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Huron's History

Established in 1863, Huron is the founding institution of Western University and one of Canada’s oldest universities. Our distinctive business, liberal arts and ethics-based learning environments offer elite yet accessible education where personalized learning experiences position students for leadership and professional success, while also developing their character.

Huron is completely unique to post-secondary institutions in Canada. We recognize the best way for students to learn is through one-on-one mentorship provided by world-renowned professors, who take the time to understand how they can support your life’s ambitions. Our small class sizes enable these types of environments by ensuring our faculty members are able to concentrate on each individual student – and nurture their unique gifts.

In addition to cultivating an exclusive and prestigious small-knit community, Huron’s buildings and residences are located in the heart of Western University’s campus. That means, Huron students also have full access to all the resources, recreational activities and athletic facilities of the wider campus. Plus, when you graduate, you will receive a Western University degree – with a much-deserved Huron distinction.

We know the world is hungry for principled leaders who have the integrity to solve problems with wisdom and justice. This is why, at Huron, our commitment to educating Leaders with Heart is woven into every aspect of our academics, social community and student life. We are the only university in Canada committed to ensuring each & every student experiences the value of civic engagement through community-based learning, volunteer activities, research and travel study.

From guaranteed paid internships for every single student through to personalized one-on-one academic and career development support, Huron will help position you for the attainment of professional prestige and a rewarding philanthropic and personal life. Learn more about why Huron, Ontario – and Canada more broadly – are the best possible choices for your international learning experiences.

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Its all about you

The Huron Experience is truly one-of-a-kind. While most universities take in thousands of students every year, Huron selectively limits our annual incoming cohort to around 500 students each year. Even though we keep our community strategically small, we ensure they are truly representative of our global community, and we welcome exceptional young leaders from dozens of countries all over the world to our campus each year. This means, the average number of students in your classes will be 30 rather than 300, 500 or 800 like most other undergraduate programs. Plus, our staff to student ratio is double the national average. For us, the quality of your experience will always be more important than merely increasingly the quantity of our students.

Why do we do this? Because it’s all about you. At Huron, you can expect a premium undergraduate experience. Our staff and faculty will know your name, not just your student number. We will know your story and are personally invested in making sure you achieve your goals and maximize your potential.

Build the degree that's right for you

Pursue your passions: dive deep into a subject specialization of your choice or explore a breadth of academic areas by combining subjects within highly-customizable majors and minors. We know diverse and balanced course offerings endow our students with transferrable skills, which will best prepare them for the modern job market. At Huron, you can also take courses and combine majors with most programs at other faculties at Western University, such as computer science, health science, biology, criminology and much more.

Click on the boxes below to learn more about each program.

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Chat With A Huron Student

  • As an international student, O-week is the best way to transition to a new country because it encourages you to meet new people and participate in exciting events. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had!
    Fernando Naranjo
    International Student from Quito, Ecuador
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  • It’s easy to mix sugar and water, and that’s what Huron is like – everyone is willing to incorporate new ideas and people – you just need to be spontaneous and open to every opportunity that comes your way.
    Jash Kalyani
    International Student from Dubai, UAE
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  • The amazing community established here is very rare – from people’s willingness to help you with absolutely anything through to your professors’ willingness to provide one-on-one mentorship and research opportunities.
    Urvi Maheshwari
    International Student from Modern School Barakhamba Road - New Delhi
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  • Huron’s MOS program gives you the opportunity to learn a lot about different industries and potential career options before you commit to a specialization. From course work through to seeking employment, you have close connections to your professors so they support you every step of the way.
    Nic Gil
    BMOS, Accounting, Class of 2018
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  • We believe society is crying out at this exact point in history for students who are called to lead – but to lead with a heart and a conscience.
    Dr. Barry Craig
    President at Huron
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Guaranteed Paid Internships For All Students

Paid Internships: At Huron, every single student is guaranteed a paid internship, so you will get to connect your learning with workplace experience, and earn while your learn. 

Entry-level work positions no longer require entry-level experience. To secure a job right after graduation, you need to show employers you’re capable of contributing significant value to your workplace.

At Huron’s Career Development Centre, you will work one-on-one with your advisor to find the right fit for your paid internship. Your personal Career Development team member will help connect you with a position that sparks your curiosity and nurtures your interests, while providing you with experiences to add to your resume. Huron has an extensive group of esteemed alumni who are leading industries, around the world, and are eager to give back by providing our students with internship and career opportunities. This, along with our strategically selective campus, means you’re not competing with hundreds of students for internship positions so Huron students always have a better chance to secure a meaningful experience.

