Foundation Year

Discover what makes you tick...

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St Stephen's University’s Foundation Year Program is the name we give to the first year of all our undergrad degrees. Upon successful completion of at least eight courses, you receive our Foundation Year Diploma, and can then go into the second year of either SSU’s Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs.

Join us in our Foundation Year program and you will:

  • discover your interests and passions
  • develop strong reading, writing, and research skills
  • continue directly into a full SSU BA or BIS degree program
  • learn together in a community of friends

We believe there is a direct connection between success in academic studies and one’s spiritual and emotional well-being. So our student body is small (under 100 students) intentionally. Our small size means that close relationships develop between students, faculty and staff, who can focus on the academic and personal development of each individual. The first year of university life presents a number of challenges for students. The classes and expectations of teachers are different than high school, and for most students, this is the first time to live away from home. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment in which students can exercise their independence as they deal with the pressures of studies, while living responsibly. The goal of such studies is to develop a more mature, coherent, and compassionate view of the world with “a feeling mind and a thinking heart.”

You will soon find that SSU is your home away from home.