University of Western Ontario
  • No. Students: 27360
  • No. Staff: 2458
  • Study mode: 6 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English
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About the University of Western Ontario

The University of Western Ontario (UWO), re-branded as Western University, is a public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada.

The university was founded on 7 March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth of the Anglican Diocese of Huron as "The Western University of London Ontario." It incorporated Huron University College, which had been founded in 1863. The first four faculties were Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine. The Western University of London was eventually made non-denominational in 1908.

According to the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) rankings, the university ranked 201–300 in the world and 7-16 in Canada. The 2011 QS World University Rankings ranked the university 157th in the world, making it seventh in Canada. Several of Western's programs were also ranked in individual rankings. Social sciences at Western was ranked 96th in the world in the 2010 QS World University Rankings, and Western's Ivey Business School was ranked 1st in the World in the Global MBA Category of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Western's Co-educational Student body of over 24,000 represents 107 countries around the world and Western scholars have established research and education collaborations and partnerships on every continent. There are more than 306,000 alumni who are active internationally, living and working around the globe. Notable alumni include government officials, academics, business leaders, Nobel Laureates, Rhodes Scholars, and distinguished fellows.

Western's varsity teams, known as the Western Mustangs, compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities

    The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is at the core of the University. Our teaching and research span the vital elements of our human experience – language, literature, art, film, visual culture, the world of ideas and self-understanding. This is where we encounter our humanity most directly, in all its complexity and richness. As times change, contexts shift and the world seems to become ever more challenging, we need the Arts and Humanities as never before: to frame that experience of change, and help us make sense of it. Our Faculty brings together Classical Studies, English and Writing Studies, Film Studies, French Studies, Linguistics, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Visual Arts, and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. In our departments and programs, our students engage with the most fascinating subject matter, and acquire important skills in critical comprehension and reasoning, as well as the capacity for communication and expression in a range of media. Our faculty members are award-winning, internationally renowned teachers and researchers. The great range and impact of their work demonstrates how the Arts and Humanities make a dynamic contribution to human knowledge.

  • Faculty of Music

    The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers our students an extraordinary music education at one of Canada’s most prestigious and picturesque university campuses. Nationally recognized scholars, composers, administrators, teachers and performers – leaders in Canadian music – engage students in a learning environment equaled by very few institutions. 

  • Faculty of Education

    Western’s Faculty of Education provides high-quality academic and practical studies in education. We offer many opportunities for professional growth. Our programs emphasize developing the knowledge, skills, qualities,and habits of mind that define professional teachers and leaders in education.

    Our faculty members offer world-renowned research expertise and practical teaching experience – they are leaders in their fields and are dedicated to your success. You will enjoy individual support and guidance throughout your program from experienced and caring faculty advisors.

  • Faculty of Engineering

    When you study engineering at Western, you have the opportunity to develop additional skills in management, leadership and innovation – starting in first year.

    After first year, if you wish to explore your entrepreneurial side, you can enrol in the Integrated Engineering program, the Engineering/ Ivey dual degree program, or the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Certificate.

    In 2014, Western Engineering launched the John M. Thompson Chair in Engineering Leadership and Innovation. Darren Meister, a professor within Western Engineering and the Ivey Business School, is the inaugural holder and is bringing together engineering and business perspectives to create new opportunities for you and your future classmates.

    By combining business and management insight with technical expertise, you will be prepared to assume leadership roles in today’s rapidly evolving global economy.

  • Faculty of Health Sciences

    The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is dedicated to being a leader in health, health care, rehabilitation and physical activity, with the ultimate goal of improving human health in the community, the country and around the globe through teaching, research and service. FHS delivers undergraduate programs in three areas and graduate programs in six disciplines, while offering a unique learning experience that enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of health-related issues affecting people in all corners of the world.

  • Faculty of Information and Media Studies

    The Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS), dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about media, communications and information technologies, is a vibrant, expanding Faculty comprising more than 45 full-time faculty members and 22 non-academic staff. FIMS offers strong programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is linked to the public and private sectors and to community organizations, in an academic environment characterized by interdisciplinarity, collaboration, creative inquiry, and critical thinking.

  • Faculty of Law

    Western Law has a proud tradition of producing great leaders in many fields. These opportunities begin with a top tier legal education -something you will receive at Western Law.

