Resources for students


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CESB Applications are Now Open 

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. Learn more.

Connected, as always

In these extraordinary times, we are very proud of the strides our students have taken when it comes to transitioning into their new learning environment.  Through resilience, strength, and resourcefulness, students continue to show that Saint Mary's University is a strong community.  Our university community appreciates your continued patience and understanding during this transition.

Living, working, and studying during a pandemic can be challenging.  We understand that and continue to support you by taking care of one another.

There are many resources available to you to get you through this transition. We will continue to update this page for information on academic and student supports as it becomes available.

With 270 courses to choose from, it's never been easier to take an online course during spring and summer 2020!

Whether you are just starting your Saint Mary's experience or continuing your education, there are so many options available to you. You can take courses in one or both terms.

Learn more and register for courses.

Recently, the Saint Mary's University community came together virtually to celebrate our Spring Class of 2020.  Please visit the graduation page to relive the virtual ceremony, program and each valedictorian address.

It is important to us that you have the tools you need to be successful.  Therefore, we have amended our approach to grades for the Winter 2020 term.

We recognize that every student's situation is different.  What works for one student might not for another.  We are here to support you with any final grade options that work best for you.

Learn more.

We understand that the current unprecedented circumstances may have dramatically heightened some of the challenges students were already facing before COVID-19.

Students who were facing extraordinary circumstances such as personal illness and long-term caregiver issues throughout the term can apply for a retroactive withdrawal through the Registrar's Office.

To fill out an application download the form.

Once the application is completed, please email it to the Registrar’s Office.

During these extraordinary and uncertain times, Saint Mary's University is taking action to support our student community. COVID-19 has disrupted students' lives from not just an academic standpoint, but financially as well.

We will continue to be here for you and help you achieve educational goals as much as possible. Overall, we encourage you to use the university and government supports available.

During these extraordinary and uncertain times, Saint Mary's University is taking action to support our international student community. COVID-19 has disrupted students' lives, and we are here to answer your questions as best as possible and provide up to date information. We will continue to be here for you and help you achieve educational goals as much as possible, encouraging you to use the support available to you during this time. Learn more.

Currently, any travel-related activities for students related to courses, academic exchanges, experiential, or service-learning is canceled until August 31.

The Government of Canada announced travel restriction exceptions that apply to international students and permanent residence applicants.  International students holding valid study permits issued before March 18, 2020, or international students who were approved for a study permit before this date can be considered for entry back into Canada as "essential travel."

Under these circumstances, international students will be subject to health screening before travel.  Additionally, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.

Learn more about university travel and/or travel restriction exceptions.

During these extraordinary times, we have many resources available for students. Those include health, housing, advising, learning, career, and chaplaincy.  Through phone, email, and video, these resources are there to help you during the uncertainty and transition.  There are many external emergency resources available to you 24 hours a day/seven days a week in addition to the QEII Emergency room and NSHA/IWK Health Centre services.

We encourage you to take advantage of these available supports. Learn more.

Residences and residence-related services, including the dining room, are still open for those students who could not return home for various reasons.

For those students that remain in residence, your health and safety are important to us. Therefore, we continue to implement self-isolation protocols at this time.  

If a student plan to leave or check out of residence, please send us an email.

NOTE: Provincial public health has clarified that the entrance to Nova Scotia will be allowed to pick up a post-secondary student only if travel is direct to the post-secondary institution. Travelers must self-isolate if they stay in Nova Scotia overnight and when they arrive home.

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While you can't visit the Patrick Power Library in person, we are still open and offering services online and through alternative methods of instruction and supports. Learn more.

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