Travel the world while you get a degree

at Canada's smallest university.


Be Yourself

Figure out who you want to be and what you can offer the world...


Journey Together

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


Expand Your World

Tackle deep questions of faith, identity and meaning as you learn and grow.


Who We Are

St. Stephen’s University is a small Liberal Arts university in St. Stephen, New Brunswick offering BA degrees in Humanities, International Studies, and Psychology. Community living, world travel and mind-expanding classes produce thoughtful, employable graduates we are proud of.

SSU’s tagline is:  Be Yourself – Journey Together – Expand Your World.  Here’s why…

be yourself

St. Stephen’s University is a welcoming, inclusive, affirming community where you can be who you really are and be accepted and included; where you can discover more about what you’re good at and what you can offer the world. We are a small, caring university that inspires transformative learning and growth through community living and world travel. As well as your academic development, we invite you to explore your spirituality too – it’s all part of being yourself. Come to SSU to delve into who you are, what you’re good at, what you want out of life and what you can contribute.

journey together

Your life’s journey really switches gears after high school. You are in control of where your journey takes you and who you travel with. We invite you to join our unique university for a while as we journey together, seeking justice, beauty and compassion – come and build your life and your career on these foundations. Get a meaningful degree alongside other people who want to tackle deep questions of faith, identity and purpose while they study, travel and share daily life together. It makes all the difference who you journey with…

expand your world

Your world is only as big as you make it. SSU will widen your horizons, broaden your worldview, and challenge your perspectives. It will also quite literally expand your world during two full terms of world travel with your whole class. You’ll experience Europe and Asia first-hand, absorbing their unique cultures and appreciating their diverse people, getting degree credits as you go. Don’t just study history, language, and international studies in a classroom – come with us and see it in real life! Get a degree while you travel the world, only at St. Stephen’s University.

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 actually get to know you.

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 know each individual student and how they learn best. This allows us to offer a rigorous academic experience for every student, preparing them for diverse careers or for further study – our graduates are particularly successful at entering Masters degree programs.

At SSU you’ll also get the opportunity to explore and develop your spirituality as part of your educational experience. To us this is a vital element of learning and growth. We love to tackle deep questions of faith, identity and meaning as an integral part of our Liberal Arts program. We ask these questions from a position of open-mindedness, and without any hidden agenda. No pat answers here – we think the questions are often more helpful, and being over-certain of answers can limit learning and growth. One of the hallmarks of a Liberal Arts degree is critical thinking – the analysis and evaluation of an issue to form an opinion. At SSU we help you form, question and express your opinions and worldview, fostering an environment in which we respect and learn from those with differing opinions and worldviews.

SSU is a Liberal Arts university with a Christian community at its core: our staff and faculty identify as diverse Christians from many different backgrounds, many of us aligning with a progressive Christian stance (click HERE to learn more about what this means to us). We don’t have statements of belief or entrance requirements that students must agree to – we are an affirming, inclusive university and welcome students from ANY background or stage in life’s journey. We love the beauty in diversity!

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 what major you’d like to pursue…

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Bachelor of Arts

Our students then go on to get an accredited Bachelor’s Degree. We offer BA degrees in 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

Our international travel program is the only one of its kind in the world. Our students travel with their whole class, with professors,  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

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