Western University

London, Ontario
Canada

Language of instruction

English

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 (second term) January–April
Semester 2 Fall Term (first 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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

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

Study Options
You must choose to be admitted as a Law student or Uni-side students. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search the Western University course catalogue.

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
Biological sciences
Business administration
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
English
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
Finance
French
German
History and ancient history
Information technology
Law
Linguistics
Marketing
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Microbiology
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish
Writing

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

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.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)