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Brief Background

The University of Guelph (U of G) is a university for public research in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Adding the students of all the campuses in Guelph, Toronto and Ridgetown, U of G has 29,507 undergraduate and graduate students, including 1,400 international students from over 120 countries. Known for its scenic and healthy campuses and friendly and supportive community, U of G blends classic and historical architecture with its state-of - the-art technology. The main campus covers 412 acres including Guelph Arboretum University and a science park. It has seven faculties or colleges: College of Arts; College of Biological Science; Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics; College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; College of Social & Applied Human Sciences; Ontario Agricultural College; and Ontario Veterinary College. Different schools offering various areas of specialization in academics include: School of Computer Science; School of Engineering; School of English and Theatre Studies; School of Environmental Design and Rural Development; School of Environmental Sciences; School of Fine Art and Music; School of Languages and Literatures; School of Hospitality and Tourism Management; Open Learning and Educational Support; and University of Guelph-Humber.

The university also has notable alumni including Alan Armitage (Renowned Author), Laura Bertram (Actress), Mark Bourrie (Journalist & Lawyer), Chris Banks (Poet), Edgar Archibald (Agricultural scientist), Roberta Bondar (Canada's first female astronaut), Alissa York (Novelist), Liz Sandals (Politician), Rupan Bal (Famous Youtuber) and Kathleen Daisy Miller (Popular short-story writer).


The campus of the University of Guelph (U of G) has several buildings: MacDonald Hall (1903), Massey Hall (1901), the Bullring (1901), Mills Hall (1921), and Food Science. The Rozanski Hall (2003) is equipped with white electronic boards, laptop sound, image and wireless internet and video / data projectors with high luminance. The Science Complex is North America's largest integrated science teaching and research facility. The campus also has a six-storey McLaughlin Library which provides students with over 400 library computers and access to books, magazines, videos, audiovisual and archival materials, government documents and maps. The Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG) is a part of collaboration between the Guelph, Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University libraries. Here, through the electronic library system, students have access to library resources totalling 7.5 million items. Students, faculty and staff also have to online assets at any time and from any place. The MacDonald Stewart Art Center is a public gallery and sculpture park that houses mixed media collection, multimedia and installations, paintings, photographs, prints and drawings, sculptures, jewelries, glasses, metalwork, silverwork and goldwork, textiles and tapestries.

Residing Options

The University of Guelph's residence is an integral part of the university life. Student Housing Services provide housing environments and services for the convenience of students. Many residential buildings surround the campus closely, which ensures that you live minutes from your classes. The price(s) of the residence are about $5,686–$8,299 every two semesters. The occupancy varies (e.g., quad-room vs. single-apartment). Different types of rooms include: single, double, triple and quad rooms; apartments for 3 persons; apartments in suite style; and townhouses. Around 40% of the rooms are single in the first year. Buildings are both co-ed and single-gender. For socializing or gathering, one can find community spaces and quiet areas for studying. Laundry facilities, kitchenettes and restaurants are easily accessible owing to their close proximity to the university. With access to high-speed internet in each room and wireless hotspots, staying connected is easy. Students can find various Living Learning Centers in the university campus – Arts House, International House, ECO House, La Maison Française, English Learning House, and Leadership House. Meal plans in most buildings are compulsory, although there are different plans (meal plan fees) as per students' requirements.

Financial Aid

The Student Financial Services provide the best financial guidance to support the educational goals of the student. These services include various tools for a range of financial matters to support the students.
Based on the needs of the students, the university offers various financial aids including:

Scholarships are awarded considering the student’s academic achievement, while Bursaries are for students with financial needs.

Travel grants are only for those students who are travelling abroad as a part of the programme. Work-Study and Undergraduate Research Assistant programs enable students to combine work and learning.

  1. OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) is also provided by the university and is available via grants. The university also offers an enhanced student loan which is provided by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada for qualifying students.
  2. Out - of - province government student assistance programs, U.S. student loan program, and work opportunities on-campus through Work-Study, URA, and U.S.R.A. programs are some other financial services offered to students to help them fund their education.

