International & Exchange  Student CentreWestern International

Welcome E-Newsletter - Exchange and Undergraduate Students, December 2016

Greetings from Western University! Our faculty, staff and volunteers are excited to meet and welcome you. The International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC) will help you prepare and transition to life in Canada and at Western. We are committed to making your experience as enriching, rewarding and successful as possible, starting with supporting you as you prepare to arrive. Please review the information below regarding orientation, our programs and services, and much more. Should you have any questions, please contact us. We are here to help!

~ The IESC Staff Team

International Student Orientation Day

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5 to 8 p.m.
Register online by January 4, 2017

Students pose with Western mascot, JW

Orientation Day offers a great opportunity to meet new people and learn more about life at Western and in London. Topics include: programs and services, settling in and getting around, Canadian classroom basics, immigration information. Free pizza and drinks provided. All new international and exchange students are encouraged to attend. Registration required. More details

Reminder: Study Permits

You must have a valid Canadian Study Permit for postsecondary studies in Canada. If you are transferring from another Designated Learning Institution in Canada, you must notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) via your MyCIC account. See the IRCC website for details. More Information on Study Permits and Visas

Checklist graphic Preparing to Come


Carry the following with you when you travel to Canada and be prepared to show some of the documents to immigration officials. Do not pack documents in your checked luggage.

  • Valid Passport and Canadian Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable)
  • Letter of Introduction issued by the Canadian Visa Office that approved your Study Permit* application. Submit this letter to a Canadian Immigration Officer when you arrive at the border to obtain your actual Study Permit.
  • Supporting documents (e.g., copy of acceptance letter, transcript, proof of funds, marriage certificate, etc.)
  • Medical and immunization (vaccination) records, medical prescriptions and medications
  • Money and a credit card
  • List of important phone numbers

To prepare for your arrival and for a complete list of things to bring with you, visit

Visit the IESC When you Arrive

Visit the International and Exchange Centre (IESC) on the 2nd floor, International & Graduate Affairs Building to pick up your orientation package. Our staff and volunteers are here to welcome you and help you settle into Western and London.

Please note: University Offices, including IESC and Western International, will be closed December 23 at 3:30 p.m. and will re-open January 3 at 9 a.m. Many businesses and stores in Canada will be closed December 25 and January 1. Campus Police will remain open during this time.

View a full list of important things to do when you arrive on the IESC website.

map of campus and IESC location

IESC Programs and Services

International Peer Connection Program English Conversation Program Transitions Programming
IESC Events Immigration Information and Assistance International Student Advising
International Student Network International Students Wellness Website Link to More IESC Programs & Services

Important Upcoming Dates

January 3 Western offices re-open at 9:00 a.m.
January 4

On-Campus residences open at 8:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline for the International Student Orientation

Exchange Student Orientation

January 5 Winter Term Begins
January 5 - 18
(Monday - Friday)
English Conversation Program Registration
January 6

International Student Orientation

January 13 International Student Welcome Potluck Dinner
February 20 - 24 Reading Week (no classes)
April 7 Last day of classes
April 9 - 30 Final Exams
April 30 Winter Term Ends