Sainte-Anne has developed an international reputation as a leader in French and French-immersion studies after serving Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone populations for more than a century. Today, it educates students from across Canada and around the world. French is the ofﬁcial language of instruction, but Sainte-Anne also works to instill bilingualism, which helps its students stand out among other Canadian university graduates. “Our students feel like they become part of a family, which results in an excellent rate of retention, and the rate of employment for our students after graduation is very high—over 90 per cent” says rector Allister Surette.
As for graduates of the bachelor of education or the co-op bachelor of business programs, they can return to Sainte-Anne for tuition-free study if they have not found relevant work within four months of graduation. Sainte-Anne has five campuses throughout Nova Scotia. The main campus in Church Point (Pointe-de-l’Église) is located in the heart of the francophone region of Clare, near the scenic shoreline of St. Marys Bay. A network of hiking trails runs through the woods and along the seashore. Students may choose accommodation from among 10 residences, each with its own style and traditions. Meanwhile, with two biomass furnaces, two 50-kW wind turbines, 118 solar panels and a free electric-vehicle charging station, Sainte-Anne claims to be the greenest campus in Canada.
• Education: The employment rate for students in this program is nearly 100 per cent. Specializations are available in elementary and high school teaching, as well as French as a first and second language.
• French Immersion: Students earn credits toward their degrees while taking courses in French. Five-week spring and summer sessions are also available.
• Health Sciences Preparatory Diploma: This two-year program prepares students for a career in the medical field, providing a background in biology, chemistry, math and physics. Grads can apply to medical school or continue their studies in many bachelor of science programs.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$8,068 ($9,351 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 75.4% · Science: 72.6% · Commerce: 68%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 472 · Part-time: 115
Graduates: Full-time: 3 · Part-time: 22
International Students: First-year: 12%
Male-Female Ratio: 32 to 68
Residence Spaces: 260 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,473 · Single room with meals: $9,943 · Apartment-style: $5,468 to $5,888
• Literature and Folklore: Students explore the relationship between oral and written literary traditions from antiquity to the present day.
• Social Work in a Rural Environment: Students develop context-specific interventions to tackle various issues.