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Why Durham college?

Durham College is where the student experience comes first. From our beginnings in 1967 as a small community college, to becoming a global leader in post-secondary education, we are pleased to welcome students from across Canada and the world. Durham College has a history of preparing students with the skills, knowledge and desire for advancing ideas and demonstrating excellence that help employers find great success. In fact, employers who have hired Durham College grads reported a satisfaction rate of 87.7 per cent, in the 2014-2015 Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey.

The college is home to the very best professors and staff. Their impact on your learning and professional growth, and their connections to industry are far-reaching. Whether you want to begin your academic career or further your studies, they will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. We offer over 140 high-quality programs taught using state-of-the-art equipment on high-tech campuses, to enhance the applied learning experiences we provide for our students. Durham College supports students in finding fulfillment in education, employment and lifelong learning.

In addition to modern learning lab, classrooms and facilities, Durham College’s Oshawa campus is a hub of activity that makes for a very interesting campus life:

  • Enjoy good eats at one of 28 food service locations.
  • Stay fit and enjoy yourself, on your own or as part of a team, at the stat-of-the-art Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.
  • Take advantage of the wide range of support services, including career counselling and academic assistance, available at the Student Services building.
  • Get involved with Durham College Students Inc’s (DCSI) many events and campus clubs

Preparing graduates for employment: At Durham College we focus on relevant, engaging and industry-focused teaching and learning. Our aim is to enhance your education with real-world experiences so you’re prepared to meet the demands of a complex and changing economy and world, giving you a competitive edge when applying for employment. Durham College consistently achieves excellent graduate employment rates.

Industry-based programs: Our programs are continually shaped by market needs through Program Advisory Committees (PACs). More than 1,000 local industry and business leaders sit on 77 PACs, which means Durham College can tap into participant expertise to ensure its programs are current and aligned with industry trends. Our programs are also delivered by expert teachers with real-world experience.

Supported student experience: We aim to make your international student experience an amazing one. You will be supported from the moment you arrive, through a range of services including: arrival and accommodation assistance, international orientation, academic learning support, health and well-being services, career services, sports and clubs, disability support, financial aid and much more. You can also participate in a variety of organized events and activities on campus to make new friends.

Field placements: Receiving training in your chosen field before you graduate is an excellent way to gain valuable skills and first-hand experience. Durham College offers placements in a number of its programs, where students work at a business or organization in their chosen field for a set period of time. The field placement component enables students to practice and integrate the skills and knowledge acquired in their program while also gaining valuable Canadian work experience, the ability to meet deadlines and problem-solve, time management and the ability to adapt behavior in response to professional feedback.

Research at Durham: College Research is at the heart of what Durham College does as a post-secondary institution. The college’s Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) is responsible for driving innovation and, since its inception in 2009, has created a strong applied research agenda for Durham College. In the 2014 – 2015 academic year, we were ranked number 25 on the list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges for the second year in a row.

Entrepreneurial spirit: Durham College and ORSIE launched the FastStart program, a powerful new resource designed to help students acquire entrepreneurial skills and convert innovative business ideas into successful companies through programs such as student incubators and boot camps.