Travel the world while you get a degree

at Canada's smallest university.


Be Yourself

Discover what makes you tick in a small university community that cares about helping you learn and grow.


Journey Together

At St. Stephen's University you tour a dozen countries with your whole class - as part of your degree!


Expand Your World

Experience other cultures and worldviews. Figure out how YOU want to do life.


Who We Are

The tagline for St. Stephen’s University is:  Be Yourself – Journey Together – Expand Your World.  Here’s why…

be yourself

Relax. St. Stephen’s University is a place where you can be who you really are, where you can discover more about what you’re good at and what makes you tick. Explore your mind, your heart, your faith, and how you relate to people. Grow your communication skills, your critical thinking skills and your people skills. Come to SSU and find more of the confidence you need to enjoy your life.

journey together

Your life’s journey really switches gears after high school. Life at SSU is like a pilgrimage, a journey with a purpose, and we invite you to join us as we journey together, seeking justice, beauty and compassion. Come and build your life on these foundations. Find friends to share your life with, and travel the world together – students at SSU tour a dozen countries with their whole class.

expand your world

Your world is only as big as you make it. SSU will widen your horizons, broaden your worldview, and quite literally expand your world during two whole terms of world travel. You’ll experience Europe and Asia first-hand, absorbing their unique cultures and appreciating their diverse people. Come see the world with us, deepen your understanding and widen your worldview.

Why Choose SSU?

St. Stephen’s University is the smallest university in Canada, only accepting up to 30 new students each year. This allows us to create a totally unique learning community in which everyone knows each other, and professors share daily life with students. Instead of being anonymous in a large university, at SSU we’ll get to know you. You can come as you are and figure out who you want to be – we welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds and stages in life’s journey. We believe that as we live and journey together, finding beauty in ourselves and others, together we will grow in maturity.

Most other universities are about programs, facilities and knowledge transfer; our aim is to create a caring, accepting environment that helps build a strong foundation for independent adult life. We can do this because we are a small university where nobody gets lost in the crowd. In this kind of environment, we believe that students are much better prepared to learn and excel academically, partly because of our outstanding faculty and unique pedagogy, and partly because we can actually get to know each individual student and how they learn best. This allows us to provide a rigorous academic experience for each student, preparing them for their career or for further study.

Undergraduate Studies

Foundation Year

Everybody takes the same courses in their first year of SSU, which we call our Foundation Year. It covers a broad selection of courses that allow you to figure out whether to continue with a general Humanities degree or specialise in a particular field…

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Bachelor of Arts

Our students then go on to get an accredited Bachelor’s Degree. We offer BA degrees in Humanities, Psychology, History, English, Philosophy, International Studies and Ancient History & Religious Studies. In years 2 & 3 our students travel the world for two terms…

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B International Studies

As an alternative to our BA degrees, we also offer a three year Bachelor of International Studies if you’ve already completed a year of practical training before you come to SSU…

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Study Abroad

Travel is a huge part of the SSU Experience. Our students travel together in their second and third years to Asia and Europe. In addition, we offer short-term trips during regular terms. In March Break of 2018, a group went to Cuba!

Western Europe

Southeast Asia

Short Term Trips

Life at SSU

Community living is at the heart of SSU. We share daily life together, and because we are a small university everyone is known and everyone can contribute: the diversity and creativity of our students shapes the everyday experience of living at SSU. It’s different every year!


Discover a community that cares about YOU