Concordia University is located in the vibrant city of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. The university was founded in the year 1974 by merging Sir George Williams University and Loyola College. It has 4 faculties, along with a graduate school, and a number of colleges, institutes and centres that together, offer more than 300 undergraduate programs and about 100 graduate programs.
The university stands at the 16th spot in Canada and at 411th spot in the world in QS World University Rankings. It has more than 40,000 students, making it one of the largest universities in Canada on the basis of enrolment. Concordia’s John Molson School of Business is highly reputed and is a common name in the list of top 10 Canadian business schools.
Concordia University is divided in two campuses- Sir George Williams Campus (SGW) and Loyola Campus. Sir George Williams Campus is located in Quartier Concordia in the Montreal downtown, whereas, the Loyola Campus is in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace district. Both the campuses are only 7kms away from each other and there is a free shuttle-bus service between the two for students and faculty.
Both the campuses of the university are easily accessible by public transport system. Metro and shuttle-buses, managed by Societe de transport de Montreal will get you anywhere in the Montreal city. Full-time students of the university who are between the age of 18 and 25 can also take monthly passes of the metro at a reduced rate. The city is also bike-friendly and has more than 660km of bike paths. So, if you live close to the university, daily bike ride can be a healthy option.
Montreal is one of the cities in Canada with the most number of parties and festivals. Moreover, there are also tons of pubs, cafes, and restaurants around the campuses. Basilique Notre-Dam, Parc du Mont-Royal, Parc Olympique, Musee Pointe-e-Calliere, and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal are some of the places commonly visited by the students on weekends.
The SGW campus of the university is under expansion since 2007. The university also acquired the Grey Nuns Motherhouse, which is a National Historic Site in Canada. It is reported that the university will occupy this building completely by the year 2022. The property is large enough to almost double the size of the SGW campus by 2022.
The university’s Computer Science, Engineering, and Visual Arts Complex, located on the Guy Street and Saint Catherine Street, is connected with the Guy-Concordia Metro Station. Le Gym, the recreational and athletic facility of the university is also located in this complex. The John Molson School of Business which is located on the corner of the De-Maisonneuve is attended by 6,000 students and the departments of theater, music and contemporary dance are also located here.
The university has a number of libraries, but two of main ones are the R. Howard Webster Library which is located in the McConnell Building of SWG campus and Georges P. Vanier Library of the Loyola Campus. Moreover, there is also a tunnel that connects the Hall Building and McConnell Library Building of the university with the Guy-Concordia Metro station.
Concordia University has three on-campus residences- Grey Nuns in the SGW campus and Hingston Hall and Jesuit Residence in the Loyola Campus. These residences are managed by Resident Life Assistants and Managers to help the students cope up with challenges of living in a new environment. For students who want to live off-campus, there are multiple affordable options available around the SGW and Loyola campus. The university’s student union website has a detailed listing of the off-campus accommodations available around the university. The average monthly rent of off-campus accommodations is around $600.
Summers in Montreal are warm and humid and the average temperature in the summer months is around 26 degree C. July is the hottest month here and temperatures can cross 30 degree C during this month. Winters are chilly and the average temperature during the winter months is -10 degree C. January and February are the coldest months with temperatures falling below -20 degree C. Montreal also receives rainfall of about 39in and snowfall of about 83in between the months of November and March.
Concordia University has more than 120 full-time professors and around 220 part-time professors. While most of them are excellent and have a great reputation in their field, some of them are not so good. Many students suggest that there are a few professors who are difficult to approach and there are some who are more focused on their research rather than teaching. Some student reviews also suggest that the TA’s are highly incompetent and many of them cannot even speak fluent English. Moreover, a lot of students also found it difficult to meet with an advisor of the university. So, while there are some great professors, overall, the academics of the university are not very impressive.
The university has a number of programs and scholarships to help the students financially for their studies. There are bursaries, government aid, scholarships and awards, work-study program, and jobs on-campus program to help the students. For international students, the university has a separate International Students Office to help them with these programs.
While the university doesn’t organizes a lot of career fairs, as per the university’s employment survey by its Career Management Service department, graduates and under-graduates from the university are able to find a job within 4 months after leaving the university. More than 90% of the students find job in Canada. While these stats are highly impressive, the survey is conducted by the university and cannot be completely trusted.
Concordia University is an excellent overall university, but its academics are not something that the university can boast about. If you want to select an international university solely on the basis of the quality of academics, you can find a number of better Canadian universities.
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