International Peer Guide Program
The International Peer Guide program matches new international students with friendly upper-year Western students called Peer Guides. Peer Guides are peer mentors who will connect new students to the Western community, answer questions and provide support throughout the program.
How It Works
Peer Guides are upper-year (undergraduate and graduate) students who have already experienced the transition to University life. Peer Guides help international students get settled and adjusted by:
- acting as your guide and cultural interpreter as you transition into your new life at Western
- connecting you to Western and London online activities, services and resources
- planning and hosting online events and activities so that you can meet other Peer Guides and international students
- emailing or messaging you weekly until the end of the term to check-in and get to know you, see if you have any questions, inform you of upcoming events, and arrange to meet with you virtually. We also encourage you to contact your Peer Guide and get to know them better or ask them any questions you may have!
Please note that for Summer 2021, Peer Guides will not be able to meet with you in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All communication and events will be done virtually via email, text messages and online platforms.
Peer Guides are:
- familiar with the Western campus and resources
- interested in cultural exchange and wanting to learn about you and your cultural background
- dedicated volunteers who are carefully selected and trained
- ready to help with your transition at Western!
International students can apply to be matched for a Peer Guide during one of the three terms: Fall (September - December), Winter (January - April) and Summer (
- Priority will be given to new international students who wish to participate in the program for the first time and who have lived in Canada for twelve months or less. During the Summer term, students who started their program prior to May 2021 and are traveling to Canada for the first time, or feel like they need continued support and want to build connections are welcome to apply for a Peer Guide.
- After you register, we will match you and connect you to a Peer Guide. You may receive an email from one of our program coordinators or you may receive an email directly from your Peer Guide. Please make sure that you check your Western email (@uwo.ca) on a regular basis.
the largenumber of applications being received during the beginning of each term, this may take several days. If you have not heard from our office after 1-2 weeks, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit more than one application form.
The applications will open up one month before the start of the term. (December for the Winter term, April for the Summer term and August for the Fall term.
Interested in volunteering as a Peer Guide? Click here to find out more!
Comments from Past Participants
We asked students how
youI got the chance to learn a lot about Canada and make close friendships. THANK YOU!"
- "As soon as I have any questions, I knew that someone can help me."
- "Peer Guides are really friendly and the organizing of trips etc. has made my stay more exciting and fun."
- "Meeting new individuals from all over the world and learning about their experiences and various cultures and ways of living."
- "I had my first "real Canadian Thanksgiving" here and had a good time with my Peer Guide. I have some new friends now. And I have gained confidence when speaking English and communicate with people here."
Western is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact us in advance if you have any particular accommodation requirements.