Jobs and Placements

The University of Guelph's Co-operative Education & Career Services ensures that the campus students are successful in getting jobs. Administrative Assistant, Landscape Architect, Project Manager, Executive Director, Marketing Coordinator and Software Developer are the most common occupations for Guelph graduates. Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE); and Master of Science (MS) are the most popular degrees among Guelph graduates. Most of the graduates from Guelph are employed in Automotive Manufacturing, Manufacturing, and Construction industries. The most popular employers of Guelph graduates are Linamar Corporation, Danby Products, University of Guelph, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), WSP Global Inc., RWDI Air Inc., Dillon Consulting Ltd., Cineplex Odeon and Skyline.


The University of Guelph is situated in Canada's Technology Triangle, an hour west of Toronto.   Guelph's nearest major airport is Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Red Car and Guelph Airport Cab provide Pearson International Airport (Toronto) direct shuttle service to Guelph. The trip takes about an hour and fifteen minutes, depending on the traffic. Guelph buses and taxis are another means of transport that can be taken to reach the university from the airport. Guelph Transit provides transportation throughout the Guelph City. The University is also serviced by GO Transit and Greyhound Canada from the Toronto area and other areas of the GTA and Ontario. Via Rail is Canada's largest passenger train system which connects to Amtrak, the U.S. rail service. The easiest and affordable modes of transportation are walking and cycling. The campus of the university, the downtown area and the residences of students are all very close to each other. Guelph University has a big city appeal with a small town feel. A lively downtown core is within walking distance of the campus and offers a variety of entertainment and recreation sites like The River Run Centre, The Sleeman Centre, The Farmers Market and Stone Road Mall.


The cutting-edge Biological Engineering program of Guelph focuses on the basics in the study of bio-materials, analysis of bio-systems, instrumentation and control systems. It offers graduate and undergraduate (Bachelor of Engineering) degrees. Research-study based, the Master of Applied Science (MASc) program is available for full-time as well as part-time study. The Master of Engineering program (MEng) provides two choices for its completion: the first is course-based, and the second is course-work plus a major research project. The PhD program provides specialized engineering and experimental methods education through a combination of course work and independent research. As a biological engineer, one can work in a wide range of fields including ergonomics of design, pharmaceutical production, food production, biomaterials and conversions, design of medical equipment, or research. The graduates also pursue further education in food engineering, biomedical engineering or in professional programs such as medicine or dentistry and perform career roles of Research Associate, Clinical Engineer or Analyst for Human Factors.

  • Research Areas - Biomechanics and ergonomics, Diagnostics and sensorics, Instrumentation and control systems, Food safety, Bio-instrumentation, Food engineering and product development, Bio-medical imaging and optics, Bio-based materials.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineers use engineering principles and technology to develop innovative ways to improve the quality of life and human health. Students study Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology along with Electronics, Mechanics and Computer Science courses in the programmes offered by the department. The department offers undergraduate and graduate level courses including a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering. As Biomedical Engineers, students work in a variety of fields including medical equipment research and development, injury prevention and recovery, as well as diagnostic tools and treatment devices. The students also seek further training in biological engineering, mechanical engineering, or professional programs such as medicine or dentistry and prepare for the profiles of manufacturing engineer; medical researcher or physician.

  • Research Areas - Biomechanics and ergonomics, Diagnostics and sensorics, Instrumentation and control systems, Food safety, Bio-instrumentation, Food engineering and product development, Bio-medical imaging and optics, Bio-based materials.

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering focuses on the science and techniques behind the development and maintenance of software and hardware components of modern computing systems.  The department trains students to build successful and innovative technical systems and solutions by demonstrating the concepts of algorithmic, electronic, and digital technology.  The department offers a Bachelor of Engineering with a minor in computer engineering, a Master of Applied Science (MASc), a Master of Engineering (MEng) and a PhD in graduate studies. As computer engineering graduates, students may be involved in the design and construction of circuits, integration of hardware, and implementation of system-level design. As computer engineers, one can work in a variety of fields in the technology industry including circuit design and development, firmware creation, software development, hardware integration, system-level design and implementation, or analysis. Graduates work as Computer Design Engineer, Computer Architect, Electronics Designer, and Software Developer in the private and public sectors, both locally and internationally.

