Université Sainte-Anne

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Universite Sainte Anne campus interior

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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 diploma programs, see the Colleges Guide profile.

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 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.

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Standout Programs
• Health Sciences Preparatory Diploma: This two-year program prepares students for a career in the medical field, providing a background in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Graduates are ready to apply to medical school or continue their scientific studies in many bachelor of science programs.
• 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.

Cool Courses
• Excavation School: Practical Archeology Course: This class provides students with hands-on excavation training, from note-taking, drawing and photographing the archeological site to preparing reports on their work.
• Comic Books: This class introduces students to the comic book genre and encourages critical analysis through the study of French, Japanese and American comics.

$7,116 ($8,399 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 67.9% · Science: 74.4% · Commerce: 67.7%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 361 · Part-time: 82
Graduates: Full-time: 1 · Part-time: 31
International Students: First-year: 18%
Male-Female Ratio: 33 to 67
Residence Spaces
362 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,841 · Single room with meals: $9,287 to $9,739 · Apartment-style: $5,182

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