So, How Do I Actually Research a University Program?


Researching the programs you’re interested in over the summer can be one of the best ways to get ahead for the upcoming admissions cycle, which believe it or not, will start in less than a month for students applying to Canadian post-secondary programs. We talk a lot about “doing your research” here at Options, but what does this actually entail?

This guide will help break down the steps and give you the tools to find what you need.

  1. Find the program you are looking for on the “Programs” portion of the university’s website. For example, I’m interested in Communications at the University of Calgary, so I might start by opening their website and looking for programs
  2. Alternately, I always say Google is my best friend. You can start by Googling the program you are interested in:  “U Calgary Communications” brings me here.
  3. Now, read everything you can in this section. Here, you might find out about admission requirements, career opportunities, co-op, study abroad, research opportunities, etc. Sometimes, there’s a link here to find the curriculum and what you’d actually learn in this program. Other times, you’ll need to find this information separately on the universities’ “Academic Calendar”.  Another Google search will find this
  4. Here you can find out the nitty-gritty details of what your degree will entail, including which courses you’ll be required to take. First, find your faculty, then find your program of interest. If you’re not sure yet, look at a few different programs to get a sense of the similarities and differences. The academic calendars can be vast, so take it one page at a time. One way or another, you’ll need to learn how to navigate a university academic calendar, so this is a great task to practice this skill.

Good luck! And oh… have fun. 

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