    Western Law supports and promotes a broad, interdisciplinary and international experience.  We have a challenging academic curriculum, and many clinical experiences which will hone your practical skills.

    In our globalized economy, with increasingly complex legal regimes, we believe this type of education is vital to ensure our graduates' future success.

    Whether you enrol in our JD or our graduate program, your experience at Western Law will expose you to leading academics, policy makers and practitioners. Our professors will push you to think critically, teach you to argue cogently and instill in you a solid understanding of the law.

  • Business School

    • Ivey’s Case-Method of Learning prepares students for success and offers a powerful alumni network and exceptional career opportunities
    • Ivey Business School has earned an international reputation for its teaching and research excellence and the high calibre of its students and faculty
    • 52 per cent of all Ivey alumni hold the title of Chair, President, C-Suite, Vice-President, Managing Director or Partner
    • Ivey has been named the top-ranked international MBA program by Bloomberg Businessweek in both 2015 and 2014
    • Renowned for its Case-Method of Learning, Ivey Business School is one of the two most important producers of business cases in the world alongside Harvard
    • Ivey is the world's largest producer of current Asian and Indian business cases
    • First international business school to open a permanent campus in Hong Kong
    • 19 Ivey alumni running Profit 100 Fastest-Growing Companies
    • 92-per-cent Career Placement rate for the MBA class of 2015
    • Ivey Business School is home to Ivey Business Journal, a top Canadian publication of business thought leadership and management practice for more than 80 years

  • School of Medicine & Dentistry

    The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University has a long tradition of excellence, beginning with founding of the medical school in 1881 and continuing with the formation of the dental school in 1964.

    Our reputation has been built by dedicated teachers, breakthrough discoveries, our commitment to social responsibility and our affinity for strategic partnerships.

    Today, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is a leading Canadian centre of outstanding education and research shaping health care for the next generation.

  • Faculty of Science

    Western Science has a tradition of excellence built by people whose vision go beyond academics and research, that tradition carries on in our people who make up the faculty, staff, organizations and student body.

    The advancement of the Faculty of Science is dependent upon the policies and budgetary decisions made today. The challenge the Faculty faces is to attract visionary personnel and enhance its physical resources. At the same time, it is important to support vibrant ideas in academic policy, research and teaching. The active planning required to ensure that these resources thrive are nurtured through the committees and groups assembled through the administrative arm of the Dean's Office.

    There is also the opportunity to share the best student experience with area school science classes. Various departments within Western Science offer tours, hands-on laboratories, dynamic demonstrations and events to enhance the curriculum for elementary and secondary school science programs.

  • Faculty of Social Science

    One of the largest and most diverse Social Science Faculties in Canada, we have nine core Departments – Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Management and Organizational Skills, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology—and the interdisciplinary Department of Women’s Studies (which is also part of Arts and Humanities).  We also offer innovative academic programs such as American Studies; Applied Archaeology; Commercial Aviation; First Nations Studies; International Relations, Migration and Ethnic Relations; Public Administration; Public History. As of July 2015, the Faculty has more than 235 full-time faculty members, 6,500 undergraduate students and 620 graduate students. We also have an alumni network of more than 70,000 graduates living around the globe.  

History of the University of Western Ontario

The university was founded on 7 March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth of the Anglican Diocese of Huron as The Western University of London Ontario, and its first chancellor was Chief Justice Richard Martin Meredith. It incorporated Huron University College, which had been founded in 1863. The first four faculties were Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine, and there were originally only 15 students when classes began in 1881. The first of these students graduated in 1883. The Western University of London was eventually made non-denominational in 1908.

In 1916, the current site of the university was purchased from the Kingsmill family. There are two World War I Memorial plaques in University College: The first lists the names of 19 students and graduates of the University of Western Ontario who lost their lives; the second honours the men from Middlesex County who fell. A third plaque lists those who served with the No. 10 Canadian General hospital during WWII, the unit raised and equipped by UWO.

In 1923, the university was renamed The University of Western Ontario. The first two buildings constructed by architect John Moore and Co. at the new site were the Arts Building (now University College) and the Natural Science Building (now the Physics and Astronomy Building). Classes on the present site of the school began in 1924. The University College tower, one of the most distinctive features of the University, was named the Middlesex Memorial Tower in honour of the men from Middlesex County who had fought in World War I.

