Wednesday, March 12, 2014

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT]: St. Thomas University in Canada

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St. Thomas University is located in Fredericton, the capital city of New Brunswick. St. Thomas University is a traditional liberal arts college in the purest sense—it focuses exclusively on humanities and social sciences. Students engage in the study of cultures, languages, behaviour, social justice, global awareness, communications, and the history of human interaction. 

St. Thomas University is a university primarily concerned with people, ideas, and values—an institution with a social conscience. The liberal arts, and the principles of liberal education, stand at the core of St. Thomas University, and contend that one of the roles of the university is to help people put ideas and values into action throughout Canada, the United States, and the world.

Campus Overview

  • Website: 
  • Established: 1910
  • Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Arts (30+ majors)
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Total enrollment: 2,300
  • Total international student enrollment: 106
  • Countries Represented: 30
  • Average Class Size: 29 students (no class larger than 60)
  • Full-Time Faculty: 106 (100% with PhDs)

St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB
Phone: 506.452.0532

Student Life

At St. Thomas University, we understand that studying in a new country can be a challenging experience. Therefore, St. Thomas University provides many extra services, such as study skills workshops (writing skills, reading for analysis, using the library) and a programme of academic advising to assist you. Some of the academic support available include:

  • Peer Tutoring
  • The Writing Centre
  • Student Advising
  • Departmental Advisors

You can also access the services of the International Student Advisor, Student Health Services and Counselling Services. Community contacts are available through Fredericton's Multicultural Association.

There are opportunities to join several clubs and societies such as:

  • St. Thomas University International Student Association (STUISA)
  • Muslim Student Association
  • India Association
  • African Students Union
  • Overseas Chinese Students Association
  • Turkish Student Society
  • Malaysian Student Society
  • Caribbean Circle
  • Indonesian Association
  • Singapore Students Society

Residence Life and Housing Services

Approximately 852 students live on campus. Each residence has common areas for studying and socializing. When you are living on campus, you may find it easier to take advantage of the social, athletic and cultural events held throughout the year. It is also possible to live off-campus.

Outside the classroom you will find plenty of opportunities to enrich your studies by taking part in activities such as debating, drama, journalism, community radio and student government. St. Thomas also provides a variety of opportunities for informal social activities whether it is a Pub Night, Coffee House or Concert. You will find a variety of activities planned from every night and weekend.

In addition to on-campus activities, New Brunswick offers countless outdoor adventures. Get up close with whales, kayak the world’s highest tides, discover the joys of sailing, practice your swing on our golf courses, hike to the highest peak - Mount Carleton, ski more than 1,000 km (600 miles) of cross-country ski trails, and more.

International Admissions

International applicants must demonstrate academic strength in a high school programme of college/university preparatory courses with subject distribution, other minimum requirements, and academic standing comparable to that required of Canadian applicants. Criteria such as academic achievement and rank in class will also be considered in admission decisions.

Application Requirements 

  1. $35 CAD non-refundable application fee 
  2. High School transcript 
  3. Scholarship application form 
  4. Official copy of their English proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB) 
  5. Applicants who have written an external exam (e.g. AP, IB, GCE), must arrange to have their results forwarded to the Admissions Office. 
  6. Applicants who plan to live on campus must complete and submit a Residence application form.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

International applicants are encouraged to submit applications and supporting documents by June 1st for September admission and October 1st for January admission. While applications will be accepted beyond those dates, students who apply later risk having insufficient time to obtain student visas and other authorization. Please note that processing times at embassies can take up to three months.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

St. Thomas University's scholarship programme is one of the reasons we are able to maintain a community of exceptional scholars and dynamic leaders. More than half of first-year students hold an entrance scholarship, and one in nine holds a renewable scholarship ranging in value from $8,000 to $50,000. Here are four ways our scholarships work for you:

  1. Entrance Scholarship Guarantee - Academic Excellence
  2. Major Awards - Academic Excellence
  3. Student Leaders Scholarships – Leadership
  4. Millennium Entrance Bursaries - Financial Need

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of proficiency in English by writing one of the following tests:

Students who meet the following minimum English Language Proficiency scores and the St. Thomas academic admission requirements are eligible for the ESL programme:
  • TOEFL 61 (Internet-based) 
  • TOEFL 500 (Paper-based) 
  • MELAB 69 
  • IELTS 5.0 

Students with TOEFL scores of:
  • TOEFL 88-89 (Internet-based) 
  • TOEFL 570 (Paper-based) 
  • MELAB 80 
  • IELTS 6.5 
are eligible to take five regular academic courses but may take integrated and assisted courses if they wish. 

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