For many of you, this will be your first experience living apart from your families and friends and experiencing a new cultural, social, and academic environment. As you transition to life in Canada and at Western and as you journey through your university experience, we have services in place to support you.
Confidential advising service provided by IESC’s International Student Advisors is available to help you address any questions or concerns that may arise. International Students can get assistance on a range of issues such as:
For information about IESC’s immigration services, please see Immigration Information and Assistance.
Confidential one-on-one counselling for international students is also available at the IESC and provided by accredited counselling staff.
“The challenges of academic life at university can be stressful for every student, but international students can experience additional unique stressors. International students have to adapt not only to the academic demands of university but also have to learn about Canadian culture, such as differences in:
Experiencing the challenges of university life and cultural transitions can put a lot of pressure on one’s mental well being, especially being a long way from family and friends back home and not having their immediate support.” http://iwellness.uwo.ca/emotional_wellness/index.html#emotional
“Counselling may be unusual in your home culture. However, Canadian students and previous international students who sought counselling have described it as a very useful and positive experience. Counselling is another way to improve your personal and academic life.” http://iwellness.uwo.ca/emotional_wellness/about_counselling/index.html
For more on potential benefits of counselling, see “Why should I seek counselling.”