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Location:Brandon
Setting:Urban
Population:50,000
Enrollment:3,026
On Campus:10%
Language:English
Calendar:Semester
Approximate:
  • Fall 09/09-12/19
  • Spring 01/4-04/23

Tuition & Payments
PLAN A: OPEN
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

PLAN B: EVEN
You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:
$2,394

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:
$3,609

Additional Information
Receive From Canada
PLAN A, PLAN B

Campus Diversity
0%White
0%Black
0%Hispanic/Latino
0%Asian
30%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
0%Two or more races
70%Other


Campus Links
Home Page
Catalog

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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Brandon University attracts students interested in obtaining an excellent education in an environment geared to the individual. Small class sizes, faculty who are easily accessible, a compact campus, a rural focus, and a diverse student population combine to form a stimulating, supportive, and personalized learning experience. BU offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business administration, education, fine arts, music, nursing, science & environmental science, and graduate programs in music, rural development, psychiatric nursing & environmental science. Our music school attracts talented performers and has internationally renowned composers on faculty. BU is home to the innovative Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies program. Our liberal arts curriculum stands out as a refreshing alternative. We deliver rich content, but we also teach students how to apply knowledge, to perform and communicate, to innovate and to be critical thinkers. COSTS: Costs are given in Canadian dollars.

Campus Location - Brandon University is located in Brandon, Manitoba, the second largest city in the province. The campus is centrally located in the city and is served by bus service. Housing is located on campus.

Helpful Information - Students at Brandon University feel like big fish in a little pond. The campus is located in an area of two city blocks by three city blocks. It is easy to get to know your professors because the student to professor ratio is 11 to 1. Placement, registration, course choices and commuting from off-campus are all relatively easy at BU.

Programs
Closed Programs
Nursing and Education

Notable Academic Programs

  • Music - With over 100 years’ experience, the School of Music has the reputation as one of Canada’s finest. Programs are offered in Music Education, Performance, and many other areas.Brandon University has a long and distinguished history as a leader in post-secondary musical education. The School of Music maintains an exceptionally low studentteacher ratio and prides itself on the personalized instruction it provides to students. The Queen Elizabeth II Music Building is one of the finest facilities of its kind. In addition to many teaching and practice studios, rehearsal halls and classrooms, it houses the Lorne Watson Recital Hall, the Music Library, the Music Technology Lab, the Electronic Music Studio and the Media Room.
  • Disaster Studies - This program introduces students to a broad range of technological and environmental risks with an emphasis on how social and physical factors interact in disasters. Graduates of the program are able to assist with all aspects of emergency management, including traditional preparedness and response activities as well as recovery efforts to help people affected by disasters get their lives back to normal, and mitigation planning to prevent future damages. Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies adopts a liberal arts and sciences approach to foster an appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of the field. The ADES curriculum balances theory and practice as well as the social and physical science perspectives. A minor is also available to complement any BA or BSc major.
  • Fine Art - This is a professional studio-based program offering four-year majors and minors in Aboriginal Art, Art and Visual Culture (minor only), Drawing, Ceramics, Digital Media & Design, and Painting.The Bachelor of Fine Arts course load includes classes in art studio, lectures in art history and visual culture, and at least one business course. The studio programs foster an informed, contemporary professional practice in the majors listed above. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in a wide spectrum of creative directions and opportunities in addition to their specialized major. Ceramic majors have the opportunity to hand-build, wheel-throw, and create clay sculpture in a new state-of-the-art ceramic studio. As a non-studio minor degree, Art History/Visual Culture opens the way to appreciating visual expressions and ideas from many different cultures and time periods.
  • First Nation Studies - Native Studies focuses on how colonialism – both historical and contemporary – impacts Indigenous nations, as well as on the many forms of resistance to it. Our courses draw primarily upon the work of indigenous scholars, and emphasize indigenous approaches to knowledge. Many span diverse geopolitical contexts. Students in Native Studies can focus on courses in language and culture, in literature and the arts, and in history and philosophy. Or one may choose to study Indigenous perspectives on law, on treaties and treaty-making and on governance. Alternatively you might focus your studies on issues in Native health, education and spirituality, or learn more about the Metis nation, about Natives and the justice system, and Indigenous research methodologies.
  • Environmental Sciences - This four-year interdisciplinary program provides the scientific background necessary to address environmental issues such as pollution, climate change, resource management, and the conservation of wildlife and their habitats. This degree offers a wide range of career opportunities, with the environmental sector seeing rapid employment growth across Canada. Students choose one of three streams of specialization: Biodiversity, Physical Sciences, and Resource Management. The program includes courses offered by each of the Science departments, principally Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Geology as well as courses from the Faculty of Arts, like Environmental Ethics. Special Features All students complete a final-year project in preparation for professional practice. This project can be completed working with a BU professor or as part of a co-op placement with Parks Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada or another Federal or Manitoba agency. Students can additionally receive course credit for approved work placements with these agencies or other employers in the environmental industry.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Emergency Administration and Planning - Brandon University’s Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies (ADES) program is changing the emergency management field in Canada. The ADES degree is designed to combine social and physical sciences perspectives of hazards and disasters within a liberal arts education framework. ADES is producing new professionals with a broad scope of practice and wide-ranging knowledge. Emergency management is the development and implementation of policies and processes to help reduce risks, prepare communities, respond to hazard impacts and recover from the consequences. Unlike the past options of transitioning to emergency management from a traditional first response or military background, ADES offers students the opportunity to learn about and experience all aspects of managing how our communities deal with disasters.

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: Canadian Studies, First Nation Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Painting, Visual Arts

Athletics: Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business Administration

Chemistry: Chemistry

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Geology, Physical Sciences, Planetary and Space Sciences, Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Music, Physical Education

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Resource Recreation Management

Foreign Language: French

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Applied Geography, Environmental Planning, Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Disaster Studies, Emergency Administration and Planning

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

Mathematics: Mathematics

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Music, Music Performance, Performance

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religion

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Optometry Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing

Conditions
Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Not available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, 213 computer or 80 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B
Tuition/Fees
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 6/16/2015.
  • Estimated cost: $2,394.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 15 ($110 per additional hour)
  • Plan B: 15
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/16/2015.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $350 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Athletic Fee: $37 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Service Fee: $250 Year Plan A & B Optional
Library Fee: $18 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card: $20 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee: $82 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Newspaper Fee: $6 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Student Services Fee: $49 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Student Union Fee: $143 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: N/A

Plan B
For Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Canada
Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
Room/Meals
  • Figures are current as of 6/16/2015.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $3,609 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 5
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 5
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2018 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $1766 per semester for 14 meals per week.


All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.