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For a ninth straight year, Conestoga College has been rated the number one public college in Ontario. Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Training (ITAL) is one of three ITALs in Ontario and a member of the Association of Canadian Polytechnic Institutes. Conestoga offers programs leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees. Main academic areas include business, health sciences, engineering technology, information technology, skilled trades, media studies, community services and liberal studies. Based in Kitchener (120 kilometres west of Toronto), Conestoga serves this diverse mid-western Ontario region, an area that combines larger cities and small towns, strong manufacturing industries and traditional agricultural production. This region is also known as Canada's technology triangle because of its concentration of advanced technology, research and development industries, manufacturing industries and institutions of higher education.

Areas of Expertise

Conestoga offers programs in Business, Information Technology, Engineering Technology, Skilled Trades, Health Sciences, Community Services, Media and Liberal Studies.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:528 bedsLowest: $4,500Highest: $5,250

Student residence is located next to the Doon Campus in Kitchener. It is a 528-bed facility with a combination of fully furnished two-bedroom apartment-style rooms and shared open-concept rooms. All rooms have their own shared kitchenette and washroom. The residence is a secure building with controlled-access entry and 24-hour on-site staff.

Off Campus Housing

An off-campus housing registry is provided at no cost to the student by student services. Please visit www.conestogac.on.ca/studentsvc/house/index.jsp for more details.

Incoming Students

1. Accommodation Arrangements: Assistance is provided to locate accommodation in homestay or student residence. This assistance is provided at no cost. 2. Airport Transfers (Pick-up): Transportation from Pearson International Airport, Toronto, to the student's accommodation is provided at no cost. 3. Orientation: This is an important introduction to the College and is intended to make new students feel at home in their surroundings. 4. Social Activities and Trips: The College offers many events and activities for international students. These activities help students meet new friends, experience Canadian culture, and make the most of their Conestoga College experience. Activities are arranged at a very modest cost. 5. International Student Advisors: Conestoga's International Education Office staff are available to help international students by answering questions, resolving problems, and providing them with information about the College and the community. 6. Banking Assistance: A representative from the International Education Office is available to assist students to open a bank account.

Sports

The Conestoga College Recreation Centre has an arena with an Olympic-size ice surface, double gymnasium, weight room, squash courts, baseball diamonds, soccer field, fitness programs and OT's Sports Bar, a licensed bar that seats 90.

Activities

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) ensures a vibrant student life with plenty of activities all year round. Events include barbecues, toga party, trips to Canada's Wonderland and Blue Jays game.

Clubs

Conestoga clubs are a great way to connect with people who share your interests and ideas, and provide you with some pretty cool things to do outside of class. Check out Club Day, which happens every term and showcases our different clubs at Conestoga. Some of our clubs include 8 Count (dance team), LGBTTTIQQ & Friends (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transsexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited, Intersexed, Queer, Questioning, and Friends) and Wizards of the College.

Information Technology

There are open labs and high-speed Internet access on campus and at the residence. Students can also connect through the wireless network available at the Doon and Waterloo Campuses. For students enrolled in a full-time course, Conestoga College provides web-based e-mail services.

Cultural

CJIQ 88.3 FM The Condor, our radio station, features a line-up of different music genres. They include rock, club, R&B, jazz, classical, Christian and ethnic music. SPOKE is our student-run newspaper.

Special Services

Conestoga offers services to support students with special needs. Our Disability Services Office has a wide range of services and counselling to accommodate special learning requirements to integrate students with disabilities into a comfortable and rewarding educational environment. We also have an adaptive technology computer lab. The College also runs five child care centres throughout Waterloo Region, one on Doon Campus, and four at public elementary schools. Fees are established on an annual basis. Fee subsidies are available to some parents from local municipal social services or child care divisions.

International Involvement

Conestoga Teacher Education, is active in Beijing, China, working with teachers from the Western School District. Conestoga personnel participated in the establishment of the system of Colleges of Higher Technology in the United Arab Emirates. The College has developed strong educational links in Malaysia, Japan and the Caribbean. Conestoga was also the major participant in the 1991 Ontario-Jiangsu (China) Educational Exchange program. In Canada, Conestoga has hosted a number of international students and educators who have acquired or upgraded skills through regular or specially designed programs of study. Information regarding international education arrangements is available from Ms. Christine Buuck, Director of International Education at cbuuck@conestogac.on.ca and (519) 748-3556.

Campus Tour

Conestoga would love to give you a guided tour of our beautiful campuses. We have several highly trained guides who can show you the sights and help you understand what it is like to be a student at the number one college in the province. Please see www.conestogac.on.ca/about/campustours.jsp to book a tour.

Other

At the Learning Commons, Peer Services offers tutoring options for students experiencing subject difficulties, including the unique opportunity to participate in peer-supported learning groups. Students who have English as a second language can practice speaking English and learn more about Canadian culture through peer conversation partners.

Modified on December 14, 2015