What will I learn?

The Spanish Program at St. Francis Xavier University offers a variety of courses taught by experienced faculty.

Our students form a dynamic group and finish the program with a high proficiency in Spanish and a deep understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. Whatever your commitment to the program, studying Spanish will be an intellectually stimulating adventure that will enrich your experience at StFX and be an asset on your CV when you graduate.


If you are a first-year student, we suggest you think of Spanish first as an elective. Our introductory SPAN 100 course is a 6-credits course that corresponds to the requirements of most faculties for electives and will give you a working knowledge of the language. At the end of the course you will be able to effectively communicate and negotiate meanings in Spanish. A good performance in SPAN 100 will provide you with tools to continue with the program as a pair, minor or major or use it professionally at a beginner’s level.

If your proficiency in Spanish is intermediate or advanced you can consider starting the Program at the 200, 300, or 400 level.

In order to complete a major in Spanish students have to enroll in the Study Abroad Program after completing at least 12 credits in Spanish at StFX, take up to 18 credits abroad, and take at least 6 credits in Spanish at the 300 or 400 level upon their return.

Students who major in our program are able to use Spanish professionally, are savvy about Hispanic cultures, and have the abroad experience valued on the job market.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$9,094.82 (US$ 7,189) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2022

Start date

Expected April 2022


Faculty of Arts

2329 Notre Dame Avenue, 2nd Floor Nicholson, Rm 218,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B2G 2W5, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have English and four university preparatory courses in grade 12.

Students with an IELTS score of 6.5 and no band below 6.0 will be deemed to have satisfied the English language requirements for admissions to undergraduate programs. Other acceptable tests include: MELAB (minimum score required is 90), TOEFL iBT (minimum score required is 90 and no lower than 20 in each band), CAEL (minimum score required is 71), CAE (minimum score required is 180 overall and no lower than 170 in each band.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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