Western University

Website / www.uwo.ca


Western University is one of Canada’s oldest, largest and most beautiful universities. The university is located over 1,200 acres of land along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ontario – a thriving city of more than 450,000 people, conveniently located within a two-hour drive from Toronto (Ontario), Windsor (Ontario) and Detroit (Michigan, USA).

Founded in 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth and the Anglican Diocese of Huron as “The Western University of London Ontario”, it is commonly referred to as “Western”. Since its first graduating class in 1883, Western has become a vibrant centre for learning through its 12 faculties and schools, and three affiliated university colleges that offer more than 400 different specializations, majors and minors at the undergraduate level. Together with more than 3,500 faculty and administrative staff, Western students enjoy a diversified academic and social life. In its size, cohesiveness and diversity, Western boasts many of the best features of both a small town and a cosmopolitan city.

Western offers a full slate of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Its modular degree structure allows students to explore their interests and customize their degrees in many of its faculties — Arts and Humanities, Richard Ivey School of Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Information and Media Studies, Law, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Science, and Social Science — as well as in its Continuing Studies and its School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

With most first- and second-year classes with fewer than 100 students, diversity in undergraduate programs, and more than $220 million per year from external support for research, Western assures an interactive and innovative learning environment.

With research and teaching in a full complement of disciplines, the university has identified 10 signature areas for which it has developed an international reputation, including: imaging, neuroscience/brain and mind, environmental sustainability and green energy, materials and biomaterials, wind engineering and natural disaster mitigation, philosophy of science, literature and cultural theory, business, health education, and music.

Internal support, top minds and world-leading research facilities provide Western’s students with a unique advantage. Its strong base in medical science and first-of-their-kind research initiatives, like the WindEEE Dome and the Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Facility, increase collaborative efforts between researchers, students and industry, helping us to make the discoveries of tomorrow, today.

With a specific focus on international engagement, Western has renewed its commitment to research, discovery and global collaboration, extending and enriching experiences for graduate students in cutting-edge areas and regions around the world that present unique challenges and opportunities for innovation.

Student fees

Canadian student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $5,552 - $5,633
Graduate tuition fees: $6,511

International student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $16,479 - $18,113
Graduate tuition fees: $15,359

* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities.

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.

Student enrolment

2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 23,000
Full-time (graduates): 4,850
Part-time (undergraduates): 2,350
Part-time (graduates): 600

* Source: Council of Ontario Universities