Exchange Opportunities

Application Process

The deadline to submit applications for the exchange program is January 15, 2023.


Students may apply for the exchange program if they meet the following criteria:

  • 70% average in the most recent semester of study
  • Completed 30 credits prior to going on exchange 
  • Not on academic prohibition at the time of application or at any time before departure 
  • Not completing an exchange in the final semester of study at StFX 

Select a University Abroad

Speak with former students about their exchange experiences and research universities where you could do your exchange. StFX has several partner universities around the world where you can do your exchange while continuing to pay regular StFX tuition fees. 

If students wish to study at a school which is not listed as one of the StFX partner universities, they will have to get the institution approved by the exchange office and will be enrolled in that university as a visiting student. If approved, students will pay visiting student fees directly to that university rather than normal StFX tuition fees. To transfer credits from your exchange, the university you choose must offer courses that can be used toward your degree at StFX.

Students are encouraged to speak with an Education Abroad Advisor about participating in the student exchange program to ensure the program will fit into their degree plan at StFX.

Complete Application Documents

Students must complete the following documents to apply for an exchange:

  1. Complete the application form (including letter of motivation and preliminary study plan) 
  2. Two references (one academic and one academic or professional) 
  3. Professional resumé 

Students must submit their applications in person or via email to:

Ashley Sheppard, Education Abroad Advisor 
Office of Internationalization, St. Francis University 
P.O. Bos 5000, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5 
Telephone: (902) 867-4532 
Nicholson Tower, Room 109 

Post Application Selection Interview

After the application period is complete, applicants will be invited to participate in a short interview where they will be asked questions related to their commitment to undertaking an exchange, and their suitability for the program. More information will be provided on this after the application period is complete.  

The interviews will be conducted by a nomination committee consisting of:

  1. Education Abroad Advisor 
  2. Director of Internationalization  
  3. StFX Dean or Faculty Member  

The committee will then approve or refuse applicants for the exchange program based on both the application and interview. After this process is complete, the approved applications will be sent to the students’ respective Deans for final approval. 

Approval Process

The students will then receive a letter of offer, signed by their respective Deans, and the process of applying to the partner university will begin. If the student accepts the exchange placement offer, the Education Abroad Advisor will nominate the students for their respective partner university.  

The partner university makes the final decision on accepting the nominated students for exchange. If, for any reason, a student cannot be nominated to the universities they are applying for, they can be offered a placement at another university, provided there are available placements. 

Please Note:

  • If a student is found to have provided inaccurate information about themselves at any time during the application process, they forfeit the right to participate in the exchange program. 
  • If a student applies after the January 15th application deadline, or fails to meet the eligibility requirements, the Office of Internationalization reserves the right to reject the application. 

For more information about exchange programs, please visit the International Exchange Office Website.


French Placements

Study in France

Students studying French in the Modern Languages Department are encouraged to study in France for either one or two semesters of their degree. This immersion in French life, language and culture is an excellent opportunity to improve your fluency in spoken and written French and to understand the cultural dimension of French life. 

Students who would like to live in France and improve their French while studying such subjects as Business, Political Science, Economics and History can also attend one of our exchange partner universities in France.

Exchange Partners

School Language of Instruction Specialization
IESEG School of Management, Universite Catholique de Lille English or French Business, economics, management
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille  English or French Political Science-related subjects
Universite Catholique de l'Ouest en Angers French Various subjects
Institute of Biology and Applied Ecology, Université Catholique and L’Ouest French Biology, applied ecology and related subjects
Universite Catholique de Lyon French Various subjects
ESDES - Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management, Universite Catholique de Lyon English or French Business
ESSCA - Ecole de Management, Angers, Paris, Budapest, Shanghai   English or French French, business, enconomics, political science
Universite de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambresis French or English* Various subjects

*English language classes are for BUSINESS ONLY

Visit Study in France  for more information on these study opportunities.

Le Centre International d’Études Francaises (CIDEF)

A study abroad program is in place allowing students to spend one or two semesters in their third year at the CIDEF (Centre International d'Etudes Francaises) in Angers, France. For more information about this program, visit  CIDEF- Centre International d'Etudes Francaises and/or see the Chair of Modern Languages.


Spanish Placements

We encourage our students to take advantage of the study abroad program and to go for a semester or two to a university in a Spanish-speaking country.


German Placements

Exchange Partners

For more information about exchange opportunities, please reach out to the international exchange advising office by emailing @email, calling 902-867-4532 or visiting us at 109 Nicholson Tower.


Modern Languages Department

207 Immaculata Hall
2360 Notre Dame Avenue
Antigonish NS B2G 2W5