Francis Xavier University of Antigonish, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Antigonish Uni






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“You are well prepared from one of the best and finest academic institutions in Canada,” - Hon Degree recipient, Dr. Orbinski.

About St. Francis Xavier University:

St. Francis Xavier is a primarily undergraduate university (established in 1855) located in Antigonish in the north-west of the Maritime province of Nova Scotia,  approximately one hundred miles (160 km) northeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital city. Antigonish itself is a small town, rich in Gaelic history nestled in the north eastern part of the province. St. Francis Xavier University is one of Canada’s most prestigious universities, a picturesque campus known for excellence in both academics and sports. Being a university town adds a diversity to the population aside from the Gaelic and Acadian roots. The county is full of rolling hills and beautiful farms, surrounded by lovely beaches on its shores.

The university brings together over 4,000 students from across Canada and around the world in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Science and Business. Maclean's Magazine has ranked St. Francis Xavier as the top Primarily Undergraduate university in Canada for five consecutive years (2002-2006). Approximately 50% of students at St. Francis Xavier live on-campus in the university's traditional residences or apartment-style housing.

Please note: Updated exchange related information for incoming students in the 2015-2016 academic year:

Exchange coordinator:

Prof. Dr. Martin Pütz

Institut für fremdsprachliche Philologien

Fach Anglistik

Marktstrasse 40

76829 Landau

Phone: +49 (0)6341 280 33 204

Email: puetz<at>

Exchange places: 3 per year

Fall semester: September 8 – December 4, 2015

Course catalog:

Students will be introduced to a survey of English literature using a range of historical and cultural contexts. They will analyze a range of writers from early periods to the 21st-century, including works by authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Haywood, Dickenson, Brontë, Yeats, Woolf, Atwood. Even though the Department primarily focusses on English literature and literary theory please feel free to also attend linguistics seminars offered by the Department of Psychology where you will be offered topics such as the social psychology of language, first language acquisition, or nonverbal communication.


Tuition fees: none


How to apply:

Applications should include

(i) a cover sheet (please download here),

(ii) a CV (Lebenslauf) in English or German with a passport photograph,

(iii) a letter of motivation in English explaining why you are applying for this particular university and which courses you are intending to take during your semester abroad, and

(iv) a printout of your academic transcript (Bescheinigung über bisher erbrachte Studienleistungen in allen Fächern) from KLIPS


The application deadline (usually mid-January) will be announced during our international evening in December, where all the exchange programmes are introduced and options for funding are presented.