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Minors and Certificates
A Minor is an optional secondary area of study that can either be related to or different from your main area of study. Choose a minor because it intrigues you, because it complements your major, or because it's something you've always wanted to learn. Minors can be declared once you have started your university studies by meeting with your program counsellor.
Students who elect to add a Minor from outside of the Bachelor of Engineering degree program are encouraged to meet with the faculty advisor for the Minor specialization to confirm course requirements. A list of faculty advisors can be found on the Undergraduate Academic Information Centre website.
There are many opportunities to take your studies beyond the University of Guelph’s campus limits. These opportunities include Exchange Programs, Summer Field Schools, Summer Language Programs, Research Abroad and Letters of Permission.
You can learn about all the great study abroad programs available to you as a University of Guelph student at the Study Abroad Fair which takes place in mid-October in the University Centre Courtyard. Over 100 exchange opportunities are showcased at the Study Abroad Fair, where you will have the chance to meet students who have been on Guelph's study abroad programs as well as students who are here on exchange from our partner universities.
It is important that you discuss your plans for Study Abroad with a Program Counsellor before you begin this process to ensure you understand what engineering courses are eligible for study abroad programs.
Participating in clubs, organizations, and events is a great way to help develop your character and meet people on campus with similar interests. Joining clubs and organizations helps to develop skills such as commitment, leadership, communication, and how to be a valuable team member. The University of Guelph has over 273 organizations that students can get involved in and has a constant array of events happening all year round!
Health and Fitness
Enjoy the brand new WF Mitchell Athletics Centre expansion which includes a state-of-the art fitness center with a club-like atmosphere, a triple gymnasium/event center with retractable bowl seating for 2,000, a running track, student and varsity change rooms, a climbing wall, a combatives room, a wrestling room, squash courts, two swimming pools, and program spaces to accommodate recreation, intramurals, fitness instruction and varsity activity.
Outdoor fitness and recreation facilities include the Gryphon Soccer Complex, Varsity Field, Alumni Stadium, Beach Volleyball Complex, Softball Diamonds, and Johnston Green.
The Department of Student Wellness is comprised of 5 different units, all of which provide health and wellbeing support and services to students and to the campus community. These units include Accessibility Services, Counselling Services, Health Services, Health & Performance Centre and Wellness Education & Promotion. Student Wellness Services is located in the newly renovated J.T. Powell Building.
Professional development at OpenEd offers you opportunities to advance your career, upgrade your skills and grow on a professional or personal level. The high-quality professional development programs offered reflect the unique teaching expertise and research strengths of the University of Guelph.
Many of the certificate and diploma programs are approved and/or accredited by professional associations. Accredited offerings support you in accomplishing and maintaining professional designations and recognition in your field.
Enjoy flexible instructional formats--including online, blended and face-to-face course delivery--and learn from instructors with expertise in their fields--from the University of Guelph and the local and international community.