
The campus at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)