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St. Thomas University

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

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Fredericton, Canada
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Study abroad at St. Thomas University

St. Thomas University (STU) is a welcoming university located in the historic Canadian city of Fredericton.

STU specializes in liberal arts education and is committed to producing inspirational leaders, innovative professionals, and open-minded citizens at its beautiful state of the art campus.

The University offers courses across 30 disciplines, from traditional subjects like philosophy to contemporary ones like criminology, so there’s a course to suit every student.

STU’s athletics teams are known as the STU Tommies. They’re active in a number of sports, including basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, and rugby.

Why study at St. Thomas University?

  • Practical opportunities

    Gain priceless career experience through fieldwork, internships, travel study, and workshops

  • Small classes

    A maximum of 60 students per class to give you the best learning experience

  • Dedicated staff

    Approachable, friendly, and happy to help you inside and outside the classroom

  • First-class learning environment

    Energetic atmosphere with excellent resources and facilities

  • Unique institution

    Canada's only exclusive liberal arts university

Life as an international student

There’s a large international student community at STU - 11% of students are from abroad. There are 220 international students from 44 countries.

The University’s International Student Association (STUISA) and International Office will take care of you from the minute you arrive to the day you graduate. If you need support or guidance, they’re always happy to help.

The accommodation options are fantastically spacious, clean, and homely. There are several residences to choose from, all located conveniently on or near campus.

There's lots to enjoy on campus, including sports activities, food spots, and vibrant social spaces. You can easily explore the rest of the city, thanks to Fredericton’s helpful public transport network.

Student reviews for St. Thomas University

Overall rating
4.63333333 stars
Based on 6 reviews
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4.6667 stars
University social
4.5 stars
  • Gabriel Marquez
    Overall experience 4 stars
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    St. Thomas University International Relations
    Tell us about St. Thomas University
    St. Thomas University is a unique place. The liberal arts approach imparted in the undergraduate program's overall study methodology will let you explore and learn different areas of studies holistically and dynamically.
    The campus is beautiful. It has so many inspiring places that will help you concentrate on completing your work and has so many comfortable places to socialize with your peers.
    In terms of communications and updates, I will say this is one of the strengths of STU. Everything you will need to know is on the university's website and social media. Moreover, no matter if it is remotely or on campus, the university staff is extremely helpful. They will make sure you contact the right person if you have any concerns or questions.
    We have diverse groups of societies here at STU. All our clubs are characterized as welcoming. Some of them are Mental Health Society Society, Women's Studies and Gender Studies Society, STU International Law Society, Theatre St. Thomas, STUISA: International Students' Association.
  • Giao Dang
    Overall experience 5 stars
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    St. Thomas University Economics
    Tell us about St. Thomas University
    The campus is small but beautiful, especially in the fall. I've lived in the dorm for all four years of my degree and found the RA team very friendly and supportive.
  • Monica Boquin
    Overall experience 5 stars
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    St. Thomas University Human Rights
    Tell us about St. Thomas University
    St.Thomas is a small but diverse community. Everyone is accepted and helped in every step of their academic journey. Both faculty and staff members work hard to ensure every student is supported in anything they need. St.Thomas also offers a lot of opportunities for students to grow in the academic and personal aspect.
  • Kurvin Silvio
    Overall experience 4 stars
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    St. Thomas University French
    Tell us about St. Thomas University
    I adore the personal touches in the sense of small classes, varied courses and above all the homey vibe it gives out. I rate my whole university experience a solid 9.5 out of 10
  • Sydona Chandon
    Overall experience 5 stars
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    St. Thomas University Criminology
    Tell us about St. Thomas University
    St. Thomas University was my first choice when I decided to come to Canada. The small community with big opportunities is what got my attention. I believe I have enjoyed having such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere at STU. Here everyone feels like family and always willing to help. Since I have been at STU I have increased my public speaking skills and passions for creating projects that assist in promoting awareness on issues impacting international students. I have held so many different positions within the campus community that really made impact and for that I am immensely grateful! In my first year I stayed on Harrington Hall which is a CO-ED residence. I really enjoyed living there as the rooms were spacious and well-kept. Fredericton is also a very small-city so it was easy to navigate my way around using the bus system. I would encourage students to choose STU because of the compassion the staff and campus community has shown me. I really feel like I have made Fredericton my home.

What St. Thomas University says

  • Camila Vásquez

    Camila Vásquez

    St. Thomas University International Admissions Counsellor
    Camila Vásquez says

    St. Thomas University is a great option for international students because we offer high-quality education in a community-based setting, with global opportunities.

    Students can create bonds with people from all over the world, while getting a rigorous education in an interdisciplinary and dynamic setting. International students are a very valuable part of the STU community, comprising 11% of our student population and joining us from more than 42 countries.

    We provide students with everything they need to thrive, not only professionally, but on a personal level. We offer experiential learning opportunities, career support, and a challenging liberal arts education, while still making sure our students feel at home and have fun.

    We celebrate our students’ diversity by hosting cultural events, teaching others about the different cultures on campus, celebrating special dates with each other, and much more!

    International students have access to diverse services and facilities created to help them transition to living in Canada and starting their university studies.

    They have the support of the International Student Advisor, a staff member who helps international students settle in Fredericton and provides them with information about the community, as well as the support of the International Students Association, a group at STU that embraces every international member of our community and provides them with ways to feel connected to Canada.

    International students also have access to the International Student Health Plan, the Health Centre, Mental Health services, and more.

    A liberal arts degree opens doors and allows students to obtain a versatile and in-demand skill set. Liberal arts graduates develop the ability to think critically about our world’s most complex challenges.

    The broad range of courses STU students take during their degrees help them understand the world from multiple perspectives, which helps them prepare for a versatile career helping others. Graduates are well equipped to pursue their desired next step: graduate school, professional school, or a career.

    Our network of alumni span the globe and work in every career field imaginable, including business, law, education, government, social work, psychology, policy development, communications and marketing, journalism, rehabilitation, not-for-profit, fundraising, and so many other meaningful fields of work.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
    • Chaplaincy
    • Individual Praying Rooms
    • Skills classes
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • Campus parking
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars 2
    • Restaurants 1
    • Cafe’s 4
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Squash Courts 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 2
    • No. of Athletics Track 1
    • No. of volleyball courts 1
    • No. of Ice Rink 1
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Family Planning
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 30
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

Undergraduate tuition: CAD$16,389 / year

Chancellor's International Scholarship

  • Value - Full international tuition
  • Criteria - Awarded annually to top-ranking international students entering the first year. Selection will be based on academic excellence, with attention given to leadership qualities. Students must maintain a minimum annual average of 3.7.

President's International Scholarship

  • Value - Varies up to a maximum of full tuition and renewable for three additional years.
  • Criteria - Awarded annually to top-ranking international students entering the first year. Academic excellence is the sole selection criterion. To be eligible for the renewable portion of the award, students must achieve a minimum annual average of 3.7.

International Scholars Award

  • Value - CAD$12,500
  • Criteria - Awarded annually to international students demonstrating academic merit.

International Achievement Award

  • Value - CAD$10,000
  • Criteria - Awarded annually to international students demonstrating academic merit.

International Bursary

  • Value - Varies
  • Criteria - Awarded annually to international students with demonstrated financial need.


St. Thomas University

51 Dineen Dr, Fredericton, NB E3B 5G3, Canada

Fredericton is a vibrant student city, and an important regional hub for arts and culture, with annual film festivals, museums, and theaters, all showcasing local artists.

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