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.



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.

For information about completing an exchange at StFX: Inbound Exchange Information Sheet 2022-2023.

For information about living and studying in Antigonish: International Student Guidebook.


The application consists of:

  • Nomination email sent directly to the Education Abroad Advisor from the home university's International Exchange Office (typically from the International Exchange Coordinator).
  • International Exchange Application Form 
  • A PDF copy of your most recent official university transcript. (If transcripts are not in English an Official English Certified Transcript Translation must be obtained and sent along with the original copy).
  • Confirmation of Language Skills Form (along with proof of certification if necessary).

All exchange applications should be emailed directly to the Education Abroad Advisor by the deadline. 


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.


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.


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.



Semester dates and other important dates can be found here.


Exchange students are able to take courses across multiple departments, with the exception of the Department of Nursing and the Department of Education. 

Students can find all course descriptions here, but need to use the course timetable to determine if the courses they are interested in will be offered in their chosen semester (this is indicated under the TERM tab. Term 1 is Fall semester, Term 2 is Winter semester, and FULL indicates that the course is a full year course. One semester exchange students are not able to take full year courses). 


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:


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:

For more information on rates/fees as well as meal plans:

If you have any questions about residence or your application status, please email

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. 


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:


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 2021 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 2022 should plan to arrive on the StFX campus on January 3rd or 4th.

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




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 third week of April. Other than the Christmas break, there is a week long break in late February.


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 Education Abroad Advisor 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.


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.