August 2018 Graduate

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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Sign Up for Orientation Day

International Student Orientation offers a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about life at Western. All new international graduate and visiting research students are encouraged to attend. Registration is required.

Monday, September 3, 1:30 - 4:00  pm
Register online by August 30


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 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



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Visit SGPS & IESC When You Arrive

International Graduate Students are required to show their study permit in person at the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, first floor, International & Graduate Affairs Building.

Upstairs, on the second floor, IESC staff and volunteers will be available in our Welcome Centre from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4 pm between August 27 and September 14. We will answer questions and provide an Orientation Package including details about our services, Western, London, immigration, food, health care and much more! 

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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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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


Graduate Students
August 23
Summer Social
August 27 to September 14
International Student Welcome Centre
September 3
International Student Orientation
September 5
TA Day: Graduate Student Conference on Teaching
September 6
Graduate Student Orientation
September 10-15
Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)
Orientation and Social Events

International and Exchange Student Centre

519-661-2111 ext. 89309

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