Western University

London, Ontario

Language of instruction


Western University (also known as University of Western Ontario) is one of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in Canada. Western prides itself on having a strong sense of community. In addition to an outstanding academic reputation, Western is recognised for offering the best student experience in Canada. The Faculty of Law, established in 1959, offers a unique blend of academic study, practical experience and extracurricular academic activities.

Set in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, London is the region’s economic, entertainment and cultural hub. London is big enough for the ‘big city’ experience, but offers the safe and clean atmosphere of a small community.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Winter Term January–April
Semester 2 Fall Term September–December

View Western's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Western has online resources to help you get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

2.5 credits at Western is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

14 credit hours at Western Law is equivalent to 8 UQ units (Law students)

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Western.

Find courses

Search the Western University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Biological sciences
Business administration
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Information technology
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Political science
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Western provides a variety of housing options. Exchange students can choose to live on-campus in student residences or university apartments, or can opt to live in off-campus accommodation.

Cost of living

As an exchange student at Western, you will be required to purchase a Bus Pass, University Health Insurance Plan, and a Western One Card, which allows access to libraries and facilities and serves as a meal card and bus pass. The university provides a breakdown of these fees.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

While in Canada and registered at Western, students are required to purchase and be enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the High Commission of Canada for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.