You will hear from us, around mid-summer, to confirm your Teaching or Research Assistant assignment. To ensure that you receive correspondence from us, please email me if any of your contact information changes from that listed on your application form. In the meantime, I hope the answers to most frequently asked questions, below, will be helpful. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.
Graduate Program Assistant
Phone: (519) 661-2111 extension 85144
A graduate student proceeding to a degree must maintain continuous registration in each successive term (Fall/Winter/Summer) from initial registration until all requirements for the degree are completed. Exception: A leave of absence may be granted on medical or compassionate grounds. If a leave of absence is taken during a period when a student is eligible for funding, the period of funding eligibility is extended by the duration of the period of the leave.
How do I complete my offer of admission? Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' web site will prompt you through the steps required to activate your Western email account and access Western's online Student Center (where you will complete your offer of admission).
For information on Housing, see our School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' "Housing" link. Note that on-campus housing is limited so we recommend applying as soon as you receive your offer of admission.
What is the cost of fees/tuition for each term?
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents - based on 2015/16 (check for updated schedules on the Registrar's web site)
Fall 2015 - $3,100 (This included health plan fees for the September 2015 through August 2016 time period. Students may choose to opt out of the health plan)
Winter 2016, Summer 2016 - $2,600
International Students - based on 2015/16 (check for updated schedules on the Registrar's web site)
Fall 2015 - $6,740 (this included health plan fees for the September 2015 through August 2016 time period)
Winter 2016, Summer 2016 - $6,275
Fee schedules by term are available on the Registrar's website. Fee schedules provide first and second installment due dates.
When and how will I receive my funding? Your scholarship funding will appear in your Student Center account as 'pending financial aid' each term and will be applied to your tuition and fees before the payment due date each term. Fees not covered by scholarships must be paid by the 'second installment' deadline. If your scholarship is more than the amount of your tuition and fees, you will receive the balance, by direct deposit in your bank account, by about the middle of the first month of each term. Teaching or research assistantship funding is paid monthly, by direct deposit, on the second last banking day of the month. Your first TA or RA pay will be deposited in your bank account on September 29. You will be hearing from us again (about mid-summer) to confirm your Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant assignment. More information regarding the direct deposit process will be provided.
In the event that you are awarded an External Scholarship (i.e., OGS, SSHRC) , please inform the Graduate Program Assistant. Recipients of External Scholarships will receive their payments in equal lump sums at the beginning of each term. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the Terms and Conditions of their award.
How many courses am I expected to take? Students normally take three courses in the Fall term and three courses in the Winter term, with the exception of MA students in the research paper (three-term) stream, who will take four courses (including the MA sociological research course) in the Winter term.
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Click here for PhD program details.
How do I register for courses? Visit our Course Information website for course offerings, outlines, and start dates. Online registration, through the Student Center - student.uwo.ca - is available about three weeks prior to the start of each term.
When should I arrive on campus? The graduate term officially begins on September 1. International students should have a landing date of no later than September 1 to avoid complications with Western's Payroll Department. Although employment (as a graduate teaching or research assistant) officially begins on September 1, some professors may not need you to start immediately; it is best to contact the professor for whom you will be working to find out when he or she would like you to begin. For a list of other dates, see the Checklist in the side bar of this web site.
Teaching Assistant duties will be communicated to you in a letter from us mid-summer.
Please see left side bar New Grad Student Information (August 2016) for details regarding Program Orientation (September 6 & September 16) and New Student Welcome (September 16).
TA Training. The Teaching Support Centre offers 2 1/2 day Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP) sessions during August and September, as well as a one-day workshop (TA Day) early in September. Although this training is optional, we recommend that teaching assistants attend at least one of these options, especially those who have not held a Teaching Assistantship in the past. A one-day workshop for international students is also offered (International TA Day) and is highly recommended for new international students. Visit each respective web site for further information and to register.
The Teaching Assistantship is offered in the Fall and Winter Terms only. Teaching Assistants are paid in monthly installments, by direct deposit, on the second last banking day of each of the months of: September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April. The value of a full Teaching Assistantship is $12,699 (including vacation pay). This corresponds to 280 hours of work (approximately 10 hours per week) commencing on September 1 of the academic year and terminating on April 30 of the academic year. The work assignment may on occasion exceed 10 hours in any one week. Duties are assigned by the Department Chair and may include: conducting one-hour tutorials; holding office hours; marking assignments, essays, and examinations; assisting with teaching aids (i.e., setting up of audio-visual equipment); assisting with preparation of exams; assisting with compilation and recording of grades; proctoring of examinations; conducting teaching evaluations. Under an agreement between the University and the Society of Graduate Students, MA students who choose the thesis stream are guaranteed continued TA funding (or equivalent funding) in the second year of their MA program, provided the 78% average is maintained and program requirements are met.
Health Insurance while attending Western. Students from outside Canada are required to join the University Health Insurance Plan. International students should make arrangements in their home country for health insurance coverage while travelling to Canada. Canadian students from outside Ontario covered by a provincial plan should contact their plan to advise them of enrolment at Western. Extended health insurance benefits are offered automatically for full-time graduate students through the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), provided the student is covered by his/her provincial health plan or has an OHIP-equivalent plan (e.g., UHIP). The annual fee for the health plan is included in fall term fees. Students may opt out of this plan if they wish. The Graduate Teaching Assistants' Union also offers extended health coverage to graduate students employed as Graduate Teaching Assistants.
Additional notes for international students. To avoid complications with our Payroll department, your study permit must list a landing date of no later than September 1. It is advisable to arrive at least one week before classes begin. This will allow time to take care of administrative details and to settle in before classes start. Monday, September 1 is a holiday in Canada (Labour Day); therefore, the University and many businesses in London will be closed.