Sainte-Anne has developed an international reputation as a leader in French and French-immersion studies after serving Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone population 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. “Because they’re bilingual, our rate of employment 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, and 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. Mary’s Bay. A network of hiking trails runs through the woods and along the seashore. Students can choose accommodation from among 10 residences, each with its own style and traditions. Meanwhile, with a biomass furnace, 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.
• Science (biology major): The three-year program gives students a wide-ranging knowledge of biology, integrating real-world experience through partnerships with industry so graduates can hit the job market sooner rather than later. Grads can pursue careers in biomedicine, biotechnology, pharmacology and the environment.
• Education: This program offers specialties in high school teaching, and in French as a first and second language—a field in strong demand.
• French Immersion: Sainte-Anne takes advantage of its coastal setting southwest of Halifax by offering a six-credit summer option, mostly taught outdoors. The program is an immersive experience with a “French-only” policy, despite being in a mainly English-speaking province.
• Popular French-Canadian Customs: Students learn about traditional French-Canadian customs, from those practised in the home to national ceremonies, and explore how they’ve changed through the years.
• Education in a Minority Setting: Students examine theories of bilingualism to understand the role school, family and socio-institutional environments play in the development of a linguistic minority community.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Number of students||Residence spaces|
|$6,524 ($7,807 out-of-province)||Undergraduates: 577
|362 (first come, first served)|