WealthSimple (Toronto, ON) | United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland) | London Economic Development Corporation (London, ON) | Agha Khan University Hospital Foundation (Nairobi, Kenya) | 3M Canada (London, ON) | Deloitte (Toronto, ON) | Ernst & Young (London, ON) | KPMG (Toronto, ON) | HSBC Bank (London, UK) | Clearbit (San Francisco, USA) | Government of Canada (Ottawa) | Bank of Montreal (Toronto, ON) 



Student Life - Beyond the Classroom

Research: Investigate Topics That Fascinate You


With our excellent professor-to-student ratio, our students work in close partnership with faculty on research projects of their own choosing, or faculty can include students in collaborative research initiatives, conferences and publications. These elite experiences help students build an impressive portfolio, positioning our Leaders with Heart for success in post-graduate studies and the vocations of their choice. In-course projects and research mentorships with faculty are offered in almost every department. Huron’s Centre for Undergraduate Research Learning (CURL) brings together students, faculty, staff and community partners to support highly engaging, immersive research experiences – locally and globally.

Huron students can publish their research in Liberated Arts, the university’s interdisciplinary journal for undergraduate research. The journal’s student editors also learn skills in academic publishing.


Research Investigate Topics

Interested in our Scholar's Electives program?

Huron Alumni: Developing Leaders with Heart for over 150 years

Huron Alumni, Michael Medline, is named Canada’s CEO of the Year by the Globe and Mail

Application Steps

Learn how you can apply to be a Leader with Heart:

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International Admission Requirements

English Language Proficiency
Institution Codes
Study Permit (Visa)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

It is the responsibility of the student to send the IB Diploma scores directly to the Admissions Office at Huron University.

  • IB Diploma with a minimum of six subjects (including a minimum of three at the higher level)
  • Transfer credit to be considered on a case-by-case basis for students presenting grades of 5 or higher on higher level (HL) subjects.
  • For our Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS) program, one of the following subjects are required as a prerequisite: Mathematics Applications & Interpretation or Mathematics Analysis & Approaches, on the SL or HL level.
  • Applicants from an IB Diploma program may be considered for conditional admission on the basis of predicted grades for higher and standard level subjects including points awarded for Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay in the final year of the program.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

AP applicants must present the official College Board examination results to be considered for advanced standing credit.

Final grade of 4 or 5 is required to grant credit.

Huron University will grant a maximum of two credits.

Our Institution Code is 0984.

General Certificate of Education (GCE)

  • Applicants seeking admission on the basis of the General Certificate of Education (GCE) must submit three distinct Advanced Level (A-Level) or four distinct Advanced Subsidiary (AS-Level) subjects . Two AS-Level exams will be considered as equivalent to one A-Level exam.
  • Students who receive a ‘B’ grade or higher on final GCE A-Level exams will receive transfer credit for those courses approved by the appropriate faculty.
  • Applicants may be considered for conditional admission on the basis of predicted results while in progress in the GCE Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level courses.  Predicted results and final O-Level /IGSE/ GCSE results must be submitted directly to Huron from the institution(s) attended.

If you have not studied for a minimum of four years (including the final year) in an institution where the principal language of instruction is English, you are required to submit a satisfactory English Language Proficiency test score.

Huron requires one of the following:

Test              Minimum Score Required 

TOEFL(iBT), 83, with no less than 20 on any section

TOEFL(PBT), 500, with TWE of 5

MELAB, 80, with no less than 78 on any section

IELTS, 6.5, with no less than 6.0 on any section

CAEL, 60, with no less than 60 on any section

PTE Academic, 58, with no less than 56 on any section


Completion of Level 10 of Fanshawe’s International English as a Second Language program can be considered for admission for applicants requiring English proficiency. A minimum of 80% in all five levels of the program must be attained. For more information, please visit:

Fanshawe College



Completion of ILAC’s High Advanced Level can be considered for admission for applicants requiring English proficiency. For more information, please visit here.


Completion of Level Seven of CultureWorks English as a Second Language program may be considered for admission for applicants requiring proof of English language proficiency. For more information, please visit here.


Completion of the London Language Institute ESL University Preparation Program can also be considered for admission for applicants requiring English proficiency. For more information, please visit here.


Completion of the Highest Advanced Level at the English Language Centre at Western University may be used as proof of English Language proficiency.  For more information, please visit here.

The English Boost Program

Huron’s Enroute Program

Academic English Program







All international students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents are required to obtain a Study Permit to study in Canada.

You may apply for a Study Permit as soon as you have received an Offer of Admission letter from Huron University.

