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St. Francis Xavier University

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, next to the Atlantic Ocean. StFX is home to 4,200 undergraduate students. The University is organized into the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, the Gerald Schwartz School of Business, and the Coady International Institute.

Nearly 90% of first-year students, and 50% of all StFX students live on campus. Their campus has a wide range of facilities, including a live theater, a pharmacy, five dining venues, a gym, and a campus bookstore. Over one-third of students are employed part-time on campus, and students organize and participate in 100 clubs and societies.

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.

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Why study at stFX?

  • Canada's best office international office

    StFX's office of internationalization has been ranked #1 in Canada and #6 globally for student satisfaction (International Student Barometer, 2020)

  • High campus employment

    1,170 students are employed at StFX

  • World-class learning environment

    The University has invested over 250 million dollars into its facilities in the past 20 years

Life as an international student

StFX welcomes students from around the world to Antigonish each year. The nation's best Office of Internationalization is the hub for information and support for students coming to study in Canada from overseas.

International students who are beginning their studies at StFX are asked to attend the International Student Orientation. The orientation aims to provide students who are new to Canada with the information they’ll need to settle into life there. The Orientation program includes airport welcome, residence move in, campus and local tours, introduction to the International Student Society and fellow international students.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
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    • No. of Squash Courts 1
    • No. of Diving Pools 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars 1
    • Restaurants 3
    • Cafe’s 3
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
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    • Dance Studio
    • Swimming Pool
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    • No. of Natural Turf American Football Pitches 1
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 102

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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.

Residence Scholarships:

  • Valued at $6,500.00 CAD for first-year of study only
  • Recipients of the scholarship must live in residence for their first year of study
  • Residence Scholarships can be held in addition to an Entrance or Merit Scholarship only

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

With live theater, terrific food and excellent shops, all surrounded by warm, sandy beaches, hiking trails and parks, you quickly discover Antigonish is a cozy university town with big city flavor.

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Visa requirements for St. Francis Xavier University

Many international students will require a visa to study in Canada, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

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