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Experiential Learning in the Sciences

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 09:22

Last week we talked about experiential learning opportunities available to Bachelor of Arts students. If you missed that article you can still view it on our website.

Today we’re breaking down experiential learning (EL) in the Sciences. Buckle up Future Gryphons!

Applied Research Courses

In these courses you will investigate a topic in your field of study in an academic, industry or community setting, while being supported by a faculty or staff supervisor. You will typically complete these courses and projects in either third or fourth year.

Interested in applied animal research? Look into Experiments in Animal Biology! Is human health more your thing? Check out Research in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences.

BSc students have historically completed independent study courses, advanced independent research, critical analysis courses, honours thesis projects and more as part of applied research in the sciences.

Certificate Programs

Certificate and diploma programs can be completed part-time and are a great way to upgrade your skills in a key area. Visit our website to learn more about the certificate programs offered at U of G.

Community Engaged Learning

New in 2019/2020, students in biological sciences can complete an Internship (paid or volunteer) in Biological Science and work in consultation with an external organization. This course will allow you to apply scientific methodologies, gain project management experience and develop a project that benefits the community. Visit our website for more information about this course.

Co-operative Education

Did you know that 11 of our Bachelor of Science majors have a co-op option? Co-op streams give you relevant work experience and help you develop transferrable skills that will help you succeed in the workplace – all while getting paid.

You can complete your placements anywhere in Canada or internationally! Be sure to visit for all the details!

Course Integrated Learning

These courses have integrated experiential learning in the form of lab work, design work, simulations, performances and case studies allowing you to develop your skills and display what you’ve learned.

As a science student you will benefit from course integrated learning throughout your degree, beginning as early as first year General Chemistry courses, through to upper year courses and projects such as Experiments in Animal Biology, Analytical Biochemistry, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Human Anatomy, Plant Diversity and Evolution and many more!

Field Courses

Several majors offer field courses which can take place in a partial or full semester. These courses are led by faculty and prepare you for professional work. In a typical field course, you will engage in first-hand investigation and analysis directly in a field location.

Examples of field courses in the sciences include Crop Science Field Trips, Field Ecology, Marine Biology and Oceanography, Arctic Ecology and more.

Professional Practice Courses

These courses allow you to work under the guidance of a professional to develop skills related to your field of study. These opportunities include internships, externships and practicums.

For a complete list of professional practice courses available across various disciplines, check out our Experiential Learning webpages.

Future Gryphons, these are just a fraction of the experiential learning opportunities available to U of G students! We recommend checking out the Experiential Learning website to explore other potential opportunities and to read testimonials from current students on how EL has positively contributed to their university experience.

March deadlines

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 09:35

Welcome to March ya’ll!

Today brings several important deadlines that you need to be aware of.

Here they are:

Domestic (Canadian) high school students: Today is the official deadline to submit an undergraduate application to the University of Guelph via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). If you have already applied, please note that you have until April 15th to make changes to your application.

International applicants: Today is the last day to apply and submit your academic documents.
Note: This includes your English Proficiency documents!

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture applicants: Today is the deadline for you to submit your Background Information Form. Once filled out, please email the completed form to

Other March reminders:

Visit campus on a March Break Tour OR for Campus Day!

Alright Future Gryphons, make note of those reminders, put in the work to get your application completed and go forth and enjoy the first weekend of March!


Visit U of G on your March Break!

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 09:49

March Break is just around the corner so today we’re inviting all #FutureGryphons to come visit U of G on a March Break Tour and explore our beautiful campus!

Here are some of the highlights you can expect on your tour.

Experience our community atmosphere

We firmly believe that visiting a university campus is the best way to figure out if that school is a good fit for you. Many of our Gryphons say that after their campus visit, they knew that the U of G was the perfect fit for them.

Our tours are your chance to step into a Gryphon’s shoes for a day, so come take it all in and use this experience to make the best decision for your future.

Check out the upgraded Athletic Centre

It’s here. It’s live. It’s ready for you to sweat in it… okay maybe save the sweat for September, but the Athletic Centre is yours to explore on our March Break Tours. Don’t be afraid to ask questions on the tour to learn more about membership prices, what’s covered in your tuition, fitness classes and more.

