Durham Region has a number of colleges and universities you can attend. 

You usually need a high school diploma or equivalent to apply for programs. Some exceptions may apply. Contact the individual college or university if you are unsure if you can apply. Many schools have assessment programs and testing for newcomers.


College diploma programs provide direct job training and skills. Programs include computer programming, graphic design, administration and cooking. 

Durham College

Durham College has campuses in Oshawa and Whitby. There's also a learning site in Pickering.

Durham college has thousands of full-time and part-time students. There's also more than 1,400 apprenticeships.

View Durham College programs and courses.

Contact Durham College to learn more. 


Universities offer degrees in a wide range of fields. Fields of study include languages, math, science, philosophy and the social sciences. Under-graduate university degrees are often the first step in a path to continuing education in fields such as teaching, medicine and law.

The levels of education in university are:

  • Undergraduate (also knowns as a bachelor's degree).
  • Graduate (also known as a master's degree or doctorate).

You will need to attend university to get specialized degrees in law or medicine.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) offers a wide range of programs with a focus on innovative technical programs that give you practical, hands-on experience. It is located in Oshawa.

View UOIT programs and courses.

Contact UOIT to learn more.
Trent University Durham

Trent University Durham's campus is in Oshawa. This university helps students focus on career success through programs with solid research and practical skills.

View Trent University Durham's academic programs.

Contact Trent University Durham to learn more.
Queen's University School of Medicine

Queen's University hosts its prestigious family medicine program at the Lakeridge Health Hospital in Oshawa.

Learn more about the Queen's Family Medicine program and the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN) Centre.

Contact Queen's University to learn more.

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