  • Research Areas - Computing Systems, Sensor Networks, Communication Systems, Multimedia, Software & Hardware Engineering, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Nano-scale Circuit Design, Mechatronic Systems and Manufacturing Systems.

Engineering Systems and Computing

Engineering Systems and Computing is a multidisciplinary field that blends the fundamentals of general technology with computer hardware and knowledge of code. This department is one of its kind in Canada focusing on the design of integrated computer-based engineering systems.  It provides a combination of courses covering software development, computer hardware design, dynamics and transfer of power, signal processing and control of optimization. There are both undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the department. A Bachelor of Engineering programme with a major in Engineering Systems and Computing along with Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Engineering (MEng) and PhD courses are offered at the university. Students get the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and applications, including business, science and industry, as graduates of the university. They work in software development, hardware design, signal processing, and system control and simulation in the private and public sectors, both locally and internationally, as Embedded Software Developer; Information Technology Specialist; Applications Designer and Wireless Systems Engineer.

  • Research Areas - Computing Systems, Sensor Networks, Communication Systems, Multimedia, Software & Hardware Engineering, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Nano-scale Circuit Design, Mechatronic Systems and Manufacturing Systems.

Environmental Engineering

Guelph's Environmental Engineering Program provides in-depth knowledge of specific physical, chemical and biological processes with a strong focus on engineering design. It offers graduate and undergraduate (Bachelor of Engineering) degrees. Research-thesis based, the Master of Applied Science (MASc) program is available on both full-time and part-time bases. The Master of Engineering program (MEng) offers two choices for studying the programme: the first is course-based and the second is course-work plus a major research project. The PhD program provides specialized engineering and research methods training through a combination of course work and independent research. Students in the fields of Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Engineering may choose to combine their MASc with IDS (MASc. ENGG + IDEV) or MEng with IDS (MEng: L + IDEV) designation. As an Environmental Engineering graduate, you can work as a Consulting Engineer, Government Consultant, University Professor of Engineering or Environmental Technology Developer in industry consulting, research and government. Environmental Engineers address environmental issues in the real world such as pollution control, remediation of polluted workplaces, development of water and wastewater treatment systems, mitigation of vehicle emissions and elimination of contaminants in the industry. 

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Guelph is designed to prepare its students for a challenging and rewarding career in this versatile field. This course emphasizes physics and Materials Science concepts for the analysis, development, manufacture, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It also includes insights on the manufacture and the use of heat and mechanical power for machine and tool design, processing and service. At the undergraduate level, it offers Bachelor of Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering, while Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Engineering (MEng) and PhD are offered at the graduate level. Mechanical engineering graduates are involved in machine and equipment development, ranging from mega-marine ships to minute medical and surgical instruments. As Structural Design Engineer, Robotics Engineer, graduates apply mathematical, scientific and technological concepts to a wide range of fields and find employment across the private and public sectors. The Canadian Space Agency and Canada Green Technologies are the primary employers in this field.

  • Research Areas - Waste-to-energy Solutions, New Materials, Energy Storage, Intelligent Systems, Sustainable Systems, Thermo-fluids, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation.

Water Resources Engineering

Water Resources Engineering focuses on land and water resource utilization and management in rural and urban watersheds. It picks elements from other disciplines such as civil engineering, environmental engineering, agriculture, planning and geography and builds a unique combination that is ideally suited to address the concerns and needs of the society around water. Bachelor of Engineering with a major in Water Resources Engineering, Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Engineering (MEng) and PhD are the undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered at the University. It also provides a Graduate Diploma program for Canadian engineering professionals who need further training to effect a shift in their professional career and recent immigrants with a background in engineering who are searching for Canadian educational qualifications.  The program strengthens these professionals' ability to gain jobs in the Water Resource Engineering field by helping them to gain specialized knowledge in either of the two water resource areas: Modeling Applications in Water Resource Systems and Design of Sustainable Water Resource Systems.

