Schools & Education
Primary and Secondary
London offers a wide-array of primary and secondary education options for parents. Four different public school boards operate secular English (Thames Valley District School Board), secular French (Conseil scolaire Viamonde), Catholic English, and Catholic French schools. There are numerous private options for elementary school instruction, and the Blyth Academy has a campus for secondary students.
Religious-focused options include Christian and Islamic private schools for both elementary and secondary grades.
London’s size guarantees a plentiful array of quality of private tutoring services and extra-curricular educational options in dance, music, theatre, languages, art classes, and cultural and religious programs.
London is home to the University of Western Ontario, one of Canada’s leading research-focused universities. Western offers more than 400 majors, minors and specializations and is recognized for providing Canada’s best student experience to over 35,000 full-time students. Western’s medical, business, and law schools have excellent reputations, and the Richard Ivey School of Business is recognized as among Canada’s best.
The city is also home to Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology, one of the largest colleges in Ontario, with a population of 17,000 full-time and 26,000 part-time students. The school offers more than 120 post-secondary certificates, diplomas and applied learning programs.
Another post-secondary option is Westervelt College, a career college founded in 1885.
Many young Ontario rheumatologists have family members that may not speak English as a first language who wish to relocate with them. The London Cross Cultural Centre operates a Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) assessment centre and is a link to additional programs within the city. The London Public Library and Fanshawe College also offer programs for newcomers seeking to learn English. Additionally, various ethnocultural groups offer assistance and language help to newcomers in their respective communities.