Memorial University College was opened in 1932 and was elevated to the status of a degree granting institution in 1950. The university has a population of over 17,000 full-time and part-time students, spread over three major campuses and a number of regional colleges around the province.
Memorial University's St. John's campus is situated in the heart of the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most easterly province in Canada. This campus has a student population of approximately 15,000. In addition to the 50 university buildings, the campus also includes the Health Sciences Centre, which houses not only the Faculty of Medicine, and the Nursing and Pharmacy schools, but the largest hospital in the province.
The City of St. John's
St. John's, with a metropolitan population of 200,000, offers all the amenities expected of a provincial capital and does so with the friendliness and charm for which Newfoundlanders have become famous. While the city offers accessibility to centres of commerce, culture and government it is also only a stone's throw from expanses of breathtaking coastlines and uninhabited wilderness.
St. John's can be reached by air through the St. John's International Airport, only a ten minute drive from the campus. There are regular direct flights from London, England. Otherwise one can fly direct to Toronto, Montreal, or Halifax and transfer to a domestic flight. As an island the air option is preferable to the land and ferry option, for this is usually almost as expensive and very time consuming.
MUN also keeps a list of St. John's websites of interest.
Facilities and Student Services on the St. John's Campus
The University Library
The main library for the St. John's campus is the Queen Elizabeth II library. It holds over 1.6 million volumes over 5 floors. It also contains the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, which collects all published material pertaining to Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as manuscript materials. The Government Documents section is a depository collection of Canadian government documents along with an extensive collection of documents from other countries and international organizations. The Library is supported by electronic databases and search facilities.
Council of the Student's Union
Every undergraduate student registered at MUN is automatically a member of the student's union. The CSU is the elected governing body of the Union. It's offices are in the Thomson Student Center. It provides a number of services such as:
The CSU also provides assistance to student's who need it, such as emergency financial relief, assistance with academic issues, assistance with student aid, among other things.
Memorial has a number of computer labs. The vast majority of computers on campus are connected to MUNet, a high speed computer network. The Department of Political Science also has a limited computer facility.
The International Student Centre
The International Student Advisor
All exchange students should meet with the International Student Advisor after arriving at Memorial. The office is located in A3039 of the Arts and Administration building. (telephone (709) 737-7593)
Here you should, among other things, make arrangements to purchase health insurace. Purchasing it here is relatively inexpensive - currently $156 per semester for full coverage.
There are a number of options for student accommodation at Memorial. Each exchange student has to take responsibility for finding accommodation on or off the campus. The University will attempt to assist in this through the Student Housing Office.
All on-campus housing is in high demand, so apply early.
Paton College provides double accommodation in all-male, all-female, or co-ed residences connected by tunnel to the major buildings on campus. A compulsory meal plan is included in the fees for this accommodation. Application forms are available from:
Cost: $672 + meal plan per semester
For students over age 19 a group of apartment buildings on campus, collectively called "Burton's Pond" are available. Four students live in each apartment, each of which is self-catering. Application forms are available from:
Cost: $825 per student, per semester
All costs quoted for the above on-campus housing are as reported in the 1996-97 MUN Calendar and are subject to change.
Listings of apartments, rooms, houses, etc. for rent are available in the CONTACS office (room 3036 in the TSC). Follow this link to see average prices for off-campus housing.
While on-campus housing can be arranged in advance, off-campus housing is very difficult to arrange if one is not in the city.
Off-Campus housing averages
These averages were calculated on the basis of what Off Campus Housing has listed. Different areas of St. John's have different rates of rent, but due to the lack of variety of listings, averages could not be tabulated that way.
* pou = plus own utilities
** All prices are in Canadian dollars. For current exchange rates: Foreign Exchange Rates
Fall Semester lectures begin September 4, (orientation a couple of days before this) and end on December 3. Exams end December 17.
Winter Semester lectures begin January 8, and end on April 8. Exams end on April 22.
Please refer to 1997-98 University Diary
Courses at Memorial are coded according to level. For example a Political Science 4xxx would be a fourth year course. This implies only the level of the course and not that only fourth year students can take it. Many courses have prerequisites however, and for exchange students the designation of prerequisite equivalents must be dealt with.
Follow this link to the Department of Political Science
Each Political Science course has a more specific numerical designation. Courses are categorized by their general subject area:
Students on the exchange program are permitted to take third or fourth year courses in Political Science or second, third or fourth year courses in related disciplines such as History, Geography, Sociology and Economics. All courses are semesterised, although a select number of courses are linked across two semesters.
Follow this link to see the list of Political Science courses that are applicable to exchange programme students
Individual instructors may, during the semester, give marks in either percentage or letter form. The final grade is reported in three ways. First as a percentage mark in five point intervals, second as a letter grade, and thirdly as a grade point. Memorial operates on a three point scale grade point system, detailed below:
More detailed academic information, and information about other departments, can be found in the University Calendar. Otherwise your own programmeme co-ordinator should have a copy of the 1996-97 MUN Calendar.
St. John's is not a very expensive place to live in comparison to major Canadian cities or European cities, but is more expensive than most American cities. The Value Added Tax (officially the Harmonized Sales Tax) is 15% and is levied on all goods and services with the exception of groceries.
Below we have created a standard basket of goods to give you an idea of how much things cost here in relation to other places. The standard basket contains:
Cost of Standard Basket in various currencies:
Some students may wish to work to supplement their other sources
of income. Students from outside of Canada can only work on campus,
but there are a number of possibilities here. The most common
form of student employment during the semester is the MUCEP grant.
Under a MUCEP grant the student can either get $500 a semester
to do 80 hours of work, or $250 to do 40 hours. A MUCEP student
can be expected to do anything from painting to research assistance.
The Department of Political Science regularly applies for a number
of these grants, but there is some competition. If you are interested
you are strongly encouraged to apply for them at the Student
Employment Office at Coughlan College very shortly after the
semester begins. The deadlines for these jobs tend to be rigid
and they are early.