The Western Experience

Student's enjoying the Western Experience

The Western undergraduate experience develops leaders, creates a global context for learning, and values research and the discovery of new knowledge that has a tangible impact on society.

Zamir Fakirani, President, Social Science Students' CouncilZamir Fakirani
President, Social Science Students’ Council

Leaving home for university was a daunting experience. The warm embrace of the Faculty of Social Science eased all my anxieties and helped me to find a new community in London, Ontario.

Over the past four years, the Faculty of Social Science has been a place of learning, growth, and development for me. Above all, it has become a place I am proud to call home. I am confident that the Faculty of Social Science and Western University will become your home, too.

Welcoming Environment

Canada’s most comprehensive O-Week welcomes new students to campus with the help of more than 800 upper-year student leaders (Sophs) dedicated to guiding students through their first week at Western.

Leadership Opportunities

The Social Science Students’ Council (SSSC) is a great place to meet new friends and work together to enhance your program at Western. Members of the SSSC work on behalf of all students to ensure their voices are heard.

Within each Social Science department there is a student association that will provide you with another forum in which you can share ideas. These groups often organize trips that will supplement your formal education.

Experiential Learning

Western offers many opportunities inside and outside the classroom for you to apply your academic knowledge in real-world settings. With experiential learning, you can complement your studies with relevant, rewarding experiences that help you develop transferable skills and refine your career options. Make a difference locally, nationally and internationally.

Student Clubs

Joining a club gives you a chance to discover new passions, meet new friends and be part of a larger community. There are nearly 200 clubs on campus so whether you want to be involved in athletics, cultural or faith-based groups, music and performing arts, politics and social justice, volunteering causes, networking groups or interest-based clubs, there is a place for you.

Sports and Athletics

Western Mustangs have 46 Varsity athletic teams representing the University. Many Varsity programs lead Canadian universities in the number of championships won.

The Western Mustangs football team is one of the most decorated in Canadian history. Western Cheerleaders have won 26 of 27 Canadian national collegiate cheerleading titles and are the five-time Cheersport National Champions in the Collegiate Coed Division. Join a team and show your purple pride!

Taking part in intramural sports is a great way to get involved. Participants can enjoy a fun, equitable and safe playing environment.

Living in London

Set in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, London is the region’s economic, entertainment and cultural hub. With a population of more than 366,000, London is Canada’s 11th largest city and an ideal environment to work, play and live. Big enough for the ‘big city’ experience, but still far more affordable in comparison with many other Canadian cities, London boasts an extensive educational and health care community, while providing the safe and clean atmosphere of a small community.

Study Abroad

Students also have the opportunity to participate in international exchange programs. Students can study at more than 137 different institutions in 39 countries around the world. There’s no better way to meet new people and expand your global and intercultural horizons.

Study abroad for one year or one term while earning credits toward your Western degree.