Western University ranks as one of Canada’s top research universities. From fundamental to applied knowledge, discoveries at Western benefit economic, social, health, policy and cultural development in Canada and around the world.
Founded in 1878, the university attracts students with broad worldviews seeking to study, engage, and lead in international communities. Students from 121 countries share in classroom experiences and engage in study-abroad, research and volunteer opportunities that broaden perspectives and knowledge. Through 12 faculties and schools, and three affiliated university colleges, Western teaches a full complement of disciplines with five subjects ranked in the top 50 globally.
Research and Learning Environment
Western appeals to students with a broad worldview seeking to study, engage with and lead in the global community. The university excels at moving research out of labs and into people’s lives, including through extensive collaborative networks that allow researchers to inform policy on the global stage. From the operating room to the boardroom, and from the factory floor to spacecraft rocketing beyond Earth’s atmosphere, Western’s research drives discovery and influences the way we live.
With the goal of supporting excellence on the world stage, and preparing citizens to lead in diverse global communities, Western’s international engagement focuses on fostering unique international learning opportunities; recruiting and supporting international students; and enhancing overall global activity and awareness. Each year, more than 2,200 Western students participate in international learning abroad. Further, more than 80 percent of Western’s publications between 2013 and 2017 were co-authored with international partners.