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St. Francis Xavier University: Courses, Admission, Cost

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Q:   Is getting part-time jobs easy while studying at St. Francis Xavier University?


Finding part-time work while studying at St. Francis Xavier University depends on many fctors. The University actively assists students in finding on-campus jobs through the Student Career Centre giving a common platform for connecting them with potential employers. These opportunities often offer flexible hours so that students can adjust their academic schedules. Off-campus job availability may vary basis time of year, industry demands, and individual skills and experience.

Your skills and experience also play a significant role in finding part-time work. Having relevant skills and experience can make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers, thereby increasing your chances of being hired. To support students in developing these qualities, StFX offers a range of resources including workshops, career counseling sessions, and opportunities for volunteer work. These initiatives help students enhance employability and help them secure part-time job opportunities during their time at the university.


Q:   Why indian students choose to study at St. Francis Xavier University?


Indian students choose to study at St. Francis Xavier University for a number of reasons like. StFX has a strong academic reputation as it consistently ranks well among Canadian universities, especially for its undergraduate programs. Tuition fees are affordable compared to other Canadian and international universities, and there are many scholarship options available for international students.

StFX offers global exposure as students get a chance to study abroad at over 40 universities worldwide. The school also invites international students to study in Nova Scotia and at StFX for a semester or a year. Upon graduation, students receive the sough-after & iconic X-Ring which symbolizes connection to a vast global community through Canada's the largest alumni network. This brings about  a sense of pride and belongingness. Situated in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, StFX provides a mix of quiet town life and access to stunning nature, offering a safe and serene environment for focused studies alongside opportunities for outdoor exploration.


Q:   Will my life on campus be better at St. Francis Xavier University than staying off-campus?


As per student reviews and online sources, the campus life at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) is friendly and welcoming. It is a small university with small classes, so teachers know who you are and it is simpler to make friends with other students. StFX also has a lively community where lots of students decide to live on campus. Hence staying on campus can be an enriching experience. 

Students can quickly settle in, develop bonds of friendship, and enjoy the freedom of independent living. They have the opportunity to live and study alongside like-minded peers, harbouring a supportive community. Together, students create lasting memories and navigate challenges sharing in both triumphs and setbacks. They also experience the excitement of living independently while appreciating the beauty of the campus, which offers everything within close reach.



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Q:   What are the top Scholarships for Indian Students at St. Francis Xavier University and how to avail them?


As an Indian student, you will have the options of the below scholarships at St. Francis Xavier University -

1) National Entrance Scholarship Program: Scholarship upto $5,000 per year to new students who have scored an average of at least 85%.

2) Entrance Scholarship: You will be eligible for $5,000 per year of scholarship if you are a first year students with an average marks between 85-89.9%. This scholarship can be renewed in four years.

3) Catholic Entrance Scholarship: Students are eligible for $20,000 of scholarship over a period of four years, if they are Catholic and have at least an 85% average score and are also in need of financial help.

4) Chadwick-Hayes Scholarship: $30,000 worth of scholarship over a period of four years to students who show the values of St. Francis Xavier University.

5) MacLeod Grant: Top-performing first-year students are eligible for this scholarship. You need to be in the top 5% of your class, have at least a 96% average, and show leadership and service qualities.

6) Alumni Association Scholarship: One-time scholarship of $2,000 CDN to first-year students with an 85% average.

7) Benedict M. Mulroney Scholarship: Scholarship upto $20,000 over a period of four years to first-year students who have at least a 96% average and show leadership and service qualities.

8) BMO Financial Group Scholarship: It gives $12,000, renewable for four years, to first-year students who have scored at least 96% average and show leadership and service qualities.

9) International Baccalaureate Scholarships: First year international students with at least a 91% score are eligbile for this scholarship which amounts to $28,000 over four years

10) Canadian Scholarships: These scholarships give $24,000 over a duration offour years to first-year students who have at least a 96% average and show leadership and academic excellence.


Q:   What scores do I need to have to get a scholarship at St. Francis Xavier University?


To get a scholarship at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), new students who are studying full-time must have grades of at least 85% and showcase that they are good at leadership skills and have made efforts to help their community. The National Entrance Scholarship Program is a partially-funded scholarship for students from other countries who have grades of 85% or better. A few other eligibility criteria are listed below -

1) Entrance Scholarship ($5000) - All first year undergraduate students who are eligible for this scholarhip have scored an average of 85-89.9%

2) Entrance Scholarship ($7000) - First year, full-time undergraduate students are eligible who have an average score of 90-95.9%. Open to all students.