In 1919 the Ursuline Sisters had established Brescia College as a Roman Catholic affiliate, and in the same year Assumption College in Windsor affiliated with the university; it later evolved into the University of Windsor in 1953. Before the end of the affiliation, Assumption College was one of the largest colleges associated with the University. Similarly, Waterloo College of Arts became affiliated with Western in 1925; which eventually became today, the Wilfrid Laurier University (1960), emphasizing liberal arts, and the University of Waterloo, emphasizing engineering and science. St. Peter's College seminary of London, Ontario was later became affiliated with Western in 1939, and it eventually became King's College, an arts college. Today, King's, Huron and Brescia colleges are all still affiliates of Western.

Two World War II memorial honour rolls are hung on the Physics and Astronomy Building: the first lists the names of the UWO students and graduates who served in the Second World War, and the second lists those who served with the No. 10 Canadian General hospital during WWII, the unit raised and equipped by UWO.

Although enrollment was relatively small for many years, the university began to increase greatly in size after World War II. The university saw the addition of a number of new faculties in the post-war period, such as the Faculty of Graduate Studies (1947), the School of Business Administration (now the Ivey Business School) (1949), the Faculty of Engineering Science (now the Faculty of Engineering) (1957), the Faculty of Law (1959), and Althouse College for education students (now the Faculty of Education) (1963) and the Faculty of Music (1968).

In 2012, the university rebranded itself as "Western University". The legal name of the university, however, remains The University of Western Ontario


Canada requirements for international students

Canada is now the most educated country in the world, according to a recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Most of all, there are a lot of programs for international students. 

The universities of Canada don't use a centralized system of undergraduate application so the students have to apply separately for each institution they want to attend. However, the most general procedures and requirements to get admission in Canada are: an application form, an official high school transcript or university transcript, CV which present your educational achievements, work or volonteer experience, and a letter of intent (LOI) that demonstrate personal and professional goals of the student and explains the interest of the applicant. 

IELTS is most widely recognized and accepted English proficiency test in Canada. However, some universities accept TOEFL as an English test requirement. So you'll need to contact the university for the information about the test you have to provide and the score that you must obtain. 


Accreditation

  • Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ontario
  • Year of first Accreditation - 1878

Rankings

  • 201-300 - ARWU World
  • 151-200 - ARWU Clinical Medicine
  • 76-100 - ARWU Social Sciences
  • 189 - QS World
  • 201-250 - Times World
  • 236 - US News and World Report Global Universities
  • 7-16 - ARWU National
  • 7 - Maclean's Medical/Doctoral
  • 8 - QS National
  • 8-13 - Times National

Student life at the University of Western Ontario

The two main student unions on administrative and policy issues is the University Students' Council for all undergraduate students and the Society of Graduate Students for graduate students.The University Students' Council recognizes more than 180 student organizations and clubs, in which more than 19,500 people are a member. These clubs and organizations cover a wide range of interests such as academics, culture, religion, social issues, and recreation.The University Students' Council also provides additional services such as the campus movie theatre, pub, restaurant, clothing store and print shop. These facilities can all be found in the University Community Centre.

Huron College has the following residences: Benson House; Cronyn House; Hellmuth Hall; Henderson House; O'Neil-Ridley Hall; Southwest Residence; Young House and Yellow Cottage. Brescia College has one residence: Clare Hall.[80] King's College has the following residences: King's Alumni Court; Wemple Building (Portions of the upper two floors are reserved for residence space, the rest of the building contains classrooms, cafeteria, administrative offices etc.) ; Town Houses #1–10.

There are a number of fraternities and sororities existing throughout the student community. There are currently five international sororities at Western, Alpha Gamma Delta,Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta & Pi Beta Phi.There are also eight fraternities existing at Western, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Upsilon, Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Chi, Zeta Psi, and Kappa Alpha Society.

Leadership Education Program

The Leadership Education Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge of how to become an effective leader, both individually and in teams. This program is split into three tiers: individual leadership, group leadership, and community leadership. To successfully complete a tier an individual must complete at least five of seven modules in that specific tier.

Upon completion, students will receive a Letter of Accomplishment signed by the dean of the university indicating which module was completed.