Take advantage of small tour group sizes

March Break is a busy tour time so for your benefit, we’ve brought on extra tour guides. This means smaller tour groups and more interaction. You’ll have more one-on-one time with your guide, and have lots of time to get your questions answered.

Pro tip: Ask your tour guide their favourite study spot, or their favourite place to eat on campus. On top of showing you around, our tour guides are here to share their experiences, so make the most of your time with them and ask those hard-hitting questions!

Observe our Gryphons in their natural habitat

It’s awesome that March Break gives you the opportunity to tour campus during the week. You get to see U of G’s students in their natural habitat: attending class, studying in the library, running to hand in an assignment, enjoying coffee with friends and living the “typical” student life.

Tip: We recommend sticking around for a bite to eat after the tour so you can sit back, take it all in, and try and picture yourself as a Gryphon. Creelman Hall and The Bull Ring are some of our most popular lunch locations and have countless meal options to satisfy any cravings or dietary restrictions.

Tour the Library

McLaughlin Library is at the centre of campus and offers a ton of academic supports as well as several different study and work environments. Students tend to spend a lot of time there so consider it another key area to try and picture yourself in!

Visit Residence

On your tour you’ll get the chance to visit a couple of student residences and picture yourself in your potential future home. For a more in-depth look at residence be sure to check out Student Housing Services’ virtual tours on YouTube!

Come meet the people that make U of G a welcoming campus community, try the best campus food Canadian universities can offer, visit the residences you just might call home in the fall, check out our state-of-the-art facilities and lecture halls and witness what U of G means to its students – we know you won’t be let down.

What are you waiting for Future Gryphons? If you are hoping to Find Yourself at Guelph in the fall, register for a March Break Tour today!

Experiential Learning in the Arts

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 15:09

In November, we broke down our Bachelor of Arts program for you. If you haven’t read that article, we recommend checking it out for key facts.

Recently we outlined how experiential learning works at U of G. You can find that overview on our website.

Today we’re providing examples of curricular and course-based experiential learning opportunities available to BA (Bachelor of Arts) students here at U of G. Keep in mind that these are just a small sample of everything that is available to you as a Guelph student.

Let's dive in...

Applied Research Courses

In these courses you will investigate topics in your field of study with the support of a faculty or staff supervisor. This research could take place in an academic, industry or community setting.

In the past, BA students have completed research projects, written papers in language courses, explored topics in digital music, completed independent study courses in geography and even examined human rights from various contexts.

Certificate Programs

We offer two for-credit certificates that will complement any degree program AND look great on a resumé. Within these certificate programs you will complete 2.50 credits of coursework as well as 120 hours of community engagement or leadership practice.

Our Certificate in Leadership will teach you to apply various leadership models in a variety of organizational settings.

Our Certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship explores how diversity in our world contributes to both problems and solutions.

Community Engaged Learning

These courses ask students to work with a community organization and use their education and acquired skills to implement activities that benefit both the student and the community. These experiences can happen in Guelph, Canada or internationally.

Our BA students have participated in political science seminars, taken workplace learning courses in history, completed upper year language courses, studied topics in ethnomusicology and more, all under the curricular community engaged learning umbrella.

Co-operative Education

Co-op opportunities currently exist for several BA majors including Economics, Mathematical Economics, Political Science and Psychology.

Completing the co-op stream of a program gives you relevant work experience, allows you to build your professional network and develop transferrable skills that will help you succeed in the workplace – all while getting paid. You can complete your placements anywhere in Canada or internationally!

Course Integrated Learning

These courses include structured projects, lab work, design work, simulations, performances and case studies so that you can build and develop your skills and display what you’ve learned.

Examples of courses with integrated experiential learning include Applied Human Geography, Applied Geomatics, International Relations of Middle East, The Uses of History and Introduction to performance courses.

Field Courses

Several majors offer field courses which can take place in a partial or full semester. These courses are led by faculty and prepare you for professional work. In a typical field course you will engage in first-hand investigation and analysis directly in a field location.

