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New International Students - 5 Steps to Prepare Spring 2018

Staff and volunteers at the International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC) are excited to welcome you to Western in May! Here are the 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 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.

Friday, May 4, 12-4 pm
Register online by Tuesday, May 1

Students pose with Western mascot, JW


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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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Prepare to Come


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

*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 www.iesc.uwo.ca/prearrival


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Visit IESC When You Arrive


IESC staff and volunteers are available to assist you upon arrival. We will answer questions and provide an Orientation Package including details about our services, Western, London, social events, immigration, food, health care and much more!

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 3 pm
Location: Second Floor, International & Graduate Affairs Building
Contact: iesc@uwo.ca; 519-661-2111 ext. 89309


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Explore Programs & Services


IESC helps you transition to life at Western and supports you during your academic career with a number of programs and services designed to meet your needs. Click on the images below to learn more.

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 & Upcoming Events


May 4
International Student Orientation Day
May 10
Global Café
3-5 pm, International & Graduate Affairs Building Atrium
Drop in for a coffee or tea, chat with new friends
May 16
Board Game Night @ The Grad Club -Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), 7 pm
June12-14
Teaching Assistant Training Program
Teaching Support Centre(Registration available at the end of April)
June 4, 11, 18
Advanced Teaching Program
Teaching Support Centre
(Registration available at the end of April)