Performances

The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers almost 400 performances, masterclasses and recitals each year, most of which are open to the public. The Western University Symphony Orchestra and the Western University Chamber Orchestra perform regularly under conductor Alain Trudel. UWOpera, under the direction of Theodore Baerg, performs a wide variety of repertoire ranging from operetta to full operatic works in the Paul Davenport Theatre (refurbished and renamed in 2009 from Talbot Theatre).

Theatre Western produces a season that includes an annual musical revue of modern and classic Broadway, Purple Shorts (Western's One-Act Play Festival,) and a major musical production each spring. Recent productions include Into The Woods, Rent, Xanadu, Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd. The Faculty of Education typically puts on a major production every year. The Huron Underground Dramatic Society (or "HUDS") is a student run drama group that puts on several shows per year. Their plays or skits are usually completely student written, and are well known for their edgy comedic content.

Media

The university's student population operates a number of media outlets throughout the campus environment. The Gazette is a student newspaper which has been in publication since 1906.The Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies both run publications called The Current and OPENWIDE respectively. The University Students' Council also own and operates a campus radio station CHRW-FM (94.9 FM). The first campus radio to operate at Western was in 1971, although the present day station CHRW-FM, was not established until 1979, one year after the closure of the Western's first campus radio station. The University Students' Council had previously operated a closed-circuit television station, known as tvWestern.ca. The television station began broadcasting in 1994, and was discontinued by the student union in 2010 after being cut from the University Students' Council's operating budget.

Athletics

Athletics at Western is managed by Sports & Recreation Services, a division of the Faculty of Health Sciences. The university's varsity teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The varsity teams are known as theWestern Ontario Mustangs. As is mandatory for all members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Western does not provide full-ride athletic scholarships.

The university has a number of athletic facilities open to both their varsity teams as well as to their students. The Western Student Recreation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility, which opened in January 2009 and is home to Western's group fitness, drop in recreation, registered massage therapy, sport psychology, drop in recreation, intramural sports and clubs.

Better known as the WSRC or the Rec Center, this facility has an 8-lane, 50-metre pool facility. This concrete pool with ceramic tile line is a chlorine gas, sediment base filter pool. Overlooking the pool is a 3-tiered concrete viewing area. A 1-metre diving board is also available in the facility. The pool has an accessibility lift, barrier free locker room entrance, exit for the women’s and men's locker rooms, and a gallery that includes seating space for wheelchair users. There is over 19,000 square feet of weight, cardio, and stretching space within the WSRC. Closest to the main entrance of the WSRC (which is actually the third floor) is the two-level weight and cardio space. There are also over 200 pieces of weight and cardio fitness equipment available for usage by members. Another amazing feature of the WSRC are the five gymnasia. There are three gyms on the first floor, and two more on the upper level. The three lower level gyms are an engineered sprung hardwood floor, 30×57 metres or 18,400 sq ft, while the two upper gyms are a poured athletic resilient floor for a greater multi-purpose use. Outside the lower gyms is the 1st floor games and activity lounge for table tennis, while outside of the upper gym spaces is additional cardio space as well as the destination for spin bike programming. Also located on the 4th are two large studio spaces where the drop in fitness, clubs and dance courses take place.

TD Stadium has been the main stadium of the university since it opened in 2000, with a seating capacity for over 8,000 spectators. The stadium is home to the university's varsity football team, and has hosted a number of events including the World Lacrosse Championships and the Canada Games. The Thompson Recreation & Athletic Centre which houses a number of athletic venues, including an ice rink, tennis facilities and a track, is home to the varsity ice hockey teams and the varsity track and field teams.Another athletic facility at the university is Alumni Hall, which is a multipurpose venue for sports such as basketball, volleyball and other indoor events.

Intramural sport leagues and tournaments have a high level of participation at Western. Opportunities are offered at multiple skill levels and across a variety of sports. Sports offered include traditional sports like volleyball, basketball and soccer, as well as less traditional events like dodgeball and inner tube water polo. Western also hosts secondary school football games at TD Stadium.

International studies

The University of Western Ontario offers a variety of international exchanges and study abroad programs. Almost four hundred students come to Western each year as exchange students from all over the world, with even more students coming to Western as international undergraduate or exchange students. The Western International Exchange Program offers its students the opportunity to study at more than 85 different institutions in 25 countries around the world.

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