International applicants must demonstrate academic strength in a high school program 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.
Please note that meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission.
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.
International applicants are able to apply to St. Thomas University through The Common Application. To do so, please click here for STU's Common App Link to add St. Thomas to your college lists after login. Or, you can manually add STU by selecting the 'College Search' tab on your main screen and searching "St. Thomas University," while selecting "Canada" in the country field. Click on our institution and "Add" St. Thomas University to your list of colleges (found under the 'My Colleges' tab at the top of your screen). You can then begin your application. Be sure to complete the Common App screens, but most importantly, our Member-Specific application screens. If you experience any difficulties, you can contact the 24/7 Common Applicant Solutions Center, or our International Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Applicants
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and GCE Advanced Level applicants presenting official documentation of grades of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) tests, grades of 5, 6 or 7 on individual higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) subjects, or final grades of “C” or higher on GCE Advanced-Level courses are eligible for transfer credit. AP students are eligible for a maximum of 18 credit hours in transfer credit while IB diploma and GCE Advanced- Level students are eligible for a maximum of 30 credit hours on a 120 credit-hour degree program.
Students granted transfer credit for AP, IB, and GCE Advanced-Level courses are advised to consult graduate and professional schools to determine the impact that this non-university credit award will have on their future academic plans.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of proficiency in English by writing one of the following tests:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) www.toefl.org
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) www.ielts.org
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) https://www.cael.ca/
- Cambridge English Qualifications (CEQ) https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/qualifications/
- Duolingo English Test (DET) englishtest.duolingo.com
- Pearson Academic: Pearson English Language Test (PTE) www.pearsonpte.com
Official test scores must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office by the testing centre. St. Thomas University's ETS number is 0803.
Students who meet the following minimum English Language Proficiency scores and the St. Thomas academic admission requirements are eligible for the ESL program:
- TOEFL 61 (Internet-based)
- TOEFL 500 (Paper-based)
- MELAB 69
- IELTS 5.0
- CAEL 40, 50
- CEQ B2 First
- DET 90
- PTE 50-61
Students with the scores below are eligible to take five regular academic courses but may take integrated and assisted courses if they wish:
- TOEFL 89 (Internet-based)
- TOEFL 573 (Paper-based)
- MELAB 80
- IELTS 6.5
- CAEL 60
- CEQ C or higher (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)
- DET 115
- PTE 61
International Applicants Currently Studying in Canada
The English language proficiency score requirement may be waived for students who graduate from a high school in New Brunswick with a final grade of 70% or higher on English 122 or 121. The University reserves the right to evaluate students’ English proficiency upon arrival (academic-credit English Language Support courses may be required).
Undergraduate Tuition/Residence Waiver for Students Experiencing Conflict and Emergency Resettlement
St. Thomas University Pilot Program - June 2022
St. Thomas University has established a two-year pilot Undergraduate Tuition/Residence Waiver Program starting in 2022-23. The program is available to students from a country undergoing conflict who are eligible for Federal Government emergency travel, settlement, or other similar emergency authorizations.
The program consists of the following benefits:
- Waiver of tuition and fees for two academic years for individuals accepted to the Bachelor of Arts Program
- Waiver of residence fees for up to two academic years
The program is available to a maximum of ten students per academic year.
- Applicants must be citizens of a country undergoing conflict;
- Applicants must be resident in Canada at the time of their application and have either:
- valid temporary resident status granted by the Government of Canada as part of temporary and emergency measures to assist citizens of a country undergoing conflict, and be eligible to apply for a study permit from within Canada; or
- valid permanent residence status, and were granted this status as a member of the refugee class;
- Applicants must have arrived in Canada within the 12 months prior to their application;
- Applicants must have completed secondary school or equivalent and must not already possess a university degree. Preference will be given to those who have completed secondary in the past five years; and
- Meet all Bachelor of Arts Program and English Language Proficiency admission requirements.
A final decision on eligibility will be made by the Vice-President (Academic and Research).
Support in completing the application process to St. Thomas University will be provided by the Office of Admissions.
The University reserves the right to close the intake of applications to the pilot program at any time, including when a sufficient number of completed applications have been received to ensure that the program will be full.
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Country Specific Requirements
Applicants presenting Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) require satisfactory standing in at least five academic subjects, of which one must be English. To be eligible for consideration grades must be C or greater.
Higher Secondary Certificate.
Senior High School Graduation Examination and Chinese National University Entrance Examinations.
Commonwealth of Dominica
Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate with satisfactory standing (scores of 1 or 2) in at least five academic subjects, of which one must be English. Must also present at least two subjects at the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. To be eligible for consideration, grades at the Advanced levels must be C or better.
Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination (ESLCE). Students who achieve five subject passes at grade C (or the GPA of 3.0 out of 4) are generally eligible for undergraduate entry.
Marks from 12th and first semester of 13th grade from Gymnasium. An average of 9 or greater on five academic courses one of which must be German.
West African Senior Secondary School Examination results. Students must have an average of "C4" on five academic courses, including English. The results must be sent directly to St. Thomas University by WAEC or students can purchase a scratch card and send St. Thomas University the required information to verify their results on http://ghana.waecdirect.org/. Students must also have their secondary school send their transcript.
Great Britain/Other Countries with GCE Equivalent Examinations
General Certificate of Education with satisfactory standing in at least five academic subjects, of which one must be English and at least two must be at the Advanced Level. To be eligible for consideration, grades at both the Advanced and Ordinary levels must be C (3) or better.
An average of "satisfactory" 70% on five academic courses on the India Senior School Certificate awarded by Central Board of Secondary Education/Indian School Certificate (awarded by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations - CISCE). Year 12 State Board Exams with excellent results will also be considered individually.
Minimum of "B" average on five academic courses, one of which must be English, on the Kenya Secondary Examination. Every statement of examination result must be issued by The Kenya National Examination Council: the KNEC can be contacted at PO Box 73598, Nairobi, Kenya.
Bachillerato with average grades of 8 on 5 academic electives including Spanish.
An average of 50% or greater (division two) on five academic courses on the Higher Secondary Certificate. Students with the School Leaving Certificate need to take the Proficiency Certificate awarded by Tribhuvan University Kathmandu.
Students applying from Nigeria must present their West African Senior Secondary School Certificate results. Students must have an average of " C4" on five academic courses, including English. The results must be sent directly to St. Thomas University by WAEC or students can purchase a scratch card and send St. Thomas University the required information to verify their results on www.waecdirect.org. Students must also have their secondary school send their transcript.
Students who have already studied at the post-secondary level must present their official polytechnic or university transcript sent directly to St. Thomas University by the institution.
An average of 4 or greater (Tilfredsstillende - good) on five academic courses on the Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole - Certificate of Upper Secondary Education.
Transcript of marks for grades 10, 11 and 12 (upper secondary school). Senior High School Certificate with at least 70% overall average.
Completion of secondary education, with a secondary school leaving certificate from any national programme and showing a pass of 90 per cent of the points required (to include nowledge of Swedish and English).
Certificate of Secondary Education(CSE) and Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE) Admission requirements: two principal passes and one subsidiary pass in the ACSE examinations, combined with five passes at CSE level.
Advanced Certificate of Education and Certificate of Education.
Completion of secondary education (Bachillerato) with an average of 15 on five academic courses, one of which must be Spanish, in the last year of Bachillerato. Students should alsoforward their academic aptitude test (prueba de aptitud academica) results.
Students must obtain five Merit-level passes on the Zambian School Certificate in grade XII, in order to gain admission to undergraduate study.