Humber College: A Welcoming, Global Atmosphere Where Students Come First
Toronto’s Humber College boasts a reputation for being one of Canada’s most diverse, comprehensive, and exciting colleges—a school that offers something for everyone. The 27,500 full-time students pursuing 160 programs on two campuses is only the start of Humber’s broad reach; more than 56,000 part-time students choose Humber for ESL programs, short-term certificates, online education, and much more.
The Humber Difference
A dedication to maintaining a global perspective across Humber is outlined in the college’s strategic plan. “Internationalization has long been a priority at Humber and our commitment to creating this global perspective within our community was formalized in the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. We wish to create a community of students, faculty, and staff that is culturally diverse and dedicated to programming that will prepare our learners to be contributing members of the global marketplace,” stated Humber College President and CEO Chris Whitaker.
Humber College prioritizes student success by emphasizing hands-on learning through state-of- the-art facilities and specialized learning institutes, such as the Humber Digital Broadcast Centre and the Humber Fashion Institute. Off-campus, Humber helps students to find internship opportunities and paid co-op placements. Small class sizes, welcoming professors, and strategic industry partners are just a few more ways that Humber College puts students first.
These practices have resulted in robust graduate employment rates and a Gold Award of Excellence in Internationalization from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) for “increased opportunities for student mobility and internships, diverse partnerships with institutions in several countries around the world, and a strong commitment to the integration of international students.” Annually, Humber receives more applications than any other college in Ontario.
Humber for International Students
International students have no trouble fitting into the bustling, multicultural communities of Humber College and Toronto. The college is home to more than 3,400 international students from over 100 countries. Many begin their studies with one of the eight levels of English for Academic purposes at the college’s English Language Centre, or with the fun, event-packed Summer Language Program.
The International Centre organizes dozens of student events, ranging from soccer matches to holiday dinners to trips to Niagara Falls and Montréal. In addition, international students participate in peer mentorship programs and workshops and receive guidance for everything from the visa process to employment preparation.
With access to the school’s athletic centers and more than 80 student clubs, international students are involved in all aspects of student life at Humber College. Annabell, a student from Ecuador, described the welcoming, global atmosphere at Humber: “You feel like you are not only in one place; you feel like you are in the United Nations.”