Contact a Canadian Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission in your home country to apply for the Study Permit.

For further details, see the Immigration Canada website.



Do I need to submit English Language Proficiency (ELP) test results (e.g. an IELTS or TOEFL) for admission?
If you have not studied for a minimum of four years (including your final year) in an institution where the language of instruction is English, you are required to submit a satisfactory English language proficiency test score. Click here for details.
Is your university accredited in Canada? Will my degree be recognized internationally?
Yes. We are a public university and an official member of Universities Canada. Students in all of our programs will graduate with a Western University degree. Ranked as one of Canada’s Top 8 universities (QS World University Rankings), means your degree will be recognized in Canada and around the world. As well, Huron has a reputation as one of Canada’s oldest institutions and the prestigious leadership positions Huron alumni have held in business, government, law and more in Canada and around the world are well known. Our alumni mentorship program will connect you with our alumni in leadership roles in organizations and sectors of your interests to help you take advantage of high-level connections and fast-track your search for a career post-graduation.
As an international student, can I work in Canada during my studies at Huron?
Yes. You can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during the school year (on or off campus) and full-time during a schedule break (up to 40 hours per week). Our summer breaks begin in May and continue until the end of August. You do not need a work permit to work while attending Huron, as your study permit gives you permission to work as long you are enrolled in full-time studies. As soon as you arrive, during our International Students Welcome Week, we’ll personally take you to a local Service Canada office so that you can apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) which you will need to start working in Canada. Then, you will have your own dedicated Career Development Advisor at Huron to help you navigate the world of employment in Canada, prepare your CV and Resume, practice your interview skills and connect you to jobs on and off campus.
What is the relationship between Huron and Western University?
Huron was founded in 1863 by Benjamin Cronyn and Isaac Hellmuth. 15 years later, Isaac Hellmuth founded Western University in 1878. Huron is the founding institution of Western University. Huron is a “university within a university” – as a student here, you are fully a Western student: you can access all facilities, amenities and events throughout the Western campus and you will graduate with a Western University degree. However, by being at Huron you will have the benefit of uniquely small class sizes of 30 students on average and studying at an institution that specializes specifically in liberal arts and business. On top of the campus-wide opportunities, you will also have exclusive access to Huron’s special programs: such as more student clubs and extra-curriculars, paid internship and alumni connections that are available solely for Huron students. You will also be eligible for scholarship opportunities dedicated exclusively to Huron students as well as enjoy our own Residence buildings, which are mainly single rooms rather than shared, double rooms. Our residences are also the perfect location on the Western University campus: Huron residence buildings are the closest ones to the University Community Center (UCC) – the social, recreational and dining hub of Western University.
What makes Huron different?
We have remained strategically small to ensure faculty and staff can provide personalized and caring environments that nurture our students’ individual gifts and position them for the best-possible university experience. We refuse to conform to the trend that attempts to devalue a Liberal Arts education because we know diverse and balanced course offerings endow our students with transferrable skills best prepare them for the modern job market. Our university prioritizes character development, as much as academic excellence, so when you leave here, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and passion to actively shape the world. All of our classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, so your classroom experiences, from lectures to grading, will always be consistent and you’ll have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with people who want to positively influence your future. We’ve established local and international partnerships that set our students a part: we are Ontario’s only Harvard Business School Online partner and we also offer the dual degree program with Ivey Business School
I’m interested in Huron’s dual degree program with the Ivey Business School, how do I apply?
When applying to any Huron program on the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website, you will have an option to check off a box that indicates your interest in Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) status as well. You will then need to complete a supplemental application for Ivey AEO status which is due on January 15, 2021. If you do not apply or receive AEO status to Ivey when applying during your Grade 12 year, you may also apply during your second year at Huron. Please click here for more details.
I’m interested in applying to multiple programs at Huron, do I have to submit multiple applications?
Huron admits students to a general first year, so you only need to apply to a program once. For example, if you’re interested in both Accounting as well as Finance & Administration, only apply once to the Management and Organizational Studies program.
My school will not release my predicted or mid year results until later in the school year, when should I apply?
Applications for September 2021 are now open. We highly recommend you apply as soon as applications open so that we receive your basic information and educational background. Then, whenever transcripts from your school are available that indicate your senior year predicted and/or mid year results, simply upload them to your Huron Application Portal.
What are the important deadlines I need to know?
  • Ivey Business School Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) deadline – January 15, 2021
  • Huron International Presidential Scholarship deadline – February 12, 2021
  • Recommended Application Deadline for International Students – April 1, 2o21
  • Residence Application and Deposit Deadline – June 1, 2021

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