Examples of these courses include Field Research, Social Studies and Topics in Political Science. We recommend getting in touch with your program counsellor to find out what field courses are available within your program.

Professional Practice Courses

These courses allow you to work under the guidance of a professional to develop skills related to your field of study. These opportunities include internships, externships and practicums.

Professional Practice Courses are typically available in upper years however in some majors such as Music, you can begin as early as your first year!

Again, these examples are just a fraction of experiential learning opportunities available to Guelph students. Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting additional examples available to students in our other degree programs. In the meantime we highly recommend that you review our Experiential Learning Catalogue and make note of what you think would contribute positively to your university experience!

BLA Background Information Form Deadline

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 14:50

ATTN: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture applicants

The Background Information Form (BIF) is vital for your application to our Landscape Architecture Program. This is where you tell us about yourself, describe your interest in the program and provide other details that help the BLA Admissions Committee make admission decisions.

The deadline for high school students to submit the Background Information Form is March 1st, 2019 (That’s next Friday friends)!

Once you complete the form, you must submit it as an attachment to, with the subject line: lastname_firstname_BLABIF.

Offers to the BLA program will be made in early May for currently enrolled high school students.

Fact Friday: Experiential Learning at U of G

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:10

At U of G we recognize that there is no single way to learn and not everything can be taught in a classroom. This is why we offer MANY experiential learning opportunities to allow you to apply your knowledge outside the classroom, network within your industry, and become more prepared to work in your field after graduation.

We define experiential learning as learning through action and reflection. We break these learning experiences into three main categories: Curricular and course-based, Co-curricular and Extra-curricular.

Curricular and course-based Experiential Learning

For-credit courses and experiences offered through our academic colleges. We currently offer 7 types of curricular experiential learning:

  1. Applied Research Courses – Typically upper-year courses that allow you to conduct research under faculty guidance in an industry or community setting
  2. Certificate Programs – For-credit certificate programs that make excellent additions to any degree program, ie: Certificate in Leadership and Certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship
  3. Co-Operative Education – Allows you to integrate academics with paid workplace learning through alternating work and study terms
  4. Community Engaged Learning Courses – Allow you to work with a community organization to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes
  5. Course-Integrated Experiential Learning – Courses that intentionally include activities such as structured projects, lab work, design, simulations, performances, case studies or entrepreneurship
  6. Field Courses – Typically upper year courses that prepare you for professional work through first-hand investigation and analysis in a field location led by faculty
  7. Professional Practice Courses – Courses or programs that allow you to shadow or work under the guidance a professional to gain skills related to a field of study, ie: internships, externships and practicums

Co-curricular Experiential Learning

Not-for-credit experiences offered through both academic and non-academic departments. There are currently 5 types of co-curricular experiential learning:

  1. Community Engagement Programs – Not-for-credit opportunities to work within the community
  2. Incubator/Accelerator Programs – Programs that allow you to leverage resources, space, mentorship and funding
  3. On-Campus Employment – An employment opportunity with structured learning outcomes and employability skills aligned with job responsibilities
  4. Paraprofessional Placements – Designed to help you develop employability skills through service delivery that contributes to the campus community under the mentorship of professional staff and faculty
  5. Work Study Program – An on-campus job program designed to assist students with demonstrated financial need in working part-time during their registered academic term(s)

Extra-curricular Experiential Learning

On and off campus opportunities that are not validated by the university. Examples of extra-curricular experiential learning include:

  • Not-for-credit Internships
  • Off-campus Employment
  • Student Clubs
  • Student Government
  • Varsity Athletics
  • Volunteering

Over the next few weeks we’ll be outlining specific examples of experiential learning in our various degree programs and majors. Be sure to check back on our website for these articles and to learn what you can look forward to during your time here at Guelph!

International Application Deadline - February 15, 2019

Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 - 16:08

Happy Friday Future Gryphons!

This is a reminder to all international applicants that the deadline to apply for fall 2019 admission is next Friday, February 15, 2019. International applicants can visit the Admission Services website for details on how to apply and submit your documents.

Be sure to check our calendar for other important upcoming deadlines to make note of.

Connect with us on social media and send us any questions you may have about the application process. 

