Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne | Church Point, N.S. | Founded 1890

Campus view of the Université Sainte-Anne. (Université Sainte-Anne)

Campus view of the Université Sainte-Anne. (Université Sainte-Anne)

Sainte-Anne offers a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs and is profiled in both the Maclean’s Universities Guidebook and the Maclean’s Colleges Guide. To learn more about the school’s degree programs, see the Universities Guidebook profile.

From its earliest days in 1890, Sainte-Anne’s mandate has been to serve Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone populations by preserving the French language and promoting Acadian culture and history. Nearly 130 years later, the province’s only francophone post-secondary institution continues to fulfil its goals at its seaside main campus in Church Point, and at four satellite campuses throughout the region in Halifax, Petit-de-Grat, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine and Tusket.

Bilingualism is highly prized in Nova Scotia, where provincial institutions are required by law to provide services in French. Sainte-Anne offers French-language undergraduate and college programs and is renowned for its French immersion and personalized courses in French as a second language. At the college level, students can choose from a variety of one- and two-year programs in health care, education, pre-veterinary science, and business administration, including a one-year government office worker program, which can provide opportunities at the federal, provincial or municipal level.

Université Sainte-Anne has dubbed itself the “greenest little campus” in Canada and takes pride in its commitment to sustainable rural development and renewable energy sources. In the last decade, it has implemented a solar thermal system and erected two wind turbines. The money it saves on energy costs is directed toward research projects and funding for new programs of study.

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Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $3,275-$3,695 $3,435-$3,630 Yes

Cool Options

  • Early Childhood Education: This program addresses a shortage of qualified French-speaking daycare and preschool teachers, particularly in Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone communities. The two-year program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.
  • Leadership Training for Early Childhood Educators: Through online courses, this one-year course aims to develop the management, business and leadership skills of early childhood educators who wish to advance in their field.

Popular Programs

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Business Administration
  • Bilingual Administrative Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant

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