3) Merit ($12000) - All students in the first year of an undergraduate course are eligible with a score of 96% and above.

The total amount of the entrance scholarship given to students is decided on the basis of their final grades in the five subjects of Class 12th courses needed for admission to their program. 


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  • Application fees :CAD 100
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Q:   Are there many students from other countries studying at St. Francis Xavier University?


St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) has lots of students who come to study in the institution from other countries. About 7% of the students studying in undergraduate courses at StFX come from places outside Canada. At the Schwartz School of Business, this number is about 11-12%. In total, StFX has more than 2,000 students from 46 different countries. 

StFX is quite welcoming towards international students. They have a dedicated department called the International Student Advising office. This helps students from other countries to settle well while adjusting to studying and living in Canada. They also have a programme called the International Student Orientation Program which helps new international students get used to life at StFX.


Q:   Can an average indian student join St. Francis Xavier University?


Yes, an average student from India will be able to apply to St. Francis Xavier University in Canada if they meet the college's requirements. For students who have just cleared their 12th std., these requirements include getting an overall average of 70% in, with no grade lower than 65% in specific subjects. However, meeting these minimum grades does not guarantee admission because some programs have limited space and are competitive.

For graduate programmes like the Master of Applied Computer Science, you need a 4-year degree in Computer Science, with at least 70% average percentage. You also need to showcase that you are proficient in English, with a preferred IELTS score of 6.5 with seciton scored not less than 6.2. St. Francis Xavier University accepts about 75% of the students who apply, which means it is a bit easier to get in as compared to other universities.

Some of the other things to know are, if you are an international student accepted into the Master of Education program, you will not be eligible for study permits, work permits after graduation, or permanent residency in Canada. Also, the Master of Education programme at StFX is fully online and does not offer scholarships for international students.


Q:   What are the deadlines to submit applications for indian students at St. Francis Xavier University?


Below are the upcoming deadlines to apply for the September 2024 intake -

September 17, 2023 – Applications opened for all programs
March 1, 2024 - Deadline for major scholarship applications
March 5, 2024 - Deadline for applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (4 year) and completing the CASPer test
May 1, 2024 - Deadline for admission applications to the Master of Applied Computer Science program
May 15, 2024 - Deadline to confirm acceptance to StFX for guaranteed residence room allocation
May 30, 2024 – Deadline for admission applications to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate Diploma programs
August/September – International student orientation


Q:   What are the documents required in the visa process for indian students at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada?


As an Indian student applying to study at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, you will need several important documents. To begin with, you must obtain an Acceptance Letter from the university confirming your admission to a course. MAke sure your passport is valid for your entire stay in Canada.

You will also need to present evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation. This may include bank statements, proof of scholarships or loans, and sponsorship letters. You also need to undergo a medical examination by an authorized physician and obtain a Police Clearance Certificate to confirm your clean record. You will need Form I-20 (F-1 students) or Form DS-2019 (J-1 exchange students) which will be given to you by the University, a visa application form, copy of the student's visa application fee receipt, and copy of the student's SEVIS fee receipt.

Also, be prepared to provide additional documents if required. These may include English proficiency test scores, academic transcripts from previous educational institutions, a Statement of Purpose explaining your reasons for studying in Canada and at St. Francis Xavier University, and recent passport-sized photographs


Q:   How is applying to St. Francis Xavier University different from applying to other universities in Canada?


When you apply to St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, there are some differences from applying to other universities in the country in a few ways. To start applying, you need to fill out a form online, send in your official school records, and pay a fee of CAD 126. Also, the university offers scholarships, including some for specific groups like Aboriginal, First Nations, or Métis students. These scholarships can affect how you apply and how much money you might need.

StFX also mandates all applicants, regardless of their nationality, to take the Computer-Based Assessment for Situational Judgment (CASPer) test. This test helps to assess a candidate's non-academic abilities such as critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal communication, and professionalism through simulated scenarios.

Interviews may be a requirement for certain programs at StFX, though they are not needed for all courses. This is a chance for the university to better understand if you are the right fit for the programme by looking at how you talk, your reasons for applying, and how well you match with what the programme aims to achieve.


