University of Winnipeg – Manitoba, Canada

The University of Winnipeg (UW) received its charter in 1967 but its roots date back more than 145 years. The university has a student population nearing 10,000 coming from over 94 countries. UW has a strong campus community and is known for its small class sizes with an estimated student-to-professor ratio of 25:1. It has a strong commitment to the environment and Indigenous inclusion.

Winnipeg is the 7th largest city in Canada and the capital city of the province of Manitoba. It has been ranked in the top three best large Canadian cities to live in and listed as one of the World’s Greatest Places of 2021 by Time Magazine. It has also been named one of the best places to visit by National Geographic Travel.

UWinnipeg has open green spaces, a rich array of arts and cultural activities, fitness facilities, and student groups. The campus’s vibrant downtown location allows students to advance their education while being only steps away from exciting nightlife, galleries, museums, global cuisine and shopping, as well as being close to green spaces, bike paths, and walkways.

More than just city life, the area offers the best of the great outdoors. Find yourself relaxing along miles of white sandy shoreline at Grand Beach, rated one of the best beaches in North America, take in scenic landscapes, enjoy wildlife in Canada’s largest urban forest or get moving on the endless biking and hiking trails.

Being the cultural cradle of Canada, there are many festivals that take place throughout the year in Winnipeg, including the Fringe Festival, International Jazz Festival, Festival du Voyageur and more. The US Border is a short 1.5 hour road trip away.

Programmes of study

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at the University of Winnipeg.

The University of Winnipeg has a large range of undergraduate degree areas including Business and Administration, Criminal Justice, Theatre and Film, History, Psychology and Political Science. Full details of the programmes on offer can be found on the UW website.

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – The nearest major airport to the university is Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG). An Airport Reception Service is available for students arriving between the specified dates prior to the start of the academic year.
  • Accommodation – Exchange students can choose between on campus living residence options. McFeetors Hall offers single and double furnished dorms. Balmoral Houses are renovated neighborhood character homes for student living close to campus. This allows students to have a private room and features shared living areas. Further information including rent prices are available on the university website.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Canadian immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in Canada, and students are required to purchase medical insurance while attending the University of Winnipeg.


Living costs in Canada tend to be higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Canada: