What’s it like to study a Masters in Winnipeg?
The area of Winnipeg was populated by the First Nations for thousands of years, occupying an important position at the meeting point of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. The first European settlers arrived at the beginning of the 19th century, but Winnipeg wasn’t incorporated as a city until 1873. In the following years, Winnipeg enjoyed rapid growth thanks to its location at the geographical centre of North America.
Modern-day Winnipeg is a significant regional hub, with extensive railway links to the rest of Canada and neighbouring American states. The Winnipeg climate is rather extreme – even by Canadian standards! – so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for typical winter temperatures of −20°C. Despite this, Winnipeg is actually one of the sunniest cities in Canada, even if the days are pretty chilly.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is one of the main attractions in Winnipeg, housed in a strikingly asymmetric building that offers fantastic views of the city from its ‘Tower of Hope’. The Royal Canadian Mint is another Winnipeg landmark: visitors can take a guided tour of the manufacturing facilities where billions of coins are produced every year. The neighbourhood of Saint Boniface is home to a sizeable Francophone community (and university), with a plethora of charming cafes and boutiques.
Winnipeg has a thriving cultural scene, and the historic Exchange District hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Jazz Winnipeg Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (one of the largest of its kind in North America).
Universities in Winnipeg
As the home of five universities, Winnipeg is a major higher education centre. The largest is the University of Manitoba, a public research university that was established in 1877 and has nearly 30,000 students. The University of Winnipeg is another public university based in the city that offers Masters programmes in a range of disciplines, from Computer Science to Theology.
The Université de Saint-Boniface is a Francophone university in Winnipeg, with courses taught primarily in French.
Careers in Winnipeg
Winnipeg has a diverse economy with strong trade, manufacturing and agricultural sectors. As a whole, Canada offers excellent opportunities for talented postgraduates: after you’ve finished a Masters programme in Canada, you can apply for a post-graduation work permit that allows you to work in the country for a period equivalent to the length of your course.