Courses and Fees 2024

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MS(1 course)
INR 10 L
Duration2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 90 & Above, Duolingo: 115 & Above
BSN(1 course)
INR 13 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 92 & Above
B.E. / B.Tech(2 courses)
INR 13 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 92 & Above
BBA(1 course)
INR 13 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 90 & Above
UG Diploma(1 course)
INR 13 L
Duration2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 92 & Above
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Q:   How expensive is it to live at St. Francis Xavier University?


The cost of Living at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) can differ depending on whether you are from Canada or another country.

Living in a dorm on campus usually costs about $12,380 CAD a year. This will include the rent, utilities, and internet. 

As far as your food is concerned, if you choose a meal plan, it will cost you around $6,045 CAD and $6,210 CAD each year.

If you are Living off campus, renting an apartment close to school might be cheaper than staying on campus. But the prices can vary depending on how big the place is, where it is located, and what it offers. You can estimate around $600-$1,000 CAD per month. Other expenses will include things like electricity, water, and internet, which could cost about $100-$200 CAD per month. Buying groceries and eating out will depend on how much you eat and what you like. Estimate around $300-$500 CAD per month for meals.

You can expect to spend around $500-$1,000 CAD per year on other things like transportation, outings, books etc.


Q:   Is a score of 85 in TOEFL good for St. Francis Xavier University?


85 in TOEFL is not good enough to get into St. Francis Xavier University. Scoring an 85 on the TOEFL iBT falls short of the minimum score required for acceptance into St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) for undergraduate and graduate programs. StFX mandates a minimum score of 90 in TOEFL iBT, with at least 20 in each subsection (reading, listening, speaking, writing).

Although an 85 might not meet the minimum requirement for TOEFL, you must also keep in mind a few things. Certain courses within the university might have higher score requirements compared to the general minimum set by the institution. Hence one should inquire with the specific department one is applying to regarding any additional requirements they may have.

Next, even if your TOEFL score does not quite meet the minimum requirement, there could still be a chance for admission based on exceptional performance in other areas such as academics or relevant experiences. Therefore, you should highlight any strengths you have beyond just your English proficiency test scores. StFX also accepts scores from other English language tests like IELTS, MELAB, and CAEL, so exploring these options will be a good idea if you feel they might better reflect your language abilities and align with the university's requirements.


Q:   How much money is required in Indian rupees to study at St. Francis Xavier University?


The typical averge tuition fees for studying at St. Francis Xavier University are around INR 33,813,21 for both undergraduate and Graduate degrees. If you are looking at doing a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, for instance, it might cost you about INR 14,73,428 in total. This includes components like insurance, living costs, and the actual course fees. If you need help paying for your studies, there are scholarships you can apply for to help with your fees and other costs.

To give you an idea of the cost of different courses at St. Francis Xavier University are as follows (amount indicated are the 1st year tuition fee for that particular course) - 

1) BBA - INR 12 L

2) B.E./B.Tech - INR 9 L

3) MS - INR 11 L

4) BSN - INR 9 L

5) UG Diploma - INR 9 L


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Q:   What are the popular sectors that indian students prefer for doing part-time jobs at St. Francis Xavier University?


The location of St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) in Canada works in students' favour who are looking for part-time job opportunities. These include job roles in banking, finance, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, IT, and more. StFX is in Nova Scotia, a place which is known for its beautiful landscape and marine resources. This means that students might also look for part-time work in fishing, aquaculture, or tourism. Also, because StFX has strong business and economics programs, students might also find part-time jobs in those areas. For on-campus opportunities, students can explore administrative roles (like IT helpdesk, library management), roles as a Research Assistant, retail services, catering & food, supporting the staff in events etc. 


Q:   What are the job opportunities after doing B.Tech from St. Francis Xavier University?


Once you finish your B.Tech degree at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, there are lots of different job oppportinities you could get. You might work at the university as a teacher, a lab assistant, or in the library. Outside the university, there are also jobs in different industries related to the B.Tech programme you studied. You must be on the lookout for opportunities on external job portals that often list openings for students of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. 

B.Tech graduates can look for opportunities in Information Technology (IT), where they develop software, work with cloud systems, build computer networks, use data science, and cybersecurity. Graduates are also required in Engineering Services, where they plan, create, and take care of various things like buildings, machines, and systems used in industries such as construction, manufacturing, energy, and transportation.

In addition to IT and Engineering Services, B.Tech graduates are highly regarded in the research and Development (R&D) sector, where they come up with new ideas and improve things in different areas such as rrobotics, healthcare, sustainable energy sources etc. 


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