Founded in 1911 as a private high school of Methodist Church, University of Regina is a public research university located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Popularly known as U of R, this university focuses on experiential learning. Programs in arts, business administration, education, media, engineering, social work, and health studies. It holds pride for having one of the highest numbers of international students in Canada.
Regina is the second largest province in Saskatchewan. It is a small city with a population of a little over 2 lakhs. It has Alberta to its west and Manitoba to its east. It also borders the American states of Montana and North Dakota. The town of Lumsden which is nearby is known to have cheaper living costs and other facilities. The city is located on the Trans-Canada Highway and hence multiple railways run through the city. They also have a bus-transit service on 20 integrated routes but students wish the busses came more often and on time. Food is relatively cheap except seafood. There are lots of free events to attend in the city but not much of a nightlife here. This is definitely a smaller city than Toronto but the people may seem a lot more polite, nicer; and it may be much more affordable to live.
The campus located on the Wascana Lake is at the south-east of the old campus. The old campus is currently used as the Regina Conservatory of Music, the Normal School, Museum of Natural History, etc. The design of Regina is designed specifically in the modernist style by the architect who designed World Trade Center in New York. It is a great lake and ample green space, it's an ideal place for jogging, cycling, skating, and skiing. The campus provides facilities such as gyms, pharmacy, groceries, etc. Students wish there was a better parking space.
Dr. John Archer Library is the main library on campus established in 1967. The university opened La Cite which is the first French University in Saskatchewan. Adjacent to the campus is also Regina Research Park which collaborates more often with the university departments.
Regina University has a space for 1200 students on-campus. Most rooms are for single occupancies but there are some spaces are for double occupancies too. Names of these spaces are College West (also houses classrooms), La Residence (dorm-style living for international students), Wakpa Tower and Paskwow Tower (twelve-floor housing apartment, studio and dorm-style residences), and Luther College Residences (dorm-style). Students recommend avoiding getting a food-pass while living in the residency because the food there is not very good. Off-campus living costs about $800.
Regina has a continental climate with warm summers and very cold winters. It is known to be the sunniest capital in Canada with an average temperature being 23-degree Celsius. Summer makes the campus even more beautiful with flowers and landscaped grass all around. The Winter here starts from mid-November to early March and the temperature averages around -11 degrees. International students are recommended to get adequate warm clothes for the winters.
Faculty to student ratio is 1:22. The classes are pretty small so the students get individual attention. This school requires no entrance exams and is pretty easy to get in. It is known for its nursing and education programs. It offers 50 master's degree courses and 1 doctoral program but the education is pretty much average. Overall, the professors may be good but not exceptional. The university is ranked lower than other Canadian universities. Popular professors on campus are Bradyn Parisian (Business Administration), Andie Martin (Health Studies), Leanne MacKnight (Statistics), etc.
One merit of U of R is that it has low fees compared to other Canadian universities. There are lots of opportunities for small, part-time jobs in this small city. When it comes to scholarships here, Joseph Schwann Graduate Award, Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business Entrance Bursary, Queen Elizabeth 2 Scholarship, Campion College Graduate Scholarships, etc.
There are fewer opportunities for a full-time job in the city. Master of Arts student may fetch about C$48,000 while a Master of Computer Science C$66,000 and a Masters of Engineering may fetch up to C$97,000. MBA students fetch about C$80,000. However, the average income after graduation is $32000.
The University of Regina is in a small city and that acts as both- a merit or demerit- depending on what the student is seeking. Beyond that, education here is good but nothing extraordinary. This is not the school you come to if you have high aims of working at a really good company. Perhaps a good college stuck in a not so happening place. Also, international students should check work opportunities while studying itself. Plan well in advance so you are not left out in the end.
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