Though over one and a half centuries old, the university has remained faithful to its small size which confers certain unique advantages on it.
There are about 1000 full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. This gives the university that feeling of a close knitted community like a large family.
A university that small means staff, especially academic staff can devote more time attending to students’ problems without feeling overwhelmed with too much work.
As a university with Catholic foundations, students who come here are assured of one thing; education strongly grounded on the best moral and ethical principles.
Student cost of living
The cost of living for students depends largely on lifestyle and if you chose to live on-campus or off-campus. And for off-campus students, the cumulative cost of living would be determined by the distance to the city center.
Below is a list of the important items that would affect the cost of living
On-campus accommodation should be about $6,880/yr. This covers rent for a furnished room, utilities, local telephone access, cable TV services and the internet.
Off-campus students have several kinds of accommodation options to choose from. One can live alone in cheap apartments, share with other students or rent an apartment in a private home.
A good source of local accommodation listings can be found in local newspapers or this website here.
Other items are:
- One way ticket – 3.55 C$
- Monthly pass – 110 C$
- Taxi 1.78 C$/km
- Meal in inexpensive restaurant – 19.49 C$
- Milk – 1.65 C$/liter
- Water – 1.70 C$
- Eggs – 2.99 C$/dozen
- Rice – 2.61 C$/kg
- Loaf of bread – 2.35 C$/500g
The academic structure of the university is based around 8 faculties offering courses leading to bachelors, Masters and doctorate degrees.
The faculties are:
- Faculty of Canon law
- Faculty of theology
- School of Conflict Studies
- School of Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Spirituality
- School of Public Ethics
- School of Social Communication
- Elisabeth-Bruyere School of Social Innovation
- Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality
All international students must obtain a study permit before they are allowed to study in Canada. The study permit must be obtained while you are still in your own country or before coming to Canada.
To get the study permit, you must contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
The document needed for a study permit include
- Original letter of admission from Saint Paul University
- Evidence of sufficient funds to take care of your needs for at least one year (between 25,000C$ and 27,000C$)
- A valid traveling passport
- Medical examination
- Completed application form
- Other items that may be required by the embassy. This varies
from country to country.
- The student permit application fee is 125 C$
Depending on your country, you may also need a temporary residence visa in addition to the student permit. Check here to see the list of countries a temporary resident visa is applicable to.
How to apply
Admission requirements to any of the courses in Saint Paul University depends on the applicant’s profile and the chosen course of study.
Check here to see a complete instruction of the application process (you might need to translate the page to English)
Generally, though, all applicants must submit the following documents
- A completed application form that can be found here
- Administrative fees as required
- Official transcripts from your former institution (in French or English)
- Proof of English or French Language proficiency. The language would depend on your preferred language of study
- Letter of recommendation preferably from an academic in your former school
- For undergraduates students, you must submit recognized high school certificates and a description of the subjects passed
- Graduate students should submit a description of the courses taken in their present University if they need to transfer the credits to Saint Paul University.
The basic tuition fees for international students are as follows
- Undergraduates – about 12,500 C$/session
- Postgraduates – about 12,700 C$/session
Note that these fees do not include other fees that would be charged depending on your program of study and miscellaneous fees charged by the University and faculties. So expect to pay a little more for student associations, health, and sports.
∗C$= Canadian dollar = 0.73 USD