The major profiles among the graduates of this program include Project Engineer and Water Quality Engineer with the Ministry of Government and International Development Agencies of Ontario.

  • Research Areas - Environmental Hydraulics, Water Supply Infrastructure, Groundwater Flow & Contaminant Transport, Water Supply Security, the Remediation of Groundwater Systems and Drainage And Irrigation Systems.

Computer Science

The School of Computer Science is made up of 26 faculty members who have under their supervision 45 MSc and 15 PhD students. Students develop skills at the School of Computer Science as they explore various course materials in the computer science area and across other disciplines. The course provides a strong hardware and theory base with special emphasis on applied code. There are two majors available within the School of Computer Science: Computer Science and Software Engineering. The Application Area is special to the Computing Degree Bachelor. This allows students to study a secondary subject. Graduate studies at the School of Computer Science allow you to participate in groundbreaking research and prepare for industry or further studies. Various course-based  (Master in Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence) and thesis-based graduate programs include:  MSc in Computer Science; Collaborative Specialization in Artificial Intelligence (MSc); PhD in Computational Sciences. Students interested in research and thesis related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) may choose to combine their MASc with an AI (MASc. ENGG + AI) degree. This collaborative specialization in AI provides students with a diverse and extensive base of AI knowledge.

  • Research Areas - Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning; Cybersecurity; Data Science; Human-Computer Interaction; Bioinformatics; Applied Modeling and Theory; Hardware and Distributed Systems

Pure Sciences

1. The University of Guelph's Department of Chemistry offers a variety of courses which are geared towards the needs of today’s students. Students may extend their studies to physics, applied pharmacology, biological chemistry, or environmental monitoring and evaluation while maintaining a strong core of chemistry. It offers courses in chemistry for both undergraduates and graduates. The graduate programs on offer are Masters Program by Thesis, Masters Co-operative, Masters Full-Time Course-Based, Masters Part-Time Course-Based. Guelph University is a partner in the Guelph-Waterloo Center for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry which requires chemistry graduate students studying at Guelph University to take graduate courses both at Guelph University and at Waterloo University.

2. The Mathematics and Statistics Department at the University of Guelph's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is an involved and diverse team of scientists and educators working in a wide range of fields. It offers both undergraduate and graduate courses designed with an emphasis on mathematics and statistics applications and help prepare students for Mathematical Science careers. It offers Mathematical Science Major, Minors and Diploma in Applied Statistics at the undergraduate level. For the purposes of graduate studies, the Diploma in Applied Statistics is considered equal to a Minor in Statistics. At the graduate level, it offers M.Sc. in Mathematics; M.Sc. in Statistics and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). There is an option to complete the M.Sc. degree through a thesis or major research project.

3. The Department of Physics offers Bachelor, Master, Doctoral and Postdoctoral studies and teaching programs. Guelph faculty members work with a number of off-campus research institutions including CSA / NASA, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Canadian Light Source, and TRIUMF, as well as with the Advanced Analysis Center as a part of campus partnerships. The department offers Master of Science (MSc) Physics - Research-Based; Master of Science (MSc) Physics - Coursework; Master of Science (MSc) Biophysics.

4. The Molecular & Cellular Biology Department (MCB) offers a stimulating environment for students to pursue molecular bioscience graduate and undergraduate studies. The department provides B.Sc. degree and majors in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics as well as neuroscience. Both the majors of Biochemistry and Microbiology offer a co-op choice. The graduate program in molecular and cellular biology offers attractive opportunities studies leading to Ph.D.,  M.Sc., and MBIOT degrees. 

Annual fees for Indians $20,000
Annual off-campus living $6,800
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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