Help Before and After You Arrive

At the International and Exchange Student Centre, we are here to help you transition to your new life in Canada and at Western. Many of you will be living away from your families and friends and experiencing a new culture for the first time. Cultural adjustment is an on-going process and we are here for you at every step of your journey.

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Connect with a Current Student: Western Global Ambassadors

Our Western Global Ambassadors are current upper-year students who come from different countries, speak a variety of languages, and pursue various majors and interests on campus. They connect virtually with incoming students before you arrive to answer your questions and share with you a personal and informative connection to Western University. Chat with them online to know more about their first-hand experiences at Western!

Apply to be Matched with a Peer Guide

The International Peer Connection Program connects new international students with current Western students who act as Peer Guides when you first begin your studies at Western. Peer Guides offer you support during your transition to university and Canadian life.

The Peer Guide Program will help you feel more comfortable in your new environment and help you make the most of your time at Western by:

  • Providing you with friendly support, useful information, meaningful contact with other students
  • Connecting you with services at Western