Nestled in the heart of Halifax, Saint Mary’s University is marked by iconic buildings, green spaces and fresh ocean air. The university has a strong international community, with foreign students, hailing from more than 115 countries, making up 33 per cent of enrolment. The school has forged partnerships with more than 40 institutions in 25 countries, offering students exchange programs and learning opportunities in countries such as China, Gambia and Ireland, and has set up mobility awards to help fund the exchanges.
“Saint Mary’s is proud to educate citizens of the world,” says president Robert Summerby-Murray. “Our global connections create an intellectual and cultural richness that few universities can equal.”
The entrepreneurial spirit is strong at the Sobey School of Business, which offers a solid slate of programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. Bachelor of commerce students get a rigorous grounding in business basics, plus lots of opportunities for hands-on learning through case competitions, international experience, student-run investment programs and interaction with the business community.
The campus is small and intimate, occupying a leafy city block in Halifax’s south end. Downtown is only minutes away, with its restaurants and animated nightlife. A network of overpasses and tunnels gets students to and from class without having to set foot outside—handy in the winter months.
• Anthropology: Students use cutting-edge electromagnetic sensing technology to examine what lies beneath the soil in sites such as historical Acadian settlements in Grand-Pré, N.S., a fort in Lunenburg, N.S., and a first-century Roman villa in Italy.
• Honours Economics: Students get a close look at real-world uses for economics; from setting government policy to international trade, this program explores all the facets of the global economic structure.
• Environmental Science: Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of ecological challenges, both local and global, through hands-on learning in the lab and the field, taught by profs who are active environmental researchers.
• What Not to Wear: Take a closer look at fashion as a literary device, and explore how clothing illuminates themes of power, race, religion, gender and more.
• Biology of Cannabis: What is the biological basis for the human use of cannabis? Students examine the ecology and evolution of cannabis, the domestication and horticulture of the wild plant, and its effects on human health.
$7,628 ($8,911 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70% · Science: 70% · Commerce: 70% · Engineering: 70%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 5,556 · Part-time: 723
Graduates: Full-time: 451 · Part-time: 295
International Students: First-year: 22.6% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 51 to 49
1,140 (first come, first served)
Double room with meals: $9,685 to $10,242 · Single room with meals: $11,065 to $11,622 · Double room without meals: $5,650 · Single room without meals: $7,030 · Apartment-style: $5,875 to $12,042