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Guelph the city and the uni rate high on the list of Canada's top destinations

Located less than an hour's drive from Canada's biggest city, Toronto (and only two hours away from the Niagara Falls / US border), is the city of Guelph considered one of Canada's top ten places to live.

And speaking of quality…the city's star institution of higher education, the University of Guelph, is regarded as one of the country's top comprehensive universities making it a perfect choice for the 700+ international students who choose it each year.

Particularly strong in the science departments, Guelph has a number of favourite programs when it comes to attracting Bangladeshi students, including those in the areas of biological science, food & agricultural sciences, engineering, and business. And for anyone interested in pursuing a career in health care, the school's nursing and health sciences programs are highly regarded and a great choice for those hoping to find work in Canada post-graduation, as the country's demand for professionals in this field is growing each year.


For those students interested in combining their Canadian university experiences with more varied international experiences, Guelph is a strong supporter of study abroad offering more than 50 different student exchange and/or semester abroad options in 30 countries around the globe. For international students feeling torn about where they want to study, it no longer needs to be an “either / or” decision! Guelph students can choose to spend semesters abroad, exploring and studying at other partner institutions in the UK, US, and other exciting destinations worldwide.

Another major draw for the University of Guelph is the quality of student life found on campus. Particularly with the list of student clubs numbering well over a hundred, there's always a lot going on! Or, for students preferring less 'organized' activities, state-of-the-art exercise facilities (including two swimming pools, two ice rinks, six squash courts, climbing wall, and fully staffed fitness centres) are available throughout the year, as are two campus art galleries.

WHEN: Friday, 28th October - 12 noon to 7pm
WHERE: The Westin Hotel, Gulshan 2, Dhaka
PARTICIPATING UNIVERSITIES: Victoria, Winnipeg, Algoma, Guelph, Windsor & SMU.
PARTICIPATING COLLEGES: Confederation & Sault College
*** BY INVITATION ONLY. Contact us today to attend!

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about attending the University of Guelph or another Canadian institution be sure to visit www.canada123.org. Students and families can also visit the Canadian University Application Centre (or 'CUAC') office located on Gulshan Road. On Friday, October 28th, Guelph will attend along with other Canadian university representatives, a special Canadian University Education Fair, at The Westin Dhaka. Guelph will have its international admissions coordinator in Dhaka, ready to answer all your questions with typical Canadian helpfulness. This event, however, is by INVITATION ONLY. For those interested, please email Dhaka@canada123.org , or phone at 02.8826445.

Profile In His Own Words

FULL NAME: Rafael Diganta
ORIGIN: Dhaka, Bangladesh
PROGRAM: Bachelor of Science, 3rd Year
FOCUS: Biochemistry

Although Rafael Diganta was initially attracted to the University of Guelph after he found out it was placed among the top comprehensive universities in Canada, it wasn't until he learned more about the university's location that he finally decided it was definitely the place for him.

“The [smaller] size of U of G and location meant I would be able to engage more with people,” Rafael explains, “and be able to adapt to the new culture quicker, which I believe is absolutely vital for any international student to ensure a successful transition to life in Canada.”

Considered one of Canada's most 'livable' cities, it is no wonder that the city of Guelph caught the international student's eye as an ideal place to study. And, according to Rafael, his own experiences living in Guelph have more than lived up to the city's shining reputation.

“The people of Guelph are very friendly and helpful,” he says, “and they are the reason I believe I have been able to adapt with the new culture. I have made a lot of friends over here and never felt like I've been left out of anything. As a result, since I came here, I have become a more independent, open minded, organized and social person all of which I think is the essence to success in life.”

When it comes to his program, Rafael explains: “I joined University of Guelph as a Biochemistry Co-op student, which gave me the opportunity to work as well as study during the same time. Hence, by the time I would be graduating, I would have necessary work experiences as well as essential knowledge to succeed in the work place. The professors are also very qualified and approachable, and are engaged heavily with much worldwide research currently taking place.”


Guelph Basics
Established: 1964
Faculty with Ph.D (or equivalent): 99%
Faculty to student ratio: 1:20
Residence: over 5,000 students living in residence, including 90% of first-year students
Five-to-seven minute walk from any residence to class
Rated #1 for campus food in Canada
Population of Guelph city: 118,000

But besides studying which he takes very seriously Rafael has also gotten involved in some extra-curricular activities, even taking on a leadership role as Vice President of Communications for the Biochemistry Student Association. As such, he was responsible for facilitating communication between the new biochemistry major students and the department's faculty members.

Overall, Rafael says that the best things about the University of Guelph (in his opinion), can be summed up as follows: “Friends, the people of Guelph, residence life, and the U of G campus itself especially the arboretum.” All of which have combined, he says, to make for one unforgettable Canadian university experience.

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