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Established in 1802, St. Mary’s University (SMU) is a non-profit, public co-educational institution for higher education, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. SMU is renowned nationally for its programs in Business and Chemistry. The university also boasts of the best Canadian women’s basketball team.
SMU ranks 8th overall in the Primarily Undergraduate category (Atlantic Canada). It has the highest number of professors who have won national awards. Also, it has the highest percentage of full-time faculty with a doctoral degree in Nova Scotia. Some more reasons why it is the preferred university amongst students are mentioned below:
|Type of university||Public|
|Undergraduate Programs||45 majors in Arts, Science, and Business|
|Graduate Programs (including Doctoral)||27|
|Number of undergraduate students||6,328|
|Number of undergraduate students||651|
|International Students (119 countries)||More than 33% of the total student population|
|Admission Basis||Academic Records|
|Undergraduate International Students Basic Tuition Fee||10,000 - 12,500 USD|
|Postgraduate International Students Basic Tuition Fee||7,500 - 10,000 USD|
St. Mary’s has a self-contained campus at the port city of Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. At Saint Mary’s you are just minutes away from the ocean and your favorite trails. The campus offers every modern amenity that makes life easier for the students, including the library, sports facility, and student residences.
SMU’s residence complex is home to over 1,000 students. It contains three buildings: Vanier House, Loyola Residence and Edmund Rice Residence.
Upon your acceptance at SMU, you can apply for residence, through SMUport – the student login into the University system. Follow the steps listed below to apply for residence:
St. Mary’s comprises four academic faculties: Arts, Science, Sobey School of Business and School of Graduate Studies and Research.
It offers the following programs:
Students must make sure that they have all the required documents ready with them while applying in St. Mary’s University
English Language Requirements
How, when and where to apply?
The application process at SMU is quite simple. Applicants need to follow the steps listed below:
Tuition and other mandatory fees applicable for SMU international students are tabulated below:
|Approximate Costs Per Academic Year for Undergraduate Studies (30 credit hours)|
|Details||Arts & Environmental Studies||Business||Science||Engineering|
|Books & Supplies*||$1800|
|Medical Insurance (12 month)||$950|
Approximate costs per academic year for postgraduate studies-
|Post Graduate Fee||Amount|
|Tuition Fees (varies from course to course)||$12,284 - $43,099|
* Please note that Tuition, Student Fees, Books & Stationaries etc. are subject to change and vary among programs.
Residence Fees are charged per 8-month academic year, depending upon the type of room and meal plan chosen.
|Cost of Living per Academic Year|
|Residence & Meals||$9,436 - $11,302*|
SMU offers about $5.5 million in student scholarships and awards annually.
|Entrance Scholarships at SMU|
|Average Requirement||Scholarship Amount|
|95%+||$14,000 total value ($3,500 per year)|
|90-94.99%||$8,000 ($2,000 per year)|
|85 - 89.99%||$4,000 ($1,000 per year)|
|80 - 84.99%||$3,500 ($500 in the 1st year, $1000 per year thereafter)|
|Name of Scholarships||Total Value||Renewable per year|
|IB Presidential Scholarships||$36,000||$9,000|
|Other Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries||$200 - $19,000 (Renewable & non-Renewable)|
There are several other internal and external scholarship/ grants that students can consider.
International students need to possess a student work permit in order to take up a co-op work/summer job etc. in Canada. Apart from a work permit, students are also required to possess a SIN ID to be employed in Canada.
SIN is mandatory in order to work on campus or off campus and for tax purposes. It is no way related to a person’s health insurance number. A social number is valid until the end of your stay or a maximum 5 years. You can renew the same if necessary.
One can obtain SIN by going in person to Service Canada office along with the following documents:
There are several perks of being an SMU alumnus
SMU proudly boasts of a strong alumni network of 50,000+ graduates worldwide, with an active alumni association and localized chapters to keep the vibe alive.
Some of the notable Alumni of SMU are:
|Bachelors Tuition Fees||$17270|
|Diploma Tuition Fees||$18630|
|Start of Application process||June 01, 2019|
|End of Application process||November 01, 2019|
|Accepts common App||Yes|