National Receptions for out-of-province applicants and admitted students

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 - 15:45

Welcome to February Future Gryphons! This article is for all you out-of-province applicants and admitted students.

Out-of-province applicants and admitted students in selected cities across Canada are invited to attend one of our National Receptions to learn more about living and learning at the University of Guelph.

We invite you and your parents/guardians to attend a brief presentation, after which you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions of U of G staff and alumni.

Registration is open now – be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend.

Reception dates and locations are listed below. We hope to see you there!



Date: Saturday February 16, 2019

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Location: Delta Calgary South, 135 Southland Dr SE, Calgary, AB

For Parking and directions:

Please RSVP by February 8, 2019



Date: Sunday February 17, 2019

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave Burnaby, BC

For Parking and directions:

Please RSVP by February 8, 2019



Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Location: Westin Nova Scotian Hotel , 1181 Hollis St., Halifax, NS

For Parking and directions:

Please RSPV by March 29, 2019



Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Location: Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Road Fredericton, NB

For Parking and directions:

Please RSVP by March 29, 2019


If you have more questions about the National Receptions or are unable to register online, please call us at: 519.824.4120 x56056.

Nation Receptions Map


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:55

Today is #BellLetsTalk Day – a day encouraging us all to join the conversation and help end the stigma surrounding mental health illness. Here at U of G, we recognize that even the most well-rounded students need support, whether that be academically, physically, mentally, or emotionally.

In support of #BellLetsTalk, we’re sharing the supports offered to students on campus as well as additional resources available to anyone who needs support.


Student Support Network

The Student Support Network is a community offering non-judgmental drop-in peer support. Our student volunteers are trained to deliver this service. You can drop-in during their hours, or chat with them after-hours via their phone support or crisis line (crisis services: 1-844-437-3247 or Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454).

Student Wellness

Our student wellness services provide a holistic approach to well-being and academic success. Whether you are a varsity athlete or a student in need of a relaxing massage, these services are available for all Gryphons!

Sexual Assault Support and Information

This service offers resources and support for yourself, or a friend, who might be in need.

Student Life

Students are at the heart of what Student Life does. Their programs, services and spaces are available to everybody. Check out their list of programs to see all that Student Life offers students.

Aboriginal Resource Centre

The Aboriginal Resource Centre provides a home away from home for all First Nations, Metis and Inuit students. Think of it as an inclusive community for people from a variety of Indigenous cultures meant to help you connect with each other through Student Advising, an Aboriginal Student Association, student support and STARTAboriginal (meant for first year students).


OUTline offers services for the LGBTQ2IA+ community. They are your go-to if you have questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity, or are seeking support.

Diversity & Human Rights

U of G is a diverse and inclusive community. The Office of Diversity and Human Rights helps to promote a study, work and living environment free of harassment and discrimination.

Additional Resources

1. Campus Police

Emergency: 519-840-5000 (If using a campus telephone use extension 52000)

Non-emergencies: 519-824-4120 ext. 52245

2. Good2Talk

A free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario

Call: 1-866-925-5454

3. Here 24/7

Crisis help and referral to Waterloo-Wellington Addictions, Mental Health & Crisis Services

Call: 1-844-437-3247

4. Ontario Mental Health Helpline

A free, confidential helpline providing about mental illness and support services available to help

Call: 1-866-531-2600

5. Guelph General Hospital

Call: 519-822-5350

6. Walk-in Counselling Service

For individuals and families provided by Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington

Hours: Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Campus Tours are Back!

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 08:00

Campus tours have officially returned for the 2019 season Future Gryphons! Our tours showcase some of our student residences, lecture halls, dining facilities, the library, athletic facilities, the main administration building, and several general academic areas.

Whether you’re deciding where to apply, have already applied or even if you’ve been accepted, campus tours are the best way to determine if you can picture yourself here in the fall! Plus, our Tour Guides are all current U of G students, so you can be sure that you’re learning all the in’s and out’s about life as a gryphon from the best source!

We offer tours at 10:00am and 1:30pm Monday through Friday, and at 1:30pm most Saturdays. Each tour runs approximately two hours, and visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather. Book your campus tour today!

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