Université Sainte-Anne

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Students on campus at Sainte-Anne University. (Photograph courtesy of Sainte-Anne University)

Students on campus at Sainte-Anne University. (Photograph courtesy of Sainte-Anne University)

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 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, 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 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.

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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 can apply to medical school or continue their scientific studies in many bachelor of science programs.
Education: This program offers specialties in elementary and high school teaching, as well as French as a first and second language—a field in strong demand.
French Immersion: Courses are offered with most programs. Students earn credits toward their degrees. Five-week spring and summer sessions are also available.

Cool Courses
Marine Ecology: Students explore the origins of the oceans, how organisms adapt to various marine habitats and how they interact with each other; the course includes field trips and research projects.
Bilingualism: Students are introduced to the linguistic, social, educational and political aspects of bilingualism. They pay special attention to education, ideology, conflicts and linguistic practices.

$7,343 ($8,626 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 65% · Science: 66.7% · Commerce: 60.8%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 392 · Part-time: 119
Graduates: Full-time: 2 · Part-time: 34
International Students: First-year: 28%
Male-Female Ratio: 32 to 68
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 362 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,070 · Single room with meals: $9,469 to $9,929 ·
Apartment-style: $5,266 to $5,666

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