New Student Arrival Checklist for Exchange Students



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1. Get your Western ONE Student Card

Upload your photo and government issued ID (passport).

Complete Training One: Part A (Gender-Based and Sexual Violence Response and Prevention training). If it is not completed you will not be able to pick up your Western ONECard.

Your Western ONECard can also be used for your bus pass, meal plan, Campus Recreation (gym) access, library card and more!

For more information regarding your Western ONECard, visit The Office of the Registrar's page.


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2. Pay Your Ancillary Fees

Login to your Student Center account to check your Online Statement of Account. Pay any outstanding fees by the required deadline(s).

Fee payment methods.


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3. Review Your Health Insurance Plan

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

  • Mandatory for all international students and their family members (spouse and children) who are in Ontario. This is your main health insurance plan if you need to see a doctor.
  • Check your Western email for your UHIP card. Students who are in Ontario while enrolled in online classes are still required to have UHIP.
  • See iesc.uwo.ca/uhip for complete details.

Familiarize yourself with health and wellness supports

Western offers a number of health and wellness services including a doctor's office, counselling, group supports, peer support and more. Visit health.uwo.ca for details.

More information on health care in Canada.


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4. Update Your Address and Emergency Contacts

Login to your Student Center account and update the following:

  • Your new London address.
  • Your emergency contacts (can be worldwide). It is recommended that you include a family member.
  • Your Social Insurance Number (once you receive it).

Visit AlertWesternU and update your contact information to receive important messages in case of a campus-wide emergency.


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5. Set Yourself up for Success

Review the International Pre-Arrival Welcome modules to learn more about Western and Canadian culture, unwritten rules of the Canadian classroom, key academic values in Canada, important immigration information, wellness, and safety tips and more!

Check out Learning presentations and workshops for tips on creating effective learning habits, successful time management and more.


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6. Review Your Courses

Enroll in courses. Before you arrive, make sure you are enrolled in the minimum number of required courses

  • 2.0 credits if you are here for one term;
  • 3.5 credits if you are here for the full term.

If you would like to make changes to your course schedule, please email us at goabroad@uwo.ca. You can also visit us in person at the International and Graduate Affairs Building after you arrive in London.


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7. Participate in Virtual and In-Person Orientation Programming

Participate in our 3-Part webinar series for new students and plan to attend our in-person social events to connect with your international community at Western. For more information, see the International Student Orientation Schedule.


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8. Sign up for Programs and Services


Other Important Things to Do