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St. Francis Xavier University

Check whether St. Francis Xavier University is right for you as an international student.

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Antigonish, Canada
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Study abroad at St. Francis Xavier University

St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) is located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, and is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious universities. StFX is home to 4,200 undergraduate students and is a small school offering small class sizes and a personalized approach. The University is organized into the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, and the Gerald Schwartz School of Business.

Nearly 90% of first-year students live on campus, which means students are welcomed into an immediate community of friends and peers. Their campus has a wide range of facilities, including a live theater, art gallery, health and counseling center, various dining options including Starbucks, an athletic complex, and a campus bookstore.

This socially engaged campus offers opportunities for leadership through their student government, over 100 clubs and societies, employment opportunities for more than a quarter of students, and projects to develop leadership skills.

The University has a strong athletics program with almost 100 regional and national championships. They offer a range of sports including basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer, and track and field.

Why study at StFX?

  • Exceptional Academic Experience

    With smaller class sizes, students will get to know their professors and engage with what they are learning in a dynamic way

  • World-class learning environment

    StFX is one of Canada’s most beautiful and inspiring residential campuses located in a safe and comfortable part of the Province of Nova Scotia.

  • StFX Graduates are in demand

    StFX has one of the best university reputations when it comes to Canadian employers.

Life as an international student

StFX welcomes students from around the world to Antigonish, Nova Scotia each year. StFX's Office of Internationalization has been ranked number one in Canada and number six globally for student satisfaction (International Student Barometer, 2020) and is the hub for information and support for students.

As an international student, you will receive support from the trained and experienced team from application to arriving in Canada, during your studies, and beyond. From the International Student Orientation to workshops on working in Canada, social trips to the beach or maple syrup farm, and on-campus celebrations like Diwali and Lunar New Year, you'll find the specialized support you need to be successful living and learning in Canada.

Student life & facilities

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Fees and funding

Students choose to study in Canada for many reasons, including the vast beauty of a large country, multicultural society, safe communities, and affordable education.

Financing your education is very important. At StFX, they have the resources to guide you through your educational financial planning to keep you on track.

St. Francis Xavier University provides over $4 million in scholarships and financial aid to students each year. In fact, students with an admissions average of 85% and over are guaranteed an entrance scholarship worth at least $5,000.

  • Undergraduate tuition

    CAD$20,436 per year

  • Master of Applied Computer Science tuition

    CAD$16,666 per year

Entrance Scholarships

  • Valued between $5,000 CAD and $12,000 CAD, awarded over four years (e.g. $1250 each year)
  • For first-year, full-time undergraduate students
  • Students must maintain an average of 80% for scholarship renewal
  • Applications must be received before March 1st

Schwartz Business Scholarships

Schwartz National Scholars (4) $80,000

  • $20,000/yr renewable for 4 yrs
  • All 1st-year, full-time undergraduate BBA students
  • Minimum 90% average and demonstrated StFX qualities of leadership and service to the community – Open to all nationalities

Schwartz School of Business International Scholars (14) $32,000

  • $8,000/yr renewable for 4 yrs
  • All 1st-year, full-time undergraduate BBA students enrolling from high school
  • Minimum 85% average and demonstrated StFX qualities of leadership and service to the community – Open to non-Canadian residents.


St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5, Canada

Located in the historic town of Antigonish, students will enjoy a safe and comfortable living and learning environment. This cozy university town has all the amenities you need with maximum opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings through all four seasons.

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