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University of Western Ontario

At Western University, we pride ourselves on offering the best student experience - inside and outside the classroom! We have an entire portfolio dedicated to Student Experience so when you arrive on campus you have the support you need to engage in student activities and fully enjoy student life at Western.

Bachelor's programmes

About

History

Founded on March 7, 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth (1817–1901) ‘The Western University of London Ontario’ opened its doors to students for the first time in 1881. Four faculties – Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine were there at Western's inception.

Education

Western appeals to students with a broad world view, those seeking to study, engage with and eventually lead in the global community. Students from more than 100 countries share in classroom experiences that broaden personal perspectives and understanding. Beyond campus, students are engaged in a variety of international study-abroad, research and volunteer opportunities.

Research

Western is strongly committed to research directed towards benefiting our society. The faculty members are responding to critical challenges faced around the world. The leading-edge research provides the foundation for graduate student training and undergraduate learning. The faculty members are actively involved in projects at the frontier of knowledge. Their knowledge is brought into the classroom and applied in industry everyday.

Career

Western's Student Success Centre facilitates the development of career, educational, and life competencies for students and alumni.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
211 3
2019
214 -4
2018
210
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
190 11
2018
201
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
-
2018
201
2017
201
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Services

Student services

Student Central offers a wide variety of services for current students, future students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Services are offered in person, by telephone, by e-mail, or online.  Student Central services include:

  • Providing information on undergraduate admissions and recruitment, student records, course registration, OSAP, forms of financial assistance, scholarships, tuition and other fees, exams, and graduation;
  • Processing tuition fee payments;
  • Distributing government loans and other forms of financial aid;
  • Assisting with course registration;
  • Producing transcripts and official Western letters;
  • Completing various third-party forms;
  • Producing Western ONEcards (photo ID cards).

Housing services

Western Residences offer more than just a place to eat and sleep. Residence life engages and connects you to the University community and fosters your growth as a leader. There are ample opportunities for leadership and involvement in a range of activities.

Residence Amenities:

  • Workout rooms, private music practice rooms and laundry facilities
  • In-building dining halls with a varied six-week menu cycle
  • Main lounges for residence events equipped with pingpong and pool tables, couches and large screen TVs
  • Access to 24-hour Front Desk service
  • Regular caretaking from our Facilities Management staff
  • Designated study rooms for your floor

Library services

Western is pleased to provide UWOFA Librarians and Archivists with an extensive range of benefits.

ICT services

The Instructional Technology Resource Centre supports faculty members who wish to integrate technology into their courses. Approved projects are assigned to student consultants who will work directly with faculty members to develop their ideas into e-learning tools. The ITRC has a diverse collection of software and hardware that can be used throughout the development process.

Medical services

A Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) is provided for reimbursement of medical expenses. Medical Expenses as defined by Income Tax Regulations are eligible for reimbursement including premiums for other insurance programs, dental expenses, vision care expenses, drugs, hospital, supplies and many other items.

Student Life

Campus life

Founded in 1878, Western is one of the most picturesque campuses in North America, situated along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ontario - Canada’s eleventh largest city with a population of 381,000. Western’s gothic architecture and our ivy-covered campus blend in seamlessly with 1,200 acres of rolling hills and endless scenic locations to study, chat with friends or relax.

Sports facilities

With the Western Mustangs constantly bringing trophies and awards back to campus, athletics, recreation, and wellness have been a huge part of Western's proud history since 1878. But you don't have to be an athlete to stay fit - visit the Campus Recreation Center for aquatics, dance and classes, to sign up for and compete in intramural sports.

Student clubs

Western has a wide variety of clubs and associations to belong to. Whether you want to join over 9,500 other students in one of 180 different clubs on campus, or if you're staff or faculty at Western, there is a way for everyone to feel connected.

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