Founded in 1878, Western University ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, and is among the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Known for its exceptional academic programs, breakthrough research discoveries and outstanding student experience, Western offers a full complement of disciplines including more than 400 undergraduate programs and 88 different graduate degree programs, allowing students to tailor their education to personal strengths and career ambitions.

More than 38,000 students from 121 countries share in classroom experiences and engage in study-abroad, research and volunteer opportunities to broaden perspectives and knowledge. Western students balance academic achievement with opportunities for athletic, volunteer and social engagement, fostering a strong community that extends to more than 300,000 alumni worldwide.

Its 12 faculties and schools include: business, engineering, social science, science, arts and humanities, health sciences, medicine and dentistry, law, education, music, and information and media studies.

At Western, you will learn from nationally and internationally renowned professors and researchers. You can also complement your degree with a range of co-curricular activities, including leadership and learning opportunities both on- and off-campus. 

Western is considered one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, filled with trees and green space, beautiful buildings, dedicated study space and impressive facilities. Our extensive on-campus residences provide a safe and comfortable home for students while they study, and our city, London, Canada, is a welcoming, diverse community of approximately 383,000 people.

Western is a globally recognized destination for academic excellence and leadership development - achieved through learning and research. Western prides itself on challenging the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards.

Western has a proud history of liberal arts teaching and research, developing graduates well-grounded in critical thinking, ethics and the importance of service to the larger community. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Ivey Business School, as well as our renowned faculties in law and engineering, instill in our students a tradition of leadership and innovation.

The university prides itself on providing Canada’s best student experience – inside and outside the classroom. Students bring their learning to life every day through co-ops and internships, international learning opportunities, field experiences and research projects. Students also have the opportunity to kickstart their career through Western Entrepreneurship – where co-working space and access to world-class mentors help them develop their ideas, test prototypes and launch products into market.

Throughout their academic journey, students are fully supported at Western. Faculty and staff are available to assist students every step of the way - from leadership and mentorship programs to academic support services to health and wellness supports. Western students are well prepared to achieve both their academic and personal goals.    

More than 4,500 students from 121 countries seek the best academic and extracurricular experience by studying at Western. This means all Western students benefit from a global perspective in class, and experience diversity and intercultural sharing as a daily part of campus life.

Whether taking a Western-based management course in Asia, exploring European culture first-hand’ participating in summer institutes on infectious diseases and mental health in East Africa or researching tropical biodiversity in a rainforest, students in all programs have a wide range of courses that enable global learning.

Thinking about how we engage with the world is critically important. Western has developed more than 300 agreements in 58 countries through which we emphasize ethical global engagement. Students complete mandatory pre-departure training to examine cultural and ethical considerations, learn about gender and sexual norms in different communities and understand how to assess power relations so they truly listen to the voices, knowledge and goals of community partners, and leave preconceived ideas from a Canadian setting behind.

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RESEARCH

Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery and other scholarly activities, its scholars advance knowledge that provides tangible benefits for the economic, social, health and cultural development of citizens in London, in Canada and around the world.

Key international research projects:

  • The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites (FPC) Research, a joint venture between Western and the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany, develops, tests, validates and characterizes new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes at industrial scale.
  • With offices in Hong Kong and Nanjing, WORLDiscoveries Asia (WD Asia) is a subsidiary of WORLDiscoveries, the business development office of Western’s extensive research network and the bridge between Canadian invention and global industry. WD Asia was established in 2011 in response to the changing global economy and to build upon strong ties between Western researchers and Asian institutions.
  • The CulturePlex Lab is a multi-disciplinary facility that carries out research on culture analytics and digital innovation. The team is made up of humanists, computer scientists, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers who come together to solve complex, global problems.
  • GLABAT Solid-State Battery Inc. has been established out of a joint, multi-million-dollar research and development laboratory with the China Automotive Battery Research Institute Co. Ltd. This initiative seeks to bring us closer to the future of safer, more cost-effective batteries for electric vehicles.
  • The Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction brings together experts whose teaching and research focuses on global issues like reconciliation, criminal accountability, post-colonial legacies, legal reconstruction, the environment, human rights, economic justice, healing circles, democratization, and more.
  • Western Heads East is a collaboration between Western staff, students, faculty and African partners using probiotic foods to contribute to health and sustainable development.
  • Western’s Africa Institute is home to more than 200 faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars whose work focuses on a broad variety of fields in Africa.
  • The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Rwanda Project is a partnership project with Western University, the Kigali Health Institute and the National University of Rwanda to strengthen midwifery and pediatric nursing, improve professional development for health professionals in maternal, newborn and child health, and help develop health policy in Rwanda.
  • The Soochow University-Western University Centre for Synchrotron Radiation Research, located in Suzhou, China, explores detailed aspects of molecular structures leading to discoveries in nano-materials and devices, polymers and macro-molecules as well as innovative theories around the capabilities of synchrotron radiation.

Explore rankings data for Western University

All ranked institutions have an overall score and 4 pillar scores. However for each pillar, only institutions ranked in the top 500 overall or the top 500 in this pillar have a publicly visible score

Key statistics

  • 23.1
    No. of students per staff
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  • 18%
    Percentage of International Students
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  • 56 : 44
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (1)
  • 29,865
    Number of FTE Students
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Based on data collected for the (1) 2020 World University Rankings

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