Brescia University College

Brescia University College

Brescia is Canada’s women’s university. We were founded in 1919 by the Ursuline Sisters, strong women of faith who are committed to social justice, community service, and the development of women. While our roots are in the Catholic faith, we are open to – and embrace – women of all faiths. Brescia is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario, the third-largest university in the province. That means you’ll benefit from the small, supportive atmosphere at Brescia while still enjoying the resources Western has to offer.

In addition to Brescia, you may take classes with men and women at Western’s main campus, Huron, and King’s University Colleges. When you graduate, your degree will be granted by Western.


Brescia University College was founded in 1919 by the Ursuline Religious of the Diocese of London. The Ursuline Sisters are strong women of faith who are committed to social justice, community service, and the development of women. Their vision and values continue to help shape the policies and procedures at Canada’s women’s university.

Originally, Brescia was located in a converted house downtown near Victoria Park. Seven young women comprised the first class of students. Land was later purchased and, in 1923, construction began on what is now Brescia University College. Classes began on the new campus in fall 1925.

Since its inception, diversity has been important to Brescia. In the early days, women came from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia to study at Brescia. Today, Brescia welcomes and embraces women of all faiths from all over the world.

The Ursulines ensured that all women, regardless of financial circumstances, could pursue a Brescia education. To this day, Brescia is known for our outstanding scholarship program.

Our Faculty

With Brescia’s 14-to-1 student-faculty ratio, you’ll easily interact with your exceptional professors — women and men who are committed to helping you get where you want to go in life. Experts who place teaching you above all of their personal endeavors. They’ll be there to guide, mentor, and challenge you. And they’ll empower you to:

  • Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to the real world
  • Get involved — on campus and in the community
  • Live up to your potential
  • Make wise decisions
  • Participate in internships and international exchanges
  • Think critically.


To immerse yourself in all things Brescia, you’ll want to apply for residence. You’ll be living in the majestic, castle-like Ursuline Hall, along with about 170 women from all over Canada and the world. By living in residence, you’ll develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

Castle Café is located in residence as well so you won’t have far to go for meals or a snack. And your classes — and the library — will be right next door at Mother St. James Memorial Building.

Through Focused Interest Floors, you’ll get to know other women who share your passion for interests such as singing, dancing, and writing to languages, foods, and traditions. And you can develop your leadership skills by getting involved in Residence Council or by becoming one of our Residence Assistants.

You’ll experience such social programs as:

  • Floor dinners
  • Game nights
  • Movie nights
  • Service-learning trips
  • Trading lounges.

Centres and Outreach

Brescia has many long-standing community partnerships and we are committed to community action focused on building and maintaining relationships, including academic/community initiatives, fundraising, and community events.

Brescia students, staff, and faculty represent the College within the London community through their activities, volunteer work, research, programming, and course-related initiatives. These activities enhance our creativity, enrich our communities, and nurture individual responsibility. Connection with a larger constituency expands our awareness and channels our compassion.

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