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Upcoming visits to UCC

Monday, September 16 @ lunchtime in Room 140—University of British Columbia

Ranked among the top research universities in Canada and with the second largest library system in the country, the University of British Columbia now has two very different campuses. The Vancouver campus, with almost 55,000 students, has an international, research-intensive focus, offering exchanges with 150 universities in 40 different countries. The Gateway Programs for first-year students offer opportunities for more intimate learning environments. The Okanagan campus, located in Kelowna, has under 10,000 students and is designed primarily for undergraduates. It emphasizes interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Both campuses offer easy access to breath-taking natural beauty.

Monday, September 16 @ 3:30 in Room 140—University of Guelph

Home to the internationally renowned Ontario Veterinary College, the University of Guelph offers strong programs in both arts and science, although it is particularly recognized for its cutting-edge research in the biological sciences. It is one of the few schools in Canada that offers a business degree with a specialization in real estate. The university prides itself on providing a supportive environment for all students, especially those in first year. One-third of the majors have a co-op option.

Tuesday, September 17 @ 3:30 in Room 128—University of Glasgow

One of Scotland’s “ancient universities,” the historic campus of University of Glasgow is located in the fashionable west end of the city. A member of the research-intensive Russell Group, the university is highly ranked in fields such as art history, veterinary medicine, medicine, engineering, and business. The degree structure in arts and science is very flexible, allowing students to delay choosing a specialization until the end of their second year.

Wednesday, September 18 @ lunchtime in Room 140—Dalhousie University

Located in scenic downtown Halifax, Dalhousie University likes to think of itself as Canada’s “most intimate, research-intensive university.”  Known for its high-quality programs in law, medicine, dentistry, and the health professions, the university also prides itself on offering excellent science, arts, and management undergraduate programs.  The career portfolio helps prepare undergraduates for the transition to the work world.

Wednesday, September 18 @ lunchtime in Room 127—University of Notre Dame

Located near South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame is a great choice for students who value both academic rigour and high-level sports.  The Roman Catholic tradition ensures a strong emphasis on community life and voluntary service.

Wednesday, September 18 @ 3:30 in Room 140—Boston College

One of the oldest Catholic universities in the U.S., Boston College balances an excellent academic program with top-tier athletics and engaged community service. Following the Jesuit ideal of “educating the whole person,” the college has a strong core curriculum enhanced by options such as internships, study abroad, and service learning. The education, business, and nursing programs are particularly strong.

Thursday, September 19 @ 3:30 in Room 127—Tulane University

With a newly refurbished campus in post-Katrina New Orleans, Tulane University combines small class sizes with excellent research facilities. A flexible curriculum makes it easy to double major. The business program is especially well regarded. All students must complete service requirements. A top-ranked Southern school!

Thursday, September 19 @ 3:30 in Room 128—Queen’s University Bader International Study Centre

Student who think they might like to spend their first year of university in a castle in the south of England should investigate the Bader International Study Centre run by Queen’s University. Small class sizes, an emphasis on experiential learning, and numerous opportunities for European travel make this a unique introduction to post-secondary study. UCC Old Boys who have attended rave about the experience!

Friday, September 20 @ lunchtime in Room 128—St. Francis Xavier University

The alma mater of former prime minister, Brian Mulroney, St. Francis Xavier University is located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Primarily an undergraduate institution, it specializes in business, social sciences, and humanities. It combines modern facilities with a small liberal arts college environment.  A perfect fit for students who love to play and watch sports!

Friday, September 20 @ lunchtime in Room 140—University of Kent

The University of Kent combines a modern campus set in 300 acres of parkland with a location in the historic city of Canterbury, an easy train ride to London. Programs in archaeology, finance, history, and politics are particularly highly rated. The law program has an especially large contingent of Canadian students and offers several courses designed to make it easier to gain Canadian qualifications.