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New International Students - 5 Steps to Prepare

Staff and volunteers at the International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC) are excited to welcome you to Western over the next few weeks. We've put together our Top 5 Steps to help you prepare. Please contact us with any questions. We are here to help!

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Apply for Your Peer Guide

The International Peer Connection program matches new international students with friendly Western students who have already experienced the transition to University life. Peer Guides are dedicated volunteers who help connect new students to the Western community, answer questions and provide support.

Apply for your peer guide now



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Sign Up for Orientation Day

Orientation Day offers a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about life at Western. All new international and exchange students are encouraged to attend. Registration required.

Monday, September 4, 9:30 am - 3:30  pm
Register online by August 31

Students pose with Western mascot, JW
Explore other orientation activities at Western


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Prepare to Come

Ensure you have the following items with you when travelling to Canada:

- Valid Passport and Canadian Temporary Resident Visa and/or an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) (if applicable)
- Letter of Introduction issued by the Canadian Visa Office that approved your Study Permit* application
- Supporting documents
- Medical and immunization (vaccination) records,  prescriptions and medications
- Money and a credit card
- List of important phone numbers

*You must have a valid Study Permit for Postsecondary Studies in Canada before beginning classes at Western. If you are transferring between institutions in Canada, you must notify IRCC via your MyCIC Account (GCKey) online.

For more information and support, visit
Graduate students may wish to view additional resources provided by the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS).


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Visit IESC When You Arrive

IESC staff and volunteers will be available in our Welcome Centre from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4 pm between August 28 and September 15. We will answer questions and provide an Orientation Package including details about our services, Western, London, immigration, food, health care and much more!

Location: Second Floor, International & Graduate Affairs Building


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Explore Programs & Services

With a number of programs and services tailored to your needs, IESC helps you transition to life at Western and supports you during your academic career. Click on the images below to find out more about our programs and services.

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


Important Dates

Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
August 28 to September 15
IESC Welcome Centre
August 28 to September 15
IESC Welcome Centre
August 31 & September 1
International Student
Residence Move-In Days
September 4
International Student Orientation Day
September 2
International Student Residence Welcome Day
September 6
TA Day: Graduate Student Conference on Teaching
September 3-9
Western Orientation Week
September 7
Classes Begin
September 4
International Student
Orientation Day
September 7
Graduate Student Orientation
September 7
Classes Begin

September 12-15
SOGS Fall Graduate Student Orientation Events


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